CT Confessions | Catching Up on Layouts

“I looked back and realized I last blogged for FOREVERJOY DESIGNS in April of 2015. Where the heck did the last three years go?? And more importantly, why am I STILL trying to finish up the same year I was scrapping in 2015? In the past three years I’ve also seen a lot of my prolific scrapbooking friends drop out of scrapbooking or move onto to other creative hobbies.

I’m still hanging in there and I am determined and committed to keep documenting my family memories. Renne asked me start blogging for her again and I am very excited to take on this challenge. My immediate goal is to finish up 2013 and I wanted to share with you what I’m doing.

I make a lot of layouts for the Creative Team and have a wonderful assortment of seasonal layouts over the past five years. I’m blessed that I have these layouts, but they are missing something. Thanks to the FOREVERJOY DESIGNS page kits, I’m able to capture the spark of JOY in the moment, but they often lack the storytelling I want to document.

I have so many layouts created in the moment of the year and going back after a few years, I’m able to go back through the “B” and “C” grade photos and add another layer to my memory keeping along with the gift of several years’ reflection. It’s been a fun balance and I often times pull out some of the mundane moments that I wouldn’t have thought were worthy of documenting.

Now that both kids are away at college, I truly miss the huge pile of school books on the couch or the long evenings of sitting through cheer practice at the local gym. It makes me a bit nostalgic about storytelling the crazy, stressful, high school years.

Today, I’m scrapbooking a speech and debate tournament from November 2013. We can’t take photos while they are competing and it’s such a busy day so I grabbed a shot in the morning before we started and over her coach’s shoulder after the awards ceremony. Instead of ending at the photos and basic layout, I spent a little time searching my computer for evidence of what she had been researching. I found a list of bills and resolutions from her freshman year. It will be fun to look back and see what students were debating about.

I used 2 COOL 4 SCHOOL and selected some fun elements that worked great with the co-curricular activity of speech and debate. I celebrated the academic side of the activity and kept it bright and fun. I love FOREVERJOY flowers and her felted embellishments. They always add a perfect touch to the layout. Instead of using an alpha, I clipped the kit’s blue paper over Antonio font for the title. I’ve been using Prestige Elite Standard as my journaling font for a while now and it allows for a unified look for all my different layouts.

I pulled this layout together without a template. I started the page with a 10 inch solid paper on top of the red and blue flowered background. As I got the photos sized and placed, I went through the photo and embellishments and pulled all the goodies that worked with my specific theme. To add a little character to the page and encourage my eyes to roam, I subtly added rotations to the cork board, lined notebook paper, and blue polka dot paper. I tried to indicate how proud I was of her without explicitly saying it. My teens get weirded out if I lay on the praise too thick. By using “Booksmart”, “Gold Star”, “Smarty”, and the wise owl I hope she gets that I’m impressed that she took on a difficult activity as a freshman in high school.

Have you played with 2 COOL 4 SCHOOL lately? If you have, feel free to tag me in the lilypad gallery (I’m enjoyyourpix). I’d love to see what you come up with. Have you done any storytelling about your or your family’s school activities or clubs? I can’t wait to be able to show my future (as in super-duper finish college and start a career first future) grandkids what a rockstar mom they have.”

-Kimberly | enjoyyourpix

what joy will you create today?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Simplifying December with Traveler’s Notebooks

Especially this time of year, when there are so many stories to be captured- I wanted to make it a point to scrap more often- to tell more stories- but in a simpler way. I love Project Life- and I am a big fan of mini books. It’s only natural then that my attention has […]

Crafting a Joyful Thanksgiving

I recently read a terrific article about the joy of anticipation.  It brought to mind a wisdom I try to live by- the joy of the ride is just as important as the thrill of the destination. It struck me that this month, November, is a journey and a destination all wrapped in one beautiful, […]

Stroll down CHESTNUT LANE

Halloween is behind us- and there is no doubt the the Holiday season is in the air.  But if you have been following me for awhile- you know I am one who likes to slow it down a little and enjoy the autumn goodness that November has to offer.  The cozy at home vibes inside […]

Layout Lookback | October

It is almost time to turn the page on October and welcome a new month! Each month it seems like there is a trend of what joy we put in focus.  October was a month of family moments, days on the game field,  celebrations- and of course, Halloween! Here are a few layouts I wanted […]

craft the joy of WEEKEND VIBES

These days my thoughts have been turning more to the comforts of home-and that comfy vibe worked it’s way onto the drawing board in my new design-WEEKEND VIBES!  It’s filled with all the cozy joys of being indoorsy on the weekend- books, warm cups of goodness, bagels to brunch on, a fireplace to cuddle by and […]

craft the joy of HOWL-O-WEEN

Who said Halloween is just for kids? It’s one of my favorite holidays because of the sheer fun of it all! I love the weather, the pumpkins everywhere- spooky movie marathons- and seeing all the kiddos in their costumes! And of course- all that candy!  And you know who else loves Halloween? The four legged […]