Birthday Bash

For those that were reading my blog back in March you saw that we had a Mickey extravaganza for my boys birthdays.  I recently finished the layout and am just now getting around to blogging it.  :)

I had fun searching the Write.Click.Scrapbook galleries for layout inspiration.  I found several at the Oct ’09 Eye on Design gallery.  My 2 page sketch was inspired from layouts by Ann Costen and Elizabeth Dillow.  Both used grids of pics and I thought that would be a fun way to use multiple pics from the big day.

To tie the two pages together I put a large piece of cardstock across both pages behind the pictures.  I also added a border strip along the bottom of the cardstock.  To balance the layout I used 2 larger pics on the right page.  And put the title there.

I love the bright colors on this layout.  The papers bring out that cheery happy feeling one gets from watching an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse without using the traditional primary colors you see on most Mickey items.

While I had many pics that I could have added to this layout, I decided to fill 3 blocks with paper.  Two with coordinating patterned paper and one with journaling.  I love the balance it provides to the layout.  And the three blocks that are different create a visual triangle, which is a pleasing design element.

I knew that for the larger photos I wanted to use the cake pics of my two birthday boys.  These two pics are some of my favorites from the day.  And they have a vintagey yellow feel that goes so well with the papers.

To compliment the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme I added some gears to the layout.  I placed them in a visual triangle that spanned across both pages.  Another popular character on the show is Toodles.  For our party I had made our own Toodles that brought the children various items they needed throughout the party.  I wanted to include that somehow without taking up space on the grid of photos.  So I printed up the picture I had taken of Toodles on plain paper and cut him out.  Then I was able to use Toodles as an embellishment.  Notice that I remembered to write in the date on one of the gears.  I really am trying hard to remember to do that!  :)

It was a great party and I think it made a great layout!

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