Summer Voices | Catherine Davis


We’re on summer holiday and we’ve invited some of our friends to share their voices and projects here over the next 2 weeks. Say hello to Catherine Davis:

I have piles of stuff. Piles. As a memory keeper, it's hard for me let things go. My twin daughters' preschool projects and artwork are at the top of this list. The thought of getting rid of these reminders of such a fleeting time makes my chin start to wobble.

Earlier this year, I took the bull by the horns and designed a scrapbook layout that helped kickstart some pile control. I'm happy to be here on Ali's blog to share a bit about recording the stuff of life.


PULLING IT TOGETHER |  I picked out some of my favorite things the girls have made at school and shot pictures of them with my iPhone. You can also use a scanner, but this was quick and easy for me. Once I imported the images into Photoshop, I cropped them to fit 3x4 cards. I also punched up the contrast and brightness in Photoshop to make the colors pop.

I attached the printed images to 3x4 cards from a Studio Calico Project Life Kit (February's Neverland Kit) and attached them to the page with foam dots and mini clothespins. I kept the rest of the layout super simple with a bit of washi and some stamping to make the art stand out. (More Studio Calico supplies, from the Neverland Scrapbook Kit.)

This approach is perfect for bulkier projects, like the pom pom art I used below. Guess where that paper is now? Recycled. Fist pump!


TEMPLATE DOWNLOAD | I've created a basic 8.5x11 layered template to simplify the image resizing process for you. Each box is sized at 2x3, perfect to pop on 3x4 cards to add to a layout or your Project Life album. You need Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to open and edit this file. Download the template here.


You could apply this concept to any kind of memento you'd like to remember, but don't want to physically hold onto and store. I've also done layouts around my girls' shoes and toys.


ONE MORE THING | A side note on school papers I wanted to share. On the last day of preschool this year, our teachers presented us with the tidiest, personalized binders of work collected throughout the year. My reaction went something along the lines of, "You don't understand, THIS. IS. AMAZING." Another nice idea for preserving those memories you can't part with.


ABOUT CATHERINE | Catherine Davis has been hooked on design since she was 16, mocking up layouts for her high school yearbook. Fast forward from that design "job" to her grownup career designing newspapers, including a gig at one of the best designed in the world. Her big Oprah Aha! moment came when she discovered that scrapbooking could combine her love of documentation, design and photography with her favorite subjects: her husband Jim and their three-year-old twins, Maggie and Charlotte. You can catch up with Catherine on her blog Design Editor, where you can find creative inspiration, tips and tutorials, and crafty ideas.
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