Get It Scrapped's article for documenting milestones and graduation ceremonies.
Preschool Graduation by Christy Strickler |Supplies: Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, October Afternoon; Letters: October Afternoon; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Mist: Pink Paislee; Chipboard: Crate Paper; Other: Jewels, pearls, toothpicks; Sumitted to Layout Linky Love at the Purple Mailbox
Preschool graduation is a big milestone, as is any graduation. However, you don't have to use graduation themed supplies to document it. I chose school themed papers and primary colors that reminded me of preschool. I made handmade flags using toothpicks and scraps of paper on my desk. Flags are a popular motif right now. Both the flags and the stars connote a sense of celebration.
I also wanted a bit of sparkle on my layout. I added some splatters of gold mist, but it still felt flat. I have always admired the way Ashli Oliver adds a bit of doodling to her splatters. I decided to do the same. I added a few random circles to the splatters with a sharpie. It's such an inexpensive way to add a little more pizazz to the page and definitely a technique I plan to repeat.
I am not going to lie and say I don't buy new supplies. I still do...just more wisely( most of the time). I have tried to become aware of my buying patterns so that I don't end up with a hoard of the same theme in a giant zip loc bag. Before purchasing, I now check my supplies and ask myself whether or not I can remix them to create a kit similar to what I see for sale. If possible, I use the new embellishments as a guide to make my own. Yes, some of the supplies are older. However, using them up in fresh new ways always makes me happy.