STORY OF THE PAGE: We did a Christmas card photo shoot at the end of October and had some tasty little outtake photos and I wanted to make a page about it. I have come to both love and dread this day. Dread, only because I know my family may not love this process as much as I do. Sometimes I feel like it’s a chore for them. I always warn them well ahead of time, giving them ample time to mentally prepare for the 15 minutes it takes to get ‘er done. Maybe they’ll look back and take a revisionist approach to it all, remembering how fun and silly it was to do this. There were a number of years I didn’t do holiday cards. I went through a period of feeling very Scrooge-like. I’m not going to do cards! What a waste of time and resources! Then I got over myself and remembered: this shit is fun. End of story.
The other thing that brings me joy? Recycling. If this page looks familiar, it should as I’ve used it here and in the Fall Issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today. I had a handful of fun images to work with and I wanted a simple collage to house them. That’s it. If you told me this was the only layout design I could use from now until eternity, I’d probably say, “Okay.”
If you are one of those memory keepers who feels pressured to always be original every time, I get that. I know this. I live this every week as a professional, highly trained scrapbooker. But when I do what I really want to do, like the layout you see today, I feel really happy about it. And happy in a hobby is good.
JOURNALING READS: Every year I give the family fair warning: we are going to do our Christmas card photo. I tell them, “I’ll only take 15 minutes of your time, but I need you to be relaxed and focused, on command!” This year, we had to schedule it around Aidan being home for a visit. Aidan C. helped us out by pressing the button on the camera. And as usual, that special Zielske magic thusly ensued. Thanks, Zielskes! (Oh yeah, and a little Photoshop magic never hurts.)
DESIGN STUFF: This page features a very symmetrical balance. If you sliced it down the middle, you’d have equal visual weight on either side. Symmetry feels good to the eye. It feels strong. It feels stable. The other thing I’ve got here is simple repetition. I added my favorite little reindeer PNG stamp to the top and bottom. I repeated the color red with the reindeers and the patterned paper. And, a little green in the title and the date. That’s it. Repetition of elements reinforces the visual message: these things go together, creating a rhythm and allowing the page to feel unified.
TECHNICAL SHIT: This page was created using a layered template as the base. Rather than turn this post into a massive how-to, I have a video that explains how to use a digital template to create a scrapbook page like the one you see above. But what I thought would be more fun to show you is a time-lapse video of putting today’s featured page together. Maybe fun isn’t the right word. I’ll let you decide.
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