STORY OF THE PAGE: We recently attended a family wedding on a gorgeous, summer day in Wisconsin and my Aidan decided to invite her Aidan to come along. One thing you’ll have to know if you hang around my daughter long enough is that you’re going to have your picture taken, and very likely that picture will be Instagrammed. (Although I have been mindful of asking permission to do so first.) I also recently got some new scrapbook supplies from Studio Calico and wanted to try and incorporate some cute product in a simple way.
DESIGN BREAKDOWN: This page features a symmetrical balance. Each square space is mirrored from side to side, and top to bottom. The journaling block provides an anchor and fills in the rest of the space. I repeated the squares because my images were square (hello, Instagram!). I’ve also got repetition at work. I repeat the star embellishments, plus the color red (transparent alpha, patterned paper, stamp ink.) Repeating elements creates a visual rhythm to your layout. It also helps to tie the design together. One common design convention on many of my pages is to include a wide framing margin of white space. Notice this page has a full inch surrounding the content. This allows the page to breath and creates a restful frame of space. Of course, the “white” space here is actually a wood-grained patterned paper. White space doesn’t have to be white. The only thing I would change about this page is adding a bit more space between the elements. It feels a tiny bit too tight for my eye, but I didn’t want to reprint the journaling.
JOURNALING FORMAT TIP: Normally, I’m not a fan of wide spans of journaling and yet I’ve been doing it a lot recently. The key to enhancing readability is to include a generous amount of leading (the space between the lines). This introduces white space and makes the block easier to read.
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.