Horsing Around


My daughter recently attended a horse-themed birthday party for her friend Kira. Kira’s dad is a veterinarian and the family owns two horses that they board at a farm just outside of town. To celebrate Kira’s eighth birthday, her parents invited eight girls, including my daughter, to go horseback riding at the farm. Needless to say, my child is now hooked on horses. In fact, following the party, I finagled a way to get her enrolled in “sample” riding lessons without committing to the entire three-month, $400 program.

My daughter’s lessons are limited, so I’ve been taking as many photos as possible just in case she doesn’t get the opportunity to ride beyond the sample sessions. At first, I considered making a mini scrapbook of her horse riding adventures. However, after browsing through my local craft store and seeing how many horse-themed supplies are out there, I decided to craft a few individual layouts and add them to my daughter’s 12×12 “Summer 2012” scrapbook.

Yesterday, I put the finishing touches on the first layout. It turned out better than I had anticipated. I got the inspiration from an Olympic equestrian page design I viewed online, but added a few of my own touches to personalize it for my daughter. I started by tracing a horseshoe on blue cardstock, and then cutting it out. You could use a die-cut shaped horseshoe if you don’t feel comfortable with your scissors skills. Next, I glued the horseshoe on the page and adhered a photo of my daughter riding her favorite horse in the center of the cardstock cut-out. Then, I wrote a few quotes to embellish the blue horseshoe, including:

“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.”–Helen Thomson

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a
man.”–Winston Churchill

“The horse is God’s gift to mankind”–Arabian Proverb

With the center of the page complete, I moved on to the remainder of the layout. I used some horse-themed stickers, stamps and die cuts around the horseshoe cut-out. Finally, I got some thin rope and glued it in the shape of a lasso and placed it along the outside of the page.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.