As a mother of 4 boys, I am definitely always on the lookout for cute products for boy or masculine scrapbook pages. They can be harder to find and as you know, my collections with Crate Paper always have a lot of feminine things, like florals, pinks, etc. It’s really just who I am and we always feel like it’s important to remain true to my personal style and that they wouldn’t feel like “me” without all of those girly elements.
HOWEVER, having said that, I do make a very concerted effort to include a good amount of things that can also be used to create boy pages. I definitely don’t want to leave the boys out and I need products to scrapbook my boys’ memories too! In fact on the most recent collection that we just finished designing, there were a lot of icons that were so cute with pink, but I pulled it out of quite a few, so that those pieces could work for boy or girl. It’s a fine balancing act for sure because personally I think everything looks cute with a little pink! haha!
I really love seeing how design team member, Kim uses my products because she manages to use them so very well for layouts about her son! She is more daring than most and even uses some pinks, purples and florals quite often. She makes these beautiful watercolor leaves and I think it’s such a great way to incorporate her style and love of painting in with a more masculine page. Also, if you look closely, the background paper she used is a small blue floral pattern, but it’s subtle enough that it totally works here. By adding in a big punch of black and white with paint and then layering on all of the blue and green leaves, she created a page that shows just how easily you can use my collections to make boy pages too! Thanks for the inspiration Kim!Since my son is getting older I can’t always find products to coordinate with the pages I create for him. So I try to keep the flowers to a minimum and maybe just use a few leaves and pretty embellishments. I try my best to leave the flowers for my nieces pages.
I always seem to end up painting my papers and backgrounds and for this page I started with white gesso and then added a little chalkboard paint. I wasn’t really sure of the outcome but it was still sort of interesting so I went with it like I always do! When you use chalkboard paint you can always use it as a surface to write on as well. I used the white alphas in the collection to stand out over the black paint.
Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection / Watercolor Paints / Silhouette Electronic Die Cut Machine / Watercolor Brushes / Chasing Dreams Chipboard Stickers / Chasing Dreams Fringe Butterflies / Chasing Dreams White Puffy Alphabet / Blue Floral Patterned Paper / Chasing Dreams 12×12 Paper Pad / Chalkboard Paint