Another Birthday | A Scrapbook Layout

I celebrated a birthday this past weekend. Hate to admit it, but I’ve been in denial about it for awhile. I never had a hard time with birthdays but this one was tough. Not because of the number so much but it’s at the milestones that it dawns on you that there really isn’t “plenty of time” to keep putting things off. I’ve never been more aware of that than I am right now.

But I’m not one to dwell or get myself worried about it. Life will unfold and things that I still want in my life will happen or they won’t, but no matter what, I have to keep on moving forward. And I’m so glad that I’m home in Florida because I got to spend my birthday with family and then had a night out with friends. And my birthday fell on a Saturday — bonus!

Featured Supplies: Cuttlebug Decorative Tile embossing foldersEK Success Dandelion Burst punchDear Lizzy brads, Basic Grey Indie Bloom Tres Chic, DCWV Trader Jane stack.

This layout was fun to make – I don’t often go with bold prints and colors, but you only turn 40 once and this will be the only forty layout. To help make the photos stand out on the busy background, I mounted them on a solid colored paper. Love how these instagram photos look on a layout. I took the cue from the black frames in the photos and used black for the accents and title which helped offset the bright colors.

Because I’ve been an embossing fool lately, I decided to experiment with these foam thickers.  I wanted to see if I could get some subtle texture on the letters. It’s hard to tell in the photos, but the folder did add a nice pattern to the letters.

The title for this layout came about when  the server at the restaurant asked how old I was. (Um, rude?) But it was the first time I would have had to say it and I just couldn’t get 4-o out of my mouth. So my Mom joked that I was 29 again and I could be 29 for as long as I wanted. Only that didn’t feel quite right. My thirties were way better than my twenties so I said let’s be more realistic… I’ll go with 34 instead!

I am really happy with how this layout turned out. No sketch for this one, I just put the photos on the paper and it came together. I also finished a couple of other projects that I can’t wait to share. Some of them will show up at Scrapbook Update and I’ll have another layout here on Thursday. Did you get in any crafting time over the three day weekend?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Happy birthday, Tammy! Love your elegant layout with the touches of black. Such a beautiful, classic look. 🙂

  2. happy birthday!!! your layout is so awesome and so fun!!!

  3. What a fantastic page! I just love the bold colors. Happy Birthday! Yes, 34 was a great time but you’ll like your 40’s too. Keep looking for the good stuff.

  4. Happy Birthday! Oh, to be only 40 again. Actually, I’m happy right where I am. Love your colorful page and the black accents.

  5. Happy birthday!!!! I love this bright layout and the embossing on the Thickers, super cool! I did get some crafting in, in between taking care of a sick one and doing laundry, etc 😉

  6. Tammy, this is a fun, lovely page! I LOVE the patterned paper. Those are my favorite colors and love this. You are cute as a button! Wonderful job and happy birthday 🙂

  7. Happy Birthday Tammy!!!

  8. A happy (late) birthday to you Tammy! This is such a fun layout to celebrate it!

  9. Happy BIrthday! Great idea to emboss the letters.

  10. Happy Birthday!!!! Such a cute layout 🙂

  11. Awesome layout! Yes the bold colors are good for something festive like a milestone birthday!!! Very nice photos! Love it!!

    Next year you will have to put in the layout Happy 34!

  12. Happy 40th Birthday Tammy!!!!
    I didn’t feel any older when I turned forty.
    Even at 45 I still feel like a youn’in 😉
    Your layout is so fun. I love the black popping off the colours.
    Your embossed letters turned out perfectly.

  13. Happy birthday!!
    Fabulous layout and I love the embossed letters, great idea!

  14. Oh, Tammy, Happy Birthday!!!!
    And welcome to the club 🙂
    Really, 41 is not bad at all.
    It was much easier for me then 40.
    And I am learning to just embrace my wisdom and my 40’s because one day I will be 50 and thinking to myself, where did my 40’s go (lol)
    Hope you had a great day!!!

  15. Happy Birthday! Love this layout. The title (and story behind it) are too funny!

  16. Great page. Happy birthday, Tammy! I don’t wish to go all the way back to 40, just 43, please!!


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