The boys of summer

The boys of summer is a scrapbook page made with Echo Park's Walking on Sunshine collection.

My brother and I started college at the same time and lived in freshmen dorms that were situated next to each other, so we had a lot of friends in common. Rich lived in Phil’s dorm, and we both quickly became friends with him because he was smart, loyal and lots of fun.

As we were wrapping up our first year and packing to go home for the summer Phil invited Rich to come up to Willoughby for a visit; this photo is from that July 1986 visit.

Product/technique notes

I followed this Boys Rule sketch and used products from the Echo Park Walking on Sunshine collection for this page. I had a lot of fun with the hand stitching on this one, too.
Boys Rule July 15, 2015 sketch

In training

This scrapbook layout uses two photos and products from Pink Paislee's "Switchboard" line.

I figure if my mom thought taking pictures of us while potty training would be cute, then my layout using those photos would by default also be cute! 😉

I hope no one is grossed out by the idea, but I actually think these photos are pretty darling. I am putting my potty time to good use by applying imaginary cream to my legs (1968), and Phil is—of course—reading a magazine (1970).

Product/technique notes

I was inspired twofold on this project. I used the sketch below from My Scraps & More. And I used elements from Paper Issue’s mood board right below the sketch (the circles; the all caps lettering; and the citrus slices, which inspired my twine pie chart effect)!
My Scraps & More sketch #110

Paper Issues July 31 2015 mood board

Most of the products I used are from Pink Paislee’s “Switchboard” 6×6 paper pad with some chipboard from Crate Paper. I cut the title on my Silhouette.

Blue-sky thinking

Blue-sky thinking is a scrapbook page using BasicGrey What's Up supplies.

Blue-sky thinking is defined as brain storming, original/visionary thinking, out-of-the-box thinking, creative thinking or planning far into the future (which may or may not materialize). When I look at this 1987 photo of myself from college, it makes me think of what a blue-sky time that was in my life.

I was just starting my junior year at Ohio University with a pre-quarter Residence Life training, and we were all dressed up to go to a banquet being held at the conclusion of the long week. I was excited, full of ideas and looking forward to the future.

Product/technique notes

I was inspired by the following sketch from ScrapMuch?. Most of the products I used are from BasicGrey’s “What’s Up” collection. The stickers I used in my title are old Making Memories and October Afternoon alphas.
ScrapMuch? July 24 2015 sketch

Note: I’m submitting this to the Paper Issues “It’s all about the face” link party.

The lanky years

The lanky years is a one-photo scrapbook layout using Jillibean Soup products.

The first thing I thought of when I came upon this photo of me and my baby bro in the summer of 1982 was of how skinny we both were! That seemed like a good enough reason to do a layout. :-)

Product/technique notes

I followed this June sketch from My Creative Scrapbook, used patterned papers from the Jillibean Soup Avocado Soup 6×6 paper pad and designed and cut the title on my Silhouette.
My Creative Scrapbook June 2015 sketch

Long Branch Beach

This 3-photo scrapbook page features paper from Crate Paper.

Most of my summer vacations as I grew up were sweet and simple and family-centered. They included playing tennis and reading and going to the city pool and on family trips. When I got older they also included part-time jobs so I could save up for college.

But the summer of 1988 was epic for me. And if I may speak for him, it was for my brother as well. That’s because we spent it living and working in New York City at magazines that participated in the American Society for Magazine Editors internship program. What an amazing opportunity to learn about our industry (we were both studying magazine journalism in college) and about ourselves.

I probably have more stories from that one summer than from all my other summers combined! The story told in these photos is one of new friends, warm sunshine and easy laughter. But most importantly for me, it’s a memory full of feelings of belonging.

Susan (on the far left in the left photo) was the older sister of a grade school classmate of ours. We found out that she was living in NYC, and motivated by the desire to have a connection with someone from our past in this vast newness around us, Phil and I called her. Rather than blow us off—which I think a lot of people might have done—Susan, her boyfriend and two of their friends made plans to pick us up on a Saturday morning and drive us out of the city for a day at Long Branch Beach on the Jersey Shore.

We had such a day—so fun and relaxing!

Some people just have a wonderful way about them. They make others feel like old, valued friends right away. And that’s a feeling that stays with you long after the sun goes down.

Product/technique notes

I created this page using patterns from the Crate Paper “The Pier” collection. The title is based on a Silhouette banner cut file to which I added the lettering. The flair is by American Crafts.