Maps in Scrapbooks

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

My summer wanderlust is in full swing even though I’ve already taken my summer vacation!  One of my favorite things to save for from my travels are maps.  You can check out how I turned maps from our travels into coasters here.

There are lots of cool ways to include maps in a scrapbook!

Keep it Whole

If you’re really attached to the map, include the whole thing so it can be folded out and looked at, like I did with this map of 17-Mile Drive in Monterey.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Cut it Up

If you aren’t attached to the whole map, or only want to feature part of it, cut it up!

I cut up pieces of the park map for my Yosemite scrapbook layout — still one of my favorite pages ever.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

I took two different maps from our honeymoon and cut them the same size as other ephemera and photos to make everything meld together:

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Don’t Have a Map?  Print One.

What if you want to add a map but you didn’t bring one home?  Print one!  Check out here for instructions on how to print Google Maps for your scrapbook.  I used a Google Map below for when we moved to a new apartment.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Don’t forget to check out transit agency websites.  They sometimes have really cool printable PDFs.  Below, I used a square I printed from a Manhattan Bus map.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Do you collect maps when you travel?  What do you use them for?

Scrapbook Layout: Monterey

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The Story: Mr. P and I had a free hotel stay to use up, so we drove to Monterey for a quick weekend trip.  We spent some time in town as well as doing the 17-Mile Drive.  I’d never seen Pebble Beach before and since my dad is way into golf, I was really excited to see it.

Map Folds Out: You know I go back and forth on maps.  I decided to keep this one whole and glued it to the page.  It folds out to show 17-Mile Drive.

Printing on the Page: I experimented again using my wide-format printer to print the story directly on the page.

Text Inspired by:  I was inspired by the fonts on this layout which appeared in this Paislee Press post.

Monterey Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Click here to see thumbnails for all the layouts in this album.

Fonts: Futura Bk, Century Gothic | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos and text) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Ephemera Included: Map of 17-Mile Drive.

Scrapbook Layout: Tennessee Football Roadtrip

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The Story: Our football roadtrip to see Cal play at Tennessee in 2006.

Inspiration: The left page is Project Life-ish.  The right page is inspired by this layout from this post.  I love all the text down the right side of the page.

Two Pages, For the Win: This trip could have easily been 4 pages.  Even 5.  For a trip that was just over 24 hours, it seemed kind of excessive.  I’m giving myself a big pat on the back for getting into 2.

Just the Right Orange: I had to make a special trip to Michaels to find cardstock that is just the right color orange.  If you’re scrapbooking about a school, this stuff matters.  In case you were wondering, according to the University of Tennessee, it is Hex F77F00 or CMYK 0 50 100 0.

Lots of Little Squares: The strips on the left page match the endzones at Neyland Stadium.  I could have printed the design but I cut all of the little orange squares out on the Silhouette and glued them with tweezers onto white cardstock.

Back in the Day when You Used a Map: This was pre-GPS, so we had our driving directions printed, but we picked up a map of Tennessee from AAA just in case.  I cut Knoxville out of the map and added a map pin to it.

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Fonts: Century Gothic (headlines), Calibri (text) | Tools: Silhouette SD (headlines, squares), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Map Pin: Kelly Purkey Geotag | Keepsakes Included: tickets, boarding pass, map.

Scrapbook Layout: 2005 End Page

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The Story:  I love making end pages for my scrapbooks almost as much as I love title pages.  It’s just so fun to take a step back and sum up the year.

Squares, Rectangles, & Leftover Ephemera:  This is a squares and rectangles layout very similar to the end page for my final college scrapbook.  I went through my leftover pile and picked out some interesting things.  I added a bit of patterned paper and a picture of my niece.  The pink “M” button is actually our Metropolitan Museum of Art Ticket.  It didn’t make it into the Museums layout from our vacation but looks super cool here!

We’re Engaged: Mr. P asked me to marry him in 2005.  That story is told in my wedding scrapbook.  I included a note here just to give a bit of context on where we were in our lives this year.

Earlier: Final College Scrapbook End Page, 2004 Scrapbook End Page

Scrapbook End Page by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Ostrich Sans (2005), Mufferaw (The End) | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photo), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Crate Paper On Trend Swanky (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Lots from my 2005 leftover pile – Ticket stubs, our return address labels from that time, a football mailer, Metropolitan Museum of Art pin, New York bus map, brochures.

Scrapbook Layout: Giants Games

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Keeping it Interesting: As long as we still keep going to Giants games, I’ll still be coming up with a new way to scrapbook it every year.  It’s kind of refreshing actually — I know I can try something different this year without it being the end-all-be-all.  There’s always next year!

Small Headline: I struggled with this page for a while.  It clicked when I realized I didn’t need a huge headline.  I designed a small one and glued it over top of one of the photos.

Scrapbooking an Autograph: That’s Omar Vizquel’s autograph on the back of my ticket.  He was a great player and I hope he makes it into the Hall of Fame someday (he won 11 Gold Gloves).  I thought for a while about whether I should scrapbook it or keep it in some safe place.  Said safe place would be in a box in the closet and not on display.  Whatever.  If it’s in the scrapbook people may actually see it.

Team Logo: I traced it and cut it out with the Silhouette program.  I’m not making it available here for download because it’s trademarked but I believe my personal use of it is okay.  You can trace your own sports logos using Silhouette Studio, just don’t try to give them away or sell them (this isn’t legal advice, just my opinion).

Baseball Scrapbook Layouts by Natalie ParkerFonts: Geared Slab (headline), Century Gothic (text on photo) | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Ephemera Included: game tickets, player’s autograph, newspaper clipping, map of ballpark.

Scrapbook Layout: Golden Gate Bridge

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The Story: Mr. P had a rare day off on Memorial Day Weekend, so we went to visit the Exploratorium, the Palace of Fine Arts, and walked over the Golden Gate Bridge.  We used the pictures from this day for some of our wedding reception tables later in the year.

Inspiration: This layout by Jean Manis.  I tried to layer my two pictures on the left.  Really really tried.  I just couldn’t get it to look right so I adapted it instead.

Big Map: I could have left out the map and made this a minimalist page.  Right.  Of course I was including the map!

Golden Gate Bridge Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFonts: Courier New, Susie’s Hand, Calibri | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Crate Paper/Story Teller/Tomorrow (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Presidio Map.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapbook, End Page

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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: New York Scrapbook, Empire State Building & UN

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The Story: Two quick visits, one to the Empire State Building and one to the United Nations.

Inspiration: Not much.  I was hoping to get both of these onto one page so I could wrap up this vacation.  Plus, I had to design around the brochure and tickets.

More so-so pictures: None of my pictures were very good here.  We visited the Empire State Building at night to avoid the crowds.  I still wasn’t practiced at taking dark indoor pictures when we visited the UN.  Again, the memory is more important than the photo quality.

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.

Empire State Building Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFont: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Empire State Building Tickets, United Nations Brochure.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapbook, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

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Inspiration: None (again!).  Just like the Museums layout, I just wanted to get everything on the page.

The National Park Service Map: Yes, my nemesis as I mentioned before are these maps.  I needed to include it whole because inside it had a cross-section of the statue.  It wasn’t map-like like the Yosemite map I cut up earlier.

Layered Tickets: I have two tickets for everything.  Sometimes, like with football tickets, I include one.  Sometimes I want to include them both.  For this layout, I used both but glued the top of the second one to the first one using Zips.

It’s All Emma Lazarus Here: The page really needed an extra something, so I wrote out the last five lines of her famous poem, The New Colossus, and added them to both pages.

Earlier: Title Page, Central Park, Yankee Game, Museums.

Statue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Font: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: National Park Service Map, Statue of Liberty Tour Tickets, Ferry Tickets.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapbook, Museums

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Inspiration: None.  This is a classic example of just-get-everything-to-fit-on-the-page.

Pictures in a Museum: I always feel odd taking pictures of art or museum displays.  But then again I like to have a couple pictures for my scrapbook.  What are your thoughts on this?  I made sure to get pictures of two very famous paintings to go with the story on the second page.

Pro Tip for Including Maps: Yes, the map folds out.  If you are including a whole map that folds out horizontally, put it on a right-facing page.  I messed up here.  If it’s on a left-facing page, when someone turns the page in the scrapbook, the map unfolds itself and gets all over the place.  If you don’t use page protectors, that is.  I don’t use page protectors so I can have things like maps that fold out!

Earlier: Title Page, Central Park, Yankee Game.

New York Museum Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Font: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Metropolitan Museum Map, MoMA tickets, Natural History Museum tickets.