MODjot Fun: Basic Layout Project

Oops! My sleep cycle has been a bit disrupted lately—apparently, insomnia is fairly common right now—and my brain is a bit fuzzy. Consequently, I forgot to publish my post yesterday.

I hope you'll join me for this project. We'll be making a basic layout. Mine is for a Traveler's Notebook, but this project is adjustable. You can create a layout for a frame, an album, or a photo book.


What You'll Need

To complete the project, you'll need the following:

  • An iPad (With iOS 13.2 or later)
  • The Procreate application
  • A photo (or set of photos) to use for your layout

And, though it's optional, I'd recommend using an Apple Pencil, too.

Overview of the Weekly Videos

In the coming weeks, we'll progress through the following steps to complete our project:

  • STEP 1 | Week One - Plan: We'll use Procreate to jot down our thoughts and make a general plan for our project. By the end of this step, you should have a sketch that includes: A topic, the gist of what you'll write and how (or if you'll include writing), a good idea about what colors and art elements you want to include, what photo(s) will be in the layout, the general layout, and where to place focus for this project.
  • STEP 2 | Week Two - Prepare: We'll create a Procreate Palette for our project to simplify color selection. And, we'll discuss Procreate Layers: What they are and how to use them for memory keeping. Then, we'll create our own layered template—something we can use again for future projects. Finally, I show you how to save your template in the gallery and how to create Procreate Stack to keep project documents together and tidy.
  • STEP 3 | Week Three - Assemble: After creating a work copy of your template, you'll bring in your photo(s) and art elements. Then, you'll make a title and add your text (if you're adding text, that is) to your project. Meanwhile, you'll learn the "what-how-and-why" of Clipping Masks, Textured Brushes, and making work copies.
  • STEP 4 | Week Four - Finish: To finish, you'll dial in the focus (e.g., words, photos, embellishments, colors) and add polish. Then, you'll save for print. If you're printing from home, I'll share some tips for how to do that. Finally, I'll share some ideas about how to add your project to a frame, notebook, album, or photo book.

By the end of the month, you should have a complete project and be ready to go for project 2 in June!

Let's Get Started

STEP 1 | Week One - Planning


I'd Love to Hear from You 🙂

Since I see us on this journey to master memory keeping together, I'd like to hear your thoughts. So, let's chat about:

  • Your thoughts and feelings about the post
  • What your're doing this week related to memory keeping
  • Your take on the One a Month Projects