With my Child Development background, I learned that "it's the process, not the product". I whole-heartedly agree with this, to a point. I do so enjoy the process of scrapbooking. However, I needed to change something in order to stay somewhat current with the "product".
Since I have 4 children and am making albums for each of them, AND I am keeping a scrapbook for the family(which really means "Me"), I decided to only highlight a year for each child. Let me explain. For each child's birthday I create a page that celebrates their past year. One headshot, a birthday pic, activities pics, school/teacher pic... from the past year. I do a quick journal of their highlights for that year. That is all that will go in the family album. The rest of the album will highlight only activities, holidays and events that pertain to the whole family. Individual activities and events will go in the kids' albums. Make sense? I made this layout for my daughter, Kate's 7th birthday. (She is a twin, so her sister, Nicole has an identical layout, only with her pics). It celebrates her 6th year, hence the title "Celebrate Six".
This layout was inspired by Got Sketch? 40:
Stamps: CTMH Happy Birthday (C1257), Technique Tuesday Main Street Lowercase, Anna Griffin Darcy Collection (Retro Background image on the yellow CS)
Paper: (Dutch Blue Stripe)CTMH Animal Cookies, (Red Polka Dot)Bo Bunny
Cardstock: CTMH White Daisy, CTMH Textured Duos in Sunflower (backside)
Inks: CTMH Honey, Tulip and Dutch Blue
Accessories: White Grosgrain ribbon, CTMH Summer Craft Buttons(Z1282)
EDITED NOTE: I handcut the yellow shape behind pic and under journaling. I have not taken the leap into the die cutting machines, yet. I'm waiting to see if CTMH comes out with one in the next catty. A couple of ideas to get the shape: 1) Buy a pre-printed die-cut from your local Scrapbook Store and save it to trace and cut 2)"eyeball" it (not my favorite) or 3) stamp a parenthesis from a stamp set to the back side and cut away (this is what I did using the parenthesis from Noteworthy). Hope that helps.