I love the look of screened back image areas + text. While it has been a bit overdone in the print design world, it’s still a fun technique to play with, especially in digital scrapbooking. So I essentially lifted this design and started to build a page to see if I could make it work.
There is so much design inspiration in any magazine you can page through—from National Geographic to Sports Illustrated to Real Simple—there are so many creative and inspiring page layouts that scrapbookers can adapt to their craft.
I found some recent baseball shots to drop in, and figured I’d just write about the season thus far but instead, I recalled a recent conversation I’d had with Cole about his feelings for baseball in general. The journaling turned into something a bit more meaningful and bittersweet than I’d expected.
I’m not trying to be sentimental for the sake of it. Every phase of life is turning out to be an entirely new landscape that seems to require quick, on-your-feet thinking in order to survive and possibly thrive. That clock is ticking, but it’s a whole different clock now. Like realizing your teen ager is connecting to real life and that his future as a pro ball player may be part of a childhood he’s steadily moving away from. As I said, it’s bittersweet.
Here’s the layout.
JOURNALING READS: We weren’t 100 percent sure he was into the game this year. The reason we weren’t? He more or less said, “I’m not loving it this year.” Part of his rational was making the connection that it was possible he wasn’t going to have a career as a major league ball player. I realize this sounds a bit defeatist. I mean, how can you know at 13 that one career option is completely off the table? Maybe it’s a sign of a loss of innocence; that total invincibility and limitless thinking of childhood begins to make a notable shift at some point. Who among us can’t relate to thinking, “Hmmm… maybe I’m not destined to be a [blank]?” And yet, he’s made some real changes to his game. He’s bigger, stronger and playing both first base and catcher with skill and of course, style. That, and he’s finding a groove here in late June, enjoying the games again and having some fun. Don’t give up on dreams just yet, Cole. You never know what the future holds. None of us do. Just enjoy the ride as you go.
Enjoy the ride, Coley. Indeed.
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