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June 18, 2017 3 min read

If there’s one thing kids can’t seem to get enough of about birthday parties, it’s the presents! So when I sat down to scrapbook my daughter’s 5th birthday party, I knew gifts were in order. Okay, so it didn’t hurt that I was also working with Queen & Co.’s cute Pretty Presents Shaker Kit. Happiness! 
To create this page, I started by creating a photo collage of images I wanted to include using the Project Life app on my phone. This way, I was able to print a bunch of bitty images on a single 4x6 sheet of photo paper. Well, two sheets, if I’m getting technical.
As luck would have it, the photos sized to just smaller than the largest present die in this kit, giving me an awesome matting idea. 
No Scraps Left Behind! 
As luck would have it, my daughter was watching Trolls as I crafted. A popular line from this flick: No Troll left behind! Seems so fitting here. No scrap left behind! The hoarder in me who doesn’t throw anything away LOVES the challenge of putting each and every aspect of the diecut image to use. 
Left over circles?
Looks like balloons to me!
Left over half circles? A scalloped border in the making! 
Leftover… random pieces? Use them to piece together a present accent. 
In this case, I used the center of my foam as the foundation of the gift, added paper, and layered on those leftovers.
Wanting to add a few words to the page, I trimmed the center out of an extra diecut present. Layered over grid paper, I had a journaling card that goes well with the overall page design. 
The rest of that particular piece was put to use in the intended way, as a shaker gift on the page. 
This kit is so bright and happy that a white background seemed in order, especially with the energy all of the gifts add. But I didn’t want to go end to end without a little added definition somewhere, so I layered some scraps of paper to the rest of my white cardstock piece, added some foam squares, and made a base layer for the page. 
Finally, for the ‘mingo (my five-year-old’s way of saying flaming), I punched three scallopped ovals from the pink pattern in the 6x6 pad, stacked them together, machine stitched down the center, and fluffed the pieces up to create a body. 
I just drew the head (thinking of the #2 shape) and legs (thinking of a #4 shape) and added a bow in her hair, because she’s so fancy! 
When it comes to using a bunch of photos on a single 12x12 page, grid designs are where it’s at! I love that I can cram those pics in without the page getting too congested. 
And I’m all about subtle tricks that keep a page from feeling too flat. This present die is perfect for that purpose, because the bows pop off the page. 
I hope you’ve unwrapped an idea or two with this post. Happy summer, friends!
Megan Hoeppner
Queen & Co. Supplies Used
Patterned paper, bows, shaker kit, and die: Pretty Presents Shaker Kit 
Other Supplies Used
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Letter Stickers: Pink Paislee; Punch: Stampin’ Up!; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L