Scrapbooking as much as possible, but sometimes getting distracted by birthdays and life!

Fall folly!

Yep, school portraits. Do they ever turn out the way you’d really like? This year, my son was poking fun at his picture and even shared it with his sister as “wow, did this turn out badly”. I love that he’s able to see the humor in it and also realize how typical it is that the picture not look right. So what’s a mom to do other than scrapbook about it, right?!

I’ll just get right to the layout so you can see what I’m talking about:


Not horrible, but not really capturing who he is, either, unless you want to capture how awkward he feels having his school portrait taken!

This is a true DIY page. I printed the papers, cut the die cuts and even created faux cork alphas for the title and a dimensional ruler and lock! Take a look:


Isn’t that tons of fun? This is a design team project for Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons and I’m over on the blog today sharing about it. I really love the cork and the chalkboard in the School Days Chalkboards and School Days Pattern Pack! Gotta also love the fun argyle print for a great pattern for my growing boy and the awesome notebook paper, too.  I also used the pale wood grain from the Pumpkin Spice Out West papers for the ruler pattern.

Here’s another bit of the chalkboard:


And cut files? I played with the Primary Supplies Cutting Files for the ruler, the Secondary Supplies Cutting Files for the lock, the School Titles Cutting Files for the journaling star and the Speech Bubbles Cutting Files. I had a lot of fun with the layering and dimension on the ruler and lock and love the dimensional look I got on my “cork” title by layering  four cuts on top of each other.

So much fun and all with Alex’s words as part of the journaling with mine added at the bottom.

As is usual for me, I used an awesome sketch to help my page come together and let me focus on the elements. For today’s layout I used this sketch from Scrapbook Challenges:

Sketch 420

I really felt that the sketch worked perfectly for using the notebook paper and cork as the base for the page. Yay for that! And because I used a single photo, I’ll be linking up with the Lasting Memories LM #215 ‘Only One Photo’ challenge, also.

Fall Challenge graphic

Are you busy creating awesome fall themed projects with Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files? Be sure to enter the Fall Challenge going on right now. I’d love to see what you create! Best of luck to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy scrapping!


Other supplies I used on my layout:

Cardstock – Bazzill, DCWV, Recollections; Digital die cut machine – Silhouette Cameo; Printer and ink – HP; Wood veneer – Teresa Collins; Ink – Clearsnap; Adhesive – American Crafts, Glue Arts, Tombo, Zig.





Comments on: "Fall folly!" (8)

  1. Great page! Christopher found a way to get out of those awkward school photos…he has refused to take them since 2nd or 3rd grade! Arg! Mommy’s not too happy with that! 😦

  2. Barbara Greenberg said:

    Great layout. I just love all the school themed embellishments you used and the lined paper is perfect. You made a school picture something very special.

  3. What a fun layout… love the embellishments… I think its a nice picture, especially considering how we know some school pics can look LOL

  4. tinacampbell said:

    I think it turned out really well the picture too, really are any of those actually comfortable to take at school. Love what you did with the alpha and the rule and lock turned out pretty cool

  5. Fun layout! Those school pictures are such a gamble! I like your take on the sketch!

  6. What great paper piecing you did. I think it’s fantastic that you both are not happy with the photo but you scrapped it anyway (I think he’s adorable.)
    Thanks for playing along at Lasting Memories.
    Karr LMDT

  7. School portraits the world over… everyone thinks the same! I never had one of myself that I liked, and the ones of my daughter never captured her smile…
    Well done for taking the photograph and making the memory into something special!

  8. Fantastic page. Love the prints on the papers… perfect for the school theme.

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