Creating an Easy Birthday Scrapbook Album

Have you ever wanted to put together a simple way to document the birthdays in your life? With my new class, Super Simple Celebration Scrapbooks I can show you how!

My boys simply love looking at photos from their birthdays. And yet scrapbooking birthday layouts is one of my least favorite things to do. So I came up with a way to document each year in a quick and easy Birthday Scrapbook Album! And since TODAY is my youngest son’s 6th Birthday (how can that even be possible??) I’m sharing his album with you.

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I bought a 4×6 2-up photo album at Target. They had these adorable birthday albums which made a perfect home for my project. But any 2-up photo album would do!

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Instead of a photo on the front I added my son’s name and birth information. I made mine in Photoshop Elements but you could use stickers or even hand write the info.

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The first page holds a photo of my son on the day he was born. Awwww, look at that sweet face! 🙂 Hard to believe he was ever that little!

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This album will house photos from all of his birthdays. So I wanted to start it off with a saying or poem that would fit that idea. I found this one by doing a google search for birthday poems. I then typed it up in Photoshop Elements and added a frame. Again, you could easily hand write the poem or even write a personal message to your child.

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For each birthday I wanted to create a title page of sorts. To do that I used the full height of the album by cutting 2 pieces of paper into 4×6 blocks. Then I decorated it to represent that birthday. I also made sure to add the number for that birthday. Then I put a photo of my son blowing out the candles and a photo of his cake.

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The second spread holds the details of the party. On one side I included photos of the activities we did and the people that attended. On the other side I used photos of the gifts. Then I die cut journaling cards to document each of those areas. I actually die cut enough to last all 18 years (yep, I’m just that crazy). Doing that work ahead of time makes it easy to pull together each year’s spread. As you can see, I still need to go in and write the journaling. From here on out that will be easy because I only have to do one year at a time. But going back and doing all the previous years will be a bit of work. I’ll get on that…one day…hopefully soon! 🙂

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To make it easy to flip to a specific year I added these self adhesive file tabs (found at any office supply store).

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And the whole process begins again. Title page, candle photo, cake photo…

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…party guests and activities, and gifts. Keeping a consistent format makes it easy to assemble this album each year. You may be wondering about how I fit all those photos on one 4×6. I use some amazing digital templates for that (linked below). Check out my 4×6 template tutorial to see the process I use.

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If you are interested you can read more about his Mickey invites and Mickey party.

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If your interested you can read more about his Diego invites and Diego party.

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If you are interested you can read more about his Jake and the Neverland Pirate invites, Jake costumes, and Jake party.

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Remember how I told you that I cut enough journal cards for 18 years? I slid them all into the back pockets of the album for safe keeping (ignore the change of color, this is a photo of my older son’s album). Now I don’t have to worry about losing all of those cards. Love that!

There you have it. An easy Birthday Scrapbook Album! And one that you can add to year after year. This album is my son’s absolute favorite. And why not? It’s all about him!

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19 Comments

  1. Posted March 8, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Love this idea! Great idea…do you think it too late for me? My kids are 25-33! I am always trying to catch up LOL!!

    • Posted March 8, 2013 at 9:25 am | Permalink

      It’s never to late Cara! 🙂 But it might take you awhile.

  2. Posted March 8, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    This is such a great idea Monica! I was just doing a birthday layout yesterday and despairing over the quality of the photos – condensing them into smaller collages would solve that problem! Thanks for sharing.

    • Posted March 8, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      Yay Alison! Glad you found it helpful!

  3. Kris
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Another great idea. I just cannot say enough how much I love your blog and your projects. It is like “scrapping for real life”. Many, many thanks for what you do.

    • Posted March 8, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much Kris! I really appreciate you saying that!

  4. lynne moore
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Great idea. Especially for all the other “repeat” holidays/events too. And a great size for the kids to handle.

  5. Posted March 8, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Love this idea, I have a hard time scrapping birthday photos too, in fact besides their first birthdays I don’t think I have scrapped any yikes 🙂

    • Posted August 2, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much Fleur! Well this style of album will make it easy to get caught up on all those birthday pics!

  6. Posted March 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    The collage photos really come in handy for these style albums, great job

    • Posted August 2, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      So true Laura! I love using those templates for things like this!

  7. Posted March 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I really like this idea for two reasons. First I would love to do something similar for my girl who just had her first birthday. It would be so neat to have an album of just her birthdays. But secondly I love how you used a 2-up basic photo album as a scrapbook. I will definately try that!

    • Posted August 2, 2013 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      You so should Emily! It’s one of my favorite ways to create quick and easy scrapbooks.

  8. Posted March 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    You’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award! Check it out here:
    http://mychillthoughts.blogspot.com/2013/03/recognition-encouragement-and-paying-it.html

  9. Posted March 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I found you from the Pinterest Challenge and friended your blog on Facebook so it would pop up in my feed. I must say, every time I click over, I’m just blown away! It is really remarkable. I love this idea. And I love listing the gifts– I have a 2 year old niece and I spent an embarrassing amount of time picking out the perfect present so she would know I loved her. So it’s really nice to see that documented here.

    • Posted March 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      You are so sweet Stacey! Thanks so much for taking time to comment. That just made my day. 🙂 I’m so glad you are enjoying Scrap Inspired!

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