Get inspired by these moms' crafty back-to-school pages.
Dressed in a spiffy uniform, Nicole Cholet's little man is the star of her design. To show off Nicole's son checklist for the first day of school, she mirrored his preparedness with checkmark journaling.
Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design (lined); Rusty Pickle (chalkboard). Stickers, photo turns, brads: Making Memories. Rubber stamps: My Sentiments Exactly. Ribbon: May Arts. Photo corners: Maya Road.
Fashion recently became a priority for Maureen Boyden's daughter. The result? A runway look for the first day of school. To incorporate the sense of style into this page, she used bold stripes, dots, and a paisley print dedicated to trendy looks. To frame her shots she placed the title both above and below her photos.
Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, card stock frame: My Mind's Eye. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Printed tag: Making Memories. Ribbon: May Arts.
Renee Villalobos-Campa caught her son in the act as he stepped onto the bus for the first time. To incorporate the back-to-school feel, real notebook paper backs Renee's page. For stability, she mounted it on card stock. Cute theme buttons can sub for words in your journaling. Renee snuck two bus buttons into hers.
Sources: Card stock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper, chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Georgia. Buttons: Junkitz. Ribbon: Michaels. Acrylic paint: Folk Art.
Mid school year, Kelly Goree literally stopped the bus to snap a shot of her son and his dedicated driver.
Kelly cut apples from patterned paper and backed her page with them. One gets a boost with chipboard mounting.
Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Bo-Bunny Press. Fonts: Carpenter ("bus") off the Internet; Kristen (journaling) by ITC. Stickers: Chatterbox. Ink: Clearsnap. Chipboard: Heidi Swapp.
Taking a break from her role as teacher, Marla Kress became a photographer for a moment of her homeschooled son's day. The canvas background provides a textured treatment for Marla's design. She printed her journaling directly onto it and stitched on other elements. Back a photo with random strips of paper. The colorful pieces feel appropriately arty on Marla's page.
Sources: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Canvas paper: Fibermark. Fonts: Susie's Hand (script) and American Typewriter (journaling) off the Internet. Stickers: Making Memories (white), American Crafts (blue). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves ("3"), Making Memories ("back to"), Creative Imagination ("home"). Rubber stamp: Hero Arts. Brad, tag: Making Memories. Punch: Marvy Uchida.
Lori Bermann's girls are in the double digits, but Mom still gets them together for a first-day shot.
To embellish the page, Lori enhanced basic chipboard letters with a bit of glue and a handful of glitter. Lined notebook paper is an obvious choice for a school-themed page, but covering the holes with large snaps takes the paper beyond ordinary.
Sources: Card stock, rub-ons: Die Cuts with a View. Patterned paper: K&Company. Chipboard letters: Zsiage. Rubber stamps: B Line Designs (decorative corners), Making Memories (date). Ink, embossing powder: Ranger Industries. Snaps: Daisy Hill.
Drawing on inspiration from her son's Student Council posters, Nikki Kruger designed this simple page. She included tags Ritter used in his campaign and ran a copy of his speech down the side of the page.
Sources: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants (blue, green); Karen Foster Design (white notebook); Making Memories (cream notebook). Fonts: Quirky ("elections") by Two Peas in a Bucket; Avant Garde Book BT (journaling); Bernhard MT Condensed ("the speech"); and Eurostile (speech) off the Internet. Chipboard: Heidi Swapp. Rubber stamps: MaVinci's Reliquary ("R," "vote for"); PSX ("itter," "student council"). Tags: Avery Dennison.
To capture her social son, Dana Smith provided plenty of photo ops for a friendship page. Even posed shots can have some flair. Let your kids play around, give each other bunny ears, and show off the cheesy smiles meant to make each other laugh. Deep-hued paper gives a page a masculine touch. Stripes and distressed designs feel rough-and-tumble, just like your guys.
Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard label holder, fibers: BasicGrey. Font: Messenger by Autumn Leaves. Sticker: Creative Imaginations. Rub-ons: Rusty Pickle. Acrylic paint, chain: Making Memories. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
Now in second grade, Erin Terrell's daughter Daisy has had a series of great teachers. To honor them, Erin spent an afternoon snapping photos. To complete the design, stamps featuring Daisy's grade pull you through the layout and land you on an oversize "3."
Sources: Card stock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, chipboard number, stickers: Making Memories. Font: Arial. Rub-ons: KI Memories. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts.
When she created a mini album of the whole school year, Lisa Storms kept it simple. She used two 4X6 prints on each page, then she used a 2-inch-wide column on the ridge edge of the page for the journaling.
Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories (beige); Sugartree (gray). Fonts: Trebuchet ("school," date); Carpenter ("year"); and Book Antiqua (journaling) off the Internet. Stickers: Scrapworks. Rub-ons: Imagination Project.