I know. It seems like all I ever do anymore is make cards.
There would be some truth to that right now. It’s kind of like that new relationship… you know? When you are first together and you simply can’t get enough of each other? That is me. And cards.
But a few weeks back, I had an idea for a layout and I designed a simple digital template. I knew I wanted to create a hybrid page, but the timing had to be right and that time was over the weekend.
I have been loving my new Archie Solid Letter Dies set* and when I created it, I was thinking scrapbook pages all the way. I used the same font in the layered template, but knew I would replace it with die cut and stacked letters. (Note: if you click on Notify Me, you will be emailed when these dies are back in stock!)
The whole stacked and glued together die cut thing has changed the way I think about creating simple embellishments. I learned this from the card making community. Never would have thought about doing it with die cut letters or die cut anythings. You just cut multiples and adhere them together for instant embellishments with dimension.
I think the other thing that is going on right now is there are so many stories I’m not really as comfortable putting into scrapbooks. I don’t mean that to sound like crazy shit is going on in my life. It’s not. It’s just a time of real transition. I have some ideas for a few pages to document my story right now, the story of a middle aged mama whose kids are on the verge of big transitions, too, and how I fit into the picture of our family. I just have to figure out the right way to document all this stuff.
I won’t lie to you. Card making doesn’t require that same thought process and therefore feels a bit lighter. A bit more fun.
I was talking to Dan about how I was feeling more of the card thing and less of the scrapbooking thing, and that I felt bad about that, and he said, “You’ve never created from a place of obligation. You’ve always come at it from a place of inspiration.”
Geez, when did he get so observant? Suffice to say, there’s a story in all of this, and I’m working to figure it all out. The thing is, however, I still LOVE to teach people how design can help their creative process when putting scrapbook pages together. So there’s still that!
For example, the page I’m sharing today works on multiple levels!
We have repetition with the hearts and the bling creating a simple visual triangle to energize the design, as well as give the eye points of connection. We have great contrast with a large, bold title and a small subheading. We have an asymmetrical balance that is framed with a nice white margin of cardstock. That white margin also links with the title, making the design pop a bit more. We have three small photos, all the same size, creating their own pattern of repetition. And we have all that glorious
kraft white space! All that open space allows the entire design to breath and feel visually restful.
It took me longer to figure this out that you would think. About two hours, even starting with a template!
And now I have a Pixel to Page video to share with you. The first 11 minutes focus on one digital trick I do (creating custom crop marks in Photoshop) in order to ensure my photos are spot on, size wise. It might seem like overkill, but if you’re curious, check it out. The page build portion starts at roughly 11:30 if you’d just like to see that!
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*ARCHIE DIE SETS AT SIMON SAYS STAMP: I have a handful of dies and stamps based on the Archie font style. The set I used today is a standalone die set of letter dies. I also sell a matching standalone number die set, Archie Solid Numbers. These dies are straight up letter die sets. They do not work with the other Archie stamps, the ones that feature and outlined style of font. That particular stamp set only works with this Archie die set, which is not a standalone letter die, but rather, a coordinating die designed to cut out the outlined, stamped letters. Clear as mud? Hopefully, yes!
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