Because I've scanned pretty much every single layout I've ever done (on account of my old school Two Peas days (where I made practically all of my "imaginary" friends), and because I'm feeling a tad sentimental, it's time for another edition of Blast from the Past circa 2002-03.
The layout above is the type of layout I could do (and have, more or less) done over and over. Mostly because of it's super basic-ness. Random photos and specific details. Minimal embellishments. Like this one (click on the layout to make it bigger):
In the Design Your Life class I taught last fall at Big Picture Scrapbooking, we basically resurrected this layout above in one of our classes. And why can it work year after year? Because the essence is fairly direct and pure. What does your subject do every day?
In all these years I've been doing this hobby, I periodically yearn to break out of what I do; get a little funkier; try something new; make something that's never been seen before.
But even though I have short, funky hair, i'm not a short, funky person. I crave linear lines and clear paths and ample leading. I embrace that nothing in design is truly new. It's all an interpretive, personal recycling of what already exists.
And at the end of the day, it always comes back to what makes me happiest. Simple, specific stories, good design, and photos.
I'm looking forward to focusing a bit more on simplicity in scrapbooking in the coming months. Simplicity and selectivity.
And good typesetting. But that's a given. ; )