STORY OF THE PAGE: I’m a huge fan of the Find My Friends app and when Aidan was all settled into her dorm, I realized she was exactly 228 miles from home. Every time I see that number I know she is where she’s wanted to be her whole life, in college, doing her thing. Man, I am so proud of that girl. For reals.
JOURNALING READS: I know. You call it the Stalk My Friends app. But I find a lot of reassurance in knowing where you are, safely ensconced in your new life at [dorm name privacy]. And it’s exactly 228 miles as the crow flies. Your first week and a half was rough. A lot of emotion and homesickness. We just rolled with whatever you needed and it seems like you’re turning the corner. True, a visit home to gather a few more things isn’t hurting, but I think the fact that you’ve started playing Ultimate now, and your talk of how much fun Delta Cash is, well, that’s a good sign that you’re going to make it in Madison. Plus, you love your classes and that’s ultimately why you’re there. We’re so proud of what you are doing. Hang in there freshman girl. You got this.
DESIGN BREAKDOWN: This page features an asymmetrical balance. Remember asymmetry? What you have on the left does not equally match what you have on the right. Here, the balance is shifted to the left of the page. We also have repetition. My favorite kind of repetition is to create a visual triangle, three matching points that would form a triangle if you drew a line to connect them. You see it, right? The dull teel color in the card stock on the title and the hearts. I also repeat a strip of patterned paper. We repeat things to solidify the purpose of a design and to create unity. These things go together, is what repetition helps you to communicate through design.
The other thing that is happening is the use of framing space. Notice there is about an inch or so of space surrounding three sides of the core design. This adds some purpose and stability to an otherwise off-centered layout.
TECHNICAL SHIT: I used my Silhouette Cameo for this page. I cut my title out from a base template. How? I typed in the numbers, created a new document in Photoshop that was 6 x 4 in size, and then dragged the number title to the new doc and changed its color to black. Next I turned off the background layer, did a File > Save As… and chose the PNG format. The reason for the PNG format? Because you can open PNGs in the Silhouette software, trace them and cut them out. Once in the Silhouettte Software, I typed up a few heart dingbats as well and cut those out on the same sheet of cardstock. Whenever I use my Silhouette, I won’t lie, I feel like I’m witnessing some kind of crafting miracle. That thing is the shizz, people. Worth every penny I paid. (And yep, I paid for it. Try as I did to score a free one, it wasn’t happening. In other words, I have no tie in to Silhouette. I just think it’s an awesome piece of machinery.)
I have a video tutorial on tracing PNG files for the Silhouette here.
Note: The fonts in this template are all editable and free.
You know how they say every woman should own a little black dress? Well I say every woman should keep an ample stash of white card stock.
Yes. You can quote me.
How can you scrapbook a number that tells a story in your life?