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30 is the New 20 Scrapbook

by Amy Bowerman

I recently finished a scrapbook for a friends 30th Birthday gift.  Originally, I had planned to make her jewelry because she often admires the jewelry I make for myself.  While attending her 30th birthday party she informed me that she had forgotten her camera so I offered to take pictures for her….that’s when I got the idea to make the album. The design for this scrapbook was inspired by “Josie” Cirincione .  Her books are fabulous and chock full of inspiring ideas and techniques.  You can find instructions on how to make a similar scrapbook in her book “Collage Lost and Found”.


30th birthday scrapbook

30 is the NEW 20!!

The cover is made from canvas board covered with metal tape…the kind the HVAC guys use…had to go to Home Depot for that.  After wrapping the canvas in metal tape it was distressed with sand paper and colored with Tea dye and Brushed Corduroy Distress ink.  The slide casings were stamped with script.  I cut bright Bazzil cardstock to fit the window of the slides after stamping and embossing them with a variety of stamps….mostly Stamper’s Anonymous.  I attached an assortment of metal brads to the top corners to close the slides and adhered everything with Household Goop glue (STRONG stuff!).

I wanted to create a pattern of bright colors and bold shapes and quotes.  Within the slide patterns there is a message…”30 IS the new 20″

The book was bound with sturdy black wire which I added some fun charms too.  Unfortunately, they aren’t visible in the photo but there is a whale (Christina likes Vineyard Vines), a star, and a charm that says “Live Loud”.

30th birthday scrapbook

It’s a boat party!!…on dry land?

The theme of the party was all things preppy….Polo’s with popped collars, vineyard vines, and cardigans tied around the waist…essentially a “Boat party on Dry Land”….at least that’s what it said on the invite.  For this page I used some ocean themed scrapbook paper I had in my stash leftover from my wedding scrapbook.  The torn pages were distressed with Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy Distress ink and I used stickers I had on hand to give some color to the page.  How cute is that whale?  He just screamed Vineyard Vines to me so I had to throw him in.

30th birthday scrapbook

When in doubt…ACCESORIZE!!

For this page I created a belt from scrap cardstock and a craft metal sheet.  The sentiment is from a girls night quote stack I snagged on clearance and couldn’t be more perfect to describe the photo…It’s kind of hard to tell but Rich and Christina are wearing the same belt….hence the belt at the bottom of the page.   The ribbon around the photo was a perfect match to the argyle socks Christina was wearing that night…how cool is that!?

30th birthday scrapbook


This page is all about the girls!  That’s me in the pink….had to visit the Goodwill for that shirt seeing how I haven’t worn a Polo since I graduated Catholic Highschool :)

30th birthday scrapbook

Attitude…it’s a way of life!!

There was some fierce competition going on around the beer pong table so I had to add the “Attitude” quote and thought the ticket stamps were fitting because it certainly was a “show.”  It’s a little hard to tell but I used deckle scissors to trim the backgrounds of the photos like ticket stubs as well.

30th birthday scrapbook

For this page I didn’t have to do much….I added the metal friendship embellishment and punched some flowers and gave them a rhinestone center….it almost looks like the paper came that way.

30th birthday scrapbook


I was pretty successful at getting people to pose during the party….wanted to make sure all the guests were represented.  I felt like a photographer at a fancy restuarant….although I did not charge a fee for my services :)

30th birthday scrapbook

Enjoy the Journey

Distressed edges and some stamped snippets of travel themed cardstock complete this page.

30th birthday scrapbook

Get it Poppin!!

Apparently, Christina can’t resist a popped collar nor could I resist devoting a page to these popped collar shots.

30th birthday scrapbook

A girls best friend 

This is one of my favorite pages…this one brought a tear when I gave it to her.

30th birthday scrapbook

It’s ALL about Me!!

A speech before the cake…and some more metal letters.

30th birthday scrapbook

20’s Exit stage left

I snapped a photo of the Exit sign in the restaurant where the party was held.  I already had this page envisioned when I took it.  Lots and lots of Stampers Anonymous stamps were used here.

30th birthday scrapbook

Me & C*

Found the “C” in a magazine and built this page around it….thought it was a perfect ending to this creation.

Christina loved her 30th Birthday Scrapbook.  She told me it was the greatest gift she had ever been given.  Hearing those words were the greatest gift she could have given me :)

Thanks for checking out my creation have a fabulous day!!






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