I am making a book for my friend's son's first 5 years (he's 4 now). I haven't found much by way of boy-themed papers that I liked, so I just use solid, dark and "masculine" colored paper and embellish with stickers of trucks, zoo animals, stars, etc that are easier to find. Since it is about his first 5 years, I have baby boy paper for his baby pictures. It's a darling pack that I got at Tuesday morning for .99. Don't remember the name of it.
My Mind's Eye "Twinkle Twinkle Little Boy is a good one, It has blues and browns with dots, stripes and plaids and lots of stars. Very little boyish, but not so babyish. The pad is marked 2009, but I think I bought mine at HL last year.
I found a great pack called. "Animal Crackers" at joann's on the clearance rack a few months ago n I love it, but i cant remember the brand. I use lots of brights for my toddler boy, n pink when I can, just because its my favorite color.
DCWV has a pad that is Stripes, Dots, and Plaids which I use a lot of for my little man-though there are some pinks in that pad. The coordinating card stock pad has lime green, navy, teal, and red that I also use a lot of. There is also a boy pad at walmart (I forget what their brand is called) that has some great papers with dinosaurs, gears, and bicycles in it.
I scrap my twin grandsons tons. If you look in my gallery, you can see what worked and (lol) what didn't. I've been scrapping the little guys for the last two years and now I have to get use to PINK...they have a baby sister!
Here are a few to get you started. The trick I have found is to really keep your mind open to ALL collections. Collections I might have dismissed because it looked girly might have a few sheets that are perfect for boys. I have used a brown and cream floral pattern to mix with a stripe pattern on a train page.
Focus on colors you need and keep an open mind. I have two boys if they are out in nature then I will use a floral, butterflies and dragonflies but with masculine paper.
Thanks for asking it gave me a chance to browse the store again!
Ialso use the DCWV All About Boys, bright primary colors, n 2 Crayola page kits I found in Ollies. Stripes n polka dots will work fine too. I just added the animal crackers to my products list below. Love it, esp for the trip to the zoo with a toddler boy!