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Hit the Books! Simply Betty Challenges

I cannot believe it is almost time for Phoenix to go back to school. As much  as I love his school, I hate the idea that he will be going 4 days a week! Yeah, it’s only for a couple of hours each day…but still. I want my boy home with me!!! But, it will get him prepped for next year (AACK! Kindergarten!), which is important. And, it will also give me some Girl Time with Rhiannon.

So today there is a new challenge over at the Simply Betty Challenge Blog. It’s to “hit the books! Anything fit for school, a notebook, a pencil holder, a teacher treat box…anything but a card.”

As I mentioned, Phoenix hasn’t started school yet, but I do view our home as a classroom as well. He is always learning things here, every single day. For instance, he has learned how to read. At 4 1/2! He started recognizing some words here and there in the Spring. And he was always good at memorizing books. But then he started asking questions…like “what does this say,” or “what sound do these letters make?” He stopped reading from memory and started to sound things out. So I gave him a little test on July 18th…because I just wasn’t sure if he was reading or not. I pulled out Frog and Toad (one of my childhood faves), a book we have never read to him. And by golly…he started to READ! There were a couple of words here and there that he didn’t get, but he was able to sound out some of them, and I helped with the rest. My boy was reading! And he hasn’t stopped. Everywhere we go, he reads signs, packages…you name it. I couldn’t be prouder. So with all of that being said, here is my project. I made a layout of my boy. Reading at home…in his “other” school.

He often has a pile bigger than this next to him. He could read for hours. It’s really wonderful! You will notice that I have Pile of Books Miller on the right. Isn’t he just perfect for this layout? I probably should have had Phoenix change his shirt to better coordinate with the way I colored Miller…

I colored Miller with my watercolor markers (Copics for skin). I really love this image.

There’s my boy! I used a plethora of paper scraps and a few stickers for this page. I stamped the title with a Just Rite alpha stamp in the banner of the plane. You can click on any of my photos to see them bigger.

I hope you will join the rest of the SBS Scrap Team for this challenge! I’d love to see your creations! Bonus points if you use this Back to Skool collection from Simply Betty. :)

A huge thank you to all of you that stopped by and left me some love for my tutorial yesterday. I was super nervous about it, and you all made me feel like I did a good job. Thank you so much! Have an inspiring day!!!


Laura B said…
He's so cute! Great layout.:)
Scrappychick said…
wow...this is so cute!! love the papers you put with him. And Phoenix is so adorable!
Carol W. said…
Super cute layout! Love these images!
Kathi said…
Cool layout. How wonderful that he's started to read. The whole world is at his fingertips and you get to watch him learn and grow.
Jenn Borjeson said…
So cute, Allison! You should link up to our Anything But a Card challenge at Just Some Lines here:

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