Think Spring

It’s hard to think about spring when your yard is buried under a foot of snow. I can’t wait for winter to end. I’m over scrapbooking snow, bare branches, Christmas trees and other winter-themed items. I’m itching to get working on spring layouts. One of my favorite spring activities is picnicking. My family loves eating outdoors and I often document our meals with my digital camera and incorporate the shots in bright and cheery layouts, such as:

Ant Theme: Weird, right? Not so fast. The page was inspired by adorable ant-shaped stickers and die cuts I found on sale at the end of last summer. The store had them on clearance and they were too cute to pass up, so I made a scrapbook page with photos from the picnic and placed the ants in zigzag single-file lines. I also used an ant-shaped rubber stamp, though you could draw the ants with an acid-free marker if you are artistically talented, or you could print your own ant stickers using computer clip art.

Red Checks: This is another design I found at an end-of-the summer scrapbook sale. Red and white checked scrapbook paper is easy to find and makes the ideal backdrop for a picnic theme layout. Mind you, we didn’t use red-checked cloths at our family reunion, but it worked nonetheless. You could use a beach blanket backdrop if you can find it at your local store or online. I used the red checks and embellished it with red frames around the photos. I also used a bunch of picnic basket and picnic table stickers. Finally, I purchased some cute die cut utensils and dishes to add to the page. Another great way to employ checkered paper is to make a grill layout. Simply purchase a die cut grill or stickers and use them to embellish a page with your husband, dad or uncle manning the grill during a summer family cookout.

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Michele Cheplic

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.