Traditional Scrapbook Layout - Go Forward

Oh, I am soooo excited to share this page with you today!

We moved Summer into her dorm on Sunday, and I had already planned to take some pictures so I could scrapbook them. I sat down yesterday to make a page and...ahhh! I'm just so happy with how it turned out!

I started with a sketch I'd pinned awhile back from Studio Calico:

I think this is for an 8.5x11 layout, but I scrap 12x12, so I knew I'd have to play around a bit. I printed one photo 4x6 and then the other five smaller (just under 2" each) and then arranged them around the rest of the grid. From this point I just went in my own direction from the sketch.

For my background paper, I chose a music note patterned paper from the Capture Life collection by Echo Park. I chose a city scape themed chevron pattern from the same line for just under half of the page as well, cutting off most of the city from the paper, since I was pretty sure it was not Boston and I couldn't make myself use a different city.

On top of those two patterns, and behind my grid of photos, I added a sheet from the Studio Calico Abroad collection. After I'd chosen the paper collection to work with, I spotted the Heidi Swapp embellishments from the Project Life Foil Value Kit and knew I wanted to use those too. Gold makes me happy.

In the top corner of the grid, I used an "adventure" heart sticker from the Capture Life collection, along with a "hello" chipboard embellishment from the Foil Value Kit. I also added in a gold arrow from the kit under my title. I had some gold foil alphas from American Crafts that I'd been using in my never-completed December Daily album, so I used them for my main title.

Then for the subtitle I used the October Afternoon's Daily Flash Meringue alpha stickers.

In the bottom right corner I added part of a doily from Stampin' Up! (also used up near my title), and then clustered some hearts and some of the gold chipboard dots and arrows from the Foil Value Kit. Some gold striped washi finished off the page for me.

Seriously just so happy with this. The gold and turquoise and feminine accents like the doily just make my heart sing. Being a mom of a toddler boy, I don't get to use feminine accents all that often, so I am really happy when I get the chance.

So, Summer is off at Berklee orientation this week. Her room actually has a name, the Metallica room, which I think is pretty sweet, and very fitting, as she'd previously done an entire show at School of Rock based on Metallica, and I believe she auditioned for Berklee with a Metallica song. Moving her in was an experience. I commuted to Bentley, so I never had that dorm experience. This was all new to me. It was really cool to see her starting off on her college journey.


  1. I love absolutely everything about your layout!! Awesome work!

  2. Great layout Melissa. Best of luck to Summer on her new adventure. I can tell you both are so proud of her!