Hi everyone. Heather Leopard is here today talking about quick journaling gifts. My daughter’s birthday is in 3 weeks and it’s a BIG milestone birthday. She’ll officially be a teenager! Since this is such a momentous occasion, I thought it would be nice make her a birthday mini album and write 1 note to her for every year with the plan for her to read one every day leading up to her big day.
I wanted this to be something that can be made relatively quickly and can be scaled up or down depending on the number of years the birthday recipient is turning. Afterall, if you choose to make something similar for a 30th birthday, you don’t want it to take too 30 years. Since I wanted it to be quick and easy, I chose to keep the embellishments and details to a minimum, plus I wanted this birthday mini album to have plenty of space for a favorite photo and journaling highlights from each year.
- This birthday mini album will have a finished size of 4×6″ so your first step will be to trim your cardstock to 4×6″. Be sure to cut a cover and enough pages for all the years you are celebrating.
- Choose your favorite photos from each year and print them no larger than 2.5×2.5″. Add them to your pages if you are handwriting your journaling. If you are typing or using your CAMEO sketch pens, you’ll want to do the journaling before you add the photos.
- Next, add your journaling to the pages. You can choose to keep everything consistent from page to page or mix it and journal in different spots. Make sure to leave enough space for your photos if you are adding the photos after your journaling.
- Lastly, add embellishments. I chose to keep it simple by adding a few strips of paper, punched circle and the year. I stitched these elements to each page to make sure they were nice and secure.
You may choose to wrap each day’s page separately so that she opens a new one each day. Make sure to include a book ring so the birthday girl or boy can piece them together each day to build their birthday mini album.
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