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.