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By Melody Peralta

Ever since I was a young, birthdays to me have always been special. Whether I had a large birthday party, or had a more laid-back event, I’ve always felt that each trip around the sun needed to be celebrated, and commemorated! My parents always made sure that we felt special on our birthdays, and I’ve carried on that tradition through my adult years. Though my birthday celebrations are now, more often than not, very low-key, cake is always a requirement!

Now that I have my own children, I’ve really enjoyed planning and carrying out their birthday celebrations. As someone who finds every reason to throw a little party, my collection of party goods has grown. So much work goes into party-planning, from the decorations, to the food, venue, etc. I thought it would be a great idea to remember all these special birthdays by combining photos and elements from each celebration into a scrapbook! MyPostcard photo prints worked perfectly to give a uniform look to each page. I also reprinted copies of each birthday event invitation using MyPostcard Photo Postcards. Make sure you order the postcards with an envelope, so they arrive in good condition!

Here what you will need to create your own birthday scrapbook…

Materials

The materials needed for a DIY birthday photobook project: prints, stickers and a scrapbook
Materials
  • MyPostcard photo prints in ‘Instant’ size (3.9 x 5.1 IN)
  • MyPostcard photo postcards (send in envelope)
  • Large self-adhesive photo album (with clear film cover on each page)
  • Double stick tape
  • Decorative stickers/ Letter stickers
  • Party elements that can lay flat (for example: confetti, napkins, paper decor, etc.)
  • Optional materials: Vinyl cutting machine (and accessories) to personalize the cover, decorative colored pens to caption photos, card stock to add page contrast in the background, washi tape

Directions

Step 1

Hands measuring the scrapbook
Step 1

Use a Cricut or another vinyl cutting machine to personalize the front of the birthday scrapbook. Suggestions: Person’s name or initials, date of birth.

[If you’re not using a vinyl cutting machine you can personalize the cover using other mediums such as puffy paint, acrylic paint, stickers, stencils etc. It will also depend on the material of the cover, the photo album I used had a cloth hard cover and can be found here.]                                                                             

Step 2

Hands evenly spreading MyPostcard photo prints in one page in the scrapbook diy
Step 2

Split photos up between pages. For my project, I used three photos per page to space them out and allow for decorative elements as well.

Step 3

Hands sticking on stickers in a page of the diy birthday scrapbook tutorial
Step 3

First, loosely lay out where you want each picture to go, including each invitation. Then begin experimenting with placing the decorative party elements such as confetti, napkins, ticket stubs, event bracelets, etc. (Remember that the elements should be able to lay flat or else the scrapbook pages may become bulky).

Step 4

Once you have a page laid out the way you want, use double stick tape to adhere photo prints and large flat items onto the page.

Step 5

Writing dates and descriptions to complete the last step of this birthday scrapbook tutorial
Step 5

Optional: Add captions, dates, names etc. at the bottom of the photo prints using colored flair pens. It’s a good way to remember what was going on in each photo. Replace the photo album film on each adhesive page to seal.

         This photo scrapbook also works with more low-key birthday celebrations, not just parties. For example, my daughter’s second birthday was spent eating a nice lunch with family and going to the zoo. I created her event invitation using a design app, and printed it using MyPostcard photo postcards with details of the day (even though technically no physical invitations were sent out at the time). For her decorative elements, I used animal stickers, and had saved the tickets from our day at the zoo.

The finishes DIY project of the birthday scrapbook gift for kids or adults
Here’s how it turned out!

         My hope is to give each of my children their own birthday scrapbook when they’re older to continue themselves into their adulthood. Another thing my parents always made sure of on birthdays was to always capture a picture to commemorate another year. MyPostcard App makes it so easy to print these photo memories and have them ready for DIY projects such as this!

         Are you a fan of celebrating birthdays?

DIY author, Melody stands in front of a wooden fence in a hat and a blue dress.

About the author

Melody is a holiday-loving, DIY & craft-making, motherhood, and lifestyle influencer from Southern California. She’s also a military spouse, an elementary school teacher, and has an energetic toddler named Izzy and a baby boy named Max. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, party planning, and dabbling in home decorating. Follow along for more crafting fun on Melody’s Instagram, @melodyinthemaking!

All images on this page are credited to Melody Peralta.

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You don’t need to be a DIY-expert to make these classy candles. All you need is some wax of your choice, a wick and a bubble candle silicon cast. And hey – reusable!

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Here’s what you need for your bubble candle

A flat laying on an apricot background showign the materials needed to make a bubble candle from scratch - 3 colour pigment bottles, 2 ready candles, wax, dried flowers and the wicks. Int he corner, photo prints.
Here’s what you need!
  • Paraffin or beeswax candle wax
  • Bubble silicon cast (or another shape of your choice!) 
  • Candle wick
  • Wick holder or cocktail sticks
  • (Optional) color pigment and dried flowers.

Here’s how to make it

If your silicon form doesn’t have a hole for your candlewick, make sure to pierce one first. It’s easiest using a needle. Next, stick the wick through the hole so that it sits in the middle of the candle. Keep it steady with the wick holder or two of your cocktail sticks to make sure it stays in the middle of your form. 

Melt the wax according to the packet instructions in a water bath. Make sure to mix it every now and then until the wax is completely fluid.  

Tip: The amount of wax you need depends on the size of your silicon cast. Melt too much rather than too little – anything that gets left over can be reused another time.

In the meantime you can decide to add dried flowers as decoration to the cast. 

Once the wax is fully melted, you can mix some color pigment with the wax. Your bubble candle can come in any and all colors!

Next, pour the hot wax into the bubble candle cast immediately. Make sure that the wick stays central.

A hand pours the melted wax into the silicone cast, with dried flowers in it.
Pour the wax into the candle form.

Now all you have to do is let the wax cool and solidify before removing the bubble candle from the cast. Done! It’s that easy to make your own cool bubble candles.

Two homemade white bubble candles lie on a orange and green material.
The end effect!

Check out our video tutorial for making bubble candles – along with more DIY ideas – on our Instagram account

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