Remember here and here and here when I introduced you to my best girls as a prelude to telling you all about my birthday trip??? And here where I gave you a sneak peek at my weekend, at the same time I was absorbing the news of my soon-to-be-unemployed husband? Then life just happened and somehow I never came back to the birthday get-away. Here today to rectify all that!
I had created a cute little mini travel album before I left for the weekend, via instructions from Ali Edwards' Scrapbook on the Road class (self-paced, immediate download).
My best girls had set me up with a pin proclaiming my upcoming 50th birthday, a tiara, and a timer. Turns out every time the timer went off, I was given a gift. This went on all weekend. Guess how many gifts I received??? yep, FIFTY!
We started with lunch locally at The Perk. And of course, they had the staff sing Happy Birthday to me.
Then we hit the road. And the gifting continued throughout the road trip there - nearly 3 hours!
Deanna's notes were all mini layouts (her first attempts at digi scrapping were fantastic!) and her gifts were charms for my Pandora bracelet - each representing what she loved about me.
Rachel's notes were all photographs with text added and the gifts were fun, quirky, silly things, ranging from chocolate chip cookies to an electric outlet, meant to represent in some way the specific memory her photo described.
Krystal's notes were notes - handwritten little love notes - each accompanied with a gift that ranged from a 3 ring binder full of scrapbook sketches to a camera strap to cute colored binder clips.
When you combine all of their contributions together, the album is one of the most beautiful, meaningful, and treasured gifts I have ever received.