January 15, 2014

Family Infographics

Create a family page using infographics - this was my latest assignment over on the 2Peas blog. I like challenges like this because they push me out of my creative box and help me tell a story in a way I would've never thought of.

So, infographics is basically a way of conveying information with symbols. If you Google the term or search on Pinterest you'll see many cool designs. I love that it gives you a snapshot of the facts. Translating it into a scrapbook page gives you the power of visual storytelling - which is what it's all about.

I based the page around the We R Family line by Lily Bee Design. Some of the cards in their 3x4 pack were used for storytelling, decorating and as a date/title spot. I love the square look of this type of design. It's like putting together a puzzle, moving pieces around until you have just the right amount of color, words and photos.

I used wood shapes from Studio Calico to represent some of the most important (and fun) things in our lives - the kids and the vacations. The stars represent my son, nieces and nephews because they are our biggest assets and joys. With every birth, we've added a new little personality and star to our family. I wrapped the ends of some of the stars with string to add dimension and variety to the design. The vacations are represented by anchors because we usually vacation near water and have taken a few cruises.

In the lower right corner, there's a peek at a timeline beginning in 1989 when my husband and I met through today. Special highlights like promotions, milestones and hobbies are listed. I used enamel dots from Doodlebug in shades of aqua to give an ombre effect to the design. The last symbol on the page is a large #29 which is part of our address.
Every last detail adds personalization and tells the story of our family today. A snapshot of the Damiano's in 2014 - quick, easy and interesting to look at!

January 6, 2014

Simple Stories Team

Simple Stories is one of those companies that consistently puts out lines that I love. I've found myself reaching for their bold, colorful designs over and over again this year. They always seem to do themes that are perfect for the stories I want to tell. One of my favorite Simple Stories pages was this Disney one using their SN@P collection:

And once in a while the stars align, and you get an amazing opportunity. That's what happened to me when they asked me to be part of their 2014 design team. I get to work with an amazing group of designers and use things that I love. Yes, please!

Once again, Simple Stories has a beautiful lineup ready to go for 2014. They have already started peeks like this one:

There is still so much more to come. Visit the Simple Stories blog every day this week for the full reveal.