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: 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: the Hands of Time

As we’ve covered already, I collect newspapers showing important events. I also take a lot of pictures (even back in the day of 35mm film that I had to pay to get developed). Right before my senior year in college, the Campanile, which is the bell tower on the Berkeley campus, underwent renovation. I couldn’t resist taking a couple shots of the steeplejack unhooking the giant hands from the tower. I’m really glad I saved these pictures because I ended up getting married there a few years later. But that’s another story.

I wanted to keep this page really simple and let the pictures and newspaper clippings speak for themselves. It would have been difficult to embellish and keep the articles readable. I threw everything on the page and moved things around like a puzzle.

I added very simple backings to the news clippings to give them some definition. I also picked up a couple of campus scenery pictures showing the Campanile that I had lying around. I was glad to finally have a page to use them on. I chose a close-up picture of the Campanile with no hands and added it to the top of the page.

Finally, I measured the leftover space on the page and printed a headline to snugly fit.

This was coincidentally the same summer I took a bunch of pictures of the turf installation at Memorial Stadium. I suppose I had quite a bit of extra time on my hands back then. This page has quite a few items on it, but still manages to be understated.

Tips & Ideas

  • Sometimes it’s better to let your photos and other items speak for themselves.
  • Do little things to enhance news articles, but don’t over-embellish them so they can still be read.