Monday, August 11, 2014


We wanted to make this party easy on my not so mobile 90-year old we threw him a surprise party at his own house! All the details were planned in secret with my sisters and brother. Everything was hush-hush. Then on the big day we all just started showing up...with food, decorations, and more food. It was quite the surprise.

I ended up with (3) 4x6 photos that I wanted to scrap together, groupings of my dad with his grandkids, his children, and our accompanying spouses. I went with a design that I like to refer to as building blocks. The three photos are placed one on top the other along one edge, with a border strip (or two). Then I start layering patterned paper. It's like stacking blocks, or with them askew...tumbling blocks!  There's a substantial base, but as you go up the papers become narrower, less cluttered with embellishment, and more of the background peeks through. 

But did you notice? My photos do the opposite! The busier photo on the top would have competed too much with the heavily embellished block on the bottom right. Consequently, I placed the photo with the fewest people in that bottom left spot and the busiest up top. Much better.

It is so fun to decorate a page when you have as many happy embellishments as there are in the Scraptastic Celebration kits-an embellishment gold mine. In fact, I had to restrain myself as not to overwhelm the eye.

Check back tomorrow for a non-birthday page scrapped with the same Scraptastic kit. It's a favorite of mine!


Mary Pat Siehl said...

What a great layout!
Love the layering!

S said...

I like the layering too. I like scrapping pictures of momentous birthdays like this one too. Nicely scrapped.

Tanya Ham said...

What a great layout, and so nice for you all to surprise him!! :) I love the term "building blocks," I'm going to remember that!! :)

Susan Stringfellow said...

oh how cool - love that balance idea. I really love the party that you took to him. That's so precious.

Tammy said...

Aw, what a fantastic layout! Precious photos and memories. :)

TL Marzewski said...

Madeline, what a really sweet surprise for your father! And sweet page as well. Thanks for sharing your balance tips!