Sunday, March 13, 2011

Celebrating my son

I love Stacy Julian's book The Big Picture. I got so much inspiration from it and her approach to scrapping my life. I took special notice of the LO she made about her son with ADHD. She noted that it is her job to celebrate his strengths, since his disability doesn't normally lead to many kudos. (I don't remember her exact words, sorry. That was the gist.)

And so I remember this when I scrap my sons. My younger boy has both ADHD and autism, a double difficulty for him, particularly in school. This year's been tough, so I made this LO to remember what his strengths are (thanks, Stacy):


I used Studio Calico's February kit Sweet Shoppe. I added the stamped honeycombs with the original idea of printing the words, then pasting them on the patterned paper, but that was too much work, so I handwrote his strengths. The photo used a PSE action called Teeny Tiny World from Coffee Shop; this action blurs the background and focuses in on the center of attention, not that Dominic needed any help with that in this photo!

I have to admit, I was nervous about stamping on this LO, mainly because I was masking out part of the stamp, which can go awry. It was OK, but I try not to let fear get in the way; there is no such thing as a mistake in scrapbooking, only an unplanned opportunity for more creativity.

I think I make a page like this for both of my boys every year. I like that I do. Hopefully they'll always know that even though we're trying very hard to improve their behavior and focus, we know very well that they are fabulous kids. I don't remember who said this, but I'm using this quote as my mantra now: We don't grow up, we only learn how to behave in public.

12 comments:

Brenda Johnston said...

This layout is amazing! I love what you did with the hexagons!

Monika Wright said...

Your son will look back at your layouts and love you even more for realizing he is means more than anything to you and see all his wonderful qualities!

DanaMK said...

That is a fantastic LO of him! I also love your honeycomb stamps - what a cool idea! I really need to invest in more stamps - I'm so limited with what I have.

Jenni said...

this is a fabulous layout and i am sure one that you both will love for a long long time. i think scrapping a page about a child's strengths each year is a wonderful idea. and i love your quote about mistakes in scrapbooking :)

clmk523 said...

Love it! You are inspirational to me. I love the design and style of your pages, and I love the stories you tell. I always come away from your blog with new ideas.

Diana said...

THIS is what scrapbooking is all about.

Jenny said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! My 10 year old son also has autism and I'm soooooo going to lift your layout! It's been a tough day for me so it was a blessing that I happen to see your layout at Studio Calico. Thank you for making my day :)

BabyBokChoy said...

Oh I so agree, I have learned more and more about behaving as I've gotten older, it's wonderful, lol.
LOVE your stamping and the layout really is outstanding!!!

Laura - The Stampin' Soldier said...

Great blog Jennifer!!!

Marie aka bettiescrapbook said...

Congrats on GCD and so happy I get to work with you! :)

Christy said...

Congrats on GCD and I look forward to working with you!

Keshet said...

This is gorgeous, Jennifer!