This is Luke’s first scrapbooking page! When he finished it and showed me I was so impressed, and if I’m going to be honest I’ll tell you that I was kinda depressed. I mean, he’s never scrapbooked before, and I think his page is way better then most of mine. It’s very LUKE, in that it’s simple and complication free. I really love it. I love that Lior will have a scrapbooking page from his daddy, and I also really appreciate the fact that Luke took the time to try something new, and something that is important to me.
I’ve asked Luke to share a bit about what he likes a bit the page he’s done, and what the thinks of a) his scrapbooking experience, and b) scrapbooking in general!
Here’s what he said:
Talia and I attended the Scrapbooking Expo last weekend and we got to talking about scrapbooking philosophy. What is the point in scrapbooking? My scrapbooking philosophy is to record our memories, and share them with others.
My background is in web development and design. I enjoy websites that are simple, easy to use, uncluttered. A basic colour scheme, a single highlight colour, a simple background. Look at sites like Google, Apple, Facebook. When I scrapbook, I take those aesthetics and apply them to the page.
Most designs I encounter are cluttered and confusing. They lead the eye through a maze of information and nonessential design elements. Often the first thing you notice on a page is a cute embellishment or a loud and active background.
If our scrapbooks are about memories, let’s focus our pages on photos and journalling. If our scrapbooks are for sharing, we can make the journalling optional (people like to look at pictures, not words), or use hidden journaling to put it out of sight, but available when necessary.
This page embraces a minimalist, photo focused style. It’s a moment – a memory. The title is simple, the caption is short and fun. The eye goes straight to the photo and lingers. I used watercolour as a background for the title to bring in a highlight colour, and to create a more contemplative feel.
There’s a stamp in the corner, but it doesn’t interrupt on the design. It’s put aside, inconspicuously. The whimsical, unintentional nature of the stamp breaks up the otherwise static and centred layout. It’s a little bit of a riddle, too. Why L? L stands for Luke and Lior.
If I were to do this page again, I would change two things – firstly I would practice my stamping technique before putting the stamp on the page (I pushed down a bit too hard)! Secondly, I would get Talia to handwrite the caption neatly and straight. My handwriting is pretty terrible! Do you know of any tips to keep the handwriting straight for next time?