Easy Birthday Scrapbook Album Update x2

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!

It’s my oldest son’s turn to celebrate his birthday. And just like my younger son, he has his own birthday scrapbook album. You can see how his album began, but today I’m here to share his spread from last year, when he turned 8.

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This birthday scrapbook album is just a 2 up photo album I bought at Target. Each year gets two spreads. One to introduce the theme and one to document the party. I use self adhesive tabs to mark each year. And my son LOVES looking through this album, just like his brother.

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For his 8th birthday my son had a laser tag party. Those boys had SO.MUCH.FUN running around in the dark tagging each other with lasers. 🙂

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To mimic the look of lasers I used some bright washi tape on a black background. Then I attempted to turn the number into a bit of a target similar to the ones on the cupcakes. I really like how it turned out!

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Once again I paired a photo of the cake and candles at home with the birthday party cupcakes. I love the candle shot but most of the places we have parties won’t let us use them. So the cake at home it is.

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The second spread holds all of our party photos and details. Photo collages (tutorial here) and simple journaling is all it takes to complete the birthday spread.

I cut enough journaling cards for all 18 birthdays when I began the album. So they are ready and waiting each year when I begin working on the album. I know, I’m a bit geeky and like to plan ahead.

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I always like to get shots of each boy at the party and include their names in the journaling. Hoping that will help with our memory down the road. 🙂 In this case I also wanted to include the group shot with their laser tag vests on. I did have to adapt a template to get all the photos in that I wanted.

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He ripped through his presents so quickly it was hard to catch photos of them all. But I got the most important ones.

Scrapbooking birthday layouts has never been my favorite thing. But I LOVE this process of keeping one simple album that houses all my son’s birthdays. And he loves it too. That’s a win win in my book!

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4 Comments

  1. Carole Karras
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    What a great idea Monica! Love to see your work. 😉

  2. Nancy Ripley
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Monica, I was going to ask you where you purchased your two – up albums after your first birthday album post, but you just answered my question. I have twin grandsons who will be 4 this week and their sister will be 2 in June,so not too many years to catch up on. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

    • Posted March 25, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      So glad I could answer your question. 🙂 I did buy them awhile ago though so those exact styles probably aren’t there anymore. But I know Target has several cute options that you could make work!

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