Welcome to the first Make a Page Monday post for 2015. Now you may be noticing something a little different, and if so, your powers of observation should be commended! Yes, I’m taking a new twist for a handful of columns in the new year. The twist? Make a Page Monday, the Classic Edition.
You probably can guess what that means, right? Classic means I’m going to go back through my stash of scrapbook pages that date all the way back to 2002 and will feature some of them here on the blog as part of my classic editions. Part of my reason is that I’m working on new pages for new classes and there are only so many fresh ideas floating around in this little crafty head of mine. Therefore I will dip back into the rich, Hermafix-laden waters of classic pages and give them the same Make a Page Monday TLC that we’ve all come to know and love. Or something like that. I have a hella lot of pages, people, and while they may be advanced in their age they still have lessons to share on good design and solid storytelling.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
STORY OF THE PAGE: I got married back in 1991. I realize that it’s hard to think that far back in time but it’s a fact. It happened. And at the time, we didn’t have a huge budget for wedding photography so we hired this dude who’d shot a friend’s wedding on the cheap. And the results? Let’s just say we got what we paid for. When I started scrapbooking in 2002, I figured I might as well tackle at least a few pages devoted to that fateful day where I become one with Daniel Ezekiel Zielske Jr. To date, I have made just two pages about my wedding. The idea of doing an album? I’ll admit that it’s still floating around this old noggin of mine and one day, it just might happen. But for now, I have this and one other page. I decided to save little favorite memories in a grid-like approach. And yes, I rocked tiny paper flowers. But admit it: we ALL did in the early 2000s.
As I was looking at this page a few things stood out. First, I used to be obsessed with celadon cardstock. Anyone? Do you remember this paper? It was the single most coveted sheet in my stash. And second, these tiny little text snippets are still the very things that I remember most about that day. The other thing I remember was that I had my first ever hemorrhoid, but some things are best left off a scrapbook page. Maybe that’s why I look so sad in the photo of me and my maid of honor, Molly. Who can say, really?
Moving right along.
DESIGN STUFF: I love little squares of content. Right from the start when I first got my hands on the square punch that punched these photos, I was smitten. The core balance of this page is symmetry. All of the squares that contain content are equal. What you have on the right, you have on the left. True, some squares are blank. Some have photos. Some contain text. But all create one big block of squares in a very linear, solid format. The thing that makes symmetry so appealing to me is that is communicates so clearly. There’s nothing confusing about this page. You have little snippets of content and a simple title that spells it out. Another thing I love to do on any layout is to use just a single font for all of the text. It’s been a long time but I think this is probably just a basic font like Times. When you use a single typeface and just vary the size, you create a visual unity that ties the design together. No need for flashy, mixed up font craziness! Classic never goes out of style.
Finally, I have some simple repetition. From the photo sizes, to the journal blocks, to the celadon yardstick to the little paper flowers (and yes, three create a visual triangle!), the simple repetition creates purpose and rhythm and says, “These things all go together.”
Our brains are always looking for connections, both literal and figurative. In design, repetition makes our brains process information in a more sensible way.
And yes, you might be wondering, “But why did you leave some of the squares empty?” to which I reply: a little mystery can be a woman’s best friend.
TECHNICAL SHIT: Back in the day, I was probably still using Quark Xpress to create the text for my pages. I didn’t start using Photoshop to make scrapbook pages until I launched my own digital product line in 2009. Nope. I was an old school desktop publishing gal all the way. But lucky for you, today I’m going to share my hybrid expertise in the form of a free template that will let you combine little squares and little stories about an event from your life.
Free Make a Page Monday Template (click to download the layered PSD file)
I’ve recorded a short video tutorial to show you how to use this template to create a hybrid page like mine. Note: this is not a typical digital scrapbooking tutorial, as there is not images clipping into masks. It’s all about the hybrid page.
Questions? Comments? Let ’em rip. And enjoy the new Make a Page Monday Classic Edition series. We got pages for days, y’all.