Scrapbook Gift for Student Teacher

Scrapbook Gift for Student Teacher

When my son was in 3rd grade, his class had a student teacher.  I was asked by the regular teacher to create the layouts for a scrapbook that she wanted to present to the student teacher when she left. The regular teacher made a gorgeous cloth cover (I wish I had a photo!), and here are my pages she put inside:

010 Intro page Miss Yeager

a020 Caution Work Zone Ahead Intro   a030 Caution Work Zone Ahead pg 2

a040 Caution Work Zone Ahead pg 3   a050 Caution Work Zone Ahead pg 4

a060 Caution Work Zone Ahead pg 5  a070 Caution Work Zone Ahead pg 6

a080 Dr   a090 Dr

a100 Dr   a110 Dr

a120 Pumpkin Festival pg 1   a130 Pumpkin Festival pg 2

a150 Daily Schedule   a140 Class Picture with puzzle pieces

a160 Portrait page Eric   a170 Student's decorated page Eric

 (I made pages like these of each of the students.)

a180 Picture of Johnson School   a190 We'll Miss You cartoon

This was a fun project.  I took most of the photos so I was in the classroom quite a bit.  Being a former teacher, it was nice to be so “close to the action” without all the work!  The book I was working with had 8 1/2 x 11 inch pages which are smaller than what I usually work with; they fill up quickly!!  And I wasn’t asked to do this project until closer to the end of the student teacher’s assignment, so I was limited in what I had to include in the book.  However, I am sure that Miss Yeager will treasure the pages done by each of the individual students for years to come, and hopefully, the photos of the classroom activities will bring back fond memories as well!

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Karate Scrapbook Layouts

Karate Scrapbook Layout

As I mentioned earlier, the scrapbooks I do are for each of my kids, starting from birth and documenting everything and anything until … well, I guess that depends on how far I get!  The idea is to go through high school, but we’ll see!  Anyway, in addition to their general books, I had planned to also make a karate themed book for each of them when they earned their black belts.  I finished Eric’s when he earned his junior black belt and need to add pages now that he earned his adult 1st degree.  I still need to do Kelly’s, Kevin’s and Keith’s books.

These are the layouts in Eric’s book so far.

"Title Page"

“Title Page”

"Karate Kid"

“Karate Kid”

"Older Candids"

“Older Candids”

"Part 1 of Black Belt Testing"

“Part 1 of Black Belt Testing – Curriculum”

"Part 1 of Black Belt Testing pg. 2"

“Part 1 of Black Belt Testing – Curriculum (pg. 2)”

"Sparring Test"

“Sparring Test”

"Belt Flipping Ceremony"

“Belt Flipping Ceremony”

"Ticket to the Black Belt Extravaganza"

“Ticket to the Black Belt Extravaganza”

"Extravaganza Performance"

“Extravaganza Performance”

"Belt Graduation Ceremony at Extravaganza"

“Belt Graduation Ceremony at Extravaganza”

"Sensei Eric Receives his Diploma:

“Sensei Eric Receives his Diploma”

a120 Scrapbook page_ portrait single

a130 Scrapbook page_ portrait pg 1

a140 Scrapbook page_ portrait pg 2

"Eric's Thoughts"

“Eric’s Thoughts”

"The Creeds"

“The Creeds”

a170 Scrapbook page_ last page misc

Several of these pages were featured on

What was very difficult about doing these pages back in 2005 was the lack of martial arts materials and supplies.  After much searching and frustration, I found a woman (who owned a scrapbook supply store which has since closed, I think) who had an electronic die cutting machine (which I had never heard of before).  I’m not sure what kind she had but it was a huge machine, and she had CD’s with tons of images from which to choose.  Luckily, she had quite a few karate images.  She cut 4 of everything for me so I have all the dies ready for Kelly’s, Kevin’s and Keith’s books when I am able to do them.  (I was there all afternoon; that poor woman!!)  I also was fortunate to find the website (no longer in business) which had a lot of great stuff.  I laugh now because I could cut my own stuff out with my Silhouette, and there seems to be so much more online, but back then… very little!

This page was not in the karate scrapbook but was in Eric’s regular scrapbook showing his first belt test.

"First Belt Test"

“First Belt Test”

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Scrap & Stamp

Scrap & Stamp

I bought my first pile of stamping supplies around the same time I started scrapping (1999). My neighbor hosted a Stampin’ Up demonstration, and the projects shown by the consultant were gorgeous. Besides thinking it might be fun to start making cards, I had the brilliant idea that I could do some stamping on my scrapbook layouts as well. I ended up spending a not-so-small fortune on stamps, inks, and supplies. When my supplies finally arrived, I attempted my first card and was EXTREMELY disappointed! It looked nothing like what had been shown at the demonstration! (I basically stamped an image onto the card base, colored it in with colored pencils, and wondered why it looked so boring!) I had no idea what I was doing, no knowledge of the many cool techniques that were out there, and quite frankly, I stunk at stamping! I couldn’t get a clean image consistently so I was petrified to bring my stamps and inks anywhere near my scrapbooks!

For my early attempts, and there were not many of them, I stamped letters or words from alphabet stamps on separate sheets of paper and cut them out to attach to my pages. If I messed up, and I did often, I could just re-stamp it since it wasn’t on the layout yet. I posted one of these examples yesterday. It was my daughters “Watch Me Grow” page. (Click HERE to see it.)

Another example was on my “A Magical Birthday” and “Happy New Millenium” layouts.  The letters were stamped on scrap paper and individually cut out. I liked the look, but that’s as much as I was comfortable doing early on!



After these early attempts, my stamps ended up in the basement in a box, pretty much forgotten.  A few years ago, my neighbor decided to get rid of a bunch of her stamps (I guess hers had ended up in her basement as well!) and asked me if I wanted them.  I decided to take them and give it another try! Now, I was determined to figure out how to use them, discovered You Tube videos and StampTV, and learned that I love stamping!  I’ve gotten better with practice and have learned a lot since I first started out, but I will admit I am still a little scared of stamping directly on the page!

Here are a few more recent examples of where I’ve incorporated stamping in my scrapping:

On this Easter layout, I created the bunny scenes in the corners by masking and stamping the elements on cardstock and matting the panels before adhering them to my layout.



For this spring layout, I used stamps for the border blocks.



I used a distressing technique on the journal box to give it a spookier look and to make it match the patterned paper used on this Halloween layout.


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This layout was ALL stamped and inked!  I am not going to tell you how many times I had to start over for these pages; there were a lot of opportunities to mess up!  (And I had to duplicate this layout 4 times for each of my 4 children!!)  I really like how it came out, though, so it was worth it!

The Beach

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What A Difference A Year Makes!

What A Difference A Year Makes!

The following 4 layouts were among the first ones I did, about a year after I started scrapbooking.  I took a photo of each of my children every month on their month-iversay, at birth, 1 month, 2 months, etc. After 12 months, I did a layout with all of their photos to show how much they grew and changed during their first year.  (Click on a photo to get a closer look.)





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Thinking “Inside the Box”

Thinking “Inside the Box”

Usually we are encouraged to be creative and think outside the box.  However, I worked “inside the box” for these layouts!  (Click on a photo for a closer look.)

This fall page has several photos cut to fit inside fall-shaped dies.


The collage of photos is inside the barn on this field trip page.


Photos are cut to fit inside the ornaments and packages on this Christmas layout.


Look inside the mittens and snowmen on this winter page.


The insides of the water splashes contain the photos on this summer layout.


On this school page, the large schoolhouse die contains the individual and class portraits.


There are photos in the tent die on this camping page.


This Halloween spread has photos in the haunted house.


Here’s another Halloween layout with the photos trimmed to fit in the word “boo” and another photo is in the ghost.


Photos make up the parts of the Mayflower on this Thanksgiving page.


Party pictures are in the hand-made castle layout.


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