Tag Archives: Birthday

Date and Card Keeper

18 Oct

My roll-a-dex is full…

…says my best friend.

See, when I meet a new person, he or she goes in one side and an old friend or relation falls out the other. The more I learn about the new person, the more that falls out…it’s impossible to keep up. So what to do with all the people that really matter? And what to do with all their special celebrations?

Sometimes we need something remind us of special events in our lives. {I love my ten nieces and nephews but I can’t keep their birthdays straight.} I have created a few different kinds of “Celebration” reminders but my new favorite is the one I just created . Check it out and grab some supplies to create your own using the instructions provided.

I began by using my computer to create monthly calendars with days and blank lines to record special dates such as birthdays {which I mark with a “B”} or anniversaries (yep, they get an “A”}. You can download the celebrations calendar (as a pdf) for free.

Here are more images:


  • After downloading the celebrations calendar and printing it out, trim each month.
  • Cut twelve 6×6″ squares of coordinating patterned paper and adhere them to the 9×6″ envelopes.
  • Cut twelve round tabs from patterned paper, or, as I did, punch out 12 shapes.
  • Put the envelopes in the order you want them to go {January, February, etc.}
  • Use stamps, rub-ons or stickers to label the tabs and adhere to each envelope, overlapping on the way down.
  • Create a front and back cover for the card keeper. Feel free to experiment with this and use fun shaped papers etc. {I added glitter glue to the front for some extra bling.}
  • Bind the keeper in whatever way you choose and add ribbons to keep it shut.
  • Add birthdays and anniversaries and other important dates.

Important Stuff
Paper Textured, scalloped paper (Die Cuts with a View), Patterned Papers (BasicGrey, Me & My BIG Ideas)
Tools Owires, Bind-It-All (Zutter)
Embellishments AtYou Spica Chocolate glitter pen (Copic), Glitter glue (Hobby Lobby)

Other Stuff 9×6″ envelopes, PVA Glue, Month rub-ons, Ribbons


Treasure Hunt (Pink Elephant Challenge)

29 May

More birthday pages. I will catch up on my cutie pie’s birthday album. Guess I’m not too far since I have several months before she 11.

Inspiration comes from many sources for me right now but mostly…challenge blogs. Today I jumped on over the The Pink Elephant and took up their Theme Challenge for scrapbooking: Summer.

What a perfect time to work on the birthday pages since we have a July birthday in our house. A pool party was the best a couple of years ago…one of the games the kids played was a treasure hunt for coins that we threw in…so I took three pics that showed off that game. Check it out.

I kept the layout fairly simple and clean. The swimsuits have so much color and there’s lots to see in all the pics. so I felt it accomplished what I wanted. Those smiles tend to stand on their own.

Hope you enjoy the beginning of summer and thanks for letting me share.

Important Stuff
Paper “Sisters” Solid/Lime cardstock (My Mind’s Eye), Medium Hawaiian Blue cardstock (WorldWin)
Stamps Crown Frame, Swirl Stamp (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp)
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink (Tsukineko)
Embellishments Turquoise brads (Creative Impressions), Heidi Grace punch board number and tags (Fiskars)
Tool Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Other Stuff Red cardstock, Glitter glue

One more look, close-up this time…

Cheers, Eli

Happy Birthday (CPS 152)

6 Feb

Yes, another card for this same sketch at Card Positioning System (CPS). I wanted to use it again but try something a little different. Instead of making the triangles symmetric, I used a rectangle cut diagonally to create the end pieces. The Happy Birthday patterned paper fit perfectly! This was one of the quickest cards I’ve made in a long time. Cheers to that!!!

Important Stuff: Happy Birthday patterned papers and die cuts (Me and My Big Ideas); Pink paper (Westrim Crafts); SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L, 3D squares

Other Stuff: Ribbon, PVA glue, Cream Cardstock

Thanks for checking it out today. Happy Super Bowl tomorrow. Eli

Back to my Roots

15 Nov

In my little world of paper crafting, I began as a scrapbooker. When I was 5, I remember putting greeting cards inside those old paper albums. At some point, I graduated to real scrapbooks in college and then got restarted when James and I got married.

Today, I thought I’d share some scrapbooking layouts. The theme? My birthday…what fun, since it was yesterday. My family gave me a great day. Thanks to Hannah and James.

Let’s see this one a few years ago. (It was the ONLY time I turned 39, really). The challenge for you is to see if you can find all 39 candles.

111509 bday lo

Next, how about a trip back in time to my first birthday. Since these are the original, vintage photos, I used clear photo corners to put them on the page. Just in case I ever need to remove them for any reason.

111509 one lo

Now, in honor of the snow we have outside today is a layout of Hannah. This is one of my favorite photos of her on Christmas, outside in the snow. I love those pink cheeks and the colorful snow suit she is wearing.


Thanks for letting me share some of where I began in this industry. I’ve changed a lot over the years but my love for this type of paper craft will never disappear.

Happy shoveling and creating…Eli