First Day of School inspiration from designer Laura Vegas!

First Day of School inspiration from designer Laura Vegas!

Hey everyone, it’s Laura Vegas here with you today! This is the time of year when so many of our kids head back to school, and for my youngest daughter, that day is today. Yep, today Sarah is off experiencing her first day as a sophomore in high school. And as always, I took her “first day of school” photo before she left this morning. Today, I want to share her photo from the first day of her freshman year in high school, taken a year ago.


Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Core’dinations; Patterned paper: Simple Stories, My Mind’s Eye, Little Yellow Bicycle, Crate Paper; Alpha/Number stickers: Studio Calico, Bella Blvd; Punches: Fiskars; Enamel dots: Doodlebug; Die cut machine: Silhouette; Font: 2Peas Tasklist

I usually document that first day of school photo at the beginning of the school year, which means my journaling is kept pretty simple, and most likely includes the standard “I think this will be a great year”. This time, I decided to document her first day of school photo at the end of the school year, which allowed me to journal specifically about how her year went.


It’s not often that I have this much to say on a layout. I really wanted to make this page about the photo and the journaling, so I kept the page pretty simple overall. It’s paper and stickers, and that’s about it. I thought about adding a few simple embellishments at the end, but decided that it was perfect for me just the way it was.



If you have “first day of school” photos from previous years that you’ve never gotten around to scrapping, why not try summarizing how your child’s school year went that year on a layout with those photos. Or save your “first day of school” photo that you’ll be taking this month, or next, and hold onto it until the end of the year, making note of all their accomplishments during the year that you’d like to include on the layout.

~  Laura Vegas

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  1. Kathleen Spaeth August 6, 2014 at 9:19 am

    What a lovely layout and I just Love your Recap Journaling! Wow, I am amazed at how soon your High School starts back. It is only August 6th and still there is so much of the Summer to still enjoy!! It is so wrong to rush the Summer and to start back to School before September.

  2. barbara macaskill August 6, 2014 at 9:35 am

    What a great idea!! LOVE how you did the recap! TFS!

  3. April S. August 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Love it. What a great idea. I think I will have to CASE this idea.
    April #54

  4. Casandra B. August 6, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Great layout and journaling block. I love the stitching.

  5. Kirsten J August 6, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Excellent idea – thanks for the inspiration! Luckily, we still have 4 weeks of summer, but I don’t think I’ve taken a “first day” photo for a few years. And my baby will be a freshman.

  6. michelle August 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    My daughter started her freshman year of high school today. Will be taking her first day of school photo after school as her bus arrived at 6:18 which was way too early for us!

  7. Dorina D August 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Wonderful Layout. Loved the journaling which really tells a marvelous story. Nice wor

  8. TracyM #6773 August 7, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Fabulous layout & journaling Laura!!!
    I think it is WONDERFUL to have summarised the year like you have – thank you for sharing 🙂

  9. Kathy P. August 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I ALWAYS love your pages, Laura…fresh and fun, great patterns and embellishments! Thanks for the inspiration with this beautiful page. Lovely story journaled here…a real keepsake!

  10. Leanne August 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Great idea!

  11. Mendi Yoshikawa August 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    This is an awesome layout! Love the idea of doing your back to school photo journaling at the end of the year. Your daughter has so much to be proud of! 🙂

  12. stacie D August 14, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Love your LO, Laura. Great ideas for what to note in the journaling too!

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