My Finished 2004 Scrapbook

2004 Scrapbook Collage by Natalie ParkerMy 2004 scrapbook is all bound together!

Let’s review, shall we?

This was my first real-life-after-college scrapbook.  I worried about it a lot* but dove right in after finishing my wedding scrapbook.

I was a bit concerned that I didn’t have a defined style and my pages would be all over the place.  I’m fine with that.  I used this book to experiment with things and test the boundaries of what I liked.

Some pages turned out great, some I think I could have done better.  I don’t redo pages, but I do like to look back and see what I can learn for next time.  I love how I worked the keepsakes into the pages – it looks nice and scrapbooky (yes, that’s a word).  I’m going to work more on handwriting.

I still don’t know 100% if I have a defined style but I have learned a lot!

I’ve set up a gallery for this scrapbook with links to all the posts.  Visit my 2004 Scrapbook Page to see it!

*I worry about pretty much everything.

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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: Christmas Part 2

Christmas Scrapbook by Natalie Parker 6Christmas Scrapbook by Natalie Parker 5Christmas Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerChristmas Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerBack at it – here’s the second part of my Christmas from 2004.

Inspiration: None for the grid.  For the label over the grid, I looked at this template from Ali Edwards.

I decided to go ultra lazy experiment with printing all the photos one one sheet and not cutting them out / not gluing them to the page separately.  I also experimented with adding the label digitally over top of the pictures instead of printing and gluing it separately.

Result? I’m happy that it didn’t take as long, but don’t love the look that much.  I’ll probably cut them out individually next time.  I like the depth I get from layering stuff.

Why I documented this: I want our kids to be able to see which ornaments on the tree came from what part of our lives.  I have the benefit of hindsight and know we still use that tree star, so it’s worth documenting!

I added a strip of patterned paper and another headline on the right to jazz it up.

Christmas Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Pacifico, Californian FB  | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: none.

Scrapbook Layout: Christmas Part 1

Christmas Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerChristmas Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerChristmas Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerChristmas Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerWinding down this 2004 album!

Inspiration: None specifically, I designed this to work around the keepsakes I’d saved.

Why I documented this: Aside from the fact that it’s Christmas?  This was Mr. P’s and my first Christmas living together.  There are a lot of firsts in this album.

I was working with a menu from my company’s holiday dinner and a boarding pass from when I visited home.  So happy that we took pictures of our first Christmas tree – I added those as well.

I rounded everything out with a headline and a bit of patterned paper.

Christmas Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Pacifico, Carton, Californian FB (body text)  | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: Menu, boarding pass.

Scrapbook Layout: My Niece is Born

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Want to know how far behind I am?  This little girl just started the 4th grade.

Inspiration: This layout by Cathy Zielske.

Why I documented this: I couldn’t wait to.  This was Mr. P’s and my first niece or nephew and her arrival was much anticipated.  I wanted to document it in a cute way but make sure the page was all her.

I mixed photos of her (plus an appearance by Mr. P) with a little paragraph about the night she was born and a movie ticket.  Yep, a movie ticket.  Mr. P and I were on our way to the movies when she was born.  I held onto my ticket!

I accented it with a little patterned paper and a cutout of her initial.  For her name and all her specs, I designed the box in MS Word and printed it on white cardstock.

I couldn’t wait to use the font Lavanderia for her name.  It worked perfectly!

Baby Niece Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Lavanderia (name and initial), Candara (measurements), Champagne & Limousines (box headline), Calibri (body text)  | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (initial) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), Simple Stories Sn@p! Pink Chevron (patterned paper) | Keepsakes Included: Movie ticket.

Scrapbook Layout: 107th Big Game

Big Game Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBig Game Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBig Game Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerTime for another football scrapbook layout!

Inspiration: My own.  I had to design this around the newspaper and the ticket.  Everything else neatly fell into place.

Why I documented this:  It’s the Big Game (!), practically a pilgrimage to anyone who follows Cal or Stanford football.

I’m really pleased that I was able to get everything on one page.  Maybe it was because I didn’t have a ton of good photos?  My last Big Game layout (link below) was 2 pages.

For this layout, I cut out the newspaper picture (yep, Aaron Rodgers) and then the score from elsewhere in the issue.  I sized the pictures to fit the leftover space next to the picture.

Earlier: 106th Big Game layout.

I promise, no more sports layouts for this book!

Big Game Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: Newspaper clippings, ticket.

Scrapbook Layout: Bonfire Building

Bonfire Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBonfire Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerAnother simple layout!

Inspiration:  Too many to list.  I’ve seen so many layouts with cool grids of photos like this that I couldn’t wait to make one of my own.

Why I documented this:  If you don’t know by now, Mr. P and I are very tied in with our Alma Mater.  We returned this year to help students build the bonfire that is held the night before the Big Game.  I documented my last Bonfire Rally as a student here.

I didn’t intend on there being this much white space.  I accidentally created the grid to fit an 8.5×11 layout rather than an 11×14 layout.  I printed the photos before I realized my mistake.  I decided to go with it instead of wasting paper and ink.

I sized all the photos on the grid to be the same proportion as the photo in the upper left corner.  The upper left corner isn’t actually a photo – it’s a scan of the poster from that year’s rally.  Sometimes I scan very large items that are too big for the page.

I’m still using Bebas as my go-to font for anything college sports-related.  I love it!

Bonfire Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFonts: Bebas (tall headline letters), Arial Narrow (body text)| Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos & body text), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: Scan of bonfire poster.

Scrapbook Layout: Campus Decorations

Big Game Week Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerBig Game Week Scrapbook by Natalie ParkerI have a simple layout today!  I had two pictures that were very dark but needed little adornment.

Inspiration: This layout from Simple Aussie Girls.  I like how it highlights the pictures in a clean way.

Why I documented this: This is from the big rivalry week at our alma mater.  Mr. P and I went around the campus very late at night with our camera and tripod to get these pictures.

I experimented with printing text directly on the page with my wide format printer.  It turned out pretty well.  I also tried working on mixing fonts in the headline.  So many great scrapbookers I’ve seen mix fonts and I’ve been studying examples of what looks good together.  I created a Type board on Pinterest that I can refer to.

The photos were glued down without any extra adornment.  I added a piece of gold paper to the right of the second photo (the gold is shiny but you can’t tell that from these pictures).

Big Game Week Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Bebas (tall headline letters), Champagne & Limousines (short headline letters), Arial Narrow (body text)| Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos & body text), Silhouette SD (headlines) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: None.  

Scrapbook Layout: Football Season, Part 2

Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFootball Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFootball Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThere’s more football!

These are the second two pages that come after the ones I posted a couple of days ago.  There isn’t a headline because these are just part of the set.

Same theme: keepsake heavy.  This is where I put our actual season tickets (see left page at bottom).  I also added some text summarizing the season.

Like last time, hopefully the image below helps sort out everything I managed to glue down to the page:

Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThere is still more football before I finish this scrapbook, but those will come later.

Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFonts: Ostrich Sans (tall thin letters), Microsoft Yi Batiti (short thin letters & body text)| Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: Newspaper photo and headline, season ticket set, magazine cover.

Scrapbook Layout: Football Season, Part 1

Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFootball Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFootball Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFootball Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFootball Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerAre you ready for some football?

I hope so, I have a lot of football to cover in some pages that have a lot of stuff going on.

Football seasons are keepsake-heavy.  There is no way around it and I like it that way.  It’s a challenge to get everything on the page and have it look cohesive.  Still, I love the busy look because football season is a busy part of our lives!

A feature I like to have on any football season page is a box that shows the win-loss record and who the coach and quarterback were.  It took me for-ev-er to find a combination of fonts I liked.

I’m trying something new here: instead of trying to explain what each thing is in the picture, I created an image that explains it.  It’s quite a lot of stuff!

Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerWhat do you think?  Yes, it’s a lot!

Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFonts: Bebas (headlines), Ostrich Sans (tall thin letters), Microsoft Yi Batiti (short thin letters)| Tools: Silhouette SD (headlines, walking bear), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: Season ticket mailer, newspaper headlines and photos, fridge magnet, pocket schedule, stadium map, magazine clipping.