Scrapbook Layout: News

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The Story: I picked big news and pop culture stories from the year and put them together in one layout.

Housing Bubble:  I will always remember August 2007 very clearly as when the housing market started teetering.  I looked for a while for an image to illustrate that and I love the political cartoon I found.

Inspired by: I saw these 2×2 Instagram prints at Persnickety Prints and really liked the thick white border.

Previously:  You know I love including news layouts in my scrapbooks to give a bit of context to what was happening in my life.  See earlier news layouts here, here, here, and here.

News Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Nevis | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Ephemera Included: none.

Why I Keep Non-Archival Items in my Scrapbook

Big Game Football Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

This question has popped up a few times over the years and I haven’t addressed it directly in a post.  I use a lot of ephemera in my scrapbooks.  Ephemera isn’t acid or lignin free or “archival.”  I get questions about if I pre-treat these items or why even include them in the first place.

The short answer:  because I value the ephemera more, everything’s a tradeoff, nothing is really totally archival anyway, and all paper will eventually deteriorate.

The Long Answer

I’m presently in graduate school training to be an archivist.  I’ve taken several classes on collecting information, organizing it, and on the preservation of paper and other materials. You can read several posts sharing what I’ve learned along the way and how it relates to the everyday scrapbooker here.

Does my future degree make me more qualified to speak on this subject?  I don’t think so but I believe it’s given me some valuable perspective about what I do at home.

The first lesson I learned in my first class in graduate school was that everything has a tradeoff.  If you organize information in a more detailed way, you trade off the time it takes you to do that.  If you do less organization, you trade off the time you spend to find something later.

Whether or not I include non-archival items is a tradeoff.  I believe the value of having the items in the scrapbook outweighs their eventual deterioration.  I want to see the articles about my husband’s water polo coach.  I want my kids to see newspapers from 9/11.

All paper will deteriorate eventually.*  It’s a bit sobering.  I’m not under some delusion that my scrapbooks will end up in an archive somewhere.  If I get to show them to my kids and grandkids, I’m cool with that.  If something happens to them after I’m gone, I won’t be around to know about it.

Archivists make tradeoffs every single day.  I’ve visited many archives and archivists over the last few years.  Archives aren’t beacons of perfection.  Archivists every day have to make the best decisions they can using the resources they have.  It’s a good lesson for the scrapbooker:  it can’t be perfect.

Why don’t I pre treat non-archival items?  Two reasons.  First, an archivist would put the newspaper in the best environment to keep it safe but not actually change it.  I’m also not convinced that stuff actually works.  Second, I’m lazy and don’t feel like it’s worth the time.  I’ve seen 50+ year old scrapbooks full of newspapers on my tours through archives and they are holding up pretty well.  If mine make it 50 years, I’ll be happy.

Do you have to take the same route as me?  Not at all.  Do what makes you feel comfortable.  However, I hope this helps with perspective.  Do you still worry about non-archival items in your scrapbook?  Please share below.

*Digital media deteriorates much much faster than paper, so scrapbooks are still preferable.  Read more detail about the deterioration of paper and media here.

Scrapbook Layout: Ninth Wedding Anniversary

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The Story:  We celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago.  Last year in single digits!

One scrapbook page for every anniversary:  We take a picture on each of our anniversaries and I turn it into a scrapbook layout and add it to the end of our wedding scrapbook.  I love how the scenery changes and we have changed over the years.

Guest book cards: As usual, I picked one “guest book card” that was signed by a wedding guest and included it on the page.  Read more about why we used guest book cards here.

Restaurant business card:  Also as usual, I included the business card for the restaurant where we had our anniversary dinner.  I actually forgot to grab the card after dinner (there was a lot going on that night, more on that later).  Mr. P went back a few days later and got one.

Previous Years:  Anniversaries 1-6, Anniversary 7, Anniversary 8.

Want to see my entire wedding scrapbook?  Check it out here.

Anniversary Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Garamond | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photo), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), DCWV Silver & Pearl Shimmer Stock, SEI White Elegance (paper) | Keepsakes Included: Restaurant business card, guest book card.

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.

Maps in Scrapbooks

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

My summer wanderlust is in full swing even though I’ve already taken my summer vacation!  One of my favorite things to save for from my travels are maps.  You can check out how I turned maps from our travels into coasters here.

There are lots of cool ways to include maps in a scrapbook!

Keep it Whole

If you’re really attached to the map, include the whole thing so it can be folded out and looked at, like I did with this map of 17-Mile Drive in Monterey.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Cut it Up

If you aren’t attached to the whole map, or only want to feature part of it, cut it up!

I cut up pieces of the park map for my Yosemite scrapbook layout — still one of my favorite pages ever.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

I took two different maps from our honeymoon and cut them the same size as other ephemera and photos to make everything meld together:

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Don’t Have a Map?  Print One.

What if you want to add a map but you didn’t bring one home?  Print one!  Check out here for instructions on how to print Google Maps for your scrapbook.  I used a Google Map below for when we moved to a new apartment.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Don’t forget to check out transit agency websites.  They sometimes have really cool printable PDFs.  Below, I used a square I printed from a Manhattan Bus map.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Do you collect maps when you travel?  What do you use them for?

Scrapbook Layout: 2007 Recipes

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The Story: Mr. P and I cook a lot.  When we save favorite recipes, I try to note the year we first made them.  I really do that just for fun but put it to good use here in a layout.

Some Not Pictured: I didn’t have pictures of all the recipes, so I included some pictures and elsewhere I just listed recipe names.

Pictures from Various Years: Just because we first made something in ’07 doesn’t mean I got a picture of it back then.  I went through a ton of my “food & drink” tagged pictures from over the years to find these.

Recipe Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

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

Finding Paper & Design Stores When Traveling

Dublin Creative Quarter

I love design shopping on the road.  It’s one of the best ways to see unique items I won’t find at home.

I’m always on the lookout for shops that sell stationary, gifts, goods by local artists, or well-curated home goods.  Put another way: cool stuff that I don’t have to try on.

It can be challenging to find stores that I want to visit.  If only Googling “cool design-y stores” would work!

How to Find Cool Shops When You Travel

Search your favorite crafty bloggers who travel.  There are tons of crafty ladies who travel.  I visit my favorite blogs and search for a city to see if they have any recommendations.  I found Material in London from Kelly Purkey.

Mine the websites of your favorite paper designers.  Many paper goods designers will list stores that stock their products.  Rifle Paper Co.’s stockist list is a gold mine for this — I used their list to help suss out shops when I had an afternoon to myself in Portland.  Sugar Paper also publishes a list.

I love a museum gift shop.  Museum gift shops are always so well-curated.  There’s nothing wrong with hitting up the shop if you don’t have time for the museum!  Modern art and design museums are especially good for this.

Trust the brain at Google Maps.  If you find a store you like and search for it on Google Maps in your browser, Google will show you similar shops in the area.  It’s not always perfect and works way better with restaurants, but it does help!  Note: I’ve only seen this work on a desktop browser, not on the mobile version of Maps.

If all else fails, Google it.  Sometimes I’ll search “paper store” or “stationary store” just to see what I get.  That’s how I found this great paper tour of Paris by Damask Love.

Do you have any tried and true secrets for finding good shops?  Please share!

Scrapbook Layout: Summer Misc

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The Story:  Lots of bits and pieces about 2007 that didn’t necessarily need their own layout.  In some cases, I had a bit of ephemera.  In others, I had just a couple of photos.

Multi-Event Page: As with the pages for my friend’s wedding, I could have made so many pages with this.  I didn’t want to spend that much time/space on any one of these so it made sense to combine them.

In the end, I thought this was a pretty effective way to use up stuff and tell a story!

Summer Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Teen | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), Blue & Ivory Chevron by Canvas Corp. (patterned paper)  | Ephemera Included: event tickets, thank you card, basketball schedule.

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: All-Star Game

MLB All Star Game Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

MLB All Star Game Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

MLB All Star Game Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

MLB All Star Game Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

The Story: San Francisco hosted the MLB All-Star game in 2007.  We didn’t actually go to the game, but we participated in some of the activities.  The ballpark was five years old at the time and it was a big deal to host the game.

Printed Ticket: I’ve gone on record before about being sad that we print more tickets at home because I rarely put them in my scrapbook.  They just don’t look as cool.  However, this time, I included one of our Fanfest tickets and it worked really well with the design (after I cut off the sponsor messages and whatever other fine print they manage to fill an 8.5×11″ page with).

Team Logo: I traced and cut this out with my Silhouette.  Again, not making it available for download because it’s not my intellectual property to give away.  If you have questions about how to trace sports logos, let me know!

Patterned Paper: I rarely, if ever, include patterned paper in sports layouts.  I don’t know what’s coming over me!

MLB All Star Game Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

MLB All Star Game Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Klinic Slab | Tools: Silhouette SD (headlines & logo), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), Bella Blvd/Daily Chevies/Chevy Carrot (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Fanfest ticket, newspaper.