STORY OF THE PAGE: How to document a 17-1/2 year old in a way that isn’t cutesy or generally unappealing to said teen? That, my memory keeping friends, is always the challenge I face. I’m always looking for some cool, graphic ways to save those little bits of his life in a way that isn’t an assault on his coolness. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. I don’t think he really cares, but… I still like to make pages that are, in my mind, cool enough for him. This page is just a simple details page, combining a few facts about my son with a few random photos, combined with some cool patterned papers and polygons shapes. And… it all came from a digital beginnings.
DESIGN STUFF: The balance on this page is asymmetrical, with the key visual content shifted to the left side of the page, with the journal block and the white space providing balance on the right side. Repetition of shape is at work, with the six equal polygons containing photos or paper, and the small repeating cluster in the lower right. Repetition is the glue of any design. Repeating colors, shapes and patterns is one way to unify your layout.
TECHNICAL SHIT: This is my favorite way to play with digital content: turn it into tangible, workable elements for my page. And, to use a digital template in a completely hybrid way. All three pieces of patterned paper are from this digital kit. I clipped papers into the layer masks and then dragged the paper and mask into a new document for printing. I made two copies of each one (in case I messed up) and then trimmed VERY close to the edges to cut them out. One of the things that is so fun about this, is you can take that full sheet of digital paper and size it down to make a much smaller pattern. This makes one sheet of digital paper so flexible in its end use. When I’m printing digital papers, I usually print on my HP Laser Jet using laser compatible cardstock. It just gives me better color matching. But when you use your ink jet printer, it also gives you another look altogether which can also be really cool. I printed out the photos by dragging the photos and layer masks to a new 4 x 6 Photoshop doc and then printing those on my Epson PictureMate Charm, which has become my favorite photo printer for 4 x 6 or smaller.
Finally, after watching an awesome process video from Mercy Tiara (who does a video series for Scrapbook & Cards Today), I learned a simple technique I never knew: die cut multiple characters of the same letter or number, stack and glue them together to create your own dimensional letters. WHAT? How did I not know this? Seriously. I used my Silhouette for this layout and my glue skills are a bit shaky, but I am HOOKED on this technique!
I do see more die cutting in my immediate future, as I am also now the proud owner of a Big Shot from Stampin’ Up. I realize I’ve been working in this scrapbook world for well over a decade now (heck, since 2003) but I’m a bit geeked over the possibilities of die cutting and—gasp—stamping. In fact, I’m working on a card sentiment stamp set because I have ideas for cards I’d like to do, and so… that’s going to happen.
Questions? Comments? By all means, fire away. Here’s to turning digital templates into hybrid pages.
CZ DESIGN STUFF USED: