So, it was my birthday recently and I was lucky enough to receive some very lovely presents.

I was especially pleased as my lovely presents were wrapped in lots of lovely things – think wrapping paper printed with mini cakes, red and white polka dot paper, ribbons and something that looked liked a miniature hot pink feather boa. Very interesting.

So I got thinking, and set myself a challenge to scrap some pictures from my birthday but using the wrapping papers and other lovely bits and pieces that had come attached to presents.

The result? It came out very differently to most of the pages that I make and I struggled a bit with the whole red and pink thing. I’ve seen it done very successfully before on other people’s layouts, so I knew it wasn’t impossible, which is why I used two papers from the Basic Grey Junebug collection to try and tie it together.

birthday layout

birthday layout close-up

This ribbon was wrapped around some flowers and it's stuck to a cardstock pull-out tag which has a birthday message from my sister attached.

birthday layout close-up 2

To highlight my greediness at having two cakes that day (!), I punched out a picture of a cake that was printed on one of the wrapping papers and glued the feather boa thingy underneath.

All in all it was really satisfying to step out of my comfort zone, and setting an interesting task certainly makes it easier to do this. I’m sure scrapping with birthday bits & pieces is nothing new – has anyone else tried anything similar? And did you have any particularly interesting materials you re-purposed?

N x