This post was originally featured on my OG blog, but I’ve edited and added to it for reposting. Thinking about a gift for a 21st birthday is difficult. I didn’t have a lot of money at the time but I wanted something that would make a big impact: an art journal/scrapbook album combination. This was for my best friend Marlee.
I started working on it in late July 6 years ago, and it took a few months to complete. Naturally I had other things going on so it wasn’t a few months solely dedicated to this project. When I wrote the post originally, I had about 20 (front and back) pages done, but I printed 250+ photos. I didn’t use ALL of the photos, but I used many of them since some pages featured a few photos. I used heavy duty cardstock and I think I bound it together with a 3 hole punch and fabric to tie each hole together.
Here is a sneak peek of some of my favorite pages so far- I hope you enjoy! And I hope this gives you some inspiration to do something similar! Recreate this for a family member, friend, or significant other- I’m sure they’ll LOVE the details and time it took to make them something one-of-a-kind.
I wasn’t featured in all the pictures… which makes sense since I’m not her whole life. I definitely wanted to sprinkle in our photos more than some of her other friends, but I really wanted this to feature some of her biggest milestones, moments, and friends/family until now.
As you can tell, she is a badass and has done multiple bike tours across the county/other countries!
This one was a cool one to do- they were a bunch of silly pictures our other friend took of us at a restaurant. They are largely the same but we’re making different faces so it’s a neat flip-through. I used something similar to this.
We go back all the way to middle school. Here we are as leaving 8th graders at our ceremony… I remember how utterly awkward middle school was.
I added a bunch of quotes I think she would love and made them artsy. If I were to do another scrapbook today, I have many other resources to use, including things I can create online and print out. For this one, I mostly stuck to handwritten/hand created.
I tried to make each page different- even the ones with photos. It was more difficult to do but I varied the number of pictures, the placement, the design around them, etc.
I would LOVE to do something like this again as another gift. Maybe one for Chris or my parents. I think handmade gifts are often the best gifts to receive. I am making a mental note to include a handmade gift for everyone for Christmas. It’s a little over 4 months away- you can never start planning too early!Here's an AWESOME handmade gift idea! Click To Tweet
Have you ever, or would you ever create a scrapbook album like this as a gift? Tell me or show me what yours looks like if you have!
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