First we have my oldest daughter’s page. I saved tags, buttons and other tidbits from a couple of her fashion shopping excursions to use on a layout. I think they fit perfectly here to capture the things that I see I see in her that are in between being a little girl and being a teen. It was a great photo and journaling for her ninth birthday.
My son’s layout came out of one of the CKC classes I took focusing on using sketches. I took the sketch and the supplies provided to create this layout. I had this photo of my son in the back of my mind when I made this project in class so I used a larger amount of orange pattern paper and kept the pink to a minimum accent. The pink works on this boy layout since my son is holding a glass of pink “snow cone.” When I made the project in class I left off the recommended title and added in my own titling later. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, even when taking a class. If something different works for you, then go for it!
And finally, my youngest’s layout. I used pattern paper that came in my goody bag at the evening crop at CKC. I didn’t have any plan for this layout going into the evening, but when I saw this energetic paper I thought it would be great for the photos of my daughter “building” at the science museum near us. The paper was a very stark contrast and I inked the paper just to tone down the white a bit. This is one of my favorite techniques to use paper that otherwise is just a bit to bold or busy. If you tone it down, you can make it work. You don’t have to stress out over layouts, just use what you have on hand.