Let’s have a look at my full process for this first layout in this lesson.
This layout is a continuation of the back to school layouts. In the last video I shared Addison and Emberlynn’s return to school, and this layout is all about Nick and Natalie. I felt like it was important to still keep these layouts separate as the two sets of children were still going to school in different counties. This is a part of the process of blending families that can sometimes take a really long time!
This was also an important day for Natalie as she went to Kindergarten! So just like with the previous layout, I included a mix of photos from open house and from the first day of school. We were also invited to put the kindergarteners on their buses and then come to the school, so I got a few photos of Natalie in her class room that day!
I began with Nick on the left hand side, using the back of the vertical page protector to house more of these vertical photos. Perfect.
I continued using my Ali Edwards Story kits, drawing from the physical cards and embellishments this time around. For the vertical pockets I looked for cards that could be rotated.
Interestingly enough, other stories are often sparked as a result of creating these pages. The photo of little tiny Natalie getting on that big bus with her giant backpack, completely determined and undaunted, is most definitely a story that needs to be included in her personal album! So onto that list it goes.
This journal card didn’t necessarily lend itself to being turned sideways, but I turned it anyway and then layered the second card on top to use the journaling lines. A little stamp and chipboard sticker, and that card is done.
The right hand side begins with Natalie’s photos, and the story behind the top one is how excited she was. When I got to the school she was practically jumping up and down to the ceiling, just so happy to be there and having such a good time. This is how she lives her life and I am so glad I get to capture it!
In all of the excitement, there was a bit of trepidation as well. Blending families can be overwhelming at times, and looking at the four lunch boxes, plus four backpacks, four coats, four pairs of shoes, and four little heads in four little beds was definitely somewhat daunting sometimes! I made sure to include this photo and a bit of journaling about that, simply to acknowledge the task we had taken on, and that neither of us would have it any other way.
I used line stamps from Felicity Jane Heidi kit and the Becky Higgins Project Life stamp for the journaling on both of these cards. Look how tiny Natalie looks in the little kindergarten sized chairs. Be still my heart!
These are such iconic days, aren’t they? I am so happy to have them recorded. In the end it does not matter how perfect these pages are – they have so much meaning to them. Be sure to get some memory keeping in this week, ok?! You will be so glad you did. Have a look at the second video next.