Back-to-School and Back to Scrapping


Yippee! I finally finished a scrapbook spread for the current year in which I’m living. No, that doesn’t happen very often (I’m still trying to finish a December daily album from 2015). In fairness, I decided to give myself a fighting chance this year by going with pocket pages. . . with the option of a few 12×12 more creative designs.

So here’s my first go at this new approach and I think it might just work for an album that’s, well, “a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.” I’m going to use Simple Stories-ish papers to keep a cohesive feel throughout the months, and I started with the back-to-school Smarty Pants pack. I received inspiration from the Stuck?!Sketches early September challenge and the Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe Challenge. It was pretty simple to combine the two challenges and the second pocket page gave me plenty of space for multiple photos; because let’s face it, it is really hard for me to wrap up a monumental day with just one pic. By the way, I’m not adding my pocket page to this post just because there is a lot of personal information on it and I try to keep my little guy’s privacy as under wraps as possible. Thanks for understanding. I can tell you that it’s a nine-pocket page with six photos and three decorative squares that complements my large design.

The layout for the main page came from the Stuck?! September sketch pictured below. I thought this was a great layout for my main back-to-school picture and I love all the textures and fun elements. I fulfilled the Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe Challenge diagonally by using an arrow, ruler and dictionary paper. This challenge has become one of my favorites, because I get to decide which way I want to combine all these fun items.

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Comments: 14

  1. Natsuko September 19, 2017 at 4:29 am Reply

    This is so cute! Lovely layers and adorable picture! I’m happy that you’re back to scrapping! Thank you for joining us at Stuck?! Sketches and Scrap Our Stash:)

    • Small Talk Mama September 19, 2017 at 2:36 pm Reply

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you popped in for a visit. I really enjoy playing along with these two challenge sites.

  2. Rachelle Olaridge September 19, 2017 at 11:18 pm Reply

    Totally fantastic and so adorable. Love the details and stash use. Thanks for your entry in our challenge at Scrap Our Stash. Happy Scrapping!

    • Small Talk Mama September 28, 2017 at 3:27 pm Reply

      Thanks, Rachelle. I love using up all those fun elements I find in my stash of craftiness.

  3. Helen September 21, 2017 at 4:09 am Reply

    A charming page to mark a special milestone. Your school elements work perfectly for a first day. Thanks for joining us at Stuck?! Sketches!

    • Small Talk Mama September 28, 2017 at 3:26 pm Reply

      So glad to play along with the Stuck?! Sketches! The challenges are always so much fun.

  4. Sheryl Caramico September 23, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply

    LOOOOVE this layout!! SO SUPER CUTE! Your son’s smile in the photo and “all things school” in your papers and embellies are just adorable! Great job on both challenges -Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap Our Stash!!

    • Small Talk Mama September 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Sheryl! I love being able to put together a fun page using all the things I already have in my crafty room. So glad you like the page and thanks for stopping by for a peek.

  5. Laura September 24, 2017 at 10:58 pm Reply

    This is darling, love your page elements and school theme papers! Thank you for joining us at Stuck?!Sketches!

    • Small Talk Mama September 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm Reply

      Thank you, Laura. This was a fun one to create and super easy with the themed paper by Simple Stories.

  6. Michelle September 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm Reply

    Wonderful page, I hope your new approach works for you, it looks like it does do far! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap Our Stash!

    • Small Talk Mama September 28, 2017 at 3:22 pm Reply

      Thanks, Michelle. Only time will tell. I have a lot of ground to cover. 🙂

  7. Åsa Johansson September 26, 2017 at 7:03 am Reply

    Such a cute page filled with so many beautiful details! Thanks for joining both Stuck?! Sketches! and Scrap Our Stash! Hugs Åsa

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