Thursday, August 05, 2010

Grade School Days

ETA: As for fonts, I used School Script Dashed for the title of the book and Learning Curve for the Kindergarten title. Both fonts are available online here.

One of my goals this summer is to create a scrapbook to document my daughter's year in Kindergarten. This has become somewhat of a daunting task. Partly because I've been busy, but mostly because I'm a card maker who has always had a hard time crossing over to scrapbooking. I never know quite how to start, how I want it to look, or what I want or don't want to include. Which means I don't get very far and my project sits unfinished for months. Does this sound familiar to anyone?!

So I decided to scale it down and take on a little bit at a time, because the whole thing is overwhelming to me. I came to the conclusion that I would make a little book to document my daughter's grade school years. Each year I will scrapbook a photo of her first day and her last day of the school year, from Kindergarten to sixth grade. My little book is a plain chipboard binder book by Maya Road. It's roughly 6 x 6 and has eight chipboard pages inside. And I was determined to use what I had on hand to create this book. After sorting through my stash I found all sorts of adorable papers that coordinated and had a school like feel:

I mostly used papers by October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket. I don't know the product lines, as I've had this stuff for a while. The title was created using my computer. I simply printed it out and used my Labels One die to cut it out. I then stamped the border around it with a stamp from Vintage Labels from Papertrey Ink. The little pencil I made myself; I've done this a few times in the past and it's totally addicting!

Now, although I'm not done with the very first page of this book, I wanted to show you my progress. I plan to add a separate page of journaling, but here is the first side of the first page. This is a photo I took of my daughter on her very first day of Kindergarten, waiting for the school bus. I just love her excited little smile!

For the title of each page, I simply printed out the grade and years and punched them out with a circle punch. The font is different from the one I used for the title, but it still has that school penmanship feel. I went ahead and made all of the titles through sixth grade and plan to put them into a little envelope and stick it in the book for future use. After all, what are the chances I'll remember what font I used over the next six years?!?


And so there you have it; one of my little "to do's" for the summer. This project got a lot less overwhelming once I narrowed down the scope. I'll show you the finished page and journaling once it's done. And I still want to make a dedicated scrapbook for my daughter's entire year of Kindergarten, but...baby steps my friends, baby steps!





Stamps: Vintage Labels, Take Note (PTI)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, Lemon Tart, Kraft (PTI), Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon
Ink: Antique Linen (Ranger)
Other: chipboard book (Maya Road), classic and petite scalloped circle dies (Spellbinders), Labels One die (Spellbinders), medium scalloped border die (PTI), Pure Poppy vintage button (PTI), red and cream striped ribbon, circle punch

15 comments:

Danisha said...

This is soooo cute and I know that she will love looking at it in years to come!!!

lynn said...

olivia is going to have the most adorable things documenting her childhood! this is awesome, jennifer:)

Kathleen said...

Jennifer, OK, may I just say (at the risk of gushing a bit too much) that I LOVE that you took your idea, put it into a manageable scope for you, and created a memory for your daughter that will last a lifetime! And I MUST know how you made that font on the front inside the lines? How did you do that? SO, so cute---thanks for the inspiration--as always!

Lori H (loricabo) said...

I can soooo relate to the difficulties in starting (and working on!) a project like this! I have wanted to do this for my kids, but just can't seem to get to the "doing it" part. Sadly, they will be going into 5th & 6th grades this year. You have given me the motivation to rethink this project & break it down to a more manageable project. Thanks!

PS - What fonts did you use for the cover & inside pages? So adorable & appropriate.

Jenn Copeland said...

So, so cute! I started out as a scrapbooker and have included cards to my repertoire (Hey! I have a repertoire!! How cool!). I have made a scrapbook for my oldest's kindergarten year, but it is an accordian book, not a page by page scrapbook. My youngest, alas, didn't get one! I do have one scrapbook dedicated to school events, class pix, fields trips and school pix. Make sure you journal NOW- maybe on sticky notes and stick them where you can find them so you don't forget! (Can you tell I'm over 40 and forget alot?!)
:)

Amy said...

I have always loved scrapbooking but like you feel it is hard at times unless you break it down. This may be what I have to do with my kids as cardmaking has taken over my time. I LOVE your papers and the fonts you chose.....it all looks great together!

Diane Jaquay said...

What a cute card Jennifer, and your little girl is a doll :)

Jenn Copeland said...

Hey! How about a quick tutorial on how to make that keeeuuuutte pencil???

TracieClaiborne said...

This is incredible!! Don't sell yourself short as a scrapbooker - your scrapbook projects are always inspiring! This one is sheer perfection.

Carol M said...

This is amazing! I had to laugh when I read your post, because I also feel overwhelmed by the idea of scrapbooks! You are a natural, though!

Jen Gallacher said...

That is adorable! Love it! :)

Alyssa S said...

This is adorable!! And so smart to print off the stuff you will need for upcoming years - fab idea! I may need to steal this one ;o)

Jen said...

super SUPER cute! The fonts go so well with the papers and the stamps. And I like the smaller scrapbook size too. Certainly makes the project less like a daunting task. You all will enjoy it for years to come.
Thank you for sharing

kinderdi said...

Your book is awesome! I just finished my oldest son's K-8th grade book. I just did one or two pages for each year as well. It's a great feeling to have it finished. Now it's on to high school! Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

IamDerby said...

Loving your cover!!! I used to scrapbook, alot. Now its rarely to never. My poor kids.

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