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.

 

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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: 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.

A Poem for Graduates

Graduation PoemIt’s getting around that time of year when people start planning graduations, making graduation cards, or even thinking about graduation scrapbook layouts.  I shared this poem last year as part of my final college scrapbook layout, but wanted to show you again.

I found this poem in the 1911 edition of the Blue and Gold yearbook, the yearbook of the University of California, Berkeley.  It really conveys a lot of sentiment that many graduates feel as they are at this turning point in their lives.

If you are using this in a card or layout, please credit The Blue and Gold at the University of California, Berkeley:

“Four years behind us,
And maybe more
The whole world in front of us
It’s time to score

Now with the years behind us,
Now that the goal is won,
With everything to remind us
We wish we’d just begun”

Senior Farewell
The Blue and Gold 1911
University of California, Berkeley

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Scrapbook Ceremony Site Layout

Wedding Scrapbook Ceremony Site LayoutYes, an entire layout dedicated to our ceremony site!

Selecting a meaningful ceremony site was important to us.  Since we met at college and are both die hard fans (if you need evidence, please refer to my last college scrapbook), the beautiful Berkeley campus was just the spot.

I used a large statement picture for the top of the page (much like I did before in this layout).

Wedding Scrapbook Ceremony Site LayoutUnderneath the picture, I included a campus newspaper article from Valentine’s Day the year we were married.  It was a story about getting married on campus and they featured our upcoming wedding.  I added a second smaller picture of the actual spot where we would exchange vows and a block of text about what the site meant to us.

I backed all of these pieces in alternating colors from my Engagement Color Scheme.

Wedding Scrapbook Ceremony Site LayoutI did the headline in grey cardstock and added a pink flourish, both cut with the Silhouette.

Wedding Scrapbook Ceremony Site LayoutI love the simple elegant look of this – hopefully I’m finally starting to hit my stride on this project!

Wedding Scrapbook Ceremony Site Layout

Scrapbook Layout: A Layout with Zig Zag Binding

This is a really picture-heavy event.  I had scrapbooked it two times already for previous years and it always took up 2 pages.  I wanted to do something different and try a vertical headline.  2 pages just wouldn’t seem to work.

This was one of those layouts I had to stare at for several days, waiting for the light bulb.

Enter Zig Zag Binding

Stumped, I was surfing around and saw this video tutorial by Elise on zig zag binding.  That’s it!  It was the perfect way to include more pictures in the layout without them being overwhelming.

Zig zag binding is very easy.  You use an accordion folded piece of paper as the base and then glue your pages to it.  The result is a cute booklet.

I had the program from this banquet, which was an 8.5×11″ piece of paper folded in half.  I attached it to my accordion-folded piece of paper and then added extra pages.  Looking at the page, you only see the program.  However, when you look through the program, it now has several pages of pictures behind it!

It went something like this:

Gluing the pages to the accordion and to each other (just watch the video and this will make sense).

Presto!

I won’t go into detail about how to do this because the video is pretty comprehensive.  Make sure to check it out!  It is super easy to do but there are a couple ways to go way wrong if you don’t cut the accordion correctly.

I will definitely use this method again, maybe on a smaller scale next time.  I can see  making a small photo flip book to go on a page highlighting something from that event.  What would you do with this technique?

Scrapbook Layout: Two Events, A Single Layout

Two separate events.  Both involve wearing pretty dresses.  Both involve celebrating the University’s birthday.  How about combining them into one 2-page layout?

My goals for these two pages were:

  • Keep some “white space”
  • Experiment with photo blocks
  • Use one keepsake per page.

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