I've always been one of those moms that saves my kids papers and artwork from school, but I am selective on what I save. The everyday math, spelling and same 'ol paperwork, nope, I don't save them. The cute drawings, funny things said, firsts, those are the things I do save, especially the elementary school papers. Sometimes I'll save a whole stack and work on them all at once, and then sometimes you forget about them and realize your daughter is now 2 grades older and you better get with it ;)
I love being able to look back and not only see how much her writing has changed since then, but also see that in those first days of Pre-K she was forgetting the "a" in her name. I usually keep the layouts pretty simple since I do want the actual school work to stand out. Also, to keep track (for those time you let 2 school years go by lol) when I keep a paper to scrap later, I always add the date and grade on the back so I have the info when I am putting the layout together.
If you've been scrapbooking for more than a day, you already know that most manufacturers have bar code strips attached to the bottom of their patterned papers that you simply trim off. Some manufacturers even print a coordinating design on one or both sides of the strip. If you're like me, you cut the strip off, and add it to your stash. Recently I made a few layouts, and had tossed the bar code strips aside only to notice they all coordinated pretty nicely. They became the perfect start to my next layout. **and even though this looks crooked and wonky, I promise in real life it is straight ;)
This was such a quick and simple layout. By layering the strips of paper along with my photo and just a few embellishments, I had a layout completed in about 15 minutes, including the journaling.
Oh how I wish every layout came together as fast as this one!
I'm back with a new layout that I guess you could say is for Throwback Thursday ;) It's me at age 9, and yes that is a fishing pole in my hand. I loved to fish when I was a kid.
I went with bright papers from my stash and some bits and pieces from the August swag bag by Paper Issues, I especially like that cute 9 flashcard and those huge gold sequins!! Oh, and of course that blue bow.
and...that's another layout complete for the family history album.
As always, thanks for stopping by!