my firstborn is 5. It seems like yesterday. I make sure I document at least one layout each year for both of my boys just noting down the 'stuff' that makes them who they are right now - things that will tell the sort of kid they were growing up. Journalling is so important. I can't stress it enough. Write stuff down, on every page. Real stuff like what you do, how you feel, everyday stuff. That's the heart and soul of scrapbooking for me. I see my albums as a 'book' with lots of pictures and patterned papers.
I made this page using one of the Stampin' Up! Simply Scrapping Kits (At Home). I love the rich colours in this kit - Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Crisp, Buckaroo Blue and lots of really useful cardstock stickers. I also used the Stampin Up chipboard for the first time and OMG the quality is amazing. It;s so thick and strong and a perfect size for 12 x 12 layouts, and those brackets come with the alphabet set (so do numbers!). I have also used the Seeing Spots stamp set and Versamark Ink to create a subtle background pattern. This is something I will be doing lots more as I love the effect.
It's raining here in Melbourne. That slow steady drenching rain that we really need. It's lovely.
Night lovelies. Off to make more stuff with my Simply Scrapping kit. Paul has an RDO tomorrow so I get to sleep in (yeah).