We have been searching for a while now for something which will take Brayden's interest and keep him busy and active in addition to his love of soccer. Earlier this year we thought we had found it in Taekidokai - a martial art which one of our friend's sons has studied for a number of years and enjoys. We went along, did the trial classes - agreed it was something he thought he would enjoy - paid the membership, bought the uniform and started classes. However, by the time soccer season kicked in again in the winter - Taekidokai didn't make the cut as something he wanted to keep up with.
Personally I was a little disappointed, as I was expecting great things having heard Doshi on that first night talking to the kids preparing for their next grading. She had told them they would be required to do a few extra classes between then and their grading and that their parents would be required to put in extra time to bring them to these classes. She explained to them that as their parents would be putting themselves out for them, they should do the same back for their folks and that from that lesson on they were to keep their bedrooms spotless, take out the rubbish and wash the family car. Doshi warned them that if there was a dirty car in the carpark on training night she would know they were not holding up their end of the bargain. The children were all made to go and shake hands with their parents and seal the deal. I giggled as the little girl who walked up to the lady beside me said quietly to her mum - "we'll just take the car to the carwash OK?". Perhaps Brayden decided that going any further with this sport may require a lot more than time at training - it was as we approached his time to grade that he decided it wasn't for him :)
However, the good folks at Molossi must have telepathy and this month in my goodie box was a sheet of Karate chipboard to play with. Four active little martial arts characters and the word Karate. These were the perfect embellishments for this layout to mark our time in the hobby and encouraged me to print up the photos and documents this time.
In addition to the Molossi Karate characters, I have also used some Dusty Attic chipboard which is also available from Molossi. The frame and the chipboard circle frame are both from Dusty Attic. The title is Bella chipboard.
The papers I have used are from Bo Bunny and My Mind's Eye and a bit of corrugated card from the box my last batch of scrapping goodies arrived :)
I added a bit of stitching detail to the pennant piece of patterned paper, some white acrylic paint to the chipboard pieces and some blue and white twine wrapped around the frame to complete the layout. Printed the journaling onto white paper and swiped the edges with blue ink before adhering onto the available spaces on the layout.
Thanks for stopping by and if you too have a hobby to documents in your family - pop over to Molossi and check out the available chipboard to make your embellishing job easier - whether it's karate, dancing, football, riding their scooter or even parachuting - it's all there.