I finally gave my dh his birthday card. I went around asking family members reasons why my dh should be celebrated as he is at a milestone age. After getting the answers, I had to think of how to put all these things into a card. I cut out 7 panels for his accordion card. Lo and behold, the project all worked out! The 7 panels worked out exactly and with 3 photos (in the front), here it is!
When I gave it to him he said, "This isn't a card. It's a project!" After he read through it, I had to ask, "did you like it?" He said he did then modestly added, "How much did you have to pay people to say nice things about me?"