Wednesday, August 24, 2011

:LAYOUT: It's Gonna be a Banner Year

Second grade was a special grade for Kaitlin for several reasons and this layout will help us to remember why it meant so much to both of us.


#1 - Mimic a design element after a word in your title. For example, I have the work 'banner' in my title and my background paper features triangular banners.

#2 - Use a lined paper for your journaling on a school-themed layout.

#3 - Write your journaling first and take a phrase from it to use as your title.

Even though Kaitlin probably would choose to stay home most days if given the choice, she really does love school. She loves learning new things and the time spent with friends.

The impending start of the 2nd grade school year was special for a couple of key prospects…both exciting and not-so-exciting.

First of all, Kaitlin had developed a special relationship with one 2nd grade teacher in particular – Mrs. Melanie Vlasman – early on in her time at Beadle Elementary. Even as a Kindergartener, she would stop by Mrs. Vlasman’s classroom at the end of the day to give her a hug before heading to her after school program.

Of course, Kaitlin was just longing to have Mrs. V. as her 2nd grade teacher. We had to wait until the open house the day before school to find out whose class list she would be on. That day came and she was elated when she saw her name on Mrs. V.’s list.

However, that elation quickly dissipated a little as she then noticed that the next child’s name on the list was that of a little girl that had caused her quite a lot of tears and grief during their first grade year together. Sad to say, but as much as she was hoping to be in Mrs. Vlasman’s class, she was hoping just as much that she wouldn’t be in the same class with this little girl again.

So, it was all a little bittersweet at the start of her 2nd grade year.

Yet, we are now a few months into the year, and for whatever reason, things seemed to have worked themselves out between the two girls. From the start, there was hardly a mention of any problems. Certainly, they are not “besties,” but they don’t seem to be enemies any longer either.

Maybe they are both just growing up a bit or perhaps it’s the magic of Mrs. V.

Either way, I think it’s going to be a banner year!

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: The Girl’s Paperie, Basic Grey
Stickers: The Girls Paperie
Chipboard: My Mind’s Eye, Basic Grey
Letter Stickers: October Afternoon
Ink: Colorbox
Corner Rounder: Marvy
Border Punch: EK Success, Martha Stewart
Font: Century School Book
Pen: Bic
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