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