I knew the star background from the Holiday Backdrops Kit Cuts would work perfectly with photos of my son's twelfth birthday. I enlarged it to 9.5 x 9.5 and cut it out of white cardstock, backing several of the stars with papers from the new Modern Mercantile line, as well as the bicycle mini paper from the Magpie collection.
My photos were adhered to the left side of the die cut and I backed the whole thing with the light blue patterned paper from the Modern Mercantile collection. For my title, I used the new Printer's Block Alpha rub-ons applied to one of the larger stars:
A piece of teal twill tape across the center of the die cut adds contract and leads the eye to my journaling tags, which I've slipped behind the die cut to keep the page design clean and uncluttered:
Because the die cut portion of my page has been adhered with foam squares, there is room to easily slide the journaling cards underneath them.
Finally, I added two of the domino chipboard pieces to the upper right corner of my die cut. The two "six" pieces were perfect to indicate my son's age:
Be sure to check out all of the background die cuts (and many other designs!) in the Kit Cuts section of the JBS Mercantile.