Originally Posted by amyleigh1204
Thanks Jessica and helen for listing all of the great boy themed kits and including my Boys Are.... kit. You know, Boys Are.... everything to me since I am the lone girl at my house. I plan on making some more boy stuff. Does anyone have any particular colors in mind? By the way, I think the grunged up stuff is great for boys!
Some grunge is OK, but kids love the bright primary colors much more, and I make albums about a two-year old. Even a lot of boys clothing is bright and has cute animal designs on it. He loves his album pages, especially if they are bright colored ones. I love little red wagons, toy trains, train tracks, school buses and emergency vehicles; denim, and lots and lots of plaids and stripes! Toys like cars and trucks, and stuffed animals......sports things like baseballs, bats and gloves, and basketballs....sneakers....dirty socks....and yellow rain slickers. Red hoodie sweatshirts, and whistles and toy garden tools like lawnmowers, and red or yellow rubber boots. Fishing gear, and boats of all kinds. Bugs, fish. Pool toys and water guns. No ribbons or frills; no ruffles or flowers. No pastels past infancy. I do a lot of scraplifting from advertisements for these kinds of items. I just did one with a cutout of his night-time guardian - a big blue dinosaur. Album pages can be learning tools with bright alphabets and numbers, and becoming a poster for their room, too.
If anything, I've learned a lot about the male species in 64 years and what they like; at one time I had one DH, my father, my brother and 3 sons under our roof. Then along came two more little boys. They all have had me sew for them, and I ask them what they'd like to have that cannot be bought, or how they'd change it to suit their needs. If the time is taken to ask them this question, you'd be amazed at what you'd hear. I make and send a card at least once a week to the 2 year old using items that little boys love as graphics. He does not save them, or allow them to be displayed. He carries them around every day until he wears them out.
I can't find many of these things in kits anywhere, so I often make my own, but the scrapping process could be speeded up tremendously if they already existed. They can be large graphics or some made into charms.
To add to this, more pages for grown men, too! Most things are very female-oriented here. They're very nice, but the guys are really greatly under-represented. Guys don't all like brown or grunge or gray
, either. Khaki is a good staple. Go look in a guy's closet for inspiration. Look at the striped dress shirts and bold colors they're wearing. Look at their ties and their favorite things. Go look in the garage and his hobby area!
OK - I've gone on long enough. I won't be around much for a while. I was expecting my new hard drive to arrive this afternoon, but it didn't, so tomorrow is probably the day I start in on computer maintenance and upgrading.