Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Project Life: The Birthday Week

You would be forgiven for thinking that Scarlett's birthday lasted a week rather than a day looking at the spread for this week. In truth it was a bit of a drawn out process. Her actual birthday was on Monday. We had her in school Montessori celebration on Friday and her party was on Sunday. Kudos to the small girl who made her third birthday last an entire seven days.

I was inspired by Danielle Higginbottom-Brown's use of some old MME papers on her Project Life. I decided to take a similar tack and pulled a bunch of old Crate Paper pieces from my stash along with one Little Yellow Bicycle butterfly print and I got started. This page is all Crate Paper with the exception of some cut outs from a sheet of Dear Lizzy paper from her previous collection and a Studio Calico month tag. The whole week has a lot of pieces from a cut apart sheet from the Crate Paper Party Day collection. It made the spread come together really well.

This page is all pictures from Miss Three's actual birthday. She and I were both under the weather so we had a very quiet day. She opened her presents, played with her new toys including some new Little People Disney Princesses and a carriage to get them to the ball on time and two baby dolls. She ended the day with her requested dinner of a home made hot dog and chips with lots of sauce.

There are two inserts this week to cover Miss Three's birthday party at Build A Bear. This page is more Crate Paper with some Hampton Arts paper (perfectly sized for the square pockets) and some more Dear Lizzy images. Oh and a little October Afternoon washi for some number interest.

The photos pretty much speak for themselves with the inserts. We had a great party with six of Scarlett's little friends and their parents. I can totally recommend a Build A Bear party as the women working there were really great with the children and they were all very engaged with the process of making their own toy. Best of all no goody bags to worry about as they take the bear home with them!

More of the same Crate Paper and Hampton Arts papers here with the addition of a Creative Bubble printable along side the picture of Miss Three and her new Rainbow Bear.

The inserts cover all the phases of the party right through to cake eating at the end. There were a couple of images I wanted in a larger size so I included those in our second standard page.

I loved the group shot (minus one camera shy guest) and the very serious looking Scarlett with her two best buds before she blew out her candles. Birthdays are quite serious when you are three.

 The first three smaller photos on this page are from her school celebration. It was such a moving way of celebrating the way Scarlett has grown and changed in the last three years. I was very touched by it and the lovely way her classmates took part. It was totally worth putting together the 23 goody bags the night before!

I have included a couple of other photos to show that we did do a little bit of non birthday related stuff. One of the local malls celebrated the Japanese holiday Girls' Day and we went to see the celebrations and S and T had their photos taken. We also had a trip out to West Coast Park where S showed off her climbing skills on a lovely sunny day.

These pages were all backed on Little Yellow Bicycle butterflies or Crate Paper polka dots with very minimal embellishment. I was a little bit worn out by the end of this week!

I still love Project Life and am all ready to share the next week's pages too. It is such a fun way to record the details that might otherwise be forgotten.


  1. I love the old and new Crate Paper together here. Such a sweet spread to document your daughter's birthday. I'm sure she will treasure this :)

  2. Just great how you captured the birthday theme