The other day I was sitting at our dinning room table scrapbooking/working. In the middle of deep concentration over some crackle paint application, out of the corner of my eye, I see a little red head bob over to the table.
"Watcha doin' Mama?", Drew says.
"Can I work too?", he asks.
"Not right now, sweetie. This is something Mama has to have done quickly for a class."
A few seconds pass and when Drew discovers that his sad little pouty face isn't working,
"I think for Christmas I'm going to ask Santa for Scooby Doo movies AND scrapbooking stuff. I bet he'll get the scrapbooking stuff because I'll tell him you don't share."
Now before you think I'm mean, stingy mommy, trust me I'm not. When it comes to play scrapbooking I love having Drew sit with me and letting him join in on the whole process. Which reminds me of this layout:
Drew had started actually forming shapes and pictures with his drawings instead of just scribbling. I really wanted to do a layout featuring some of my favorite pieces of his artwork when suddenly the light bulb switched on. What could possibly be better that using his artwork as a background too? So I handed him two 12 x 12 white sheets of cardstock and a handful of crayons. He loved it!
A lot of times I pre-plan my layouts but for this one I waited until he was done drawing and arranged everything around his designs. I also kept the patterned paper to a minimum because I didn't want it to overshadow his cute drawings. I even used a circle he drew as space for the journaling.
It ended up being one of the most fun layouts I've ever created. There isn't a whole lot to the layout, it's pretty simple but knowing that we both created it together makes it special.