Scrapbook Layout: Football Season

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The Story: Football.  Need I say more?

Key Ephemera: I have to have someplace to put my season tickets and our fridge magnet.  I love mixing them up with photos.  See more on how I scrapbook with fridge magnets here.

Changing up the Fonts: I’ve used Bebas almost exclusively on older football pages.  I decided to go with a smaller, more sleek headline this time.

More Football Layouts: I’ve done similar layouts for every year that I’ve been a season ticket holder.  They’re similar, but each have a slightly different take: 2004 part 1, 2004 part 2, 2005, 2006.

Go Bears!

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Fonts: Futura, Nevis, Cambria | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Ephemera Included: Season tickets, fridge magnet.

 

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.

Snapshots: Football Roadtrip to Chicago

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We’re just back from a football roadtrip where Mr. P and I along with a bunch of our friends from college watched Cal take on Northwestern and spent the rest of the weekend enjoying Chicago.  I’m sometimes reminded that I’m not as young as I used to be in college, but we still managed to pack in quite a weekend.  It went something like this:

Land, dinner, drinks, sleep, transit, lunch, work, dinner, drinks, more drinks, sleep, gameday, transit, bar, tailgate, touchdown bears, transit, dinner, drinks, fireworks, sleep, brunch, sleep, lunch, sightsee, rest, dinner, drinks, sleep, breakfast, pregame, baseball, lunch, drinks, dinner, sleep, home, exhaustion.

I don’t keep travel journals for these short trips, so it’s all starting to run together.

I got to see my very first Cal road game win ever!  I’ve been going to games for fifteen years now and I had never seen a win when I traveled to see them.  I pretty much assumed it was a curse at this point.

It’s really important to me to see the local sights and eats in addition to the football game.  I’m working on a post with tips for taking a football roadtrip — look forward to that in the coming weeks.  For this trip, we spent a lot of time in Chicago and ended the weekend with a Cubs game.

As our group headed into the bleachers at Wrigley Field, we all kept saying how lucky we were.  Thunderstorms were predicted for the entire weekend and we carried ponchos with us to both games.  We didn’t get rained on at all.  Not once.  Sitting there in the beautiful sunshine with our friends watching a ballgame — it was one of those perfect life moments.  We are very lucky indeed.

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.

Scrapbook Layout: Hockey Game

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The story: A trip to a college hockey game to watch our alma mater play her rivals.

On an angle: This was a bit of an experiment.  I thought having everything in a horizontal row would look boring so I used a slight angle.

Stripey boxes: I made the box with stripes painstakingly by hand.  I used long eighth-inch strips and glued them carefully with tweezers.  I love how it turned out.

More stripes: I had more eighth-inch stripes leftover from the football season pages, so I repeated the theme here.

Hockey Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

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

Scrapbook Layouts: 2005 Football Season

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The Story: Another year and there’s another football season to document.  It’s challenging to come up with ways to display season tickets, a fridge magnet, photos and other bits of ephemera.

Previously: See my 2004 football season layouts here and here.

Stats: I designed a little card with the season win-loss record, the name of the coach, and the names of the quarterbacks.  I’ve been including this information on my football pages since I started going to games in 2000 and it adds great context.

Lots of Newspaper: Every year I decide to save different things.  This year I had a lot of newspaper articles to work with.  I spaced them throughout the pages and they cover some very key events.  Hindsight is always fabulous because I already know that these articles would have big implications a few years later.

Write in the Dates: When I use newspaper articles, somewhere around the article I’ll write the date in very small writing.  It’s probably the archivist in me, but I like to have record of when the piece was published.

Vertical Stripes: I added some flair by cutting eighth-inch stripes out of blue, gold, and white cardstock and glued them down the side of the page.  I like how it adds a little something without being distracting.

That’s it, a whopping 4 layouts for the season (not including the Big Game, that will come later!).

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Fonts: Bebas (yellow headline), Nevis (white headline, photo captions), Ostrich Sans (tall thin letters), Microsoft Yi Batiti (short thin letters)| Tools: Silhouette SD (headlines, logo), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: Season tickets, magnet schedule, newspaper clippings, parking permit, pocket schedule.

Scrapbook Layout: 107th Big Game

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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.