Monday, August 18, 2014


My youngest son, Ben, graduated from Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences last June.  This is the first in a series of layouts from the event.

I used the sketch from Scrap Our Stash (featured at that link, if it works, is my friend, Steffanie's layout -- I think it's awesome!)  Here's the sketch:

I love the energy in it and it's different than I normally do.  So here's my take:

One of the things I love about this blog and it's challenges is that they don't encourage you to go buy all kinds of latest and greatest -- they encourage you to use your stash.  The off-white/beige paper came from my very first DCWV stack, Old World.  The burgandy and blue papers come from an MME stack from 2010.  The title I printed out on my computer and the little bit of white branches embellishment came from packaging somewhere sometime.  

The photos are Ben and his principal and one of the proofs.  We weren't thrilled with his proofs, so we chose one for the year book and kept the proofs but didn't buy anything else (so the embellishment covers the photographer's name).  

I'm really happy with how this came out -- I think it has a casual elegance to it.


  1. Wonderful job with the sketch and using up some of your older stash! Thank you for playing along with Scrap our Stash!

  2. awesome! love that you stacked some of the triangle. great job using your stash, its such a great feeling to use old stash, isnt?
    thanks for playing along at scrap our stash.

  3. Fantastic take on the sketch! and great job on the challenge! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap Our Stash!

  4. Awww...thanks for mentioning me, Andrea! You are so sweet. I love your classic take on this challenge. The layered triangles look fantastic and add a touch of elegance to the formal photo. So glad that you decided to play along with us at Scrap Our Stash!!

  5. :Love the clean lines and congrats on your son's achievement! Thanks for playing along with SOS!

  6. Great masculine page. Thanks for playing along at Scrap Our Stash!

  7. fantastic take on the sketch!!Thanks so much for joining us at Scrap Our Stash!!