A long time ago, in a blogosphere not so far away, I dreamed that I would write on my blog, and that writing would turn into a scrapbook page.
Such great intentions.
There are so many stories I've shared on this blog since 2005. So many slices of my everyday life. Most of the stories have stayed within the confines of my Typepad account never to see the light of day on a piece of cardstock. And that's perfectly okay.
Blogging is a form of digital scrapbooking if you think about it. Stories and photos together is really all you need to qualify. Still, sometimes it's nice to pull it out of the cyber realm and into the real one.
Last weekend, with the glorious inspiration of National Scrapbooking Day at hand, I decided I wanted to pull some of the words I'd written about Aidan turning 13. Using some of the words from this entry, and photos from this one, I opened a new letter sized document in InDesign, and designed the following page:
It looked so nice and neat sitting there on the screen, that I debated: do I now print out the pieces, cut them apart, and figure out what cardstock to put this on, or… do I just stay digital, and print it out as is?
Sometimes, the idea of adding an embellishment is too much to have to think about. I had everything I needed: the story, the photos, the design. File > Print. Done.
Once I printed the page out onto photo paper, I then trimmed roughly a quarter of an inch around the edges, mounted it onto a piece of kraft cardstock and called it complete.
It printed a bit richer than what you saw on screen, but the end result really made me happy. A story from the heart, brought to physical life with digital tools.
This makes me want to take more from the blog to the page. Definitely.
For those of you who blog, are you taking advantage of all the raw material you're creating?