Today is this year's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day. "Celebrating its 18th anniversary, Camp Fire's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day honors our nation's youth by asking adults to write letters of encouragement and inspiration to the incredible kids in their lives. It is a simple, meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated. Lives are changed by this act of love and kindness."
Once I heard about this celebration and the reason for it, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to express my own appreciation for an Absolutely Incredible Kid in my life, my grandson, Quin. He's awesome in so many ways, but he's been especially awesome as he's blossomed into a wonderful performing artist. His latest venture, with his performing arts academy's guidance, is in performing on stage as a singer, both as a soloist and with a group. But what really woke me up to his incredible talent was his performance in his academy's production of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas this past winter.
I'd never seen the movie on which this stage musical was based. But, a month or so before the performances, while I was visiting on the U. S. mainland, my son and grandson sat us down to watch the movie. I wondered how my grandson would play the role of Jack Skellington and wished I could have seen the play. Once I saw photos of the production, I knew just how wonderfully he had nailed the role!
Of course, now that I had the photos, I knew that I would have to make a scrapbook page or two memorializing this fab performance. Today's page is one that I made using Stampin' Up!'s digital program, My Digital Studio. This program is SO easy to use with just a bit of basic training courtesy of Stampin' Up! In fact, you don't really need to have much in the way of skill in putting digital elements together. You've probably never seen this exact layout no matter how much you use My Digital Studio. But that's not because it's an original layout. I took a pre-made layout originally meant for a Christmas Album and swapped out some (but not all) of the "papers" in the layout, along with the photo elements. In the original there were two places for photos, for example. In this modified layout there's just the one.
I couldn't decide which of the photos I wanted to use as the main element in this project. But I finally decided on the one that included a dance routine (my grandson takes dance lessons with the academy, too!), but went ahead and used the other two that I liked as background images.
And that's pretty much the way this whole page came to be. I'd see something that would spark an idea and then I'd go looking for something in the My Digital Studio library on my computer that would help me put that idea on "paper." Oh, and it's oh so much easier than it used to be to figure out what you have already purchased that would work for your projects. I went into my Stampin' Up! digital download files, and there are actual pictures of the downloads. So no guessing what images are in what downloads.
If you're at all interested in digital scrapbooking – or even making cards using My Digital Studio – I'll be more than happy to help you get started. There's a free trial available for the basic program, and I'd love to help you download it and get to know the program. Just click here to get started!