Thursday, August 15, 2013

MDS Blog Hop - Middle School Survival

Ooooh, I have some exciting news!!  I was asked to be a "regular" on the MDS Blog Hop!  I am so excited to join this group of super-talented digi designers!  I'm looking forward to sharing my love of MDS through the MDS Blog Hops with these ladies!    (So thank you for inviting me to be a part of this!)  :)

Today's Hop is all about Back-to-School or using the new pocket cards that have become so popular!

Since I have two middle schoolers this year (eek.. how did THAT happen?!), I decided to make a "Middle School Survival Guide" for my boys.  This is really just a different name for "journal"... because I'm not so sure my boys would think having a journal was a cool thing?

This would be fun printed through MDS as an 8 1/2 x 11 softcover photobook... But, since I'm the master procrastinator, that wasn't an option.  I was able to print it at home and bind it myself.  I love how it turned out and can add pages later as needed.

I used several of the pocket card downloads as well so I kind of hit both parts of the this month's theme.  (Yay me!)

Here is a picture of the journal after I printed and assembled it:

I really wanted to "cute" it up... but, I have boys... and even the ribbon was a stretch.  ;) Here is a picture of the inside:

The inside has lots of different pages to use as a calendar, notes, to-do list, Bible devotions, etc.

The last page is the back cover.  This would really be cute printed as a journal through Stampin' Up! as well.... I might have to make some personalized journals for their devotions.... hmmmmm.....

Lots of downloads used for this project.  If you like the pocket style look, I recommend: Happy Things Pocket Cards, This Makes Me Happy and Be Brave.
I also used:  Thoughtful Overlays
Back to School (one of my faves)
Fantabulous You
Notes & Details
Crosses of Hope
Be Awesome Today (another fave)

So.... I gave Evan his journal last night and he thought it was "awesome!"  He said it was kind of like a journal but cool and he couldn't wait to use it.  He also asked how long it took me and said I could sell them --that he would buy it. ;)  (Sweet boy!)

I thought I'd also show this super quick layout I made over the weekend while I was on a girls' scrapbook weekend.  I started with a template from the Family Fun Photobook Template.  I just changed the colors and added my photos - so quick and easy.  And, since it's my boys' first day of school photos, I thought I'd share! :)

I replaced the DSP in the circle punches with some from the Sycamore Street Download that was available during Sale-a-Bration.  Love that download!!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to hop on over to the other designer's blogs! Simply click the thumbnails below.  And a big congrats to Julie Davidse who is also a new "regular" on the MDS Blog Hop!  I just love everything she creates!  :)


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Unknown said...

Cori... I absolutely love this idea... I am so going to do this! You're so clever!

stampinjul said...

Thanks, cutie! What a wonderful gift for your boys, I know they will enjoy them! The page is fun too! I love Sycamore Street, too! I use it on a bunch of fun personal stuff (It's hard to use stuff that is "technically" retired like SAB, since you can't get it anymore!)

Wendie Waldman said...

Love your journal and the page. Your boys look really happy to be going back to school - fantastic!

Cindy Schuster said...

This is a great idea and so glad your boys like them! Excited to have you on the team!

Monika said...

Great ideas. It's always a challenge as to what the boys will and won't use - it gets harder as they get older. I'm looking forward to seeing your projects for the Blog hop each month.

Krista said...

What an awesome idea! My boys would love this!