Weekender :: Crate Paper + SRM Stickers School Layout

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Happy Sunday, everyone!! I hope you've had a fabulous weekend so far! Yesterday was really quite a blur for me. First,bright and early at 8:30, my daughter had a special Science workshop series she was attending in the morning. Then, at 2PM, we had to go to her Girl Scout Cookie sale at our local grocery store. Then the kids constructed a volcano complete with papier mache, that they wanted to erupt - NOW, and then there was a playdate thrown in there, too, where they were trying to make shoe box guitars, but it ended up that they made them out of juice boxes . . . anyhoo. It was a whirlwind of activity here. But somehow in there I was able to get a little scrapping done. Not what I'm showing you today, but something else for this upcoming week. :)

Today, I thought I'd share this fun page I did of my son on his very first day of preschool. I love these pictures so much, I've scrapped them a couple times, but this is my favorite of them all. I combined School Spirit and Toy Box (and even Snow Day) collections from Crate Paper, along with some fabulous SRM Stickers and some other pieces from October Afternoon and Sassafras. I love how it turned out - to me it is exactly what describes my son and preschool - fun, silly, ready, and enthusiastic and I love them both to bits!

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CK_LO_Detail4_AHOne thing I've been struggling with lately is journaling. I want to use journaling more on my layouts, but I often feel I haven't skillfully mastered how to include my handwriting without making the page look messy, in my eyes. So I wanted to show you how I added my journaling on this layout, which is a trick I think I'm going to use often. I simply used an office tag that I dressed up on one side then simply left a hole in the side of my layout where I wanted to place it, and tucked it right into the opening. This way, it's easily accessible, not so hidden that you don't know it's there, but it's not so obvious to draw away from the photos - which I really wanted to highlight on this page. It think it worked. :)

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I wanted to let you know, too, that I have received a few emails lately asking me a couple questions, like how to you get manufacturers to notice you and what is your process in taking photos of your work. This next week, I'll do my best to answer these questions for you. I do not see myself an expert BY ANY MEANS in either of these categories, so that's why I say I'll do my best. But hopefully by telling you what has worked for me and what hasn't that will give you some insight on my process. So stay tuned for that. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you have a WONDERFUL remainder of your weekend!! Take care! ;)