Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Prep

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Wedding Prep Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerWedding Prep Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerWedding Prep Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: In the months leading up to our wedding, we revisited some of our favorite places to take pictures to use in our photo centerpieces.  I had these photos saved and wanted to document them in a layout.

Inspiration: This photo collage at Creature Comforts.  It’s not a scrapbook layout but I loved the two-column design.

Why is this not in the Wedding Scrapbook?  This is another “ancillary” wedding layout — something that is wedding-related that I want to remember but didn’t put in the wedding scrapbook.  I want to remember this more for visiting the places rather than the fact that we used the photos for the wedding.  Still, it made sense to keep them together in one layout.

Project Life Card? I don’t do Project Life but I am inspired by the techniques and supplies.  I designed this card as the headline for the layout.  I like how it breaks out of the mold of my normal Silhouette-cut headline look.  The RGB numbers for the gold color are 255, 202, 51 if you’d like to replicate it on your own printer.

Scrapbooking On the Go: No, I still don’t scrapbook on the road.  But, I designed this layout when I was on a trip.  Something about being away from home for a while gets the creative juices flowing.  I had this completely planned and the page made itself when I came home.

Wedding Prep Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Lavanderia, Klinic Slab Book | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos, headline card).

Cross-Stitching

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Cross-Stitching by Natalie ParkerI’ve taken up cross-stitching again.

I learned when I was 11 or 12 from my mom.  She was a fierce cross-stitcher before she moved onto quilting.  It’s been a couple decades (thereabouts) since I’ve cross-stitched.

I’ve been hankering to try it again but a few things held me back.  I could never find a pattern I liked.  I’m too practical — I won’t make something I wouldn’t consider hanging in my home.  I didn’t need animals, kids, houses, mansions, landscapes, unicorns, Edward Cullen, etc.  My crafting time is also limited and it is almost all devoted to scrapbooking.

Then I had a creative drought with my scrapbook.  I had to leave it alone and work on something else.  Suddenly there was room for something else creative!  I flipped through patterns on Etsy tirelessly but nothing was quite right (in the event I have a child, I know where to get tons of cute Star Wars patterns).  I discovered Pic 2 Pat and made my own pattern.  It took a while and I almost didn’t finish it.  But the scrapbook doldrums persisted so I pressed on.

I picked up my DMC threads the other day and got started.  I’m totally thrilled!  It’s fun to have a project I can work on when I’m curled up on the couch.

The finished product should be in the 16×20-inch range (theoretically, we’ll see if I used Pic 2 Pat correctly).  I’m not going to hurry through it and estimate it will take me at least several months if not a year to finish.  But working on it is starting to soothe my creative issues.  YES.

Scrapbook Layout: Almost Married

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Almost Married Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerAlmost Married Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: Documenting two things we did together right before our wedding.  They aren’t wedding-related, but when I think back to them, I always think about us sitting at the top of the rollercoaster — that calm time right before everything goes wedding crazypants.  The concert tickets are for the band that played our first dance song.  The song is pretty obscure and we were thrilled when they played it at the concert.  We listened, held hands, and took it all in.  Such a great moment.

Why is this not in the Wedding Scrapbook? This is the first of some “ancillary” wedding scrapbook layouts that didn’t make it into the wedding scrapbook.  I wanted to keep the wedding scrapbook strictly wedding-event only.  Plus, it is too massive as it is.  Since planning our wedding was all-consuming in 2006, there will be more wedding-related bits filling out this book.  View my wedding scrapbook here.

Movie PosterI used Google Images to find a nice copy of the poster and printed it with my photo printer.  I did something similar for my 2005 News page and my 2004 Intro page.

Almost Married Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: I forgot to write down which font I used :( | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (poster), Silhouette SD (headline) | Ephemera: concert tickets.

There’s a Glue Stick in my Fridge

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Glue Sticks by Natalie ParkerRandom, I know.

I use Avery glue sticks for scrapbooking.  No muss, no fuss, no special/precious/gimmicky scrapbook glue.  I tried to use my glue stick a couple of weeks ago.  It had turned to mush.  I’m not sure how else to describe it.  Perhaps goo is the right word?

I buy Avery glue sticks in packs of six.  The pack will last me for over a year.  I checked the new one I had left in the package and it was mush as well.  Any ideas?  Do your glue sticks expire?

I thought it might have been the slight heat wave we had at the time.  I put it in the fridge to see if the cold would harden it back up.  Mr. P found this puzzling.  “Why is there a glue stick in the fridge?”

The fridge treatment didn’t work and I replaced the glue sticks with a new set.  You will, of course, be the first to know if these new ones go downhill.

Glue Sticks by Natalie Parker

Scrapbook Layouts: Changing Jobs

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Changing Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerChanging Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerChanging Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerChanging Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerTwo layouts today!

The Story: When I left a job to take a new one.  Sounds simple enough.  I had a bunch of ephemera in my 2006 box related to the job change so I decided to make matching layouts.  Changing jobs is always a big deal in life, but it was a bigger deal here because I made the move a month before my wedding day.

Thin Letters: I wasn’t sure cutting letters this thin would work on the Silhouette — it barely did.  Gluing them was even more fun.

Street View: The picture of Mervyns Headquarters I grabbed from Street View.  More info on how to do that here.

Changing Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Changing Jobs Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Bebas, Ostrich Sans | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline & banner) | Supplies: Fancy Pants Designs/All My Heart, Recollections Blue Wag Pattern (papers) | Ephemera: Business cards, greeting card, employee discount card.

Wine Box Art

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Wine Box Art by Natalie ParkerThis weekend I finally finished a quick project: making a piece of wall art out of a wine box.  It’s a champagne box actually, from Champagne!

This box means a lot of things.  Our very first trip abroad.  France.  Champagne.  The little village of Verzenay where we learned how champagne is made:

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

We bought this special vintage champagne that came in a special box.  I loved the special box so much that we carried it with our luggage for the rest of our trip (on the train, into the taxi, up the stairs, walking a half mile back to the train station, on the plane, to the hotel, back in a taxi, on the plane, through customs, home).  Let’s just say our lives could have been easier if I’d relented and we’d chucked the box and took the bottle home by itself.

We opened the champagne a few weeks later for our anniversary.  Delicious.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

Then I put the box in the closet, intending to display it.  Four years later, I finally got around to it!

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

This would have been easier with a hack saw, but I don’t own one.  I pulled it apart using a flat head screwdriver and a hammer.  The wood is very soft so I had to be really careful not to break it.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

I picked the panel that looked the best and threw out the other pieces.  I attached a picture hanger to the back of the panel.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

I bought an empty frame at Michaels and spray painted it with Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze.  I attached two more picture hangers to the back of the frame.  The frame is supposed to be hung with wire, which wouldn’t work here because I was leaving the frame empty.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

We hung the frame first, then the panel inside it.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

Such an easy project, I can’t believe I waited four years to do it.

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

Wine Box Art by Natalie Parker

We booked our day trip to Champagne with Paris Champagne Tours.  I cannot recommend them highly enough.  It was a private tour with a small group and we would not have gotten the same experience heading there ourselves on the train or booking a larger bus tour.  I’ve sent many friends on this tour and everyone loves it.  Only ten percent of visitors to Paris visit Champagne.  You should go!

Weekend Photos: 4th of July

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Oregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerOregon Weekend by Natalie ParkerWe spent a lovely weekend in Oregon celebrating the 4th of July.  At the last minute, I decided not to bring my big camera and stick with my cell phone.  I upgraded recently and the quality of my phone photos is much better.

We headed for Eugene, making a pit stop in Portland so Mr. P could work and I could eat things that were bad for me and visit one of my internet friends.

We spent the weekend catching up with my dear friend, meeting her new baby, tasting wine, sipping local brews, exploring, and relaxing.  It was fantastic.  I got to practice baby-holding and Mr. P made a new best friend.  We both got to set off the little man’s first fireworks show.  At only 9 weeks old, he was enthralled.

I decided not to excessively document the weekend.  I captured moments here and there with my phone and shared quite a few of them on Instagram.  This small handful tells the story just fine.

Scrapbook Layout: Nursing School Graduation

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Nursing School Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNursing School Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNursing School Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNursing School Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: When my older sister graduated to become a registered nurse.

One Photo: The graduation was in a dimly-lit gym and I only got one photo.  It’s not the best but why not use it?  I almost turned it black and white but I thought it would wash out the page with the papers I picked.

Vellum: I experimented a bit with pasting the headline on top of vellum.  I’m still not sure I like how it came out but hey, try something new.

Nursing School Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Klinic Slab |Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photo), Silhouette SD (headline) 

Making Some Notecards

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Notecards by Natalie ParkerI went paper shopping last year in Sydney.  I brought home lots of goodies.  I’ve used some of them but haven’t touched these cute envelopes.

Notecards by Natalie Parker

I picked them up at Kikki.K, a rad stationary store chain.

The thing is, since the envelopes are by themselves, I’ve never used them.  It’s been over a year.  I’ve been waiting for an excuse to use them but never think anything is cool enough or matches well enough to go with them.

Notecards by Natalie Parker

My stationary box is busting at the seams, so these have to get used.  I decided to make some matchy notecards so they’re ready next time I have to send a note.

I had this shimmery stock laying around.  It isn’t acid free so I can’t use it in my scrapbooks.  I’m psyched I found a use for it.  I glued some white stock to the other side to make the cards nice and hefty.

Notecards by Natalie Parker

I love how they turned out!  Hopefully I’ll actually use these very soon!

Notecards by Natalie Parker

Scrapbook Layout: Banquet

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Banquet Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBanquet Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBanquet Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBanquet Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: Mr. P and I attending the annual banquet for the student group we were a part of in college.

Black and White Squares:  More squares.  I love squares, don’t you?  I changed the photos black and white here to make them more cohesive.  I usually don’t do that but the color in the photo wasn’t telling the story here.  I felt like taking the color away helps focus on the people in the pictures more.

Lots of Group Shots: It’s challenging to make a layout out of a ton of group shots.  I think I did pretty well here.

Previously: My 2004 layout for this banquet, my senior year layout for this banquet.

Banquet Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Bebas (headline) Nevis (photo caption), Cambria (photo caption) | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: October Afternoon/Woodland Park/Minnow Creek (patterned paper)

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