Scrapbook Layout: Pool Dedication

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The Story: Mr. P attended the dedication ceremony for the new pool at his high school.  He played water polo and swam all throughout high school.  The pool was named for his water polo coach who introduced the sport to the area and coached at the school for decades.  When the ceremony was over, Mr. P and other fellow alumni played each other in the new pool with Coach refereeing.

Dates on newspapers:  I always jot down the date on newspaper pieces I save.  When I add them to my scrapbook, I hand write the date near the story.

On not being present: This is one of the few events I’ve scrapbooked where I wasn’t actually there.  I couldn’t go to the event and relied on Mr. P’s family saving newspapers and the program.  I talked with him about his history with Coach before I wrote the captions.

By the time I made this page, Coach had passed away.  He was only 65 and had just retired.  He was such an instrumental person in my husband’s life and his loss was really hard.  I’m really glad I saved everything from this event so we can show our kids later.

Water Polo Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Water Polo Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Futura Bk, Segoe UI Light | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook(scrapbook & pages) | Ephemera Included: program, newspaper articles.

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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.

Scrapbook Layout: Christmas Play

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The Story: My mother-in-law treated Mr. P and I to a trip to see White Christmas on stage.

Playbill: No, I still can’t cut up Playbills for some reason.  I have no idea why — they have a ton of advertising in them!  I just love the way they look, though.  See other layouts with Playbills here, here, and here.

Ephemera I didn’t use: I got a picture of this again.  I had two Playbills and two tickets.  I ended up tossing one of the Playbills.

Blue and RedI made the headline to compliment the Playbill.  I like that it doesn’t scream “Christmas!!”

Christmas Play Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Font: Pacifico, Rockwell | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Die Cuts with A View Silver and Blue Shimmer Stock, Fancy Pants Designs/All My Heart (papers) | Keepsakes Included: Program, tickets.

Scrapbook Layout: Bonfire Rally

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The Story:  Mr. P and I helping students build the Big Game Bonfire, the big culminating event of the rivalry week (aside from the football game, of course).

Previously: I’ve been attending this event for years and I take a differing amount of photos each time and save varying levels of ephemera.  See prior year’s layouts here and here.

Ephemera on the left, Photos on the Right: There was just so much stuff to include here.  I made a collage of ephemera on the left.  On the right, pretty much in a diametrically opposed style, I went with a photo grid.

Walking Bear Logo:  I traced and cut the walking bear logo with my Silhouette the same way I do other sports logos.

Varying the Font Size a Little: Laying out this event year after year, coming up with something interesting is challenging.  I experimented with cutting the headline out of two different font sizes and colors and put it in a box instead of having it float by itself.  I like how it adds a clean line to the collage page.

Do you ever scrapbook recurring events?  Any tips to keep it interesting?

Bonfire Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Bebas | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline & bear), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: Backstage passes, parking pass, program schedule, poster.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapbook, Broadway Show

Broadway Show Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBroadway Show Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: When we went to see The Producers on Broadway.  I’m telling you, this vacation has everything that’s ubiquitously New York.

The Layout: Very very simple here.  I just worked the tickets around the Playbill.

No Pictures: Nope, none at all.  I of course couldn’t take pictures during the show.  I’m not bothered by there being no pictures.

Playbills: I always include Playbills whole when I have them.  See them previously here and here.

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

Broadway Show Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFont: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Playbill and tickets.

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

Statue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerStatue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerStatue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerStatue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerStatue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: Our trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  This was truly a pilgrimage for me — I’d wanted to go so much since I was a kid and and I was thrilled to be there even if it was raining!  We spent so much time on Liberty Island that I was burned out and didn’t take that many pics at Ellis Island, but we still enjoyed our visit there.

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

New York Museum Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Museum Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Museum Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Museum Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Museum Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: Our trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, and last-second trip to the Museum of Modern Art.

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.