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It’s that time of year when we are looking for graduation layout ideas. So we’ve got a few for digital and paper scrapbookers alike.

Graduation is such an exciting time. All the hard work is over, and the future is full of hope, perhaps mixed with a little fear.

Whether your graduate is finishing High School or university, major changes are ahead for them, and probably for you, too.

This Erma Bombeck quote caused a smile …

Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed.”

Although I might beg to differ, and suggest the ‘unemployed’ phase for a parent, as Mark Twain is reported as saying, is that period between leaving school, making one’s own way in the world, and realizing, as Twain says, ‘how much my father had learned’ in the intervening period.

And while we’re at it, just for fun, here is another Mark Twain quote that caught my eye: My father was an amazing man. The older I got, the smarter he got. (Perhaps there’s another layout in that.)

Blossom & Bloom: a graduation layout

I asked Isabella about the inspiration for her layout ‘Blossom & Bloom’.

“I wanted to make some graduation layouts so I went looking for suitable quotes.” she said. “I knew this one by Eleanor Powell was just right as soon as I saw it. It says, ‘What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God’. There is so much hope and so much ‘future’ in that sentiment. While I am so proud of what my children have achieved, the bigger prize comes with running the rest of the race well and honoring God with what they become.

“Then when I decided to use the flower clip from Scrap Girls the ‘Blossom and Bloom’ fell into place naturally.”

Subtle Distinctions

I went looking to see what the difference was between ‘blossom’ and ‘bloom’.

Blossom means to develop and flourish.

Bloom means the point at which a flower is at its peak, or for a person perhaps in their prime, certainly a condition or time of greatest vigor and freshness. There’s also the idea of established and great potential.

‘Blossom and bloom where you are planted’

While it’s good to have a certain amount of ambition, if we are not careful we will always be looking for something else rather than doing the best we can where we are. Other opportunities may arise, but if they don’t, by not learning to be satisfied and making the most of now, today, we add a lot of unnecessary stress to our lives.

Learning to be satisfied where we are does not mean that we kiss hope and ambition goodbye. Just as a flower can be moved to another position in the garden, the time may come when we are transplanted too, but it may not. How much are we missing by not appreciating the positives of our current circumstances because we are always looking for something else?

Products used:

  • ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Clips
  • ScrapSimple Paper Templates Downtown TakeFlight
  • ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates Lifted Photos Biggie

Plus ScrapGirls freebies used:

  • AMC_HappyFamily_Special_Cord_Frame
  • SG_EternalLove_ABR_12x12_Paper_rose

View a larger Blossom & Bloom graduation layout.

Not a digital scrapbooker yet?

Although this layout was made using digital scrapbooking supplies, remember that these products can be printed if you are not a digital scrapbooker. Equally the idea can be used with your favorite scrapbook supplies.

Who says you must be wearing a cap and gown for it to be a graduation photo?

This one from Hot Off The Press shows a big sister saying ‘I’m proud of you’. It was made using Busy Scrapper’s Solution Vintage Papers

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What if the Horror of Horrors happens?

Have you ever made that awful discovery that the photo you thought you had, you didn’t? Maybe your camera failed or the focus was so off you feel cross-eyed looking at the photos.

What can you do then? Can you do anything?

You may not have the photograph but you still have the story and the memories, so get it down as soon as you can before you forget. This can then form the focus of your scrapbook page.

If you want it to have the graduation look then use graduation products to embellish your page, like these dimensional stickers from EK Success

I hope these few graduation layout ideas and suggestions help get you off the ground with your graduation scrapbook. And if the big day is still to come, have a wonderful time.