I am terribly far behind on my scrapbooking. A couple of years behind now - ouch!
So I decided that since the first day of school just passed, and I'm now entering my third year in arrears, it's time to get back to it :)
It was hard to find the inspiration for the first page. But the second was easier, and the third and fourth were super fast to put together.
I've got my groove back ;)
I've had this school bus paper for probably 10 years now - it came in one of those giant packages of paper that Costco used to get once a year, and I think this was in the first year's pack. I believe the red with yellow and blue dots was also in that paper pack...
The school house is a die-cut I picked up from my local scrapbooking store so I'm not sure what template/die/digital file they used. It's a pretty straight forward piece, so I think I'll just draw my own and freehand cut it out the next time I need one for a page.
The school house is mounted on a piece of handmade paper I got at the dollar store. I love the texture and colour, but I try not to mount photos on handmade paper cause they might leach onto the pictures.
The traffic signs are stamps that I've had forever too. I just cut around them with scissors.
I did the title printing with some Martha Stewart paint pens because they are so vibrant against the black paper. I've always been disappointed in gel pens on dark paper, and the paint pens take some practice to avoid globs - but I like them better.
I added the crayon stickers over the bottom title, and I'm happy with this page :)
This is my son's favourite scrapbook layout, likely because it uses his favourite colours!
The left side border is a 1.5 inch strip of red cardstock, layered with a green wavy strip from a Creative Memories Snap Pack.
I put a 6 inch square of striped paper 2.5 inches from the top of the background, and a 4x2 inch rectangle from the bottom of the page. The green square is 2.5 inches, and it nicely frames the corrugated wavy frame.
A photo mat of 6.5 x 4.5 inches is ready to hold my first day photo (whenever I get them printed!)
I have LOTS of alphabet stickers and tiles, so I searched through until I found these wonky framed letters. The best thing about wonky shapes is you don't have to be exact when putiing them on the page cause nothing is square :)
After the page was all stuck down, I realized that I forgot to colour the star shapes, and they were kinda lost on the bright background. I lightly rubbed a black ink pad over the stars to smudge them and it mostly worked. There are a couple of smudges on the background papers, but I'm OK with that cause it adds character to the page.
I'm not perfect - why should my work be?!
A while ago, I was sorting through my alphabet tiles and packaged the letters into phrases and title words I'm likely to use. "Back 2 School" for example. I've also got "Birthday", "Vacation"...it just made sense that when a sheet was getting cut up to sort the remaining letters into little zippered bags (like we buy beads or brads in) with a label on it. So happy my system is working!!
The black and yellow striped paper is from Michaels Hot Buy sale last year (no, I didn't need to buy more, but I wanted more). The black helps to tone down the really bright tie-dyed looking paper. I left one piece as 6x4 and cut the other to 4x4 inches.
I know that I have 2 good pictures from the first day two weeks ago, and one will be cropped rectangular to be mounted on the large square, with a smaller piece of pale yellow added below for journalling. The second picture will be a close-up cropped circle mounted on the lower right hand square.
The cardstock stickers are so perfect for this page! The small blackboard nicely frames the "2", the apple fills the space above the title, and the pushpins add some colour and cuteness to the page.
Since I was on a roll, I made a fourth layout using some number and letter paper I had on hand. The 12x12 number paper is an excellent background, and I added the shiny silver strip of 4.25 inches about an inch from the left side of the page.
I used a 6x6 piece of handmade grey paper for the bottom mat, then a 5.25x4.75 inch rectangle of black paper as the top mat. I can crop a picture to fit here, and it should be fine on the black because the first day pictures are taken outside waiting for the bus.
A second 4x6 mat with the letter paper is on the lower left of the page, and it can be left as is, matted with another piece, or a photo cropped to fit directly on it.
I like keeping my options open when designing pages without having the pictures in front of me. I can add a third cropped picture on the silver paper, and a title can be added in the lower right corner or on the silver strip. Stickers, brads, smiley-grams from school...anything can be added to this layout!
I'm hoping to stay more current on my scrapbooking adventures. How are you doing at keeping up to date?
Starry Night QAL January blocks complete! Our group made 12 blocks last week for our new quilt along :)
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!
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A local Mom asked me to turn her children's baby outfits into a bed-sized quilt and I happily agreed!