STORY OF THE PAGE: Just over a week ago, we dropped our girl off for her sophomore year of college. (Read more about that here.) I was inspired to design a 12 x 12 template, then convert it to 8.5 x 11 for inclusion in Aidan’s album. I feel like this is definitely a scrapworthy occasion, the whole moving into your dorm and starting your new college experience. I try to think back to my first dorm move-in and I remember practically nothing. Now this is not an indictment of my mother for not documenting me within an inch of my life, but I have so few photos from that time and I wish that I did have more to look at. I wish I had a few stories from my mom about how she felt. It’s thoughts like these that keep me scrapbooking, even though there are days when I look at my
dining room scrapbook table and wonder, “Why am I still doing this?” It doesn’t matter how prolific I am with my stories. It just matters that I save some of them.
DESIGN STUFF: This is a fully digital page. Sometimes, when I make digital layouts, I don’t like to add any digital elements whatsoever beyond the images and words. For some reason, I decided to drop one very neutral white digital paper into the background. I may leave it. I may take it out. I’ll send this to print and see how it looks. I love the symmetry of this page. Six same-sized images add up to a solid balance. I’ve got a bit of repetition with those two flags and the color orange. For my journaling, I included lots of leading (the space between the lines) to help with the readability of those long line lengths. Typically, I keep my line lengths to about four inches or less because the longer those lines get the harder they are for the eye to follow. Ergo, we introduce more leading which in turn adds more white space thereby making the longer lines a bit easier to read. Plus, if you’re going to do long lines of journaling, don’t do too many. I may have gone two lines too deep here, but I can live with it. But can you guess what my favorite part of the page is? It’s the ‘g’ dipping into the layer mask on the lower right. The mask itself is shaped to match the ‘g’. Here’s the deal: it’s the little details that add something special to any page. This lets the beautiful type of the title really shine. And yes, I rock the type. It’s kind of my jam.
TECHNCIAL SHIT: It’s a digital page and I did nothing other than take a 12 x 12 design and size all of the content down at one time to fit an 8.5 x 11 space. All of our family albums are 8.5 x 11. The logic, you see, follows.
SENTIMENTAL SHIT: While I realize her college experience isn’t about me, on some level, it is because I too am experiencing this transition. And so far? It’s going so well. Aidan, I am so FREAKING proud of you. Always.
AND SPEAKING OF TYPE… Yes, I’m going to cross promote here, but I’m kind of geeked to share that my newest class (which is a refreshed, retooled version of an older class) is almost ready to launch! Ten Tips for Better Type is coming soon. My goal is to open registration to this self-paced e-course by week’s end. Here’s a peek at my short promo clip. A full class description is coming soon and all students who took this workshop before will have free access to the new, updated version!