IMG_3079I know….I know….it is almost the first of a new year and I am just now getting around to documenting my kids first day of school. What can I say? The first day of school this year was hard for me. I have my oldest graduating high school! I left my teaching career to stay home with him and never went back to it. I have enjoyed every single minute I have had with my children. Knowing that my oldest is a senior and towers over me (he is 6’6) has me in emotional turmoil. Needless to say, creating this year’s Back to School layout was hard.

I first came up with the above sketch that I used differently on each layout. Starting with my youngest’s page:


I have had this paper in my stash for over a decade. It was nice to finally have a reason to use it! Granted it feels like I just picked it out at my LSS (that shut down over 8 years ago) yesterday. Yes, I still remember when I bought the paper! That kiddo in the picture was with me in a stroller the day I got it. He was antsy and kept arching his little back letting out angry grunts to let me know his displeasure. Now he is in junior high….oh how time flies!


For my daughter’s junior year layout I simply moved the picture over to the center and added a ruler I found in a pack of four at the Dollar store. She is in honors classes and transferred to a new school this year because the one she was going to did not have enough class selections for her.


I stayed fairly true to the sketch for my senior. The gears are actually buttons I found at Joann’s and I love them. I am so proud of this kid! It was bittersweet as I put this in his school scrapbook — the last page! I remember completing his Kindergarten layout and wondering how on earth I was ever going to fill it up. Would I forget? I used to worry that I would, but I never did. I am so glad I took the time to document each and every year. This will not only serve as a keepsake, but will be pulled out at his Graduation party and probably at his wife’s baby shower when they are having their first son. In the mean time I have looked through that album more in the last month than in the last 12 years.

Just remember that the days are long and the years are short. You may be going through sleepless nights and temper tantrums with your littles. Or perhaps you had your kids close together like I did and you are just trying to get through the day with no one getting hurt. I know it is hard and you may be longing for the time when they are grown and all the fun things you can do again. These days are priceless and you will never ever get them back. Try to enjoy every stage because it will be over before you know it.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!