Hi! poki here with a Birthday project to share with you this month. I am a great-aunt to four young children who I think are amazing! I began a tradition with the first great nephew back in 2007 when he turned one year old. Each year for his birthday, Aunt poki buys him a book for his growing collection (I personalize it with a bookplate with name and date received) and a bank! That first year, Blake’s bank had $3.65 in it … one cent for each day he’d been alive! I’ve continued to increase the amount of money I put into the banks each year, although now with 4 children I am not matching the number of days alive on all of them! I know they’re keeping their banks (I’ve seen the growing collections when I visit) and I can only hope they are saving the money inside – it will make a nice “nest egg” when it’s time to head off to college.
I found a cute metal bank at my favorite dollar store which provided the inspiration for this project. The bank was originally decorated with Super Heroes (which would please 8 year old Blake, but 4 year old Gabrielle – probably not!) so I decided to personalize the bank with the Digichick’s collab:
I knew the bright colors in this kit would be appealing to the recipients of this birthday collection!
Along with the digital supplies in BIRTHDAY BASH, I used these traditional scrapbooking supplies to complete the project:
My work process:
BANK BANDS – I measured the circumference of the bank, at 11 1/2″ which posed a printing dilemma … solved when I remembered the 11″ x 18″ white card stock which I purchased in bulk for another project several years ago. I just cut it down to legal size (8 1/2″ x 14″) to print my bands at 4 1/2″ x 11 1/2″. Both dimensions were a little larger than needed, so that I could trim to fit as I added the band to the bank! After trimming to fit the band artwork to the bank, I applied Scor-tape (double sided sticky tape) to both ends of the band, and simply wrapped it around the bank! You can see in my preview that I personalized each band … with the child’s name, and the appropriate number of candles on the cake!
GIFT BAG – I created a personalized art piece for the front of the yellow gift bags (which I purchase 2 for $1 at my favorite dollar store)
NAME TAGS – I also made special name tags to clip on the bags. The clips are just regular wooden clothes pins with matching BIRTHDAY BASH paper attached to each side. The name tag was created to fit my 2 1/2″ circle punch. In order to conserve paper, I added these name tag circles to the legal size printout with the bands. Printed circles were punched with the circle punch, adhered to the yellow cardstock scalloped circles, before being attached to the clothes pins!
POCKET CARD On a recent search on Pinterest (oh, my … I can spend a lot of time there!) I found a really cute pocket card called a TWISTED CARD, and I made one using BIRTHDAY BASH! I thought you might like to see this card which would be perfect to hold a gift card or paper money. If you will search Pinterest for TWISTED CARD, you will find lots of samples (some even have dimensions for the papers needed to decorate the pockets … I experimented to find what worked for me!) Here is what I printed to add to my yellow cardstock base card.
Here are images of the Twisted card – outside
You can see that I used the star button and paper string to decorate the “Happy Birthday” wordart circle. The pocket on the front of my card doesn’t open, but that was just my choice. You can leave it open as a pocket if you want! Here’s the inside of the card:
Here is my completed collection … finished just in time for the first of the birthdays, March 3!
Other Articles by poki04:
- "Family and Friends" mini pocket book - September 29th, 2014
- It's SPRING and almost Easter! - April 18th, 2014
- Fussy cutting project ... long time coming! - January 31st, 2014
- Christmas Card keeper - December 2013 - December 20th, 2013
- Altered Canvas: Seek-N-Find Puzzle - November 29th, 2013