Monday, May 30, 2011

these ain't my kids, but I love 'em, damn it

I don't know why, but deep down inside, there is a part of me that feels weird for scrapbooking the kids I nanny.  I guess I'm okay with it, but I feel like others think it's strange, and I feel like they are judging me.  Other scrapbookers always ask me, "Do you give those pages to their parents?" and I'm like, "No...They're for me..."  I need to get over this negative feeling, because the truth is, I spend 35 hours a week with Caroline and about 10 with M.J.  They are a large part of my life, and I love them both so much.  In fact, I should be proud of the fact that I love these kids and my job so much that I want to remember them.




So without further ado, here's a page about Caroline, who I have taken to calling "Gidget" in recent weeks.  It suits her.  I combined sketches at Creative Scrappers (155) and The Scrappiest (119).  It's also for the challenge at Crop Addict to include memorabilia.  I added one of Caroline's little hair clips to the corner of one of my photos.  I buy her about a pack of these every 2 weeks because unless you sneak attack her when you put them in, she will pull them out.  Last, this is for the open challenge at Sketches in Thyme


This ones about M.J. and his crystal meth-like energy level.  I combined 2 sketches for this one (Punky Scraps Sketch 119, and Creative Scrappers Sketch 154).  This was inspired by Wendi's favorite layout for the scraplift challenge at Design Dollies.  I lifted the striped stars, scallops, fun mix of patterns, and overall page layout.  This is also for the challenge to "show us the boys" at Paper Issues.

14 comments:

LisaM said...

That hair clip rocks! Love your work!

Deb Hickman said...

Two fab LO's, I especially love the first one,that is one of my fave paper ranges and using the clip is a great idea. The photo's are so sweet and no there is nothing wrong in scrapbooking other people's kids. I scrapbook my friend's granddaughter,they are part of your everyday life. xxxx

patti west said...

Love away, Leslie! Kids can never have too many people to love them. :) Your los are wonderful!! Love your designs and use of color. So happy and fun!! :)

Shunrai said...

Fabulous LO !!

Sarah said...

These layouts are AWESOME!! I looooove the hairclip! Thanks for playing with us at Sketches in Thyme!

KarenB said...

Fabulous layouts Leslie - I don't think it strange to scrap other people's kids. Those kids are a large part of your life right now, and you are so blessed to have a job that brings you such joy. Thanks for joining in at Design Dollies :)

Texas Cattlewoman said...

Exquisite Layouts Leslie!!! I think you have the perfect job!!! Love comes in many forms and your little ones who aren't yours are blessed to have you love them!!!

I've need a Leslie point of view of life!! Thank you for the smile today!

scrappingmom73 said...

I just love your layouts! Especially about the little girl you nanny. I'll be back to check out more. :)
Lydia

MommyScraps said...

Leslie, love your work and LOVE that you are scrapping the kids you work with! I need to take more pictures of my students, but I scrap them whenever possible! :) Thanks for playing with the Dollies!

Jinny Newlin said...

These pages are just stunning! The papers, in the first one, had me at hello! Yum-O! And I adore the haphazard look and corrugated stars in your second take! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Sketches in Thyme!

tiffany said...

love love love your layouts!! those corrugated stars are amazing!! I have nannied many children thru the years, and all of them have places in my scrapbooks- they become such a part of your life! Thanks for joining in the challenge at Sketches In Thyme! =) Tiffany

wendipooh13 said...

oh my gosh super fun pages!!! LOVE how you lifted some of the elements!!! your page looks great!!! way to go!!!

Gretchen said...

uh i scrap my friends kids! they are a part of my life & i want to remember them! don't let people bug you about it! great layout too!!

Patchi said...

Your LOs are beautiful and they are precious memories. I don't think it's weird. I still keep in touch with my former nanny, through FB and holiday cards. Many of my memories growing up are associated with her and I've even taken my kids to meet her.

PS: I'm a new follower by the way, found you through Sweet Peach :)

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