Digital Scrapbook Layout | A Conversation With Simon 2013

So often we make this memory keeping stuff way too complicated. I know because I do it myself. I love having something simple like a basic list of questions & answers to document specific things about life right now.

Cathy released this great layered template at Designer Digitals back in 2011: Story Guide Layered Template No.1 (one of the great things about digital is that the products you love don't go away). I used it to document a bit of Simon's story (see it here) in 2011 and then asked Simon this same series of questions this past week. His birthday week seemed like a great time to do it again.

I also added a Stacked Dates 2013 circle to the template.

Printed here at home on my Epson R2000.

And just like back in 2011, this one will go straight into Project Life as an insert for this week.


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36 thoughts

  1. jaimee h.

    2013-01-24 09:22:54 -0500

    His best friend. Heart flutter!

  2. Carla

    2013-01-24 09:32:50 -0500

    I am melting...I love that you are his best friend. I am downloading these digitals right now and adding them to my PL album. Can't wait to see the answers my kids come up with.

  3. Paula

    2013-01-24 10:16:48 -0500

    Absolutely wonderful. Simon is so precious.

  4. Neisa

    2013-01-24 10:45:26 -0500

    You're his best friend, love that so much.

  5. Debbie

    2013-01-24 10:50:34 -0500

    I absolutely love this idea. I will do it with my daughter after school today. She is 10. Ali, you are the most inspirational person. Thank you for inspiring me to climb outside my box. I am ordering the epson printer that you are currently using. Would it still be your favorite to buy right now?

  6. Melanie Jackson

    2013-01-24 10:51:51 -0500

    Love this template from Cathy Zielske, I too own it and first used it in 2011. Also plan to use it again this year to see how my kids' answers have changed. Love your great and inspirational website! Your posts are always filled with creativity and more importantly, they always ring of authenticity and honesty no matter the topic. Keep it coming! Have a great day.

  7. Patti L

    2013-01-24 11:26:32 -0500

    Love this. Just a great way to get something done & recorded. Need to remember to keep it simple as well! Thanks.

  8. Margie S

    2013-01-24 12:13:13 -0500

    I just filmed my son's 8th birthday interview last night (on his birthday). We do it every year. You've reminded me to make it into a layout. And I'll have to add some of those questions to our list for next time. Some very cute ones.

  9. Michelle

    2013-01-24 12:20:48 -0500

    I just love this! Definitely will be adding this to my PL this year!

  10. KatieK.

    2013-01-24 12:29:07 -0500

    Aren't the immediate real answers from kids the best? I bet he would make an awesome Lego inventor of some cool kits that allow for lots of imagination and creativity. If he ever draws or writes about the Land of Oo and that made-up land, maybe he could be persuaded to share. You and your family are an inspiration to all of us to let our kids be who they are and amazing things come forth. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Joy Buss

    2013-01-24 12:43:33 -0500

    Love this! My 17year old son was just looking at an "All About Alex at 3" layout the other day. Soooo much fun to see what were his favs and the funny things he said. Love,Love,Love these layouts because the truly capture a moment in time! Thanks for the reminder to do them. I wonder at what age I should stop. lol!

  12. Phaedra

    2013-01-24 12:43:54 -0500

    I love this idea! I am going to lift it!

  13. Fanny

    2013-01-24 13:12:14 -0500

    He can't be any sweeter!

  14. Cynthia H

    2013-01-24 14:21:33 -0500

    Love his answers!!

  15. Suz

    2013-01-24 15:59:29 -0500

    His answers?!! Seriously awesome sauce!!
    Take care you,

  16. J3SS1C4

    2013-01-24 16:59:55 -0500

    This is such an awesome snapshot of Simon right now! I think it's pretty cool looking at the differences between the years... He has some great answers!!

  17. jen

    2013-01-24 18:02:07 -0500

    I love this ... and ADORE the 3 words he used to describe himself.

  18. liz N.

    2013-01-25 12:12:49 -0500

    I love this. Personally, i would add the question: How old are you? to this; i hate having to do "age math" when I look at my layouts.

  19. Melanie A.

    2013-01-25 18:29:02 -0500

    I just had to go back and compare his answers to last year. Some things are the same, but you can see him growing up.

    Good taste Simon, my favorite food is pizza too :)

  20. Teri H.

    2013-01-26 21:37:54 -0500

    I love his name for the three words that describe him.

    The kid knows who he is. :)

  21. Susanne

    2013-01-28 15:04:02 -0500

    Absolutely love that idea!!!
    What a great memory.

  22. Clare

    2013-01-29 03:52:49 -0500

    This made me teary. My youngest son is dyslexic and is 16. If you ask him who his best friend is he will always answer me(mom). I think because they know we have been and will continue to always be there for them. We have witnessed their struggles and triumphs in life. They don't have to wear a mask in our presence, they know they are loved unconditionally, and therefore there is a level of comfort, acceptance, and peace in our presence. Love, love my boy. I have two older children that are wonderful, but I truly believe my youngest child has provided my greatest learning experiences in life.

    All the best to you and Simon.

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