Because I did one featuring my girl, I figured I could also do one for my boy.
I’m going to be honest with you: this one was trickier than the former. Why? Well, there are a few issues.
Issue No. 1: I don’t presently have a willing male photo subject for 99 percent of the time. That’s part of being a teenager. That’s part of thinking your mom is annoying. I’m working with this.
Issue No. 2: He is a teenager. And a boy.
Issue No. 3: See issues No. 1 and 2.
I am certain many of you who are mothers of teenaged boys (and girls) can relate to this. While many of you may think, “Oh, Cathy… I bet you’re a totally cool mother,” (and I have to admit, you are mostly correct in your assumption), I’m still going to hit the uncool mark frequently because of Issue No. 2.
And also because I mess up at parenting some times. Nothing erodes good will like making poor parenting choices. Oh sure, the good choices can erode good will, too. Imagine that. I’m learning as I go.
But I still want to document his life. I still want to record the little traits, nuances, and habits that make up who he is right now.
The photo was taken with my iPhone in our wonderfully lit basement after he’d gotten his new bass guitar for Christmas. I wait for my opportunities, then I pounce.
Here is the finished layout.
(Click on the image to see a larger, more legible version.)
Last week, I recorded a video showing you the process of turning a digital template into a hybrid scrapbook layout. It’s the same template, so, you know, the same steps apply.
I’m not sure what memory keeping will look like next Fall when Aidan heads off to college. I know I want to record our lives but it may become more of a personal reflection, capturing glimpses when and where I can.
But enough about the future. We’re here now. The document exists.
And that’s good enough for me.
Note: I used some patterned paper and a wooden letter from Studio Calico. I don’t have product links for those items.