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.

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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: Axe Rally

Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the end of our journey through Big Game Week 2003.

Yes, I know I have gentlemen reading this blog.

Since the Bears won the 106th Big Game, it means I have one more layout to do:  the Axe Rally.  The Axe Rally takes place the Monday following the Big Game if the Bears win and bring home the Stanford Axe.

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Scrapbook Layout: Big Game

We are in the home stretch! Here are my pages for the 106th Big Game, the culmination of my earlier Big Game Week Pages. If you haven’t seen them, check out the earlier pages in this series here, here and here.

I had a TON of stuff saved from this game.

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Scrapbook Layout: Big Game Bonfire


We are past the halfway point with Big Game Week layouts! I know you’re excited.

This page keeps with the let’s-see-how-much-I-can-fit-onto-one page and I-can’t-believe-I’m trying-to-tell-this-story-on-one-page themes. In other words, it’s very similar to the Campus Decorating page I showed last week.

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Scrapbook Layout: Campus Decorating

This is the second post about several layouts I’m working on for Big Game Week in my fourth year in college. If you’ve been following along with my college layouts thus far, you know that school spirit is kind of a big deal for me.

Last week was the intro to Big Game Week. This layout focuses on the decorating we did all over campus to get ready for the week. This page is much simpler because it was mostly pictures:

I started with the large picture of Sather Gate and tried to work everything else around it. I wasn’t sure how big I wanted the picture to be. I solve this by printing several copies of the picture in different sizes. I print them in low quality black and white so I don’t waste much ink.

Draft Sather Gate pictures in various sizes to play around with.

I don’t waste paper either! I keep a stash of pages in my desk that have been printed on one side already. I reuse them by printing draft pictures on the other side:

Don’t waste paper! Reuse paper that’s printed on one side for draft pictures.

I had a mix of 35mm 4×6 prints and digital pictures for this page. I use the same “draft picture” concept for the other digital prints on the page. I print everything out in low-quality black and white first before committing to a size.

Drafts of digital prints mixed with 35mm 4×6 prints.

You can probably tell that I moved a bunch of stuff around after this point. I love the Campanile pictures, but I didn’t want them all right next to each other.

Finally, after deciding where I wanted everything, I printed the headline. This is the same font I used for the two earlier Big Game Week pages except I didn’t cut it out by hand (I’m only a masochist some of the time). The font is Franklin Gothic Heavy.

I went the easy route by feeding the yellow cardstock through the printer.

Headline is printed on cardstock that I fed through the printer.

Tips & Ideas

  • Mix digital and 35mm prints.
  • Print draft copies of digital prints in various sizes before printing the real thing.
  • Save paper around the house that’s only printed on one side and reuse it for draft pictures.
  • Take a shortcut on making headlines by feeding cardstock directly through the printer.

Scrapbook Layout: Big Game Week Layouts


These are the first of several Big Game Week layouts. For those not familiar with Big Game Week, it’s the rivalry week at Cal and the culmination of all school spirit.

There is no special design for my Big Game Week layouts. The name of the game is “let’s see how many things I can fit on each page.” I have a mountain of pictures and scraps from this week and it’s important to get as much as I can into my scrapbook.

My Big Game Week layouts really evoke what it was like to help run and participate in those events: they are organized craziness.

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