Hey Mom | Scrapbook Layout


"Hey Mom, I want to have a movie club."

The best thing happened here last weekend.

Simon had some friends over for a movie club.

For many of you that might not seem like anything to celebrate. But for him, it's huge. I can count on one hand the number of times he's invited other kids to come over (or that he's been invited to other kids houses or birthday parties).

Out of the blue (actually from an episode of Adventure Time) he announced late last week that he wanted to invite friends over and watch a couple movies. I said, "Sure, that sounds fun." and then figured we'd talk about it again later. He ended up going to school on Friday, writing his phone number of strips of paper and inviting kids from his program at school to come over at 2pm on Saturday.

Three boys ended up here on Saturday afternoon (after some good chats with parents) for a couple movies and popcorn and pizza and hanging out. It was awesome.

And he wants to do it again.

Here's what I created for this story:


A super simple 2-page, 8.5x11 layout with some really big Silhouette cuts to celebrate a really cool day.


For the first page I set up the title and cut it with the Silhouette (font is Sentinel).


I adhered it on top of some white woodgrain cardstock.

Last week in my supply replenishment video I showed a sticker sheet from Teresa Collins - Something Wonderful Stickers - "love this" and the other stickers I used on this layout are from that sheet.


For the second large cut I used some art from my Thank You Friends set.

You can easily trace these PNG files and use them in the Silhouette software. Check out a tutorial here.


After tracing I rotated the "I heart friends" word art and repeated it over and over and then cut it on kraft cardstock.


I adhered that onto a kraft cardstock background. Love the look of the kraft on kraft.


On top of the kraft cut I added the 4x6 photo, two small stickers from the sticker sheet and my journaling printed on colored vellum from Studio Calico.

On top of the photo I added a cut out from one of the Midnight Project Life core kit cards ("this photograph").

Go, Simon go!


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Designer Digitals Quarterly Sale started yseterday (and runs through next week). Now is a great time to stock up on products that are all 40% off. On Saturday I'll be hosting a chat about the "hybrid life" and giving away a freebie over on Designer Digitals message board. Happy shopping!

39 thoughts

  1. Mary Sara P.

    2014-05-16 09:36:56 -0400

    Ali, this is so AWESOME! I'm so excited for you and Simon. Yes! Have a great weekend.

  2. orange gearle

    2014-05-16 09:43:03 -0400

    YAY! I knew I would see this one soon when I saw the photo on instagram (or maybe it was Facebook?)! LOVE this! Love watching you parent so beautifully and honestly. Love watching your kiddos grow. THank you, Ali for this creative and personal blog. Go, Ali, Go! :-)

  3. Carolyn HP

    2014-05-16 09:44:14 -0400

    This so awesome! And yay for fun times with friends! Have a great weekend!

  4. Gabi

    2014-05-16 10:36:52 -0400

    This is awesome! Love the design of your layout, Ali! Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Jenny B.

    2014-05-16 10:39:28 -0400

    So cool! Yay for Simon! Where will the layout end up? In an 8.5x11 album or as an insert in Project Life or something else?

  6. Laura

    2014-05-16 10:56:54 -0400

    That's so awesome, Ali. A great thing to celebrate on a page. The title page is very cool and I like the added texture of the woodgrain behind it.

  7. young

    2014-05-16 11:12:07 -0400

    Love the two page layout and the great story it shares. Happy Friday!

  8. StacyK

    2014-05-16 11:25:10 -0400

    Love this Ali! I want to try it!!!!

  9. Debbie Piercey

    2014-05-16 12:02:27 -0400

    That is awesome & so exciting for Simon! Love, love, love your double page spread!

  10. Jennifer K

    2014-05-16 13:23:53 -0400

    Go, Simon! And way to be open to making that happen for him, Ali. And, I'm thrilled you shared the woodgrain cardstock link. I can't get enough woodgrain!

  11. Tinka

    2014-05-16 14:28:13 -0400

    Way to go, Simon!! That is so awesome!

    Ali, I was working on clearing and sorting through all the papers and magazines I've been collecting and pulled out your book, A Designer's Eye 2. I really enjoyed looking at your earlier layouts about Simon, knowing how much he has grown (on all ways) and all that he has accomplished since then!


  12. Maureen

    2014-05-16 15:12:49 -0400

    Ali, that is such a big breakthrough for Simon. The grandmother in me is so touched. <3

  13. Anne

    2014-05-16 16:13:54 -0400

    So happy for all of you! Big step for Simon-yeah! Love your layouts, Ali. They're simple and clean but have a "wow" factor. Love the idea of using the cutouts like this - can't wait to try it!

  14. KarynS

    2014-05-16 17:34:38 -0400

    Go Simon Go!!

  15. Cindy

    2014-05-16 19:03:38 -0400

    I just love this (story and layout). Your little buddy is growing up into a fine young man. What a truly inspirational story. GO SIMON......YOU'RE AWESOME!!

  16. Christine

    2014-05-16 19:09:17 -0400

    Awesome layout for about an awesome kid. Go Simon!

  17. Donna M

    2014-05-16 20:24:49 -0400

    I love this layout so much! Also with a son with ASD and no close friends (except one online on the other side of the world), I totally know how awesome this would be to see this happening.

  18. Teri H.

    2014-05-18 01:27:46 -0400

    Man, I really need to use my electronic-cutter more often. These are great, Ali.

  19. Tracey

    2014-05-19 02:13:11 -0400

    Your heart must be filled with happiness at the moment, Ali. Great steps for Simon and a great page. Love :-)

  20. Debbie

    2014-05-19 12:17:42 -0400

    This is beautiful! Go Simon Go!!!

  21. Lori Ledford

    2014-05-19 17:22:29 -0400

    Your work always inspires me to reach new creative heights, but this one in particular struck a chord. Thank you for sharing such a treasured moment, I will be earmarking this project for future reference in hopes that I'll be able to create just such a layout for my 7 year old autistic daughter, we're not there yet, but she is beginning to make those important peer connections.

  22. Stacey

    2014-05-19 17:44:31 -0400

    Such an awesome milestone for Simon - that's awesome. And, of course, a beautiful layout as well.

  23. Megan

    2014-05-19 23:18:28 -0400

    What website did you get the Sentinel font?

  24. cinback

    2014-05-20 15:54:31 -0400

    Ok, that kraft on kraft effect is fabulous...

  25. Jules

    2014-05-22 03:39:14 -0400

    Looks like THRIVE might be your whole family's word this year :)

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