Hi friends and welcome back! Today I am starting a new project. Who else is sending kiddos off to college this fall? We’ve sent Nick off to New York and that not only means a family transition, but also a transition in how I want to document his presence in my life. I can’t document all his college life, nor do I really want to, but I did want to find a way to tell the stories of how I get to stay in touch with him throughout these years, and celebrate his accomplishments along the way. I was thrilled to receive this adorable Simple Stories Flip Book from the Clique Kits shop, and thought it would be perfect along with The Good Stuff kit to make just the right home for these stories. This way, any time he comes home, or we go to see him, I can take photos and make layouts. I will be sharing more from this project as the months go, so be sure to subscribe to the blog so you can get updates! Follow along with my process below.
The Good Stuff Kit has some fantastic cut apart sheets that go month by month, which makes it perfect for a long-term, periodic project like this. I also loved the colors and the happy elements in the kit! For my cover, I simply added one of the foam title pieces. This makes it look just like a composition book, doesn’t it? But it also doesn’t add any bulk at all, which is perfect to keep the cover intact over the years.
For the inside cover sheet, I chose a very simple quote card to set the tone for not only the entire album, but also for this time in our lives. This little album serves as a great reminder to me that this is an exciting time for Nick, and not to get too bogged down in emotions about it. Yes, we miss him every day, but he is in a great place and will do well there! On the back side of the cover, I printed a full size photo of the two of us at his graduation. This is a great photo to mark where he started from, don’t you think? I kept embellishment simple with just the Shine One die cut at the bottom.
To document the beginning here, I’ve used a 3×4 and 4×6 pocket page and the August calendar card. I notated the first day of classes with the little yellow heart, and added a stamped sentiment using an Elle’s Studio stamp set. The tag card came out so cute, I cut that out of one of the journaling cards and then backed it with the darker green because I felt like it needed a little contrast behind it. It also kept the layout from becoming a bit “peachy,” between the tag and the calendar card. Ha! The Good Vibes card keeps the focus on just that, and also sprinkled some of those adorable enamel dots for fun!
Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you are inspired by this little labor of love, and if you are also sending a kid off this year, solidarity to you! It’s gonna be a great year for them. See you again soon.