STORY OF THE PAGE: The day we left for Madison, we decided to try and re-create a photo from Aidan’s first day of Preschool. She was totally game for it. We realized, however, that she’s a lot taller than she was at four and it changed the way the shot was framed. But still, it was kind of cool to do this, if not a little bittersweet.
DESIGN BREAKDOWN: I’m just going to say it: I am in love with this design? Why? Because when I truly strip it down and don’t try to force things, man am I happy with the results. Also, the entire page was inspired with the Here sticker. (see a similar style here.) I loved the color and matched it up with a paper and started from there. The resulting page features a simple asymmetrical balance. The photos and patterned paper offset the journaling block nicely, but not symmetrically. There is repetition of photo size and repetition both of the patterned paper and the mustard color. I punched a half circle out of the lower paper and glued down a simple wooden “A” for a touch of visual interest. The journaling block is not too long and not too short. In the words of Goldilocks, it’s just right.
TECHNICAL SHIT: I scanned the sticker into Photoshop so I could place my title and journal block precisely. I know. That might seem like overkill. I could have also measured it and just created a simple rectangle shape to serve as a placeholder, but I have a scanner, so what the hell, right? Plus, knowing the exact size let me build everything else around it. Then when it came time to print, I just turned off that layer. I dragged my photos a 6 x 4 document, and printed those out on my PictureMate.
SENTIMENTAL SHIT: Don’t get me started. But if you would like to read what I personally feel is the best thing I’ve read about sending your child off to college (I think it’s even better than that wonderful Rob Lowe piece) please read this blog post from my friend Jason. Have a tissue handy because seeing a Daddy’s heart and humor is something to behold.