Scrapbook Layout: Yosemite in Squares

Yosemite Scrapbook Layout

One of the awesome things about living in California is the proximity to endless natural wonders.  Exhibit A:  when my future husband took me to Yosemite National Park for the first time.  Yes, future husband.  I knew it by then.

Back to our story, I had many beautiful pictures from our visit.  I wanted to do something really interesting that would showcase the pictures without it looking too photo-album-yy.  I also had a map of the park to incorporate.

I knew exactly what I was going to do and I could not wait to get to this layout.  Squares!  I was inspired by this layout from Simple Scrapper, specifically how she cuts one photo into multiple squares:

Yosemite Scrapbook Layout Inspiration

After some trial and error (and some more error), I decided to go with 2-inch squares, four wide and five tall.  As you know, I plan everything about my layouts before taking scissors to anything.  Here, I labeled each of the squares:

Yosemite Scrapbook Layout

I decided to do several photos that took up two, three or four squares.  I supplemented that with some single square photos.

Lest we forget the map, I cut some single square map pieces and one double square map piece that showed Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite Scrapbook Layout

Here are all the pieces to give you an idea of what the different parts looked like:

Yosemite Scrapbook Layout

I added a couple of white squares with the date and a simple description of the day.  I was feeling into making a big time headline, so I printed “Yosemite” and transferred it to the page using my makeshift carbon paper method.  The font is Kavaler Kursive, a free download at

I’m in love with how this turned out!  It feels so light and airy (if a page could evoke those feelings) yet so detailed!

Yosemite Scrapbook Layout

I didn’t go into detail about how I cropped, sized and printed the pictures.  If you want more information on that, feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll shoot you an email.

Photo credit: inspiration layout is courtesy Jennifer from Simple Scrapper.

12 thoughts on “Scrapbook Layout: Yosemite in Squares

  1. Nat, I love this!! I especially think the way you managed to include a big photo broken into the smaller squares is fantastic. I also think it’s so fun that there’s another scrapbooker out there who plans her pages as much as I do! I don’t feel quite so alone, haha… However, you seem to be better at actually *following* the plan, haha! I never seem to manage it that far, something always changes between my plan and the finished page…

    • Oh I’m not as perfect as you imagine! I plan every layout but make quite a few changes along the way. I don’t think I could possibly write about every time I changed my mind! Usually if there’s a sizeable gap between layout posts here, it’s because I’m sitting at my table staring at a layout where my idea didn’t work. I think for this Yosemite layout I changed my mind how large to make the title and where to position it 2-3 times!

    • You should go! I do confess that I haven’t been back since that trip and I need to go. When we went, Glacier Point was closed and that’s a must-see. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact right time where there’s enough snow runoff to make the waterfalls run but little enough snow such that the Glacier Point road is open!

  2. This is awesome! I love how you incorporated the map and that some of the photos were cut but kept together in a block. It turned out great! I’ve traveled all over this country (only 5 states I still need to get to!) but I’ve never been to Yosemite! I need to get there one of these days. Looks gorgeous. 🙂

    • I figured this post might turn into a Yosemite advertisement! You definitely should go someday! I guess I need to get to more states, I haven’t been to nearly as many as you!

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