Light The Path Design Team Kate McDougall | People, Places, Things

Light The Path Design Team Kate McDougall | People, Places, Things


Hi everyone, Kate here for a Light The Path layout! This month’s prompts are a great opportunity to think about the people, places, and things that bring light and joy into our lives. I loved the clean designs of the kit Meghan put together for us this month.

As I worked through the workbook I felt melancholy while thinking about the people and places I love. Things at home are not easy just now. My son is struggling with some things at ‘home school’ (we’ve been in lockdown here in Scotland for 8 weeks at time of writing), and is prone to outbursts of anger and sometimes full meltdowns. Without much contact with his friends, he is often lonely. And I’ve found this all quite full-on. It’s difficult for me to find some time or space to relax. I made a list of the things that are helping me feel good and decided to focus on my books for part of my layout. I’ve also been doing some painting and mixed media art to help relax, and video calls help me feel connected to others.

I decided to make some hybrid pocket pages for my Light The Path binder. For the right-hand page I chose one of these page protectors with lots of small pockets. I wanted to focus on my reading habit in some way. Reading is a way for me to carve out some ‘me time’, even if it’s just half an hour once I’ve gone to bed. If I’m honest, if I start reading in bed it’s hard for me to put it down. Just one more chapter! When I read I am transported away from the things that are stressing me out. It helps me clear my head and feel like I’ve done something just for me. My favourite genre is sci-fi which probably helps it feel like an escape into another world (when I need it to be).

I also feel like my reading has helped me grow as a person. Last year I made a resolution of sorts to diversify my reading much more. Especially with the type of story I enjoy, a lot of what I read was written by white dudes. I wanted to change that and it’s been a bit of a revelation for me. For just over a year I’ve read mainly books by women, and I discovered the amazing genre Afrofuturism. I’ve also read contemporary and historical fiction by Black women, and I’ve learned a lot. I feel like I’ve grown so much since I set out on this reading journey, and I’ve no intention of stopping. I keep track of what I read on Goodreads but don’t really like the idea of my reviews being public, so I write up a little review when I finish a book and put it in a dedicated section of my binder.

To create the page I downloaded pictures of some of my most recent reads from Google. I read almost exclusively digitally, apart from gifts I receive. I couldn’t afford to buy the number of books I consume in ‘real’ format! I opened a blank document in Affinity and made 12 2″ squares. Then it was just a case of popping the book covers in, some of them I added a background colour to tie it together. Printed, trimmed, and in the pockets. I love how it looks!

For the left-hand page I used a template in a messy pocket style. I worked in Affinity Designer on my iPad and pulled in the pocket cards from the kit that jumped out at me. I enlarged one of them to fill the strip at the top. Then I added my photos, a screenshot of a zoom call with my daughter, and a small picture of one of my paintings. I added the leaf cutout shapes behind one of the banners then printed the whole page on photo paper. I wrote out a few words of journaling and cut them into strips. Finally, I cut out the title with my Cricut Explore. The words ‘focus on the good’ are from one of the cards in the kit, but it was really easy to it add to Design Space and remove the background. I think it makes a lovely title.

I hope my post has inspired you to record some of the things that you love and that make you feel good. And if you have any good book recommendations I’d love to hear them, please drop me a note in the comments or find me on Instagram @scrappy.kate. And if you’re looking for a new read I 100% recommend any of the ones on this page!

Light The Path Design Team Member Aneika Walton