STORY OF THE PAGE: We bought a new car. It wasn’t planned, per se, but with a recent fender bender resulting in an unfixable Hyundai Santa Fe (my favorite car ever), we had to up our game for car shopping. We’ve been looking very casually for a few years so we knew what we were looking for. A fortuitous hook up from a friend made the car buying experience extremely crap-free. (And yes, if you’re looking for a great salesman with no bullshit, email me and we’ll send you his way!) Years ago, when we bought our Santa Fe, I also made a scrapbook page (see below under Sentimental Shit). That one, if I recall, was for an assignment for Simple Scrapbooks magazine. I know this because why else would I voluntarily make a 12 x 12 page? Anyhow, it only seemed fitting to make a page about Stevie. (Oh yeah, I have never named a car but decided to give this car a name, one that was a bit mystical and hippie-ish and reflected her crunchy values, or something like that. So, Stevie Nicks it is!) Side note: this is also the safest car we’ve ever purchased and hopefully, we will not regret that car payment for the next five years.
Also, I am so in love with my free 3-month trial to Sirius XM radio, I do not know if I will be able to say goodbye at the end. Two words: 1st Wave. Onto the layout…
DESIGN STUFF: I like to create one big chunk of content. You see it, right? The title, journaling and photos all fill in a long, rectangular space with lots of pleasing white space surrounding it. The margin spaces between all touching elements are nearly identical. There’s a touch of repetition from the title to the little date box in the lower right. Every time I’m trying to tie a page together, I look for things that can be repeated, be they elements, typographic styles or colors. It’s a simple way to make a page feel more polished. One little pop of color from a chipboard heart was all it needed to be complete.
TECHNICAL SHIT: I designed this page in Photoshop, starting with the title (“hello stevie” in Berthold Azkidenz Grotesk Bold) and then brought in photos. I started with the top photo, then dragged a copy of it down, resized it, filled it with black and that became the base for my next layer mask. (That’s a favorite little production trick of mine to create photos of the exact same width quickly.) I dragged all the photos to a new 8.5 x 11 doc and printed them out on my HP Photosmart. Then I printed my journaling and title on my laser printer using laser-compatible cardstock.
SENTIMENTAL SHIT: It makes sense to scrapbook a new car. It makes sense to scrapbook an old car. I mean, think of the life that happens in your car. I posted this to Instagram after I said my final goodbyes:
I said goodbye to my beloved 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe this morning. While we have yet to secure another vehicle, we had to clear out all of our personal effects so insurance could process the claim. I joked as they handed me the keys, pretending to sniff a little, and then as soon as I walked around to see the car the tears flowed for real. Aidan was 7 and Cole was 3 when we bought this car, our first new car purchase as a family. I remember not wanting anyone to eat in for at least the first 6 months. It’s housed so many of our memories. Cross country road trips. Transport to playdates and school. Trips to our family cabin and Grandma and Grandpa’s farm. Baseball, softball, soccer and ultimate. Date nights. Arguments. Disney soundtracks, Green Day, Queen, Beyonce, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. And laughter, so much laughter. I know it’s just a car, but it’s what went on inside of it. You know? #weekinthelife #czwitl2015
And here’s the page I did way back in 2002 when we bought it.
Here’s to an old car and a new car. One kept us safe and got us where we were going. I can only hope that Stevie offers the same.