My daughter Shannon is graduating from High School this year. It’s such an exciting time of her life. It’s also a time for me to reflect on her childhood, which has gone by WAY too fast.
When my kids were in pre-school, I started (and vowed to finish) school scrapbooks for each of them. Each grade follows the following format: A title page with their official school picture, filler pages with special photos, artwork, or major events, and then a pocket to keep all the little things I don’t ever want to throw away, like certificates, awards, class play brouchers, etc. Some years, I was better at taking pictures, but there was always something to put in those filler pages. At first, I was really good at scrap booking on time when the events were actually happening, then I sort of let things slide.
I remember when my son graduated from High School, I had about five years to make up and I told myself I wouldn’t let that happen again. Well, I did. In fact, it’s worse because this time I have six years to make up and only a couple months to do it!
I started with something easy. I first designed the page above when Shannon was in Fifth Grade. I thought it would be fun to have one page that showed all her school photos from Kindergarten to High School. Each year, I added a new school photo, so it didn’t take much work to finish up the page. I was up to 9th grade, so I just had to dig out the last few year’s photos. For Shannon’s Senior photo on the top, I used the Curvy Corner Trio Punch to make a frame.
Now back to where I left off on Shannon’s “book.” I’m actually starting book two, because pre-school to 5th grade is full and I can barely close it. The first book was 100% traditional scrap book pages. Since then, I’ve completed a few digital pages here and there, but I figure I might as well use all those school photos I purchased over the years. So for the title pages with the school photos, I’ll continue to use traditional scrap booking.
For the page below, I used the Number of Years bundle for the title, and the Botanical Blooms bundle to decorate the page with flowers. And, I used a sheet of Awesomely Artistic Designer Series Paper (free during Sale-A-Bration with a purchase of $50) for the background.
The Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits Dies couldn’t be more perfect for this project. I’m going to use them on every title page. I love the banner and “grade” stamp.
I remember this school photo, because Shannon’s favorite color was green, and she really wanted to have a green background. So, I thought I’d play up that color with all the leaves from the Botanical Blooms stamp set and coordinating Botanical Builders Framelits Dies. Then, I picked up the soft yellow from her shirt for the flowers.
I cut all the leaves out first and then added the stamps afterwards. I find it easier to line up the photopolymer stamps than vice versa (stamping first and then lining up the framelit.) My trick is to line up the top and bottom of the leaf stem, and then everything seems to fall into place. As for the flowers, I just used a Sponge Dauber to add a little So Saffron ink to the centers.
Just to add a little more interest to the page, I stamped a border using the Botanical Blooms stamp set and Crumb Cake ink.
Both the Number of Years stamp set and Large Number Framelits Dies, and the Botanical Blooms stamp set and Botanical Builders Framelits Dies are sold in discounted bundles.
Supplies used on my scrapbook page: