The Wheels on the Bus First Day of School Layout

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Peg Rounds

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The Wheels on the Bus First Day of School Layout

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again and school is just around the corner.  It won’t be long and you will be taking and receiving school pictures.  You can be ready to scrap all of those wonderful smiling faces with this cute layout that can be used to capture the special memories of the first day, the first year or the class photos.  This layout can be created ahead of time so all you need to do is add the pictures and journaling.



Begin by printing the bus template out and tracing it onto a piece of cardstock.  Be sure to trace the window openings, too.  Cut the shape out using a pair of scissors.  Then, cut the window openings using a craft knife and self healing mat.

This layout is done on a piece of cardstock so that it adds a little different look to a memory album.   There is a piece of patterned paper used to add some design to the look of it instead of the patterned paper being the background as we often see with layouts.

Attach a 6” x 6” piece of patterned paper to the cardstock background using a tape runner.  For this layout, the “I Am” paper pad by Simple Stories was used.

Add the bus to the layout making sure to center two of the windows so that the pattern shows through.  Tape only the bottom portion of the bus if you will not be adding the pictures immediately.  If you will be, go ahead and add them and tape the top of the bus down.


Punch or die cut two 2 ¼” circles and two more die cut or punched ¾” circles from black cardstockPunch or die cut two 1 ¼” circles from white cardstock.  Layer them on top of each other attaching them with the tape runner and then attach the circles to the bus template to represent the wheels.  If using sets of dies, you will also need a die cutting machine.


Now punch one circle each using a ½” circle punch from red and white pieces of cardstock and cut them in half.



Glue the two red pieces onto the back of the bus using a Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura and half of one of the white circles to the front of the bus.  These will represent the taillights and headlight of the bus.


Die cut a hexagon shape using a die cut machine and a set of hexagon dies to represent the stop sign.


The letters created using the Martha Stewart Alphabet Punch fit perfectly on the hexagon “stop” sign.  For the layout, I used “First Day” but you can place anything you would like on there.  The child’s name is another good choice.  Adhere them using the glue pen.


On the large front area of the bus, you can place the child’s grade using such things as number stickers or stamps.


Create different looks for journaling tags by using your choice of dies.  Labels Four by Spellbinders was used on this layout.  Also, use them to create a title area and then cut square pieces of cardstock to do the journaling in for the layout.  These squares measure 3 ½” for the one made from black cardstock and 3 ¼” for the one made from white cardstock.  Attach them using the tape runner.

Create the layout now before school begins and get a jump on this school year’s scrapping that you will have to do.  This layout is great for any girl’s or boy’s first pictures no matter what grade they are in.  Use the wall piece of patterned paper and have the student write a note about their first day to add to the memories!


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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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