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Flowers on a boy layout? You bet! Day 6

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Here is my final tip for using flowers on a boy layout. And, I have included two sample layouts instead of just one. Before I get to the final tip, I would love to see and hear how others use flowers on boy layouts.

Here is a quick rundown of all the tips:

1) Adding flowers any time there is a girl in the picture(s).

2) Messy flowers – if you use messy flowers, by messy I mean wrinkled, scuffed up, etc., they still look manly enough.

3) Use of gender neutral, or masculine, colors can make any flower appropriate for a boys page.

4) Create an elegant page so a flower will fit more appropriately into the design.

5) Pics with mom, yes you are a girl, but this is different, are the perfect time to add flowers to a page.

Tip 6:

Family pictures are always the perfect setting for flowers, glitter, pearls, you name it!

In addition, I have the following layouts in my album right next to the above layout. Because of this, I felt it would be okay for me to use flowers on the layout with just my son in it. The colors of the pages complement each other, and because the pictures have a summer feel and are posed, I thought the flowers would work just fine.

Flowers on a boy layout? You bet! Day 5

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We are almost finished with the week, and the tips for adding flowers to a boy layout.

Here is a run down of the tips so far:

1) Adding flowers any time there is a girl in the picture(s).

2) Messy flowers – if you use messy flowers, by messy I mean wrinkled, scuffed up, etc., they still look manly enough.

3) Use of gender neutral, or masculine, colors can make any flower appropriate for a boys page.

4) Create an elegant page so a flower will fit more appropriately into the design.

Tip 5:

Pics with mom, yes you are a girl, but this is different, are the perfect time to add flowers to a page.

Moms have a tendency to be behind the camera, so step out from behind or take some self-portraits (just try to avoid that arm reaching out look that is typical of most self-portraits!). As moms, we deserve to be seen, and have our images out there for years to come, and for generations to enjoy.

I was even able to use floral paper and some pearls on this page, which is very rare for me! This image was taken on Mother’s Day before we went to dinner. It took about three takes to get this image right, but it was worth it, I cherish this picture.

Flowers on a boy layout? You bet! Day 4

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Here is a rundown of the tips for using flowers on a boy page so far;

1) Adding flowers any time there is a girl in the picture(s).

2) Messy flowers – if you use messy flowers, by messy I mean wrinkled, scuffed up, etc., they still look manly enough.

3) Use of gender neutral, or masculine, colors can make any flower appropriate for a boys page.

Here is tip 4:

Create an elegant page so a flower will fit more appropriately into the design.

The actual picture used in this layout is not one that is an elegant image, however, I think the picture and the layout design work well together. I wanted to convey through design the fact that I think my son is so unique, and if you know my son, you know this picture is a perfect example of who he can be. Most of the time he is a very easy going boy. Other times he is crazy and sassy and fun!

Flowers on a boy layout? You bet! Day 3

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So far, the tips I have given for using flowers on a boy layout include:

1) Adding flowers any time there is a girl in the picture(s).

2) Messy flowers – if you use messy flowers, by messy I mean wrinkled, scuffed up, etc., they still look manly enough.

And Tip 3 is:

Use of gender neutral, or masculine, colors can make any flower appropriate for a boy page.

Here is my example:

So, I am pretty sure I scrap-lifted this idea from a magazine, there is an additional tip, if you don’t scrap-lift, start today!

I used flowers that are more gender neutral in color. I was also able to use jewels and glitter Stickles to give the look of rain on the letters and flowers.

Flowers on a boy layout? You bet! Day 2

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If you missed yesterday’s blog post, I am posting a series of scrapbook layouts for boys with flowers on them. Each day showcases a new layout and tip for using flowers on a boy layout.

Tip 2:

Messy flowers – if you use messy flowers, by messy I mean wrinkled, scuffed up, etc., they still look manly enough.

Here is my example:

On this image, I used my Sizzix die cuts to make the flower petals, cut small flowers for the center, then added a jewel brad to hold it all together. Prior to assembling the flower, I crinkled up the petals, inked them while crinkled up, then flattened them and inked the edges.

Flowers on a boy layout? You bet!

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For the scrapbookers out there, you know how hard it can be to create a new page each and every time. I love the look of flowers on a page, but because I have a little boy, the use of flowers on a page was a rare occurrence.

Eventually I just decided to go ahead and use flowers on pages.

Because I need to get myself back in the scrapbook mode for a weekend retreat coming up, I decided I would focus this week on some of the layouts I have done with flowers on boy pages. Each day this week, I will share another layout for a boy with flowers.

Boy layouts with flowers, Day 1:

1) Take advantage of any girl (including the rare pics that Mom makes it into). In my opinion, if there is a girl in the picture you can use pinks, purples, flowers, pearls, diamonds, and the list goes on and on.

I will admit, the only flower in this layout is the one that looks like a science atom, but I was just excited to use the pink paper!

As you can see, I have used pink paper for the background (I never get to use pink paper!) and glitter.

Check back tomorrow for more ideas on using flowers in a boy’s layout.

And people say I have no directional skills!

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Last weekend my son and I went to the largest corn maze in central Missouri, maybe even in Missouri. Shryocks Callaway Farms is located near Hatton (Hatton has a wonderful fall craft show the first weekend in October), just off of I-70. I have heard about it for a couple of years, but didn’t think my son was quite old enough to walk through one, without too many complaints, until this year.

The great thing about this corn maze is that they have a special design each year within the maze. This year’s design was dedicated to the MU Tigers joining the SEC (there is an image on their website, http://www.callawayfarms.com/corn-maze/). My son was really excited to make his way through the maze, but a little hesitant because he worries about getting lost.

If you know me, you know I don’t have a lot of skills when it comes to directions. Because of this, both my husband and son thought I would get us lost. My son even asked my husband to come to help us find our way through. The hubby had cow ears to pierce so it was just the boy and I!

I wasn’t sure what to expect, this was my first corn maze, but we enjoyed the experience. Your ticket into the maze is a map, thank goodness. I will admit, once you get in the maze you are grateful for the highway sounds, even with the map, because it helps you figure out which side of the maze you are on. Without the map, I am pretty sure we would still have been wondering around in the maze until dusk.

There were a lot of people at the farm, but with the size of the maze, there were moments when I would have sworn we were the only ones there. It was fun to see the other families working their way through, seeing bright colored clothes running just a few feet away through a couple rows of corn, and hearing the children hollering “marco polo.”

We were in the maze for a little over an hour. At that point my son was getting tired and ready to rest. After leaving the maze we headed to the big red barn, where another surprise is in store, a giant gumball coaster. The coaster ride, for the gumball, starts with the typical gumball machine where the ball is next taken up a belt about 15 feet and goes on the last ride of its life! My son’s first gumball fell off the coaster and crashed into pieces on the ground, but they replace the gumball in these cases and you get to watch it start all over again. The kids and even adults really enjoyed this mesmerizing gumball coaster.

All in all, it was an enjoyable time, especially seeing so many families working together to find their way through the maze and enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

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