Let’s have a look at the next process video!
I began my process for this layout by cleaning up a bit and further narrowing down the photos I had chosen. This happens sometimes: when I printed my photos I wasn’t very clear on how I wanted to organize these photos yet, so I printed lots and made room for lots. So now that I am ready to complete the layout I spent a little time figuring out how I wanted to organize the layouts and then narrowing down the exact photos I wanted to include.
I decided that these layouts for back to school this year should reflect the reality of what our lives were at the time: two sets of kids going to two different schools. At this time Alan and I weren’t yet married and we were still in the midst of the long process of blending our families. So this layout is about Addison and Emberlynn going back to their school, and the next layout will be about Nick and Natalie going to their school. Awesome!
I pulled in my Ali Edwards Story Kits for this layout, particularly Heart and Read. I have used these before for back to school layouts because they tie in perfect! Her kits are also always great journaling prompts and beautiful colors.
I ended up reprinting that photo of Addison but it is still off, color wise. Honestly I am still debating whether I want to keep it here, or if I should reprint it again, but for now this is it. I also had this fun photo of the books stacked up in the cubbies. Great capture!
I adore this candid, funny photo of these two playing with these husband pillows. They are so excited to get back to school and I am so happy for them. All four of our children love school and I am so grateful for that.
I really like, when I am able, to capture the children when they meet their teachers. However, because open house is always complete and utter chaos, it isn’t always possible. I was able to capture this moment for Addison and Emberlynn, so I have included them here. Other photos I like to grab are photos of the kids at their desk, the desks themselves if they have their names on them, and other miscellaneous spaces in the classroom itself.
On the left hand side, I have included photos from the first day of school, as they headed to the bus stop. Again, I like to focus on capturing each child individually, and also together. This isn’t always possible, and clearly this particular year I was not able to capture the four of them together. That is ok. That became more of my focus in 2013 and it part of my own personal process and growth.
Look how cute Emberlynn is! I loved using these vertical pocket pages here. I am really not sure how it happened that I took so many vertical photos, but I did and so these vertical oriented pages provided a fun opportunity to create vertical cards. I also reprinted those number circles to notate which grade each kid is going into.
These are such iconic photos every year, aren’t they? I love looking back at them now, five years out, and recognizing the growth, both physical and personal, for all six of us. I also am loving the simplicity in this layout, so that the photos stand out. That is what is really important – the stories and the photos themselves.
Thank you for joining me in this lesson! I hope it has been helpful as you search for your own ways to simplify and what that means for you. Go make some layouts and I will see you in the next lesson!