I’ve had a hankering for hybrid of late.
With all my memory keeping revolving around my digital Project Life these days, I decided to see if I could come up with a few more pages to tuck into Aidan’s album (or Cole’s album, though he’s much harder to document these days photographically speaking).
And as you may be aware, Aidan is in her final year of living at home. [Insert slow blinking mother here.]
Yep. As they say, this is happening.
So you’ll forgive me if I’m feeling a little sentimental where this girl is concerned. There are other things I’m feeling, but I’ll save those thoughts for my therapist. For now.
This layout employs the use of repetitive, phrase-driven journaling. For some of us, journaling doesn’t come easily. Any time you start to plug in the same phrase, you may find it helps to drive each sentence you write.
That’s what I did on this page. And I ain’t gonna lie. I kind of love it.
This girl. She is in her final year of high school which seriously feels like it’s going by way, way too quickly.
This girl. She has this thing for making her room absolutely spotless and then having it completely trashed in a day.
This girl. She never needs to be told to do anything—homework, room cleaning, etc. Okay, maybe to pick her clothes up after a shower. But if that’s her level of bad girl, I’ll take it.
This girl. She has a boyfriend who happens to share her name.
This girl. She’s so ambitious in her educational goals, always pushing herself to do better and learn more.
This girl. She still loves her online TV watching. Sherlock and Supernatural are present faves.
This girl. She’s rehearsing for her final play in her senior year, Little Shop of Horrors. She’s playing Ms. Mushnick.
This girl. She loves sweatpants and sports bras and comfort.
This girl. She is my heart. I wish I could rewind life and do over, and do better. She makes me a better person.
Side note: Cole read this layout and read the last line outloud in a very grandiose, quasi-mocking tone. Little s#$t! I guess you had to be there, but it was pretty funny.
After I created the layout, I turned this into a StoryGuide Template. StoryGuides are my digital templates designed to do two things: 1) help you tell your unique stories and 2) let you use a digital approach to make a more traditional (or hybrid) layout.
This template also comes with the digital stamp of the word “boy” so you can delete the “girl” layer and add the “boy” into the design. And yes, I’m going to make one for Cole, too. I bet I can dig out a photo that he really didn’t know I was taking, right?
I’m just not sure if I’ll be allowed to share it here. Respect the teen aged wishes. That’s my mantra.
In any event, using digital templates to create more traditional/hybrid pages is as simple as turning layers off, turning them on, and printing. If you’re interested in the process, then this video is for you.
Note: I used some old BasicGrey holiday paper and some Studio Calico products for the A and the circle. I was unable to find links for these products.