Sunday 4 September 2011

Sunday Layout Challenge

Can you believe it's already September? That means a fresh month of challenges here at The Studio Challenges. It also means 'back to school' time in many places. For me, September always brings to mind the smell of new books and shiny new school clothes - what does 'back to school' mean to you? This week we challenge you to make a school-related page - maybe about your favorite classes, teachers, etc....your kids experience...anything school-related.
Here's a little design team inspiration to get you started....and check out our the great prize that is up for grabs this month....

Here's my take on the challenge, this is old Primary School, it's changed quite a lot since I went there but I do go and help out there with art and craft now!

I was lucky enough to spend 7 years of my school life, from 11-18, in this gorgeous old building. I don't have a photo of it, (shockingly for a scrapbooker!) so I used a postcard of a painting of the building as it was in the 19th Century - it doesn't look that much different today.

When I think of school (or back to school)...right after school supplies comes first day of school pictures. This year I had these cute little signs for the kids to hold (even my high school senior cooperated!) When I sat down to edit the pictures 80% of them had disappeared. Gone. Poof. Not in the file...nowhere. I was frustrated. I was mad. I thought bad words.
And then I made the kids hold the signs again the next morning and have a second-first day of school so I could take more pictures.
And when I went to edit THOSE pictures, 40 out of 50 had disappeared. AGAIN. So now I knew something rotten was going on. Long story short, (too late, right?) the files were just hidden...not deleted. yay! So now I have them all back, and my kids are happy not to have to pretend for a third day in a row that it's the first day of school. :)

The first day of school is always bittersweet for me. Last year especially, since it marked the end of the pre-school days for our family. The journaling about this day is in the little pocket of my layout. 

We hope you will play along with us. Just link your projects in the comment section of this post. Up for grabs this month is a great prize: a $20 gift certificate to Ella Publishing.
You can use this gift certificate to download some of the great eBooks available by Ella. While you are there, check out the lineup for Boot Camp, a special series of  18 inspiring videos by 4 expert instructors starting on September 19.
Can't wait to see what you make!


  1. Hi!!! I just made a school related page! "My Kinder garden class" and this is my link:
    Good luck ladies and thank you for the great inspiration!

  2. Here is my school themed layout done for a friend with her photos.

  3. Here are my school album & a random funny layout about the morning drive to school:

  4. love all the DT examples! Here's my school-themed layout, my daughter working on homeowrk for the first time!

  5. Made with some of my favorite photos of my youngest son!

  6. Here is my take of the school related challenge of my son who was Mr Popular at all the school dances here is my link to my blog post

  7. My girlsssssssssssssssssssssss...Im so busy and travelling like h. lately...but today decided to put all my visits on schedule and here I am to throw some love to you all. Miss U. lovely layouts! cheers


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