This is an exciting time of year for a few certain 17 + 18 year old kids.  A little thing called graduation just may be right around the corner. In addition to that?

Choosing a college.

Such an important decision. What do they want to do for the rest of their lives? What place will provide the best education…or the best entertainment? So many things to factor in. Sometimes It’s not the easiest of choices either.

I love what Laura has done here to capture her daughter’s collegiate choice. Scoping out the campus and writing up the reasons why she’s excited to go. I  love this idea! 


[ DesignsLet’s Go (hello), Happy Stuff (you make my heart sing), Weathered Door [All] (UOP), Need Directions? (arrow), Storyboard #6 (template) ]

Besides the way she created her titles, I think the photo spread is one of my favorite parts about this. I love that there’s a collage of great photos on the school on the right and it extends over to a large photo on the left.  It almost looks like a magazine spread. So clean, yet so fun!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

My oldest daughter, Alyssa, is graduating from high school in just three short weeks. I still can’t wrap my head around that, let alone the fact that she’ll be headed off to college in a few short months. The entire college process was a big part of Alyssa’s senior year. And while it was a hard process at times, in the end it came down to an easy decision for her. I wanted to document her college choice and how she came to decide on the amazing college that she will be spending her next 4 years at.

Kerri has so many fabulous brush-script handwritten words available in her recent kits, and I knew that I wanted to incorporate a few of those into my title. I played around with at least 27 versions of a title for this layout, trying out a mix of words and phrases from many different kits. It finally dawned on me that the “you make my heart sing”, from Kerri’s Happy Stuff kit, was the perfect subtitle to use, as Alyssa is attending college as a music major. I loved the idea of the large “hello”, and then adding her college choice directly after it. I used the Weathered Door alphas to spell out her college choice, UOP (University of the Pacific). I also wanted to include some photos of the college, but didn’t have any of my own to pull from. So I did a Google search for images, and used those to create a collage using a template from Kerri’s Storyboard #6 kit.

Fabulous job, Miss Laura!


And speaking of our kids, I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! My two oldest that are in the area came to church with me instead of going to their singles wards with all the other youngsters.  And Kass gave me this card.


Hey, if it’s said in style, it’s okay. :)

And then after dinner with Dan’s parents, this was the highlight of my day.


A 90-minute video chat with my girl in Florida. It was the first time I’ve gotten to see her talk in five months. We’ve chatted via email and we have had a couple phone conversations for various reasons (you don’t usually get to call), so this was a real treat. I won’t get another one of these until Christmas. She shared tons of stories and we had lots of laughter–the kind where you just can’t stop. It was so much fun. She’s doing great and loves the people she is serving there in Florida.

I’m sure Christmas will be upon us before we even know it…time is just flying by so fast! Not that I’m wishing for it to be here already, mind you. :) I just can’t believe we are already in the middle of May!

And in case you’re wondering how we got Jordy-girl up on the big screen there, we have an iPad and Apple TV. The two can do what’s called AirPlay which means you can wirelessly play whatever is on your iPad through the Apple TV, which is connected to the television. Pretty awesome! So we sat the iPad next to the tv so she could see all four of us lounging around on the couches and talking. Gotta love technology. :)


A couple more things:  


First, the Here There Everywhere class starts one week from today! Oh my heck! If you wanted to save $5 on the class price, this is your last chance to do it. It won’t be on sale again for a while.  We’ll be learning all sorts of tips and tricks to utilize Studio to your advantage to create your own travel album.

And second, f you’re tuning in for the ‘Color Profile’ post that I mentioned would be here today on Facebook this weekend, I’m a space cadet and forgot I had this post from Laura scheduled today. Color Profile talk….tomorrow. :)