Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Weekend in Atlanta

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The Story: I was asked to be a bridesmaid in a very dear friend’s wedding.  Mr. P and I flew to Atlanta for a weekend’s worth of wedding activities.  It was my first time being in a wedding!  Other than my own, of course.

Three Pages, Could Have Been Six:  I originally planned one page per event in the wedding.  I went to a bridesmaids lunch, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, the wedding, reception, after parties every night, plus seeing a bit of Atlanta.  I stepped outside of the box here and mixed everything together.  I realized that it wasn’t my wedding so I didn’t have to break it down into ever detail, nor did I have to use every piece of ephemera I saved.

Different Sizes, Black and White: I mixed photo sizes and mixed color and black and white photos.  It could have been a hot mess but actually ended up pretty cohesive looking!

Headline on Photo:  This was a new design challenge and I love the clean modern look of how it turned out.

Photos of Important Keepsakes: Remember, when you can’t put something in a scrapbook, take a picture of it.  The bride had handpainted fans made in China for the wedding guests.  She also bought each of us bridesmaids a pearl set from her friend’s shop in China (she’d take Mr. P and I to that very shop five years later).  The mother of the bride also gave each of us a handkerchief to carry with our bouquets.  Before working on the page, I put the pearls, the handkerchief, and the fan together and took a picture.

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Fonts: Nevis, Century Gothic | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), Fancy Pants Designs/All My Heart (patterned paper)  | Ephemera Included: Wedding invitation, wedding program, rehearsal dinner invitation, transit card, boarding pass, room key, brochure.

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Scrapbook Layout: Bowl Game

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The Story: Less than 24 hours in Vegas.  We went on a whim, following our team.  We both had demanding jobs at the time.   We managed to find a flight that left after work on the day of the game and a flight home in time for work the next day.

Ephemera I didn’t use: The second pic above is of all the stuff I saved from the trip.  I don’t use every piece of ephemera I save.  It’s important to me to include some ephemera but I don’t force myself to use all of it.

Experimenting with the Headline: I tried not to make everything so BLUE AND GOLD.  Not sure I love the result but the exercise was fun.  I like the fonts and how the score is there.

Lots of Type: It was challenging to get the entire story on the page.  But 24 hours in Vegas?  I had to explain how that worked.

Bowl Game Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Font: Century Gothic (main headline), Cambria (sub-headlines), Microsoft Yi Baiti (story) | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: Game tickets, room key.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapbook, End Page

New York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: I love end pages just as much as I love title pages!  The purpose of this page is to wrap up or bookend the trip.

Ephemera leftovers: I love making end pages out of the pile of ephemera leftovers I didn’t use elsewhere.  I did this at the end of my 2004 scrapbook.

On including pressed pennies: I flattened my penny with a set of pliers so I could glue it to the page.  Often, pressed pennies are curved when they come out of the machine.

Earlier: Title Page, Central Park, Yankee Game, Museums, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, Times Square, Ground Zero, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Broadway Show, Opera.

That wraps up this trip!  I hope you liked it!

New York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFont: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Shopping bag, business cards, hotel room key, metro cards, pressed penny, museum map, subway map.

Scrapbook Layout: Vegas Trip with No Pictures

Vegas Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerVegas Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerVegas Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerHow about an all keepsakes, zero photo page?  Pretty neat, huh?

I’m not that talented.  I actually made this page on scrapbook autopilot and didn’t realize that it was zero photos and all keepsakes until I started writing this post.  Sometimes I surprise myself.

The keepsakes make it difficult to get any real unifying color or design.  It’s basically a loose collage.  I just moved stuff around the page until the pieces fit together like a puzzle.

The colors of the cardstocks I used are pulled from the patterned paper.  It still kinda looks like the color is going all over the place, but I like it.

Really?  No pictures from a weekend trip?  I know.  This trip was very very last minute and was after a very busy time at work so we relaxed and I didn’t take any pictures (this was before real camera phones, you know).

Vegas Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFonts: Japan (small font), Governor (large font)  | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Crate Paper On Trend Swanky (patterned paper) | Keepsakes Included: Eiffel Tower Ticket, Boarding Passes, Room Key.

Scrapbook Layout: Year-End Collage

Scrapbook Keepsake Collage Layout by Natalie ParkerScrapbook Keepsake Collage Layout by Natalie ParkerScrapbook Keepsake Collage Layout by Natalie ParkerThis is what I love about chronological scrapbooking: each book has a beginning and an end.  When I get to the end of a book, I have such a sense of accomplishment.  A new book is on the horizon and seems like a fresh new project.

Plus, I have a time capsule of sorts.  Man, we were so young back then.

Inspiration: Me!  I love love love collages.  I love collages made out of keepsakes.

Remember my box of 2004 keepsakes?  Anything that didn’t get used earlier in the book is leftover.  I went through all of it and picked out pieces that I wanted to save to make this layout.

Even though I try to incorporate keepsakes on my layouts, they don’t all fit.  I included our change of address postcard in our new home layout, but I didn’t have room for a housewarming card Mr. P’s grandparents sent.  I included it here.

I also included a picture from the newspaper of Natalie Coughlin and all her medals from Athens.  I love the Olympics and I love that she swam for my alma mater the same time I went to school there (I even saw her race).  She would go on to win even more medals at the Beijing Olympics.

Everything else is little bits of randomness that I’m glad I was able to save.

I added a headline with a heart along the bottom to tie everything together.

2004?  You’re DONE.

Scrapbook Keepsake Collage Layout by Natalie ParkerFonts: Pacifico | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Pebbles Seen & Noted (patterned paper) | Keepsakes Included: Lots from my 2004 leftover pile.

Scrapbook Layout: Vegas Trip

Vegas Trip Multi-Photo Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerVegas Trip Multi-Photo Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerVegas Trip Multi-Photo Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThis is a pretty simple layout showing a lot of photos.  I went with this design for a couple of reasons.

First, I wanted the room key to work in the layout instead of being an afterthought.

Second, the pictures aren’t that great.  I took just a few and they weren’t my best.  I didn’t feel like I needed to make them big and showcase them.  I wanted them to seem fun.

I downloaded the swirly lines from the Silhouette Online Store, I felt like the page needed a little something!  The headlines are also, of course, as always, not sure why I have to note this, cut with the Silhouette.

I’m having a pretty good time exploring a new non-wedding style!

Vegas Trip Multi-Photo Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFonts: ClementePDai (large font), Japan (small font), cut with Silhouette SD | Lines: 4 piece wave at Silhouette Online Store.

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook Bachelor/Bachelorette Party

Bachelor Bachelorette Party Scrapbook LayoutLots of pictures, lots of keepsakes and a really fun weekend to remember.

How to get a bachelor/bachelorette party weekend in Vegas to mesh with with everything else in the wedding scrapbook?  A challenge for sure.

I mixed all the keepsakes and photos, kitting everything tightly together into a collage.  I took the stack of keepsakes and trimmed down my favorites:

Bachelor Bachelorette Party Scrapbook LayoutI included a cocktail napkin, boarding pass, an advertisement for a club we went to, and cut out a piece from a cardboard photo holder that held a photo taken at a club (similar to when you buy a picture after a ride at Disneyland – it’s the Hard Rock piece going down the left side).

My favorite piece is the room key.  I snuck the story about the weekend inside the flap of the room key holder:

Bachelor Bachelorette Party Scrapbook LayoutFinally stealing an idea from Natalie that I’ve been wanting to use for a while, I left an unglued section when I attached the collage to the page.  This left me a nice space to tuck a quote list and top 10 list we wrote during the weekend.  These aren’t for public consumption, but they were too funny to part with, so I like the idea of discreetly tucking them away.

Bachelor Bachelorette Party Scrapbook LayoutLastly, I cut a simple headline with a flourish with the Silhouette.  I don’t think a fancier flourish would have looked quite right here 🙂

Bachelor Bachelorette Party Scrapbook LayoutAfter finishing this layout, I realized I’m seriously winding down the Engagement section of the scrapbook.  Only a few more pages to go!

Bachelor Bachelorette Party Scrapbook LayoutFor the colors I picked out for the Engagement portion of this book, see my Engagement Paper Scheme post.

To see all the layouts in my wedding scrapbook so far, visit my wedding scrapbook page.