In my class, Scrapbook Your Year, I talk about culling images to get to the ones I want to include in my yearly album. In my opening presentation, there is a photo I linger on for a minute and decide, “Nope. This one needs its own page!” Today I’m sharing that page on a Friday edition of Make a Page Monday, plus I’m sharing the free template and showing you how it works! Sound good? Good. Let’s proceed.
STORY OF THE PAGE: The way my son and his friends socialize is via sleepovers. On any given weekend night (or successive weekday nights in the summer) there will be one, two, three or even four boys in addition to Cole asleep in our basement. One quiet morning (and oh, they are so very quiet as those boys will sleep until the cows come home) I looked down and saw these shoes and it reminded this sentimental mama that time is a bullet train and how lucky I am to be a part of this whole thing. It doesn’t matter that often times my teen-aged sone doesn’t exactly relish the idea of hanging out and chatting with his mother. What matters is that he is making connections in his life and creating his own community. That’s what these shoes say to me as I see them on my desperately-in-need-of-refinishing dining/scrap room floor.
DESIGN STUFF: This is essentially one of my favorite go-to page approaches. One large photo. One font family. A few embellishments. And a dose of generous white—or pale rust—space. Simple pages rely so heavily on space. Notice the margin on the white cardstock? See how it’s even on all four sides? See the background cardstock and how it too, is equal from top to bottom and side to side? These even framing margins hold the visual and written content with purpose. I sprinkled in two little embellishments from the latest Studio Calico kit just to prove you can use pale peach/pink on a boy page. Normally, I like to repeat embellishments in threes, but here, I didn’t quite have a third circle that worked, so I just went with two, placing them at opposing corners on the photo and punching out circles to house them. The journaling is probably my favorite. A simple list of single sentences. I wasn’t even trying to get all clever, other that repeating the phrase, “I know” a few times. This is more a page about the mama than that subject for sure, but it’s going to go into Cole’s album. And no, those aren’t tears in my eyes. I’m chopping onions while I blog this.
TECHNICAL SHIT: Today, rather than write it all out, I want to share a tutorial on how to work with the free template I’m giving you today (see below). I have been a hybrid scrapbooking since the very first page and it still is where my heart remains. Combining my love of story and image with design and technology is what drives me to keep making pages and projects. Enjoy! Note: be sure to click on the full screen and HD icons for the best viewing experience.
Click on the image above to begin the download. A PDF handout is included with the digital package that covers some basics of working with templates if you are new. If you make a page and share it on social media, be sure to tag it with #czdesign so I can see what you’re creating!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Next week is the Designer Digital Quarterly Sale. If there’s anything you’ve had your eye on you can save 40% off everything in my collection, plus there will be some new stuff from me next week, too!