The Story: When my older sister graduated to become a registered nurse.
One Photo: The graduation was in a dimly-lit gym and I only got one photo. It’s not the best but why not use it? I almost turned it black and white but I thought it would wash out the page with the papers I picked.
Vellum: I experimented a bit with pasting the headline on top of vellum. I’m still not sure I like how it came out but hey, try something new.
The Story: My little sister’s high school graduation. Boy did it rain that day! I made sure to note it in the handwriting up the side of the page.
Christmas colors!: My high school colors are red and green, which meant I got to use the paper I normally reserve for Christmas layouts. Having those school colors was totally awesome and festive.
Negative Space: I want to use negative space more and did here with the headline. I like how it fits very neatly with the page.
Rounded Photo Corners: I’m playing around with the best way to do this. The photo corners here are not rounded. Rather, I cut a piece of white cardstock with the silhouette and stuck it on top of the photos to give them a rounded effect.
The Invitation Opens: I like it when my pages are interactive. The invitation opens all the way and can be read.
It’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
What? No clear headline? The headline for this page actually appears on the previous page. The text on this page is just a continuation that adds more detail to the event.
I know, after posts of me painstakingly putting squares together, this can seem rather plain. I thought about this one for a long time. Too much. I think I was building my graduation up too much in my mind and didn’t think I was going to find a layout worthy of such a big event. I realized it didn’t need dressing up. I’m mulling over this concept for my wedding scrapbook.
It’s really hard to tell from the pictures, but I backed all of the items in a shimmery cardstock. It gives the whole thing a nice sheen.
On the second page, I used my own handwriting again but did something dangerous – I made up the story as I went along and hoped it would fit in the space. Dangerous! I was able to write down everything I had in mind. Barely.
Just as with the previous page, the font here is Miama.
Oh don’t worry. I have one more painstakingly arranged layout up my sleeve to finish off this book.
I took the printed invitation to my college graduation and gave it its own page. This is a right-facing page, so this is sort of a title page and then there will be a graduation double page spread next.
I could have done something very intricate, but leaving it simple and unembellished is more powerful.
Friends, we’ve made it to the home stretch. All that’s left in this book are graduation layouts and I’m DONE. I can’t remember if I was as excited about actually graduating as I am about finishing this book.
This layout is inspired by the layout below by Celeste Smith that appeared on this Write. Click. Scrapbook post. I love the big photo on the top and how the smaller photos are separated from the top with some colored paper.
The challenge for me? I had digital and 35mm photos to work with. I took the digital photos and my grandparents sent me the 35mm prints. They got a few shots that I really wanted to use so I was stuck building a layout around pictures that I couldn’t resize.
As is typical with me, I did a rough draft. The black and white prints are drafts of digital pictures. The white areas are spots for the 35mm pictures.
I hand lettered the title using my makeshift carbon paper method. The font is Berlin Sans FB (Microsoft font). I decided to give my own handwriting another go and wrote the long caption by hand.
I rounded the outer corners to give it some more character and I was set. Nothing too complicated here, but I got several large pictures on the page without it looking overwhelming. Success!
Photo of inspiration layout is courtesy Celeste Smith.