Paper Collage Layouts

Once a month I attend my favorite local craft stores crop! What is a crop you may ask? Basically it is a modern day spin on the old quilting bees in which women got together to work on a quilt. Now we get together to paper craft! It is a wonderful time to dedicate to catching up on my scrapbook and socializing with other like minded ladies. Plus, it a great opportunity to support local small businesses! Do you know that 60% of what you spend at your local small business goes right back into your community? Great excuse to shop ūüôā

Completed Layouts

After 8 years of basketball my son threw his last basketball because he graduated high school. This layout documents that day. I had a pair of Converse made in his school colors that I wore to every game the last four years — those are pictured to your left. He and I right before he went on the court for the last time takes center stage. Finally, his last warm up. Ironically, this page used the last of the basketball line I have been using to document his basketball career.

To document the prom I used this kit for my son’s page. Yes, it is Sleeping Beauty, but it lent itself well to a princely layout.

My daughter is a junior and was able to go this year too! They posed for some fun photos before heading out individually with their friends and dates.

My daughter and her friends got ready at our house and had a sleep over. It was a great night and they all had a blast.

Of course the girls did some fun photos too! Love these girls and I am so glad my daughter has such a wonderful group of friends that have been around since early elementary school.

One of my friends at the crop hosted wonderful make and take in which we got to create a tag!

Do you have crops at your craft store? I am so blessed that we have one every month! It seriously is my favorite day!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Back To School Layouts

I have kept a school album for each of my children from preschool through high school. Well, they still are in school, but it will go through high school. When they were little it was so much fun and easy to find cute back to school paper crafting goodies. As they have gotten older it has become challenging to find anything back to school that is mature like them, yet reflective of who they are and what they are becoming. So, I have ventured outside of the typical back to school supplies and used other things for the layouts.

Parker is going into the 6th grade. He needed something cool, but still kid friendly. I opted for stars in different textures in which I die cut out in various shapes and used as a border. I added a few bottle cap sequins from Brutus Monroe to finish it off. 

 Annie is entering 10th grade. I decided to use an inspirational kit from Brutus Monroe because she is changing from an impressionable child to a confidant young adult. It reminds me of a transformation that a butterfly undergoes. I love the layering butterfly die!

Logan is entering 11th grade! I decided to use a library back ground stamp and a traditional school style stamp set by Brutus Monroe to create his page. I added a small basketball because that is his life! 
This is the first year I did not use the same sketch and product line for each kiddo. They each turned out great and I hope the kids will cherish them when they receive their albums. 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!