birthday party is a big thing, but for Ella, the cake was the
biggest thing she had ever seen. Much of it made it into her
mouth. Much more was on her face, her hands, in her hair, and
some they found later on the ceiling. Still, it was
a terrific day
for the little princess and her family - and we tried to capture it for
her birthday scrapbook.
There were so many pictures from the party that we decided to create a
collage of photos on part of the page. A collage is artwork
composed of portions of existing
images such as photographs, arranged so that they
join, overlap or blend to create a new image. For Ella's
collage, we used six photos and cut them in both geometric
and silhouettes. The kaleidoscopic effect gives a sense
exciting party atmosphere.
The vintage birthday postcard we found had a charming verse: "May each moment make you glad
that you're alive. Isn't it the grandest thing to have
Birthdays arrive?" That gave us our cue for Ella's
journaled response - "It's all about the cake!"
This is a birthday scrapbook page for Ella to treasure.
Print the vintage image on matte photo
paper and trim it. Glue
it to a larger piece of pink trim paper. Trim the pink paper
around the image with decorative edge scissors.
the white paper to 5" X 12" as a backing for your photo collage.
Arrange your photos, trim them so the edges overlap to cover the entire
backing paper, and adhere them to the backing (see Tips).
Cut a 1" strip of light pink paper and trim one
edge with decorative edge scissors.
Cut out a silhouette of your birthday child for
the left side of the page.
Journal the who, what, when, where and why on
dark pink paper, and cut it in the shape of a cartoon word balloon.
Position all of your elements on the
background, and adhere them with glue stick or adhesive.
Arranging a collage takes some trial and error.
Be thrifty: Print a
set or two of your photos on plain paper using your printer's low-ink
draft setting and use them to plan your arrangement. For your
final page, use color copies or scans of your photos - preserve the
A photo collage is most effective when the
pictures are organized
to tell a story. Ella's collage begins at the top with a
of the big banner announcing her party. Dad carried her in, and she was
immediately mesmerized by the balloons on the ceiling. There
party games. There was the fateful cake episode. And finally,
Ella opened her first birthday presents ever.
trimming photos for a collage, vary your techniques to add interest.
Begin by placing the larger, more important images, then fill in around
them. Use large portions of some pictures and details from
others. Include some figures as cut-out silhouettes.
If some of
the white paper edges are prominent on some photos, touch them up with
a similar-color marker. Go lightly because the ink will bleed
onto your photo.
cutting out silhouettes with fine detail,
two techniques will help. First, hold the scissors at a
45-degree angle toward the back of the paper to reduce the white edge
that will show. Second, move the paper as you cut, not the