Two things are true: 1) I love scrapbooking, and 2) I hate proofreading.
It’s been a while since I shared a new layout and today’s page is making me all kinds of happy. At least it was until I was taking photos of it and there it was: a typo in the journaling.*
But if you know me, you know that I’m either a) going to Photoshop it out for the pictures, or b) just leave it and move on because life is too freaking short to sweat this one out.
I chose option B. And it also made me laugh until I had tears in my eyes because it literally changed the meaning of the sentence. If you look on the 8th line down, it says “I am not into makeup or cloths.” That is a lie. I freaking LOVE cloths. (It was supposed to say “clothes.”) Click on the image to see a larger version.
There’s just far too much going on to re-do the page, and this page is really just for me, and you know what? I’m cool with that. Because the design itself? It’s pretty cute. And the subject? One I feel very passionately about but have been neglecting of late: stories about me.
And the thing is, anyone can journal like this. Each sentence starts with I am… that’s it. It’s a fill in the blank about you right now. (To see another version of this concept, check out this post from 2015!)
I am not perfect. If my page has an imperfection, that’s completely acceptable to me. Plus the design is solid. It has nice common margin space. It has simple repetition with the flowers and the tabs and the green title that picks up some of the green from the patterned paper strip at the bottom of the page. All the things I love on a layout are here. Mama ain’t changing a thing.
A few weeks back, I wrote a bit about me, something I hadn’t been doing as much in 2018, and when I was planning some new template designs last week (another thing I just wasn’t doing much of in 2018), I realized I hadn’t done a page like this in a while.
I feel there is a level of invisibility afforded to women as we settle into this middle place of life. There are aspects of this that I find quite comforting, actually. I like that there is a 99% chance I can walk down any street and no one will shout out, “Can I have fries with that shake?” I like that I can walk into a room and look around… observe… take things in… because I will not be the center of attention. But I won’t stop documenting my story.
I don’t believe the story of middle age should be invisible. I think it needs to be talked about. Understood. Shared. Celebrated.
And that is what I plan to do.
Today I’m sharing a Pixel to Page process video, something I also would like to do more of. Every time I create a layout, I’m usually pretty geeked about it and I get that same feeling the first time I made a scrapbook layout: this is pretty cool!
My page began its life as a digital template, as many of mine do, in true hybrid fashion. This new template features the title “currently” which is actually a graphic because the font is not a free one and I wanted to make sure it read as designed on everyone’s computer. The font also matches my favorite alphabet die set, Archie Solid Alphas at Simon Says Stamp. I love having the ability to create my own die cut titles. No limits on how many letters you need or if the color will match. You make all those decisions and create your own alphas.
If you have arrived at my blog from my card making community, hybrid scrapbooking is just the process of including digital tools in your final creation. For me, it has been using my computer since day one when I typed up some journaling onto a piece of cardstock and glued it down onto my very first scrapbook page.
I saw the potential all those years ago in combining paper-and-glue crafting with computer-generated stuff and I have been smitten ever since. I’ve never been fully traditional, nor have I been fully digital. I’m smack dab in the middle. Just like my life right now.
Today’s video just focuses on the page process. Here’s to telling your story.
Affiliate links are used in this post and below at no additional cost to you. I receive a small percent of compensation when you click through and shop using the provided links. This helps me to continue building my YouTube channel and my small business. Thank you!
*Actually, there are two. Makeup should be one word or hyphenated. Who knew? Now I do. Still not gonna change a thing.