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Keep It Simple This Spring

Meteorological spring begins this Friday; unfortunately, most of the nation still looks and feels like the dead of winter.  While you may be itching to tiptoe through the tulips, Mother Nature clearly has other ideas.

To help pass the time while waiting for the spring thaw, channel your warm thoughts into spring-themed scrapbook layouts.  There are a slew of simple and affordable ways you can create page designs that pay homage to the first season of the year.  For example, rather than purchasing apple stickers to embellish a chalk-drawn tree, add red buttons instead.  The accents add texture and dimension and can also be used for the center of flowers on a spring layout.  Another seasonal touch is to replace die cut letters with wood grain ones.  Doing so adds to the outdoorsy feel of a spring-themed layout.

One of my young daughter’s favorite spring activities is puddle-jumping.  April showers bring May flowers, so why not highlight the rain in a positive light.  You can use blue tissue paper to mimic water or mix-and-match colors found on your child’s raincoat with elements you are planning to use on your page design.  Spray dyes also work well to add pops of color to a layout.

Finally, you could design a pretty journaling block complete with flowers swirled with embroidery floss to document your thoughts on the season.  If you can’t think of anything profound to say about spring, consider using the following famous quotes:

“An optimist is the human personification of spring.”–Susan J. Bissonette

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”–Neltje Blanchan

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”–Anne Bradstreet

“Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.”–Chinese Proverb

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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.