Crate Paper's newest releases brings to light the joys of parenthood and everything there is to being a kid - from playing in the dirt to parading military figurines, boys are an adventuresome bunch. They are packed full of energy as they jump from one activity to the next, so keeping up with them means having the camera handy at any given moment. They are a blast to photograph and scrapbooking their stories is even more fun. For this reason amongst many, Crate Paper's new collection, "Boys Rule!", is the ticket to scrapbooking them special boy occasions.
In introducing the collection, we have planned five days of total awesomeness marked by projects galore and even better, a full "Boys Rule" collection GIVEAWAY!! There's even a challenge in the mix (details to come)! To get us started is a layout from CP Gal, Ginny Hughes - we adore the smile on her little guy and her simple grid philosophy.
I love any chance I get to document my boy. With four girls at home and only one boy, I want to document him and all of his "boyness"! The Boys Rule line is so fun, and graphic. It really conveys the energy of having a wild five-year-old son.
In creating this layout about my little boy, I started with the black and white striped patterned paper. I love the punch that it adds to the design. I used my Cameo to cut out a circle grid from the paper. I wanted the circles to act as little canvases for decorating and embellishing.
Sometimes, a simple title say it all. I used my son's first initial and his age as the title for my layout. And yes, glitter alphas totally work for boys too!
I really like using grid-style layouts, either squares or circles. I think it's a great way to to highlight a lot of fun, random elements without overwhelming the eye. Another plus is the ease at which it is to use more than one photo given the free-flowing nature of the composition.
I trimmed a quarter inch off the edges of my patterned paper and matted it on the collection's grey/vanilla dotted diamond patterned paper. I then added the leftover pieces from the sides to the top and bottom. I like how they frame the page - the vertical and horizontal stripes lend a graphic pop that is unexpectedly playful.
I printed my photos in black & white as I didn't want them to compete with the colorful patterns of the papers and embellishments.
And there you have it - my one and only little guy and the brand new, Boys Rule! I hope to have inspired you to document the boy in your life!