Hi Everyone - It's Susan here today with a little more 'inside' information on a layout that I created for July's Mind The Gap gallery. My "One" layout was created to show off my baby's first year of life - at a single glance, and on a single page. And it was actually inspired by a page that I recently ripped from Parents magazine.
I loved how the design of this tearsheet showcased a variety of different photos at the top of the page with bold text directly under. I translated the inspiration piece to what would become my "One" layout, by using my own resizing photo technique to print 96 different 1x1 inch photos in a 12 inch (wide) x 8 inch (tall) space. I had a bunch of first year favorites already stashed in their own folder on my computer (which helped tremendously), so then I just started opening up images that I wanted to use - in chronological order, cropping each to 1x1 and pasting on a 12x12 blank document. It helps to have the grid lines showing on your blank document in photoshop ('command + H' on my apple does this) - and then your little 1x1 images can be easily snapped into place and alignment.
Once my collage was finished, I had it printed as a 12x12 at Costco, then trimmed it down for the layout assembly.
I used my silhouette machine to die-cut my title, with the "O" also serving as a round frame for Noah's official one year old shot. I had that photo printed as a larger square (again using the photo resizing tutorial) that I trimmed and adhered under the "O".
I added a simple border under my collage and label sticker at the bottom of the page and was finished!
I'm thrilled with the fact that I can use this same process to recap so many other events and milestones for my family and kids.