Around these parts, today is back to school day. I know that might seem early to some of you, but we did finish the last school year right before Memorial Day. So the kid have had almost two and a half months off. I'm not going to lie. I'm excited to get back on a regular schedule, where we have more structure and purpose to our days. It's a bit different this year, since for the first time in eleven years (if I did my math right, which I'm not guaranteeing), I am only sending one kiddo to school.
I knew I was scheduled to do a post on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog today. Since my assigned day landed on the first day of school, I thought it would be a great time to scrap Sarah's photo from the first day of her freshman year of high school. After all, today she is enjoying her first day of her sophomore year of high school. It's nice to get the memories down from one year, before they get intermixed with the memories from the new year.
I usually document that first day of school photo at the beginning of the school year, which means my journaling is kept pretty simple, and most likely includes the standard “I think this will be a great year” phrase that I include on just about every back to school layout. Since I am just getting around to scrapping her first day of school photo now, at the end of the school year (give or take a few months!), this allowed me to journal specifically about how the last school year went for her.
The journaling was a first for me. In the fact that it was the very first thing I did for this layout. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might know that journaling is almost always the LAST thing I do on my layouts. I did have my photo printed already, but other than that, I hadn't picked out a single thing for this page, or even thought about how I wanted to lay everything out. I just typed it up and figured I would work the rest of the page around it.
It’s not often that I have this much to say on a layout. I really wanted to make this page about the photo and the journaling, so I kept the page pretty simple overall. It’s paper and stickers, and that’s about it. I thought about adding a few simple embellishments at the end, but decided that it was perfect for me just the way it was.
As for the patterned papers? I must have dug out about fifteen different patterned papers that I thought might look good with my photo. I focused on lots of blues, greens, and black. It's kind of strange how I ended up using the few patterns that I did, since I was looking for a darker, more navy blue to match Sarah's shirt and greens to match the greenery in the photo. I'm not even sure how I ended up using the cloud paper. I guess that's why it's good that I pull out SOOOO many papers sometimes, since I often end up using things that weren't my original choices.
You can read a bit more about my layout over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog today, since I usually type up different things, depending on where it's posting.
Now I just need to get thru the next week and a half, which is when a few of the older daycare kids I've been watching this summer go back to school. After two+ months of having older kids (7 yrs) around that talk to me constantly and question my every move, I need to get back to just the babies and toddlers that I specialize in. Lol.