Hi everyone out in blogland!
I thought I would share something other than a technique or tutorial
this month. Instead, I wanted to take you on a journey on how I
approached one of my layouts focused on this months emotion/topic COMMUNICATION. If you are new or find yourself scratching your head;
wondering where to begin - take a look at the bottom of About Us/Our Story page.
The way I approach my layouts is to think about the emotional response I
have to whatever the months topic is. Sometimes the word isn't a
straight up emotion - take COMMUNICATION for example. But you can still
approach it from an emotional stand point, inside out style.
Something that came to mind was how misunderstood I seem to be. Not to
everyone, but I've learned from a few folks, recently, that my
confidence is intimidating. Therefore, they were nervous to meet me or
get to know me. Bear in mind these are people who see me in person. It
was flattering and annoying at the same time. Ha! Flattered that I seem
to come across more confident that I truly am but annoying because I
began to wonder, "do others hold back from talking me, inviting me or
approaching me because they assume I'm so confident?"
My first step with my layouts is to journal. I just write on piece of
scratch paper or type on a word document. Most of the time I type. I can
type faster than I can write.
After my journaling is complete, I begin to look for a photo. Notice I
haven't picked out product yet. That comes after the photo. The reason
is because I want to make sure the colors and patterns I choose,
compliment the photo. On the rare occasion, I begin with product -
especially when I pull from the symbolism. Thankfully, this kit is so
full of symbolism there is no escaping it no matter what papers and
Sometimes I need a song or a quote to help me with the title. This time I
just used a statement that I would want to say to everyone. JUST TALK
TO ME. Don't assume. Don't be afraid. And I'll do my part to be aware of
my facial expressions, mannerisms, etc. I don't want to pretend but I
do want to be inviting. It's a two way street... this thing called
Once the product is selected, I begin with the design. Sometimes I
already have something in my head and sometimes I need a sketch to give a
good jump start. Sometimes I'll arrange things, walk away and come back
and do it all over again before committing to the design.
I love the photo I used for this layout... my journaling is saying one
thing while the photo is me being a goofball... giving off a smug
I hope that this little article has given you some help while working
through your own layouts. The most important component, I have found, is
how I feel when I'm done. Because our layouts here are about US... it's
important to take note of how we are doing when it's finished. This
felt good to get out. It felt good to share it on my blog too. Not too
complain or seek affirmation... but just to let it out and with the
hopes that others may identify.
Can't wait to see what YOU create using your COMMUNICATION kit!