STORY OF THE PAGE: I made this page for the most recent issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine as part of my Clean & Simple column. The focus of the column was my favorite scrapbooking subject: me. Now I say that with a little cheekiness implied, but what I really mean is this: women need to tell their own stories. That’s it. We do. You do. I do. What better way to reflect and think about this life than to write about it and then toss in some cute product and a photo of yourself. Now if this doesn’t sound like something that appeals to you at all, I’m just going to ask you to rethink it. Imagine if you could sit down and pore over pages of stories about your mother. Or your grandmother. I don’t know. I think that would be pretty dang cool. The great thing about this page I’m sharing? You can download a free template and make one yourself. No excuses, ladies! Right? Right!
DESIGN STUFF: You guys know me, right? You know I like generous margins framing the core content. This open space—or white space—is calm and inviting. It brings you in to focus on what’s going on in the middle. Namely, a photo, a cool chipboard title, and the journaling which simply follows a repetitive structure. This approach is such an easy way to write about yourself. Truly. We also have repetition here, with the black chipboard accent at the top, the title and the matching strip of patterned paper at the bottom. (Chipboard elements and paper are from the new I Am collection from Simple Stories.) Also, the photo of me? No makeup and essentially in pajamas. And guess what? I kind of love it. It’s me. It’s now. Why not?
TECHNICAL SHIT: I started this page with the product, specifically, those big chipboard letters. I measured them and then designed everything else around them. I do this a lot with physical products I want to use. I figure out the space, the pop some kind of placeholder into a Photoshop doc and design around it. Today, you can download this template and make your own version of this page.
Go here, scroll down and find the link for digital layout template. Then, go make a nice page. I, and your future generations, thank you.