Planning Ahead

Easter is barely in the rear-view mirror and stores are already erecting displays with merchandise for Mother’s Day and school graduations.

I’m not even done eating my daughter’s chocolate bunnies yet.

Still, if you are planning to scrapbook events such as your child’s high school or college commencement, now is the time to start planning, especially if you want to save money on materials.

For example, many places, including my local scrapbook supply shop, are currently running clearance sales on Easter embellishments. This is a great time to stock up on paper featuring your child’s school colors, especially if his alma mater’s shades are spring yellow, green or blue. While you are looking at the sale items keep an eye out for materials that feature coordinating neutral tones, such as silver, gold, black, or beige. It’s also a good idea to look for frames and other elements in the school colors, so you have additional options when it comes time to place photos on your layouts. Alternatively, you could pair your child’s school colors with another color that can be used as an accent. For example, if your son’s alma mater’s colors are blue and white, use papers and embellishments in coordinating shades of yellow.

Another way to plan ahead is to start looking for poems about graduation. If you want to add a journaling block, but don’t want to write original prose, then include a famous poem or inspirational quotes. You could also consider writing your own thoughts about ending one chapter of life and beginning another, minus the formality of meter, rhyme and intonation. Simply jot down some anecdotes about your child’s school days that you can later type up and place on specialty paper before adding to a commencement-themed layout.

Now is also the time to collect special mementos such as college acceptance letters, honor cords, sashes, certificates and other awards your student earns. Since you can’t physically add the larger items, simply photograph them and incorporate the pictures in your page designs.

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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.