The above layout was my first effort. I decided to use a technique from Shimelle's Pretty Paper Party, the stacked paper mats idea. I alternated patterned paper with solid cardstock, making sure I saved little offcuts for the cluster of ribbons in the top corner. I decided also to break out my Sew Easy tool from We R Memory Keepers and put a row or two of stitched asterisks on the page, and of course, add the.... Sparkles! I stamped a journaling block and co-ordinating flourish by Bo Bunny and added Sparkles! to those too. I die-cut a title from Tim Holtz Vintage Market Sizzlits. This one's for me. I love it too much to let it go!
Similar layout and same background paper, but that's where the similarity ends. The stitching is scallops and zig-zags, with a stitched title to boot. It didn't show up so well, so I outlined it with black pen. More Bo Bunny stamping in the corners and I used strips of stick-on gems for the actual Sparkles! This one is the most boy-friendly one I made, so it's going to my brother.
I put away the Sew Easy because after all the stitching I had done in the other two, I thought it was time for a change. I also thought it was time to change the positioning of the photo and used another Shimelle idea (strip of cardstock stripes) to make it more interesting. I stamped with another Bo Bunny set to add interest to some of the cardstock, doodled the title and vertical line of scallops, added the info and an entire margin full of Sparkles! This one's going to the girl on the left. I hope she likes it!!
And finally one for Mom! She loves this dark peacock blue colour, so I thought I'd use it as the background along with a not-quite-whole piece of Basic Grey patterned paper that tones with it. I used a few off-cuts from the previous page to create clusters of rectangles above and below the photo. I followed the curves of the hand-torn paper to place the die-cut title and the Sparkles!
Now, my only obstacle is to actually get around to sending them out. Oh dear.... people who know me will know just how *wonderful* I am at posting things. :)