Ways to Personalize Grad Page Designs


Graduation layouts have the potential to be highly personalized. Unlike generic birthday, anniversary or Christmas page designs, a commencement-themed layout should reflect special moments in a student’s academic and extra-curricular life. How you showcase the journey that leads up to graduation day is entirely up to you, though there are some common approaches.

One of the most popular is the timeline. This basic design features a chronological listing of major moments that led up to graduation day. You could accomplish this by documenting the student’s entire senior year or spotlighting particular stages of the graduate’s life from birth to commencement. If you go this route, consider incorporating memorabilia, mixed media and various embellishments to make the memory album even more unique.

Fortunately, there is an array of graduation-themed supplies you can add to your scrapbook, including diploma and mortarboard-shaped stickers. In addition, rubber and digital stamps that spell out words such as “Congratulations” and “Class of 2012” can also help to spice up a layout. If you are short on time and money, then the Internet can be your best friend when crafting a graduation layout. Sites including ScrapbookScrapbook and Cool Clips offer free printable graduation paper and clip art, as well as a wide variety of fonts, poems and famous graduation quotes.

Making a graduation scrapbook is one thing, but crafting one to give as a gift to a child, grandchild, nephew, or friend is a bit more challenging. However, it could also be an opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind present filled with personal touches. One way to make the memory album extra special is to write a poem about the graduate reflecting on your feelings about his or her accomplishments. Another option is to piece together a montage of candid photos from graduation day. Layering different types of decorative paper, and then embellishing them with special mementos from the graduate’s childhood is another way you can customize commencement layouts.

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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.