STORY OF THE PAGE: A few weeks ago, we went up to our family lake house just outside of Nisswa, Minnesota, for a nice, quiet weekend. We brought an extra guest this time, Aidan’s “special friend of the opposite sex.” Don’t worry, we have a cabin rule: boyfriends or girlfriends stay on different floors. Or something like that. Heck, even Dan and I had to sleep on different floors before we were married. Great Grandpa’s house, Great Grandpa’s rules. We boated, ate at Zorbaz and Ernie’s, played Mexican Train and documented the whole thing via iPhone.
DESIGN + JOURNALING TIPS: I love photo collages! This template* features a simple photo collage which gathers all the images into one nice visual chunk. The collage itself features a symmetrical balance (what you have one side, you have on the other.) There is a nice margin of space that separates all the photos, and it connects nicely to the white card stock background. The journal block is a stream of consciousness, random thought style, each separated by a colored pipe (the vertical mark). I am generally not a big fan of centered text however, in a case like this it works. Why does it work? Short line lengths and a generous leading (the space between the sentences) help to enhance the readability. Plus, there are only a handful of lines. A scallop-edged mat creates a nice anchor for the photo collage, and little bits of pink repeat from top to bottom, as do the little feather graphics which are part of the template. Repetition in design unifies and makes the page feel purposeful.
DO YOU HAVE DESIGN ISSUES? Are there any scrapbooking challenges, or roadblocks, or other potential problems that you think might be solved through design? If so, let me know in the comments. I can’t guarantee that I can solve or illustrate your issue via my stories, but you never know until you ask. I’m really wanting to make a page a week as I have so many stories from my own life that I’d love to commit to the pages of my scrapbooks.
*This template was sold as part of the CZ Design Digitals collection Designer Digitals until March 31, 2020. Look for it in my new digital shop launching in June 2020.