One of the things I love most about scrapbooking and storytelling is the ability to put together mini-albums with a message. The newest addition to the CZ Design line of digital template products is a set called "Message to my Girl" and "Message to my Boy" (coming Oct. 25 to Designer Digitals) and I'm excited to show you how it works and looks.
First the sets:
This new template set comes with 6 individual layered templates and is designed to help you create an 8 x 8 album of messages, advice, or just your general thoughts to someone in your life. The templates are designed to say "girl" and "boy" but you can turn off those title layers in the template and add in anything you like.
The end goal of this set is to create an 8 x 8 scrapbook of messages. I decided to use the templates to create an 8 x 8 hard cover Shutterfly book for Aidan, and am really happy with the final results. For the cover, I simply used a photo from inside the book, and for the back cover, I used a large swatch of the patterned paper from the inside. Take a peek:
Better yet, watch this video to see all of the spreads and learn a bit more about the project. (or click here to see the album in my gallery at Shutterfly.
DIGITAL SUPPLIES: "Message to my Girl" Template Set (Cathy Zielske) • Alana Paper Pack (Michelle Martin) • Weathered Neutrals Paperie (Anna Aspnes) • Krafty No. 7 (Katie Pertiet), PMN Caecilia Roman 55 font.
(NOTE the mini brads in the sample on the video have been swapped out with better looking ones, thanks to Katie Pertiet. Thanks, Katie!)
I designed the album project using a font called PMN Caecilia Roman 55, which is classified as a slab serif typeface. The type on the title page of this album design is converted to graphics and you don't need the font to print them, however, if you would like your journaling to match, you would need to have the font. You can always do a Google Search to look for free versions as well. (Or, any slab serif typeface would do. You may even have one in your collection!)
This project would make a simple and meaningful gift for the holidays. Whether you create a Shutterfly book, or digital pages for an 8 x 8 album, or simply adapt the design for a hybrid project, you'll be surprised at how quickly the words fill up when you are writing from the heart.
Word to the wise: don't tackle this project when you're overly hormonal without a good supply of Kleenex on hand. I'll admit, I had a touch of the waterworks going when I wrote this:
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Questions about this project? Feel free to post in the comments. The templates will be available beginning this weekend at Designer Digitals.