Ellen’s Birthday Book

When my projects are properly inspired, I can get more elaborate than resorting to my trusty Paper Source letterpress tags and some cool paper. 🙂 My dear friend Shaz, maker of these extraordinarily beautiful bags and other crafty stuff, has an adorable daughter who just turned 1 year old! I don’t live near Shaz, but I wanted to mark the occasion in some meaningful way. That’s when I decided to start a birthday book for Ellen. Every year, around her birthday, she will receive a new page for her album, scrapbooked by me, that reflects the past year in some way. This (I hope) will also ensure that I’m staying in good contact with her mama!

This year, Ellen received a beautiful table and chairs set which Shaz painted pink and green. She also took this great photo of Ellen having tea with her daddy. I nabbed the photo, had a print made, bought an album with removable pages, (although mine had stripes) and scrapped away!

Here is the full layout. (Sorry, the color is a little off–natural light was uncooperative that day):

2008 page for Ellen

Here is a detail of the teapot applique I made. I found the template here, and reduced it 50% on my copy machine, traced it on vellum and added a rub-on transfer flower, ornamented with a “pearl” in the center (Crystal Stickers “Pearls” by Mark Richards (Style #1952 5 mm)).

teapot applique

The paper, which had these great flocked pink birds (“Oh So Moody/Birds” Heidi Grace Designs for Fiskars), was the beginning of my inspiration. I added the year with some bright green rub-on transfers.

OTHER MATERIALS/PROCESSES: For Name: “Old Claude” letter stamps from Paper Source (I can now stamp anything for anyone named Ellen, Elle, ,Nell, Len, Lee, etc…), stamped with Color Box pigment (“pistachio”), then heat-embossed with “Rainbow Sparkle Lite” embossing powder from JudiKins, on “Blossom Clover Chart” paper from Paper Source. I cropped each letter, and outlined the letters with a fine-tipped magenta Sharpie.

The “1” is hand-cut (duh) from the reverse side of the “Blossom Clover Chart” paper, and pasted on “cupcake” paper (Doodlebug Design)*

*Be warned, if you use this paper, you will likely “glitter” for several days, as will all the furniture, and your cat.

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1 Response to “Ellen’s Birthday Book”


  1. 1 dana June 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    What a super sweet thing to do! Love it!


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