STORY OF THE PAGE: I recently liked the UW-Madison Parent Program’s Facebook page. One day last week they shared a letter written by a parent of an incoming Freshman and I thought, “Hey! I wanna do one of those!” Ergo, a scrapbook page was thusly born. There should be more to this story but the fact is I am trying not to overthink it. I sat down to write a letter and I didn’t want to go back and edit the hell out of it. I just wanted to get a few thoughts down and committed to a scrapbook. So that’s what I did. Typos be damned.
DESIGN BREAKDOWN: This is a very symmetrical design. One column of text on the left. One column of text on the right. Even steven. Remember how symmetry creates a purposeful and stable feel to any design? Yes, that. I created a little bit of type contrast in the title by combining the Archer font with Stringfellows for the “of”. Did I need to do that? Well, I knew this was going to be a very stripped down page so a little bit of type whimsy couldn’t hurt it. I finished the layout with one wider cropped photo of me, Dan and our girl. A little bit of patterned paper on the bottom simply anchors the page, with a few little enamel dots and Aidan’s initial tossed in for a little more visual interest. I feel like this is not my most accomplished of designs but it saved the story I wanted to get out.
TECHNICAL SHIT: To create columns in Photoshop Elements, I used the Horizontal Text Tool, clicked and dragged the size I wanted the first column to be, then started typing. Once I figured out the font and size (Archer Medium, 9.5 point), I simply dragged a copy* of the text block and then continued typing in the new column. Unfortunately, I know of know way to have your words flow from one column automatically into the next, so a little manual fudging is required.
*To drag a copy of any element in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, with your Move Tool selected, hold down the Option or Alt Key, click on the element until you see two overlapping arrows, one white, one black, then click and drag out to create a new copy. If you hold down your Shift Key while you do it, you’ll constrain the direction perfectly as you drag.
SENTIMENTAL SHIT: I hate to be all trendy and say it, but I’m going to do it anyway: This is happening. Of course, I’ll have more thoughts on this throughout the week as Wednesday is the day my girl moves into her dorm room.
Here we go.