You remember last week when I posted about Aidan's most recent role in The Theater, yes? Well, I realized that it's all well and good how often I blog about my life, but I do need to make a page or two every now and then. So much of my documenting is being done via Project Life—and don't get me wrong, I'm loving this year long experiement—but I still want pages for the kids' albums too.
I grabbed a handful of photos from the show and designed a very simple, old school Cathy kind of layout. No bells and whistles, folks. Just words and photos.
Here's my simple page:
Here's what it looked like before I broke it apart for printing (I'll explain this below.)
JOURNALING READS: Aidan played the lead role in GRS’s first ever musical production, Bye Bye Birdie. Coming right on the heels of playing the White Witch in Narnia: The Musical, she was initially thrilled with getting the part, then the excitement waned just a bit for reasons of which we aren’t completely sure. But on the weekend of the performances, Aidan was really on. Her performance was memorable to say the least. The Shriner’s Club scene was laugh out loud funny. I had tears in my eyes watching my 16-year-old daughter trying to seduce a table full of those shocked Shriner’s Club members. The sight gags were so funny and so well done. We’re so proud of her for doing these shows. It’s quite a remarkable thing to see your child up there being simply amazing. Way to go, yet again, Miss Aidan. Your curtain call was well deserved.
DESIGN NOTES: This is a very simple, photo-intensive page with an asymmetrical balance, in the sense that if you divide this page down the center, the elements are not equal to one another. Notice also the space between the photos and the journaling—all equal on purpose to create an underlying sense of unity. Notice the inch wide cushion of space that surrounds the entire design. This adds a bit more breathing room to a content-rich page. A little note: having the black title box break out of the frame outline and bleed to the edge also adds a small element of surprise to an otherwise very straightforward design.
TECHNICAL NOTES: I designed the entire page using Adobe InDesign. Then, I moved the copied the photos and the title box into a new doc to print those out onto photo paper. Then I printed the remaining journaling and box outline onto white cardstock. I've been doing his process for years. Rather than just print the whole design onto a sheet of 8.5 x 11 photo paper, it gives me the opportunity to do the cutting and pasting that I love in hybrid scrapbooking. One cool tip: I use a program plug in for InDesign called Cropmarks from Cacidi. This little plug in allows you to add crop marks (trimming guides) to each individual photo. Why is this important? It allows you to extend the photo a bit past your crop marks for a true trim to size, so that what you designed is what you end up being able to create.
DIGITAL VERSION: I created a fully layered digital version of this template that you can find here.