38 Thoughts | A Scrapbook Layout

Happy Friday!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes the other day. I did spend the afternoon in my craft room, being creative (my favorite thing to do!) and I also took some new photos in the mirror. Maybe one of these days I’ll buy a real tripod…

Today I wanted to share the layout I created in honor of my birthday:

Supplies: Paper – Bazzill Kraft, Bazzill Cream Puff, Lily Bee Charm, Crate Paper Peach. Embellishments – American Crafts Thickers Daiquiri (pink) and Rainboots (black), Prima E-line orange flowers, pink bling (unknown), Studio Calico journaling stamp. Tools – Sew Easy with the zig zag attachment, Bic Mark-it Ulta Fine (orange).

The journaling is just a random list of thoughts – no editing, no censoring. Just whatever I was thinking as I typed. I created a similar layout when I turned 30. It’s one of my favorite layouts, so considering how thrilled I was about this birthday (that’s a stretch), I wanted an update with my older and wiser perspective.

Knowing that the journaling was going to take up a good deal of the page, it needed to be the focal point. I knew any photos I included were not going to be full size. I was excited when the idea of this photo strip hit me because it was perfect touch. I left just enough room for the title, a spot for a few flowers and I added my favorite hand stitching to the scalloped border.

I love to do these kinds of layouts. Too often we are scrapbooking and documenting the lives of our families and forget ourselves. If you haven’t done a layout about yourself in awhile, give this idea a try on your next birthday. If you don’t like photos of yourself, these are nice and small (each photo measures 1.5 x 2 inches) so have no fear. You could also use photos from various stages of your life if you don’t have recent photos you love.

The important thing is to get some of thoughts that are running through your head right now down on a page. It’s fun to see how different some of these thoughts are to the one I did eight years ago (and how some are very much the same!).  A big thank you to my friend Debbie for sending me a kit for Christmas with papers in a color family I don’t use much. I’m digging these bright colors as we get deeper and deeper into winter.

So who’s got big weekend plans? We are snowed in again in Nashville. While I’m praying for spring, I’ll also be finishing up a few projects and starting on some new ideas I want to bring to life. I hope you have some crafty plans too!

20 Comments

  1. I absolutely love this layout! I am turning 38 on Wednesday…I am thinking that I need to do a layout just like this one. Awesome!

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    • Hope you have a great birthday! 🙂

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  2. happy birthday a little late! your layout is so awesome. i love the idea of this!

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    • Thank you. I tend to celebrate all week long so you’re still good. 🙂

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  3. Beautiful layout and happy birthday the other day!! I just turned 40 last month, that was a little hard for me……40 @ 40 would be an interesting layout!! I just wonder if I have enough running through my head to come up with 40 things!! 😉

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    • Thank you. It really didn’t take too long. Harder to get started, but once the flood starts, it’s easy to finish. I hope you give it a try. 🙂

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  4. What an awesome idea to do for milestone birthdays. I like the filmstrip of smaller photos that you used. This way, it doesn’t distract from your journaling. I may have to give this a try someday.

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    • I hope you do! It would be great for milestone birthdays too.

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  5. great layout! Love the fact that you used so many journaling…I need to do that more often as well…

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    • I go back and forth – some layouts with almost no journaling and others with almost too much. Variety is good! 🙂

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  6. Great layout and the photos are fabulous. I never get the tripod out, I just use the timer and plop the camera on a shelf or a table or a stack of books when I need a photo! It makes for some great perspectives. LOL

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    • I can never get the camera high enough when I try that. I find I’m always looking down so the double chin is too prominent. LOL. But I should do that more for snapshots around the house. 🙂

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  7. Great way of incorporating so much journaling. Love these random facts / thoughts pages. So lovely to look back on as life changes.

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    • Thank you. That’s it exactly – so cool to look back on over the years. 🙂

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  8. I love all of the journaling. This was a great idea and that photo strip is pretty cool!

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    • Thnaks! It was fun to make. I’m definitely going to use this photo strip idea again soon. 🙂

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  9. Love your layout. So personal. I keep meaning to do more about me, actually for the last few years.
    I think you take a good picture of yourself. I tried this and my looked…well bad, mind you I did post the best of the worst on my blog, yup I’m brave, teehee.

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    • Would you believe that I took over 500 pictures to find the few that look good? Yes, it’s true. I set the camera to take photos continuously and I just snap away. Most are blurry and bad but every 25 or so you get the ONE that’s in focus and you look decent. Gotta love digital cameras because I could never have done that with film. 🙂

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  10. Great birthday layout and a great journaling idea! I suppose at 38, you can still fit your writing on one page. At 50, that is a harder proposition.

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  11. I like the idea of showing the camera as it will change soon. Great birthday idea!! You always have great ideas!!!

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