Thursday, September 18, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten Layout

Hello everyone !!

Did you hear the great news last night ? It's probably old news by now, right ! Well, the Project Life App is now available. I am super excited. I am planning, and already started, to use it as a PL planner. To house my photos, stories, tidbits, ect. throughout the week. So that they are all in one place. It is going to be fantastic. I can do it in bed, I can do it waiting at the bus stop, I can even do it while watching tv. I downloaded it last night, made three pages and took down notes from last week and this week that I had yet to do. Go check it out, in the App store.

Anyways, who's ready for some sharing.

Noah, my baby boy, went off to Kindergarten this year. I can't even believe it. He was so excited about it.

There were so many fun and great stories just from that one day. It left me inspired. Truly. So I sat down and started making a page all about his first day. Plus, I knew if I didn't at least get these stories written down they be forgotten.

At first it was only going to be one page, but there were so many stories that it ended up being two pages.

Here's a look at both pages.

 The first page. Here is a link to the "Hello" card on this page. I did recolor it. Click here for the free Hello card.

The title card is from the Mayfield kit. I cut a strip of an overlay to add to the left side of the title card and then stapled the chipboard star to the top. It was the perfect touch. I also added some small embellishments over the title and of course the date.

He was really not enthusiastic that mommy wanted to take a zillion pics of him. All he wanted to do was get to the bus stop. The first day of school brush can be found here.

This journaling card was fun to do. I added the brush "grade" from Ali Edwards found here, first and then put the big red K on top.

This vintage looking school boy card was perfect for this layout. It came in my Studio Calico kit.
I added in my journaling about a story that happened that morning.

The second page.

After school I asked all the kids to either write or tell me about their first day of school. I wrote down all that Noah told me and added it to this journaling card. I also saved his star sticker and added it to the journaling card.

Here Noah is patiently waiting for the bus. Actually more like impatiently. Turned out the bus came 20 minutes earlier than we were told and so it never came for us that day.  I added some journaling to the label and added it to the photo.

Created a photo collage of a few shots on the way to the bus stop. I just love this cute little school bus. It is part of Simple Stories Print and Cuts. You can find it in the silhouette store. I resized the image to fit into my circle and printed it out. Then I cut it out and added it to my photo.

Noah was super excited about "Pete the Cat" and talked about it all day long. He came home with a hat that he had made and his "Pete" was on the front of his hat. I later took Pete off of the hat and added it to the journaling card.

Noah came home with this coloring page later that week. I took a photo and made it into a picture to add to him book.

The School Days is also part of the Simple Stories Print and Cuts, available in the Silhouette store. This time I added it to my journaling card like a brush. It was perfect.

The photo is of Noah coming off the bus the first day.

Well that's it for today folks. I hope this might offer up some School inspiration for you.  Now go and get some of those school memories/stories documented. While they are still fresh in your minds.

Have a great day everyone !

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Simple Stories Sweater Weather

Hello everyone !

How is everyone ? Did you take your kids to their first day of school yet ? I just have to say that I am loving my kid free time !! Don't get me wrong, I love my kids and I miss them when they are gone. But I am actually crossing stuff off my to do list !! Anyways, lets move on to more fun topics. 

I have been working on this post for days now and finally had a few minutes to finish it up. I had the opportunity to make this layout for the Simple Stories blog last month. I used the brand new collection called Sweater Weather and it features all things FALL. Beautiful fall colors, lots of fun embellishments, makes for lots of fun possibilities.

I do have to be quick today with my post. But I did want to share this layout with you. 

Here is a look at both pages.

Left Side.

I cut some of the amazing wood grained paper to use as my title card. I kept it simple by adding a few embellishments here and there.

I used the chipboard word "Fall" and doodled around it to make it pop. I also choose some of the words to highlight by turning them orange. Always a fun thing to do.

I think this one is my favorite. Where we live, Fall comes really late, which means the trees don't start turning colors till late either. I printed out this photo of the leaves and added a sheet of vellum on top. I wanted to make sure you could see the photo so I cut out a 3 inch circle and doodled around the circle. 

Right Side.

This particular week it actually rained. Real rain !! I captured Noah playing outside in the backyard with his umbrella. I simply added a photo strip to the bottom of this 4x6 card, finishing it off with some smaller embellishments.

This one was fun. I printed my journaling on to some vellum, added my embellishments and called it done.

I wanted to include some little tidbits about fall for this layout.

A journaling card I did about Noah playing in the rain.

Again, this collection is called Sweater Weather from Simple Stories. You can check out their website and here is a link for the blog post I shared with them. Simple Stories blog

Thanks for coming everyone ! I really apologize about the long delay. Hopefully with school back in session I can get caught up with some layouts. I also have 3 or 4 layouts done that just need to be shared !

Until next time. Take care everyone.