While perusing the community galleries lately, there seem to be more and more layouts documenting either an age or stage in someone's life. I am very intrigued by these type of layouts because aside from getting all of those meaningful numbers and facts recorded, they make the information fun to look over and remember.
Here are a few examples of some amazing Ages and Stages layouts that I have fallen head over heels for recently.
I just love this one by joelsgirl (Kellie). How creative and unique that she photographed him holding up painted signs. Not only does it make for a great title, it tells a great story in pictures!
Jacq (purple_colourz) did a fabulous job at capturing not only the physical changes through pictures but also the milestones with her wonderful journaling.
I love the bullet style format that Nikki (nikkiarngwife) used in this layout to capture some of her son's favorites at age 4.
My jaw is still sitting on my desktop over this one. This 2 pager by Rach (rach3975) seems to cover all the little things about her son that she will want to look back on later. She does one of these type of layouts for each of her children every year. Go MOM!
One of the things that I love about these type of layouts is that not only are they great for documenting our children't stages but, also our own. Here are just a few of the "grown-up" layouts I love!
I don't think Rebecca (mamabee) left anything out on this layout!
Gotta love this one by Aly (aly321) that she did of her husband.
This one just makes me want to document my thirty....ahem....something favorites at thirty something. Lynette (nettio) did an amazing job at making this layout so much fun!
Here are some layouts with this same idea by our team:
Layout by Jenny, supplies: Template by Chrissy W., Game On Kit by Elise Hansen, Brad, Staple, & Frame by Shabby Princess
Yellow Paper and “It’s a Boy Thing” Border by Lili (TDF #8)
Notebook Paper by Karah Fredricks,Fonts: SF Lani, SF On the Dot
Layout by Melissa L, supplies: Dani Mogstad's Sweet Cupcake kit
Emily Merritt's paper strips, Font is DJBMandyK1
Layout by Melissa L, supplies: Gabs kit by LaurasKathi, Acrylic 5 by Emily Powers, Eyelets by Dani Mogstad (Deep Blue Sea kit),
Font is A Little Pot
Layout by Karen, supplies: Kasia Beary Cute kit; Lauren Grier Black Jelly alpha; Designs by Lili template
Layout by Jenn, supplies: Everything by Sahlin Studio (Grunge kit & matching word art, Embossed Frames, Painted Alpha, Enjoy the Moment Snippettes and Getting Started: Journaling)
Font: Pea Lacy Chunky, Pea Jack and Jane
Layout by Dunia, supplies: Background Paper from Essentials Colors II by Lili, Cardboard Circle Alpha by Amber Clegg, Black Polka Dot Alpha by Aja Abney, Tender Alpha by Aja Abney, Black and White Painted Alpha by Lili, Alpha from Seeing Stars by Lili, Crinkly Doodle Alpha Black by Lisa Whitney
Shmootzy Alpha 2 by Nancie Rowe Janitz and lot of fonts: 1942 Report, 28 Days Later, Adler, Amaze, Arial, Baby Font, Bernard, Beth Hand, Century Gotic, Dupree, Greer, Holmes, Joplin, LEHN018, Lindsey, Mahogany Script, Maxime Script, Milk & Cereal, Pass the Chex, Polo Brush, Rockford, Scrap Caps, Scrap Raphsody, Scrap Sloopy, Staccato222 BT and Stephanie Marie JF.
Layout by Janet Phillips, supplies: Template by Janet Phillips (Quarterly Assortment at SSD), Basics kit by SSD
One of the vital parts of these layouts can be in your journaling or documentation. I know that knowing what to document can be hard to figure out so, I have put together some ideas for you to help you create your perfect layout:
- Statistics: age, weight, height, etc.
- Likes/Dislikes: foods, movies or TV shows, songs, animal, song, color
- Memorable moments
- Funny things they say or pronounciations
- doctor visits or injuries
- activities or schedule; teacher names, grade
- milestones: talking, walking, starting school, learning to drive, etc.
- description of personality traits
Now let's talk tools. Here are just a few of the many great templates out there to help you with your layout.
List Girl Paper Blocked Number Templates by List Girl Designs
This one is just perfect for getting many great photos onto one layout. You can use the area around the number to document some of the memorable moment, favorites and statistics for that age. List Girl has all numbers 0-9 available in her store, HERE
From The Vault: Ring Ring by Janet Phillips
Janet has a wide variety of multi photo templates in her store
that would lend themselves to this type of layout.
Year In Review Templates by Scrapping with Liz
This set is great for documenting the month by month stages and changes. Just place a name or title in place of those 2009's! Liz also has some other great templates in her store
for an Ages and Stages layout.
I love show and tell so, if you have created an Ages and Stages layout, link us up to it in the comments section or post it in our Flickr gallery. If you have not yet done one, what are you waiting for?
P.S. SharonS is the random winner from the comments in yesterday's post! She won $10 in product from Chelle! Congratulations Sharon and THANKS!