The Big Things and the Little Things | April at Simple Scrapper

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Since the beginning of this year, many big things have occurred in my family. One big event was my son turning 18. For his birthday, we purchased a car for him. It was a complete surprise! Luckily, I was able to get some photographs of him as he first laid eyes on his new Jeep. I just love the look of disbelief on his face!

Of course I could not wait to scrap this momentous occasion, so my first layout at Simple Scrapper this months tells this story. I used one of April’s Sketch/Templates to help me create this page. The photos are not very bright, so I used a bold yellow background and gold accents to reflect the celebratory theme of my page.

After scrapbooking about such a major event, I turned to a simpler theme for my next page—my LOVE for warm weather. Using one of this month’s Story Starters, I documented how much I enjoy summer and sunny weather.

All the patterned papers I used complement the pictures—the green paper for the vibrant grass and leaves, the yellow paper for the bright sun, and the cloud paper for the beautiful sky.

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Fast February

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WOW—where did February go? I knew that last month would be busy, but I had no idea the time would slip by so quickly.

This is my son’s senior year and we are understandably busy. We went on three college tours last month. He also turned 18, got his permanent driver’s license, a new car, and his first job. Lots of excitement!

So I did not get into my scrap room as much as I would have liked. I did manage to make a few layouts, but I have not blogged about them as yet.

Way back at the beginning of the month I was excited to work with a new kit I called Bee-lightful. During February, I made five layouts with this kit and my chosen sketch. Unfortunately, I did not have time to post them on my blog.

So I am going to do a couple of posts to show how I used this kit and the sketch.

The first layout is a direct interpretation of the sketch. I documented the story of how as a family we have watched several new and old seasons of shows on Netflix and Hulu. Sometimes it is challenging to find shows that everyone likes—so I showcased a few of our favorites on this page.

I kept the page fairly simple since the photographs are so different from each other and fairly grainy from being taken off the web. This sketch with the three square pictures was perfect for telling this story.

For the next layout, I turned the sketch so that the long strip of patterned paper ran across the top of the page. I also notched the end of the strip of paper into a banner shape since this layout is about the celebration my son turning 18.

The design of the turned sketch lent itself well to including three photographs from my son’s birthday—two show presents he received and one shows his cake (the design of which comes from the TV show Attack on Titan). I made sure to include lots of details from the day in the journaling!

For the next layout, I reversed the sketch and used one 4×6 photograph instead of three smaller square ones.

The page tells the story of my daughter and her horse. This pair recently made the switch from eventing to dressage, and they both have been working extremely hard in their new discipline. I wanted to use a recent photograph of them to show their progress. Unfortunately, the recent pictures I have were taken in our ring in the dead of winter—not very picturesque!

So I chose a photo that I liked and converted it to black & white. I used a simple black & white patterned paper for the background. While the design of the paper is somewhat bold, the black & white color scheme allows the photograph to stand out. I added just a touch of color in the strip of patterned paper.

When I chose this sketch to work with during February, I was not sure how I would be able to use it in different ways. The design seemed to distinctive to get many new looks from it. But after working with the sketch, I realized just how versatile it is.

In the next post I will show you the final layouts I made with this kit and sketch.

Now go create!