Scrapbook Layout: 2006 End Page

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The Story: In other scrapbooks, I’ve used extra photos and ephemera to make end pages.  For this one, I wanted to do something simple and be done with it.  Plus, I wanted to highlight again that this was our wedding year.

Inspiration from old movies:  Remember when old movies used to have “The End” at the end?  That was the inspiration here.  I wanted it to look like this.  Lavanderia is a great font for this and worked beautifully with the picture from our wedding.

Previously: College Scrapbook end page, 2004 end page, 2005 end page.

2006 Scrapbook?  That’s a wrap!  Click here to see my entire 2006 album together.  Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance.  I love when I finish an album.

Scrapbook Layout End Page by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Lavanderia | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photo) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photo), Freckled Fawn Gold Triangle Washi Tape | Keepsakes Included: none.

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Scrapbook Layout: Christmas Ornaments

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The Story: Showing the new ornaments we got for our Christmas tree in 2006.  This was the year we got married, so we had some special ones.  The Sleeping Beauty ornament came out that year — it was totally meant to be.  He proposed to me at Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland and we had Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz played during our wedding ceremony.  Did I mention that her dress changes color and the ornament plays the song?  It’s pretty epic.

Just tree pictures? Yep.  I didn’t grow up in a family of holiday picture-takers so it’s only been recently (especially now that I have an adorable niece and nephew) that I’ve been documenting holidays.  It doesn’t bother me too much.  Some years I’ll just show ornaments, other years will be more detailed.

Cataloging Ornaments: I didn’t take these pictures in 2006 but am using this process to slowly photograph our ornament collection for my scrapbook.

Careful when using translucent paper: The gold paper with the Christmas headline is translucent.  It’s really hard to glue it down and not show the glue (or tape).  Duh.  *smacks head*

Previously: See my holiday layouts from previous years including 2003 (in college), 2004 Christmas and ornaments, and our 2005 ornaments and theatre trip.

Christmas Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Pacifico, Ostrich Sans | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline, snowflake), 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: none.

Scrapbook Layout: 109th Big Game

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The Story:  The annual rivalry football game between Cal and Stanford is called The Big Game and it has been played for over 100 years.  I haven’t missed one since 2000.

Big Numbers: The rest of the page is quite simple, so I experimented with BIG BIG numbers.  I love it!  I layered some blue under the gold letters to make them stand out.  Details, my friends, details.

Handwriting Overload: Do you ever have one of those moments when you’re writing a story and it turns out way longer than you’d planed?  I meant for the handwriting to tuck neatly under the newspaper photo but it got out of control!  But you know my rules, when it’s story versus design, the story always wins.

Previously: 106th Big Game (2003 – in college), 107th Big Game (2004), 108th Big Game (2005).

Big Game Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Bebas | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Ephemera Included: newspaper.

Scrapbook Layout: Big Game Week

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The Story: This is the big rivalry week at my alma mater.  Mr. P and I participate in some activities and go back to help the students with the bonfire rally.

Project Life Style: Noticing a pattern?  I was hit hard by Project Life inspiration recently.  You don’t have to do Project Life to use its ideas.  I like that it’s given me a new way to think about displaying a lot of items at once.  Here, I was going to do three rows per page but settled on two when I counted up the number of pictures + ephemera.

Black & White + Color: I can’t believe this worked out so well.  Truly.  It’s like I planned it that way.  Usually I go uniformly one way or the other but the mix really works here.  Expanding my style again!

Trimmed Ephemera: In order for this design to work, I had to be okay trimming down ephemera to fit the space.  I won’t do that all the time but it was no problem here.

Negative Space: What I really like about experimenting with Project Life design is flexing my design muscle when it comes to headlines.  You won’t see anything like this in my previous books.

Previously: I’ve scrapbooked Big Game Week for a few years now, each one of them different: 2003 (still a student), 2004 (layouts here and here) , and 2005 (layouts here and here).

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Fonts: Klinic Slab (headline) | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline, bear), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Ephemera Included: parking pass, postcard.

Scrapbook Layout: Thanksgiving

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The Story: My nephew was still new and squishy, so Mr. P and I went to my Sister-in-Law‘s house and cooked them Thanksgiving dinner.  It was a lot of exciting firsts: my nephew’s first Thanksgiving, our first time cooking a turkey, good stuff.

Repeating a Concept: Same idea here as with my football roadtrip page.  The photos vary in size but hug an invisible line down the middle of the page.

Fall Colors: I wanted to use fall colors, but not the elementary school Thanksgiving palette.  Know what I mean?  The colors that you make a construction paper turkey out of.  Anyway, I wanted something that wasn’t brown/orange/yellow.  I searched “fall colors” on Pinterest and love this olive/burgundy/mustard combo!

Thanksgiving Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Oswald (headline) | Tools: Silhouette SD (headlines, logo), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), Simple Stories/SN@P Color Vibe/Green Dot/Stripe, Fancy Pants Designs/What a Wonderful Day/Remarkable (patterned paper) | Keepsakes Included: none.

Scrapbook Layout: Niece’s Birthday

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The Story: My little niece turned 2!

Keep it Simple: Kind of like her brother’s layout earlier, I spent a ton of time laboring over this page.  Experiment with rounded corners?  Make the photos black and white so they look more nostalgic?  I know, pretty much everything I do is labored, but it was moreso here.  In the end, squares always work and I love how it looks!

New Color Combos: I’m really starting to make use of my Scrapbook Colors pinboard to stretch outside color combos I use all the time.

Kids Birthday Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Nevis (letters), Futura MD (number) | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), Webster’s Pages/Citrus Squeeze/Backyard Fun (patterned paper) | Keepsakes Included: none.

Scrapbook Layout: USC Football Roadtrip

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The Story: We traveled to southern California to watch our team.  They lost, we were disappointed, but we still had a great time.  Check out my tips for how to have a great football roadtrip here.

Orderly Disorder: Totally my personality and this would probably be the name of a band if I ever had one (which is a hint I should never have one).  Anyway, I tried to make this a general collage and I just couldn’t. get. it. right.  I looked at my pinboards for some help and got the idea to arrange everything on an axis.  See how everything hugs an invisible line down the middle of the page?  Ha!  You can’t un-see it now.

Tickets: What I love about this design is how well the different photo sizes and tickets marry well together on the page.  Ephemera doesn’t have to work against the design.

USC Football Roadtrip Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Bebas (headline), Arial (headline) | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Ephemera: football tickets.

Scrapbook Layout: My Nephew is Born

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The Story: This little girl’s baby brother was born!  He was born early, I might add.  I had to make sure and get his original due date from my sister-in-law so I could mention it on the page.  The handwriting talks about my perspective hearing he was born — there are a lot more details to his story that I could have included.  However, this book is my story from my perspective, so I talked about what it was like hearing about his arrival and meeting him.

Not Great Photos:  The photos I took are very dark and aren’t the best.  Thinking about my rules of scrapbooking, the story always matters more than the photos.  If not-great photos help tell the story, so be it.

Very Simple:  I almost over-designed this but in the end, what looked best was a very simple layout.

Colors Inspired by: This image from this pin.  I sampled the blue and orange colors then tweaked them a bit until they printed the way I wanted.  Check out my Scrapbook Colors pinboard for more color inspiration.

New Baby Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Klinic Slab | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: none.

Scrapbook Layout: 2006 Football Season

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The Story: Chronicling Cal’s 2006 football season.  This included the trip to Tennessee that I posted earlier about, but that was so epic it deserved its own layout.  These layouts cover the season generally and showcase little bits I want to remember (like that time Marshawn Lynch, now of the Seattle Seahawks, drove an injury cart out onto the field to celebrate an overtime win).

Reusing a Design: This design is very very similar to the design I used in 2005.  It’s very challenging to include tickets, a fridge magnet, clippings, and photos all onto one page, especially when the tickets have to be lined up horizontally.  I liked the design so hey, why not?

Season Specs: I’ve included a win-loss record and other key information for the season in every football layout since I became a Cal fan.  The seasons run together in my mind and I like how I can instantly get a feeling for that year, who the coach was, and who the quarterback was.

Earlier: See other Cal football season layouts – 2003 Football Season (when I was still in college), 2004 Football Season Part 1 and Part 2, 2005 Football Season.

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Fonts: Bebas (headline), Nevis (photo captions), Cambria (photo captions), Ostrich Sans (tall thin letters), Microsoft Yi Batiti (text boxes)| Tools: Silhouette SD (headlines, logo), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages) | Keepsakes Included: Season tickets, magnet schedule, newspaper clippings, parking permit, pocket schedule.

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.