Your first-born child is graduating from high school in just over three months. You:
a) Ask your husband to have his vasectomy reversed and try for Number 3.
b) Spend a few hours daily in the fetal position on the floor of said child’s room, softly moaning in pain as you rock back and forth.
c) Stop the pity party and start designing some kick ass grad party posters.
d) All of the above.
As much as I’d like to answer D, I’m going to go with C.
Last summer I made a list of products I wanted to design. I listed them on Post-It notes with deadlines for each project. I kept putting off, “Design Grad Posters.” What is it they say? Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt?
I knew what I wanted to do for her grad party: create custom printed poster boards. It was time to get to the designing.
I didn’t want to buy white boards and print out photos. I have digital skillz, so why not use them? Before I got started, I confirmed that Persnickety Prints offers larger sizes plus foam core mounting—they do—because I needed an end product in mind.
My final poster boards will be 20 x 30 inches. Not too big. Not too small. I’m starting this project now because I don’t want to get to May and then freak out that I have to scan a ton of photos for the Early Years boards. (I went digital in 2003; she was born in 1996. So, you know, math.)
There are three templates in the set, one with a spot for your graduate’s name and two collage boards. Then, there’s a fourth template, for doing this:
And. I’m. Spent.
This image, more than any other right now, induces slow blinking.
That is my baby from first grade through today. Crazy.
I designed this to be symmetrical which meant not including Kindergarten. I think I will just print out her Kindergarten photo and pair it with a shot from her senior session.
I’m still working on her other boards, but I wanted to share this early in the grad season for those parents looking for ideas.
I realize that some of you readers have been watching this girl grow up over the years. Sometimes I wonder how I rate to have this beautiful, original, soulful young woman.
I appreciate you letting me share some of her stories.
And Aidan, I deeply appreciate you letting me.