A 40th birthday card and a special gift for Jenn

I’m back with another birthday story. My sweet daughter-in-law, Jenn, celebrated her 40th birthday last week. I call her “my little garden girl,” because her passion is gardening or, as she calls it, “playing in the dirt.” Here is the easel card I made for her, all in her favourite colour, purple. I used my Copic markers to colour the pretty gardening image. (I love my Copics). The photo below it is the envelope.

Jenn's 40th birthday card-Open


Jenn birthday envelope for her birthday cardI wanted to give Jenn a gift that she would be able to enjoy for years to come–and, after all, 40 is a BIG life event that merits a special gift. I decided that a scrapbook of her life, from birth to 40, would be the best present I could give her!

Jenn 40th Birthday-with scrapbook

With the help of Jenn’s wonderful husband, Neil (my son) and her awesome sister, Lesley, I gathered photos of the birthday girl from birth to the present day. I started in January and completed the album in May, just a week or so before her birthday!

The whole time I was creating the album, I did it with fingers crossed that Jenn would really love my special gift to her. I was not, however, prepared for her very emotional reaction. From the moment she opened the cover, to the very last page, my sweet birthday girl cried, with emotion and happiness. That one book held so many memories of her childhood and her late parents. She laughed and she cried. We all did.

Here’s a photo of my granddaughter, Ashleigh (Jenn and Neil’s daughter), with Jenn, her sister, Lesley, my mom and me. Thanks to my amazing husband for taking lots of photos, including this one.

Ash Jenn Lesley Nan Gloria looking at Jenn's scrapbook

Here’s my wonderful son,  Neil. In his words, he was “so happy just watching everyone loving his girls!”


I hope you have an opportunity to make a scrapbook for someone special. The time, money and effort you put into it will come back to you ten-fold in love and appreciation!

2 thoughts on “A 40th birthday card and a special gift for Jenn

  1. Thanks so much for making my 40th so wonderful! It was the sweetest most thoughtful gift and I will enjoy it forever! xoxoxoxo

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