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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.