By now, I'm sure you've noticed the many beautiful pages in our gallery created with the iHope collaborative kit. Each of these layouts tells a story of hope and love, of survival and celebration, of life and loss. While each layout is special, I wanted to spotlight Carolee's layout "celebrate life" today; it's an incredible example of beautiful design and authentic journaling.
And here's what we can learn from Carolee's layout:
1. Even "white space" layouts have room for significant journaling.
Carolee's layout is a beautiful example of a simple design and an effective use of negative or white space. Yet she's still able to fit a lengthy amount of journaling on her page without throwing off the design. How does she do it? The rule of thirds! By blocking her journaling in a section that is the same height as her photo, she creates one unified element. She then placed this element in the upper third of her layout. Using an informal handwritten font lets her get away with a smaller size and less leading between the lines.
2. Don't get overwhelmed by the whole story.
A traumatic illness or accident can often span months of hospital stays, surgeries, and more. I'm sure that Carolee could've written pages and pages about this frightening situation, but instead, she focuses on what's most important for this part of the story -- the part about celebrating life. By using the word art as a way to focus her thoughts, Carolee explains what happened, reveals her own thoughts and reactions, and makes the connection to the photo. Her journaling also works as a before and after, giving a brief reflection on how this event changed her life. You have multiple pages in your album. With any big story, break it down into smaller pieces -- chances are, it will be easier in the telling.
3. Make sure you get your most important stories told.
Before posting her credits and journaling, Carolee offers up two simple sentences that reached out and punched me in the gut: "This is the most powerful story of my life, I was waiting for the right kit to come along to tell it." Wow. The most powerful story of her life. I know you have these powerful stories of your own. Are you telling them? Why not? There's no excuse for leaving these stories unwritten; you owe it to yourself and your family to get them written down. Today.
You don't have to wait for the perfect kit, either; the iHope collaborative benefit kit offers 45 papers and 85+ elements that are perfect for a variety of stories. Better yet, your purchase helps fund important breast cancer research, treatment, education and screening. As an extra incentive, I'm offering three fantastic prizes on my blog if you purchase the kit or donate to the cause; please take some time to check it out here. With your help, millions of women and their families can continue the fight against breast cancer and make their stories heard.
Remember, today is our weekly Book Fair event with a free kit and 45% off selected items in the shop!