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Let’s hear it for the boy!

OK, so maybe a boy playing a computer game doesn’t sound like a reason to cheer, but if you knew the whole story you might see it differently. My son is on the autism spectrum. Now if you know anything about Autism, you probably know that when they talk about spectrum they mean really wide and diverse spectrum. So my son has a very mild form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome. For him, mostly it effects his ability to concentrate at school, his understanding of social situations, his sensitivity both physically and emotionally being increased, his small motor abilities (writing legibly is very challenging for him) and his ability to be comfortable without lots of structure. So what do a game and these challenges have to do with each other, read my journaling and you might have an idea why I feel good about him playing this game!

It’s challenge time over at The Creative Cutting Challenge and this time around the theme is For the Boys! You might know me well enough by now to know that my heart is happiest when I can scrap, so that’s what I did!

My son loves to play on all sorts of devices. He’s got an iPod Touch, a Nintendo DS and 3DS, and he uses the Wii and desktop computer for gaming, too. I have taken pictures of him using his favorite devices because otherwise I might not have many pictures of him, LOL! Thankfully, since I’m on the Design Team The Creative Pointe provided me with a file to use for this challenge and I was able to create a layout using The Computer Card file!

Computer Card PV

I just used the computer without the card and shadow. The page design and some of the photo editing was inspired by one of my son’t favorite games: Minecraft. This game has a very distinct look, with a grid of different shades of colors on the objects, so I printed off some digital papers in different shades and cut them into squares to create the background and edited three photos to look gridded, too. I am really excited about how it turned out. I hope you enjoy!



MinecraftTitle-detailI stamped on a number of the grid squares and on the keyboard of the computer to add some extra interest and texture. When I was looking for papers I worried that the grid would be too busy, so I decided on a very subtle texture for the papers, but after I set everything up I realized the papers needed a little something more. I was so glad to have stamps that worked with this theme.

I sure hope you’ll join along For the Boys using any SVG files you might have! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate your kind and encouraging comments! Have a great day!


I am entering this layout into the Scrappin n chattin Yahoo! Group January layout challenge to use stamping on a layout.

I am entering this layout in the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog challenge #21 – Anything Goes

ETA: I am linking up this layout with the Paper Issues New Issue: It’s Hip to be Square with A Flair for Buttons because it was definitely hip to play MineCraft (if you were my son’s age) and it’s a very square layout!

Other Supplies not already listed:

Cardstock: Wausau; Digital Paper Collection: Karen Funk – For the Boys; Stamps: Close to My Heart, My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink; Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Pen: Sakura; Digital Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo; Software: Silhouette Designer Edition; Font: MineCrafter 3 Regular; Photo editing software: Photoshop Elements 8; Printer, Photo paper and Ink: HP; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Corrugated Shape: Close to My Heart; Adhesive: Imaginesce, Recollections, Scotch, Xyron, Zig.

Birthday card for Erin!


The birthday girl turned 14 on July 8th! Here she’s enjoying a relaxing morning opening her cards and gifts from her brother and from Scott and I.

The bar is set pretty high in my house for birthday cards. I distinctly remember my son telling me last year that his card needed to be awesome (maybe this has something to do with the major creation I made for my hubby Scott’s birthday which always falls during the county fair near our house.) Anyway, I should share that card with you someday (something I often forget “Hey, I have a whole lotta projects that are already done and photographed that I could share on my blog…” LOL!)

To try and stay on topic just a little. Erin’s card this year was inspired by her fun spirit and love of rainbows, by the wonderful file I found at the Silhouette store for a pop-up many-tiered birthday cake on the inside and some fabulous balloons that spell out “wish” for the outside, some great papers that she seemed to like from CTMH and fun clouds that were SVG’s from Bird.

I loved the embossing on this paper! It added a fun bit of shine to balloons and background alike!

I loved the embossing on this paper! It added a fun bit of shine to balloons and background alike!

I won a spot in the Online Card Class Summer Card Camp 2 and the colors for this paper collection really worked well for the color inspiration this past week!

The clouds are velvet paper from SEI – so very fun!!!

I changed things up a tiny bit by cutting the candle top twice so I could get yellow flames.

I changed things up a tiny bit by cutting the candle top twice so I could get yellow flames.

(The next time I make this pop-up, I’m going to make it so that the candles don’t go past the top edge so that way they can’t be seen from the front.)

Fabulous details: All papers and marker are CTMH (Dream Pop collection papers), cut files are from the Silhouette store (Sweet Afton balloons and Rivka Wilkins pop-up) and clouds from Bird, Twine from Twinery, Adhesive from Scotch, Tombow and Zig.

I hope you enjoyed! I’m pretty happy with my daughter’s reaction (my family is usually quite sweet when they receive their lovingly created works of art!) Thanks so much for visiting!


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