Does anyone remember this layout?
It's from Clean & Simple Scrapbooking, from the "Talk to Me" chapter, the one that focuses on simple ways to get a story onto a page, and how to have some fun in the process.
The concept is simple. Find a picture of you from a much younger day, then using the benefit of hindsight, offer her (of him) the advice of a lifetime. Your lifetime.
One of the students in my Design Your Life workshop asked me to consider designing a new template for this very project, and so I did. Then I thought, "Just because I did this once, doesn't mean I can't do another one, from a slightly different vantage point." I mean, I'm 7 years older than I was when I first did this page. Think of all the things I've learned since then!
So I found an older pic (not high school old) but rather, a picture from when Dan and I were first together, barely engaged, and just beginning our journey as a couple. Also known as the Age of Lipstick.
Then I simply sat down and wrote what came to mind, from where I am today. Here's how it turned out:
SUPPLIES: Cathy Zielske's Layered Template No. 39 • For the Love of Polka: Fall Papers, Happiness Hand-Drawn Brushes (Ali Edwards) • Have a Heart Felts No. 4 (Patti Knox) • Stitched by Anna No. 1 (Anna Aspnes) • Krafty Ledger Paper Pack, Foundation Cardstock (Katie Pertiet) • Just Linens No. 1 (Michelle Martin) • Avenir font
I chose a very neutral color palette, just as I did in the original. I found a few things stayed the same, and some new ones popped up. I love the chance to look back and reflect on the things that I feel I've learned, but also to be reminded that I'm still learning as I go.
I can say with confidence that if I do this again in 10 years, while some things may also remain the same, there'll be a new batch of fresh knowledge to share and dispense, to a much younger and ever evolving me.
What's one thing you would tell YOU if you could, knowing what you know now?