Tips for scrapping graduation

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It’s graduation season right now and I’m excited that my son will be joining the Class of 2012! I know I’m way more excited for him to wear that cap and gown than he is, because not only do I get to celebrate his achievement, I get to scrap it!

Many schools have graduations for younger grades. When my son graduated from Kindergarten at the autism school he attended, we definitely thought it called for a celebration! Graduations for little kids are fun to scrap and themed school designs are a great way to embellish these types of pages. Include the basic details of place and date. It’s also fun to interview the young graduate and record their memories of their school experience.

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My own high school graduation layout focuses on how ready I was to be done with high school. I couldn’t wait to get out into the big world of life after graduation! High school graduation is the perfect time to record what the graduate is looking forward to in their life ahead. Do they have college plans? What and where do they want to study? Are they going straight into the workforce? What will they be doing? What will they miss from high school? Who do they plan to keep in touch with?

Instead of using a theme kit, I simply emphasized my high school colors with the ribbon and paper choices. Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to certain kits or themes when scrapping a graduation.

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This pretty layout by Trina has a grown-up and elegant feeling to it. I like that she included the details of her school and degree, along with the year of her graduating class. Remember to document the official titles, degrees, and details that go along with a college graduation. You could also journal about post-graduate plans such as jobs and/or more schooling. What new relationships were formed during college that will continue on (friendships, dating, marriage, etc.)

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A double graduation is certainly an important occasion to document! I love this page by judet95 with the graduation year blended into the background of the journaling. Include pictures and details about friends or significant others who are graduating at the same time for a fun approach!

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LeeAndra’s touching page about her husband’s graduation visit to his Grandmother reminds us to capture the stories beyond the actual ceremony. Who is proud of the graduate? Are there people who inspired or supported the graduate to reach their goal? Who attended the graduation? Who do you wish could have been there?

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While it’s not necessary to use theme kits to create graduation pages, it sure is fun to find designs that help illustrate the story you want to tell. I’m excited about my own son’s high school graduation coming up, so I’ve been stalking the stores for special kits that will help me celebrate the occasion. Check out all of these fabulous goodies! (all images are linked)

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Whether you have a graduate getting ready to get their diploma, or if you simply have some old graduation photos in your files, today’s a great day to turn them into lasting memories with a digital scrapbook page!

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P.S. The title image was created with paper by Amber Clegg and doodles by Kate Hadfield. Fonts are Café Rojo and Harlow Solid Italic.