STORY OF THE PAGE: The year was… oh hell, I’m not sure. 2005? Maybe 2006? And this was very likely an assignment for a special issue of Simple Scrapbooks magazine, probably for our Quizzes issue. The idea was simple: come up with a predetermined set of questions to be answered by two people. The twist? You answer the questions about them. They answer the questions about you. Think of it as The Newlywed Game for scrapbooking. How well do the people you call friends and family know you? I have to tell you how much I smiled seeing this page featuring me and my best friend, the one and only Tara Whitney. Oh, how this girl has my heart in so many ways. She is my hide-a-body friend. She is the “Ima call you out on your bullshit” friend. She is my person.
The photo was a selfie (before selfies were even de rigeuer—talk about original hipsters!) taken with Tara’s big digital SLR on the beach somewhere in Southern California. iPhones weren’t even a thing yet. It was taken during a girls’ weekend. We had a crew of scrapbooking ladies and we all descended upon Tara’s house for a few days of child-free, adhesive-laden debauchery. Those were the days.
Anyhoo, seeing this page made me smile. This girl? She gets me. She knows me. I’m so grateful for her friendship. Plus, this is a fun page idea. Holla!
The journaling is pretty easy to read here. It still cracks me up that Tara would describe me as tall and thin. True, I was much thinner back then, but I’ve always just been 5 feet, 6 inches tall. Tara is 6 feet tall so I think she was just feeling sorry for me. I love that almost 10 years later, my lack of bras and my orange sweatshirt are still a thing in my life. Some things never change.
DESIGN STUFF: Yet again, the core structure of this page is symmetrical. Slice it down the center and what you have on the left, you have on the right. Do you want to know why so many of my layouts feature symmetry? Because it’s the easiest type of balance to create. It’s just so straightforward. It allows for clear communication of the story. I don’t have to think as hard to achieve the end goal: a layout that works. This page, while it was an assignment many years ago, also started out with product. See that chipboard? Those are old Heidi Swapp products. Man, I loved them then and I still look at them and think, “Aw yeah!” I can’t tell you exactly what font they were based on but it just feels like a Helvetica to me. Classic type products never feel dated to my eye. Their color informed the other color choices. I found some floral paper with the same hue of pink and then I created a pink to put all of the questions in. The pink creates a visual link, repeated in three areas of the page. Repetition of any element—color, embellishment, photo size, type treatment—enhance the overall unity of any design.
TECHNICAL SHIT: I made three text boxes of equal width to add the journaling. Keep in mind, it’s much easier to do stuff like this in a desktop publishing program such as InDesign, as it let’s you create columns that link together with ease. However, you can do the same in Photoshop. Just make one text box that is one column, define your font choices, then just make copies by holding down your Alt or Option Key, clicking on the text box and dragging. I also experimented with the pink color in the text until I got it right. Sometimes it takes trying a few different options to get the right one. I always do test prints on cheap copy paper to see if the color is good to go.
MAKE ONE OF THESE AT HOME! I created a new template for my Story Guide series using this idea. Get a page partner, come up with a handful of questions to answer about each other, add a photo of the two of you and voila—a fun page to add to your album.
Maybe “that’s what she said” is a little cheeky, but I like the idea of it. Each word in that title is a graphic, so you can change the colors as you see fit. Also included are the layers containing the phrase, “that’s what he said” in the same format. Of course, you could delete that title altogether if you are so inclined, but I like the feel of this. Why not have some fun with titles on our layouts, right?
This type of page is perfect for a hybrid approach. You print out the title and the journaling onto card stock, but then add your photos and some patterned paper behind them. You could even print the top on a different color of cardstock than that of the journaling. The questions you come up with are up to you. All you need is a willing page participant. I’ve decided to ask Dan if he wants to do one of these with me. I’ll let you know how that all shakes out.
Find this Story Guide No. 10 here.
WANT TO LEARN HOW TO USE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS TO MAKE HYBRID PAGES? I have just the video for that here.
HERE’S ANOTHER FUN IDEA: Have an idea for a great question to add to a page like this? Leave your idea in the comments. I bet we can get some good ones going.
BEFORE WE GO: Do you know my friend Tara? Word on the street is she’s blogging again. Check her out here.