STORY OF THE PAGE: I’m guest blogging at Studio Calico this week and created a page based on some digital products from their latest kit. When I saw the card that said , “It’s going to be hard,” I felt it was the perfect piece around which to build a story of transition and change. I do document stuff in our lives that isn’t as shiny and fun as some stories are. I feel this is neutral enough to share in this public space, but also touches on some very real emotions and issues in the life of a young person who is making huge transitions. A story like this needs a simple, minimal home. I sat down to design this page thinking only of the story I wanted to tell, paired with one piece of digital product. When I design purely for myself, with no constraints (with digital product, you can customize it any way you like), I tend to make designs that are simpler and ones that feel extremely authentic to me.
DESIGN STUFF: I created a combination of symmetry and asymmetry for the balance of this page. The symmetry can be seen at the top and bottom, the mirroring pieces of patterned paper, the small triangular digital elements and the thin lines framing the core content. The guts of the page are slightly asymmetrical, as the journal block is wider than the column with the title card and the photo. The repetition is seen in the patterned paper and the colors. Plus, the whole color scheme of white, black, yellow and green are somewhat quiet, peaceful and maybe even a tiny bit somber. It’s a serious page for a serious story. It’s okay to have a simple design that communicates ‘serious.’
TECHNICAL SHIT: The entire page started with the digital card file (It’s going to be hard). I placed it into a blank Photoshop document, and sized it down, adding a thin stroke outline to the card. I then designed the rest of the page, including dropping in the small Date Tab and then I simply copied it, filled it in with green, flipped it and added the letter “A” from another card in the Studio Calico digital set. I added the yellow flag from the set, as well. This is the digital hybrid process at its best. Taking elements and customizing them to your taste and printing them for a final result. To build the page, I created a printing doc and dragged the card are and the yellow flag art so I could print onto cardstock to create elements for my page. I printed the remaining journaling onto white cardstock, added the photo separately, as well as the patterned paper pieces.
SENTIMENTAL SHIT: I told this story from my perspective, injecting a bit of me and Dan and how we made the transition from childhood to adulthood. Granted, my therapist might tell you I’ve only recently made that move, but still… the underlying message of this page is something I do want her to know. We aren’t supposed to feel good all the time. That’s not how life actually works. I wish I had learned this much sooner in my own life.
NEW TO HYBRID SCRAPBOOKING? Watch this short video tutorial to get the gist of how to use a digital template to make a physical page.