Monday, August 17, 2009

Back to School


(this is the best back to school photo I can now hope to get from an almost 15 year old...sigh.)

My daughter is back in school & I've found myself a little
sad...grateful, but sad.  Where did 15 years go?  I pulled out
her school photos the other day, determined to make some pages. 
But like you, I struggle with those school portraits & what to do
with them.  I decided that my options were 1) just slide the 8x10's
into an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet protector & add them to my albums (which
are 12 x 12...the difference in size doesn't matter to me a bit) or 2) I
could organize them in those 8 1/2 x 11 sheet protectors & then
scrapbook the ones that happened to be speaking to me at the
moment...knowing that all the others were tucked away in a nice orderly
fashion...which until last week, they were in a pile of "I'll get to
that later" stuff in the middle of my craft room floor.


At first I was really sad going through all those photos...wishing
I'd been a better mother...wishing lots of thing, actually.  But
the more I looked at the photos the more I realized that my daughter is happy
And that, my friends, made the whole process worthwhile.  It made
it worth pulling them out of their yellowing photo packets...digging
through that mess on the floor...even the tears that came with realizing
your baby is growing up.  And, as a result, I created this easy
page that I adore.  Kendall took one look at it & said "I don't
remember that at all".  Um, how do you not remember wearing a cap
& gown???  6th grade was SO long ago...

And then I made 4 cute cards out of the scraps (one is above):


All of the paper you need to make the layout & cards is at
the all only took 7 sheets of
paper...really!  We even have an apple template for you to
make the cute teacher cards...or use it to make a cut out
for your back to school page.  See you soon! 


  1. ann corbiere-scottAugust 17, 2009 at 2:12 AM

    mother guilt is a powerful thing!
    no matter what we do-we feel guilty-
    and a happy child-well it doesn't get any better then that! you've
    inspired me as always!
    see you wednesday!

  2. awww, Kirsten--- that brought tears to my eyes. :)

  3. It is a nice photo.
    You are doing a great job, thanks for sharing. OUCH!

  4. The back to school photo is a really good one!

  5. I can echo your feelings here. They grow up sooo fast and you wonder
    sometimes if what you say to them really penetrates. But time has to
    march on and aren't we glad that we did have those photos and those
    memories! Thanks for sharing!