This post is for all my April layouts - I'm enjoying PL and being so up to date, so glad I plunged into it with my particular combination of digi and paper project life!
I have been subscribed onto Daily devotionals f rom - Daily Hope from Rick Warren, and a recent week focused on parenting. In one of them Rick said this "When my kids were young, they were never impressed with what adults are impressed by in my life. What they wanted to know is, "Is Daddy fun?" So I intentionally worked hard on this one." Simple and inspiring! Just because we never thought of it : Are we fun? Can we actually be fun to our teenagers?
Being teenagers, being boys (perhaps?), plus teenage angst and moods, plus being constantly glued to their laptops and phones, we do have to up our parental 'cool' factor, or risk being relegated to monosyllable answers and one-sided conversations (me asking, them gruntling), lol. I really want to turn our interactions to be less about nagging, setting boundaries, getting them to get things done, to more real, engaged conversations, more enjoying family together, before they totally grow up!
So we are intentionally working on being fun : movies, breakfasts, cooking their fav foods, checking out you-tube videos, keeping pet fishes, ice-cream suppers, swimming, beach, walks, and for the first time in our lives, phone games, lol! After resisting it for the longest time, we're finally playing Angry Birds, Draw Free, Scramble, and getting so good we are beating the kids, and getting quite hooked! LOL
How do you bond and connect with your kids, especially if you have teenagers?
Project Life & Project 365
Notice for my 365 digital pages, I've intentionally kept a theme of using graph/notepad papes as background, adding an alpha for the month, and only further adding some word arts and a couple of tags to complete my fortnightly layouts - this makes it really quick to pull together and keeps a running theme. In fact every time I open up kits or go through new kits I pull out any relevant elements and papers and keep them in one file specially for P365 layouts - power scrapping Katie style - it works!
Credits: Blended papers by Amber Clegg and CD Muckosky, both from The Lily Pad's Things that matters most Collab, 'Livelaughlove' by Sahlin Studio, alpha by Karah Fredericks, everything else from RobynMeierotto-ChillKit
Credits: Paper by Jenna Desai, tab by Shawna Clingerman, paint by Emily Emeritt, tag and word arts by Gina Cabrera, arrow by Robyn Meierotto, alpha by Kaye Winiecki.
April PL pages4X6 templates to squeeze more photos into a 4x6 pocket.
Becky Higgins' free stuff.
(credits: Paper by Bobita designs, alpha by Karah Fredericks and border by Just Aimee designs)
I really liked how it turned out, all it needed was a border, nice alpha for the title, and a simple kraft background. Use this template for fun, action-filled photos. Hope you find them fun to use and enjoy memory making and keeping!
This is now available as part of Template Pack 7 in the store. Thanks for your interest!