I typically build all of my pages from scratch, just because I love that process. But several years ago, Cathy Zielske*, one of my favorite bloggers/scrapbookers, sold a set of school templates that I LOVED. I had fully intended to make Gabe’s entire elementary school years scrapbook using these templates, but alas, I only got through his second grade years. So these pages just fall into his regular school album as any other layouts do.
I love that the pages are coordinated, though, and if I pop open his school album at one of these pages, I instantly know I’m in the middle of his second grade year. I have since become a fan of developing templates to make similar pages come together more quickly. (Note the team-and-player layouts in his sports scrapbook, for example.)
I also have since decided I had so many sports photos of Gabe that they deserved their own album, so the team photos that are included on these second grade pages are scrapped twice. But that’s OK with me. They live in different albums, anyway.
Gabe, you have made me laugh out loud many times over in the last 17+ years. I love that some of the photos on these pages capture that personality so clearly. Love you, Bud.
* Cathy Zielske is more of a card maker than a scrapbooker these days, but her blog is still worth checking out. She has a very elegant, minimalist, timeless style about her pages that I love so much!