About a boy

Recently, a thread was shared on Studio calico asking whether or not we make sure to include equal numbers of  layouts for all of our kids, or if we find that we tend to scrap one family member more than another.  You can check it out here if you like.

I have to admit that I really do have a tendency to scrap the girls more often than my sons and husband.  There are a whole host of reasons for that, but some of them include:

  • I relate better to the girls (after all, I am one)
  • I enjoy using 'pretty' products and those don't fit terribly well with boy layouts
  • My oldest son and I butt heads a LOT and so our relationship is rocky at times (it's hard to make a kind layout about someone you're angry at!)
  • My oldest son does the same three things again and again, eat, school and play guitar and eventually you run out of things to say
  • I only see my younger two sons once a month and it's always on a day that I am utterly exhausted so I don't get many pics taken.
  • I don't have as many pictures of the oldest since up until the last couple of years he was uncooperative in front of the camera
All of those things are true.  However, I love my boys and I want them to know it.  I want them to feel special  and know that they're important to me because of course, THEY ARE!

I also know that the feeling of competition and someone being the 'favorite' in the family is always a difficulty and I certainly don't want to feed that feeling.

With that in mind, I am on a mission to do my boys more often.  That includes the hubs too as he gets ignored.  Again, he does the same three things on a regular basis, work, play drums and tinker in the garage.  But that doesn't mean that he's not a complex person.  

I've got my homework cut out for me, don't ya think.

I began with the Layout below.  This one is unique because it is built on the background ruler paper which I created using stamps.  I dug into my stash for this page and I am really pleased with the results.

Oh, and there is a little survey in the sidebar on the left, if you haven't already, please leave your thoughts.  Click all that apply!  Happy Friday!


  1. awesome page! i only have boys so i love all the boy paper! sometime you just have to be creative with it!

  2. love all of the colors and patterns here - great, great page.

  3. Love how you made your own background paper! So creative. Also, like the then and now journaling. I use that a lot!

  4. Wonderful page! My son used to test me to the nth degree and I can't tell you how many pages I have that vent my frustration. I found it very theraputic.

  5. Super cute layout - love the stitching!!

  6. This is fantastic! I love it!!! :)

  7. Good for you for taking up a challenge! I'm sure it will be therapeutic along the way and, hopefully, only strengthen your relationship with the boys. :) Love all the little details!

  8. awesome Ursula! love the stitching!!!

  9. Beautiful page and love that stitching - I only have boys to scrap and I don't check out how many pages of each I have done - it goes on the photos. I do try and alternate the LOs a bit as they both love seeing pages of them, but I keep them all in an annual album so I can never tell who is featured more :)

  10. This is really great Ursula! Love the stitching!

  11. Great post and your LO is "right on" ~ that's a compliment:):)

  12. Love the stamping and stitching....and authentic, real journaling. Lovely work!

  13. Gorgeous layout! Love the ampersand with the stitching around it!


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