STORY OF THE PAGE: I had a photo of Aidan from Christmas break that I loved and wanted to use it to write a few thoughts down. If anything, my pages lately have served as more of a visual journal and as the title says, this is the kind of stuff I want to save.
DESIGN STUFF: One thing I like to point out on any page is the use of space. Quite possibly more important than general balance, the use of space is a very subtle but powerful way to tie a design together. Here you can see the framing margin the kraft cardstock provides, offering the page content a change to breathe a bit more. Further, there’s about a 1/4 of an inch of white framing the large photo and the entire printed white area, which is just a design printed on photo paper.
TECHNICAL SHIT: I used this template to create this layout. The title and the photo layer mask are one mask, so you need a large enough photo to fill both the photo and title area. Kind of cool, huh? The photo I chose probably wasn’t the best as it’s more of a centered photo. I think this template would work better with an image shifted to one side, but I still love the final result, however subtle it is. In fact, I ended up breaking out the title onto its own layer (Command or Control + J) so I could clip a duplicate of the photo into it, and put a small stroke on the type to help it stand out more against the light areas of the photo. Clear as mud? I added one little banner (which actually has gold type that just didn’t scan well) from One Little Bird from a recent kit by Studio Calico. (Side note: the creative talent behind One Little Bird, Peppermint Grandberg Jones, is one of my favorite designers out there.)
If you want to give this template a go and make your own hybrid page, click on the image below:
JANUARY IS WINDING DOWN… but Fit 2017 is really just getting started! It’s not too late to join in and get some motivation for better self care this year. I’m wrapping up one month of trying to do better, I’m down 6 pounds and feel like I’m doing what is needed and on a roll. Will it last? Well hells bells, that’s the question of the year, ladies. But I’m showing up and doing my best. That’s all I ask of my students. Join me today!
simply lovely. Love the page.
She is a beautiful gal. Will definitely be getting this template.
That is so gorgeous Cathy!
Stacy A says
Beautiful – words, photo, page – everything.
This is great. Could we possibly have a little Vimeo showing how you broke out the title?
Cathy Zielske says
I can tell you really quickly (because it would be a 20 second video!)
Click on the layer with the title and the photo mask.
Use the Rectangular Marquee tool, click and drag a selection ONLY around the title.
Hit Command (Mac) or Control (PC) + Shift Key + J (or go to Layer > New > Layer Via Cut).
It puts that title art on it’s own layer.
The I took my main photo and duplicated it exactly in the same position by holding down my Option (or Alt) key and dragging a copy right in the Layers Palette. Once I had the copy layer, I clicked on it (again in the layers palette) and dragged it so it appeared directly above he newly created title layer. Then I was free to clip it in.
Then I added a very light gray 1 pixel stroke to the title.
Does that help?
Thanks heaps Cathy.