Saying Bye to 2005

2005 Ephemera Box by Natalie Parker

I finished another scrapbook.  You know what that means:  my ephemera box and all the leftovers are going.  Whatever does not make it into the scrapbook gets tossed.

I’m glad this box is going because it was a big box!  The maps and ephemera we brought home from our trip to New York were huge!  Here’s what it all looked like when I started.  It seems like I have a lot leftover and I do.  I over save and then get very choosy when I actually make the pages.

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What’s next?  On to 2006.  2006 was all about our wedding, but there are still bits here and there that I want to put together in their own book.

I don’t think chronological scrapbooking is for everyone, but I really do love celebrating ends and beginnings.  As always, onward!

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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: Christmas Ornaments

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The Story: All of our new Christmas ornaments from 2005.

Cataloging Christmas Ornaments: Read more about this project here.  All of the pictures for this layout were taken in 2012 when our tree was up.

Lots of Little Stories:  This year, I wanted to include a few thoughts about each ornament.  That made it challenging to come up with a layout that supported many pictures and stories.  While there is a lot of white space on these pages, it was necessary in order to fit everything in.

Travel: There are two ornaments from our trip to New York that year, which started our travel ornament collecting tradition.  There’s a Statue of Liberty and a baseball Santa Claus (we picked up Santa in Cooperstown).

Previously: Check out my 2004 Christmas Ornament layout here.

2005 Christmas Ornament Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Font: Pacifico, Nevis | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: None.

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: 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: Big Game

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The Story: the annual football game between my alma mater and her arch rival.  This is the game we throw the tailgate for and this page sits opposite the layout for the tailgate.  It’s actually called The Big Game in case you wanted to know.

Repeating the Headline: I liked the headline so much from the tailgate that I repeated it here.  It makes everything matchy matchy.

Not Great Photos: I don’t have great photos from the game, but three was enough and I sized them to work with the ticket and newspaper pieces.

Newspaper: There is one newspaper photo I cut out plus a long headline that runs up the side.

Stripes: I reused the stripe motif that I have on other layouts from this football season (here and here).  It ties everything together nicely!

Big Game Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Font: Bebas | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: Newspaper photo and headline, game ticket.

Scrapbook Layout: Football Tailgate

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The story: A massive tailgate that Mr. P and I throw every other year for a football game.  This one in 2005 was the first one that was documented (it’s a long story).

Just photos:  Again, this is a school-colors event, so my color options are limited.  I decided to not overwhelm the page with blue and gold and instead focused on the photos.

Vertical headline: I like how it kind of feels like a banner down the side of the page.  It’s very similar to the headline I did for the Bonfire page just a layout earlier.  I figured it would be nice and themey.

Handwriting: Ever have that moment when you wrote more than you allowed space for?  That’s what happened here.  Not a huge deal but I do love minor details.

Football Tailgate Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Bebas | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: None.

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: Halloween

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Holiday scrapbooking anytime of the year:

This is a Halloween post in March — I design scrapbook pages when I get to them.  Though it can be helpful to draw inspiration for pages during the actual season, I don’t need to.

Halloween with No Kids:  Looking back, this is an interesting part of our lives in terms of how we celebrate Halloween.  It is in between the time of our lives where we dressed up and went to Halloween parties and when we’ll eventually have kids and need to document their costumes.  I like the single picture and simplicity of it.

Halloween paper not necessary: I mixed Halloween colors from my stash but did not use Halloween-themed paper.  I love how it definitely says Halloween without being theme-y.

Halloween Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Pacifico | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photo) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photo), Echo Park/Dots & Stripes/Quartz Small Dot, Pebbles/Walnut Grove/Eliza Jane, American Crafts/Amy Tangerine/Ready Set Go/Wind Down (patterned papers) | Keepsakes Included: None.

Scrapbook Layout: Campus Decorations

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The Story: It was the big rivalry week again at my alma mater and Mr. P and I again took to the campus late at night with our tripod to capture the decorations.

Previously: This was an annual trek.  See my 2004 campus decorations layout here.

Dark Photos: I went with a really simple layout like last year because the photos are very dark.  I think the design lightens things up a bit.

Trying Something New with the Headline: I thought about cutting something out with the Silhouette but decided to keep it really simple here.  It was a bit of a challenge to get my printer to print a color that was close to what I saw on the screen.  It took a few rounds!

Campus Decorations by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Franklin Gothic, Cambria | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: None.