Once upon a time in the Blog Days of Yore, I started a short-lived but riveting series entitled, Make a Page Monday (see the archives here.)
The idea was simple: make a page, share it on Monday, talk about design, make a sketch, congratulate yourself on the clever alliteration.
The problem was I couldn’t quite keep it up.
The solution? Simplify. So that’s what I’m going to do.
Sharing pages on Monday’s makes sense for the following reasons:
- I usually make pages that include some form of CZ Design product.
- New products are still on sale at Designer Digitals on Mondays.
- Mondays generally suck.
- Scrapbooking typically does not.
So you can see how it’s a win-win on nearly all fronts.
Each Make a Page Monday post will include a brief story about the page, a few tips about the design or the journaling concept and the supplies I used to create the page. While I cannot guarantee this will happen every Monday until the End of Days, I can tell you I have an awful lot of stories I’d like to still commit to the pages of a scrapbook. So let’s dig in.
STORY OF THE PAGE: Last week, my friend and photographer Lisa Russo created a wonderful post about herself and her daughter, Ava. She employed a fantastic little journaling convention, one that I use time and again: repetition. By starting each sentence with “She” or “I”, she was able to write sentences, one following the other, to create a really lovely snapshot of a woman at 47 and a daughter at 8. After I wiped a few tears away, I emailed her and said, “Can I make a template out of that?” She said, “But of course!” Thanks, Lisa!
DESIGN + JOURNALING TIPS: Because I wanted this page to be a tit for tat kind of approach, I set up a purely symmetrical design. What you have on the left, you repeat on the right. Photos sizes are the same. Title boxes are mirror images of one another, save for the color and title words. Each column aligns along an imaginary center line. Symmetry equals stability and purpose. The journaling is simply following a repetitive structure. She is… I am… I tried to create pairs that made sense as I went. It was very important to my eye that I filled the journaling space completely. Good design is always looking at space. Is it equal? Is there too much? How can I place my elements so the space is balanced?
PURELY HYBRID: The page is about as hybrid as you can get. The template base (which includes the journal blocks, lines and title elements) was printed onto white card stock. The photo layers were turned off for that step and then I simply dragged each photo and layer mask onto a 6 x 4 document and print them out on my Epson PictureMate Charm. (For a post about all of my technical tools used in my process, click here.)
Note: the template includes two files, one for she and i, one for he and i.