Layout Share: Poetry Out Loud
I've been feeling the need to document more.
I'm quite certain it's stemming from the mortality that hits you in the gut when you are nearing the day when your first-born child is preparing to leave.
It's not about scrap guilt, I assure you.
Aidan has a very manageable number of layouts that have been created about her since the day she arrived. I do not have endless volumes. I have three albums that contain pages specifically about her life.
I do not wish I had more. I do not wish I had less.
She seems to be cool with it as well.
Still, I have this need to tell more everyday stories right now. More events. More things.
I really believe it's just one of the ways I'm working through the pain—yes, it's painful to me on a number of levels—of having one less body dwelling under this roof.
Especially a body that I adore with the very cells of my being.
But enough with the melodrama and onto a very simple page detailing one cool event from the life of said child.
It's a very simple hyrid project. Here it is pre-assembly:
I used my PictureMate Charm to print out images from a digital template. I used the "Borders" setting and it printed the images the exact size from the template. (Whenever you choose "Borderless" your image will be enlarged slightly to accommodate for that edge-to-edge printing.)
I also added a 3px stroke to the photo layer masks which gave me an easy-to-see trim line. I simply placed my metal ruler just inside the black line and cut with an X-acto knife.
Here is the finished page:
Notice there is a big chunk of light text on the left? That is the text from one of the poems she read, The Universe as Primal Scream by Tracy K. Smith. I created a large text box and changed the color to a brown then changed the Opacity to about 20 percent.
I rounded the corners on the page because sometimes I'm just in that kind of a mood.
And into her album it goes.
A simple story saved.
Want to learn how to use digital templates to make more traditional layouts? I have a video for that. Click here to watch.