I would also guess that we want our loved ones to look back on their birthday pages and enjoy looking at them, so how do we balance our need to get them done every year without it seeming like the same 'ol, same 'ol? Here are some ideas I hope will help get your creative mojo going as you make birthday layouts:
1 - Don't Feel Pressured to *Always* Use Traditional Birthday Themed Supplies.
On the above page, there was a lot of green, and since he had a Ninjago theme going on for his special day, I went with that. I used brushes to create a black, chalky border that mimicked the black borders on his lego boxes. A simple journaling card with the date of his birthday, lettering, and papers to match the photos fit the bill here. I thought these supplies were much more suited to this page than candles, birthday cakes, confetti, etc.
2 - Have Fun With The Title of the Page.
I could've easily just put "Happy Birthday, Izzy!" as title here, but frankly, I've done that a time or two, so I chose a more interesting title. Last year, my daughter was really excited that her age was going to be a double digit number, and she felt so grown up, so I made that the focus of this page. It was a fun story to write and I hope it will be a fun memory for my girl.
3 - Take a Few Photos of Birthday Items Along With Photos of People.
It's true - I could've just used to top photo of myself with my birthday cake, but isn't a birthday celebration also about the "stuff" we use to celebrate it, too? I included a photo of the presents, too, because my kids usually help my husband wrap the gifts, and I like seeing their handiwork.
Below are some pictures of one child's Ninjago cupcakes, and the others are from my youngest child's Ninja party, which we put on a few days ago. It was fun, but man, it was also a lot of work. I snapped photos of the treats, goody boxes, and decorations, because I want to document all that effort and how cute everything looked! In my opinion, it's more fun to scrap a variety of fun pictures that include both people and objects for celebrations. I actually can't wait to scrap these photos now!
Kraft Kandy Papers
Pretty Kraft Papers
Sweet Sundae Full Kit
Sunshine Patterned Papers
I hope you find these ideas helpful. Thanks for reading and here's to great birthday pages in 2014!