Scrapbook Layout: Banquet

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The Story: Mr. P and I attending the annual banquet for the student group we were a part of in college.

Black and White Squares:  More squares.  I love squares, don’t you?  I changed the photos black and white here to make them more cohesive.  I usually don’t do that but the color in the photo wasn’t telling the story here.  I felt like taking the color away helps focus on the people in the pictures more.

Lots of Group Shots: It’s challenging to make a layout out of a ton of group shots.  I think I did pretty well here.

Previously: My 2004 layout for this banquet, my senior year layout for this banquet.

Banquet Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Bebas (headline) Nevis (photo caption), Cambria (photo caption) | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: October Afternoon/Woodland Park/Minnow Creek (patterned paper)

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Scrapbook Layout: Christmas Ornaments

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The Story: All of our new Christmas ornaments from 2005.

Cataloging Christmas Ornaments: Read more about this project here.  All of the pictures for this layout were taken in 2012 when our tree was up.

Lots of Little Stories:  This year, I wanted to include a few thoughts about each ornament.  That made it challenging to come up with a layout that supported many pictures and stories.  While there is a lot of white space on these pages, it was necessary in order to fit everything in.

Travel: There are two ornaments from our trip to New York that year, which started our travel ornament collecting tradition.  There’s a Statue of Liberty and a baseball Santa Claus (we picked up Santa in Cooperstown).

Previously: Check out my 2004 Christmas Ornament layout here.

2005 Christmas Ornament Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Font: Pacifico, Nevis | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Keepsakes Included: None.

Scrapbook Layout: Giants Games

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Keeping it Interesting: As long as we still keep going to Giants games, I’ll still be coming up with a new way to scrapbook it every year.  It’s kind of refreshing actually — I know I can try something different this year without it being the end-all-be-all.  There’s always next year!

Small Headline: I struggled with this page for a while.  It clicked when I realized I didn’t need a huge headline.  I designed a small one and glued it over top of one of the photos.

Scrapbooking an Autograph: That’s Omar Vizquel’s autograph on the back of my ticket.  He was a great player and I hope he makes it into the Hall of Fame someday (he won 11 Gold Gloves).  I thought for a while about whether I should scrapbook it or keep it in some safe place.  Said safe place would be in a box in the closet and not on display.  Whatever.  If it’s in the scrapbook people may actually see it.

Team Logo: I traced it and cut it out with the Silhouette program.  I’m not making it available here for download because it’s trademarked but I believe my personal use of it is okay.  You can trace your own sports logos using Silhouette Studio, just don’t try to give them away or sell them (this isn’t legal advice, just my opinion).

Baseball Scrapbook Layouts by Natalie ParkerFonts: Geared Slab (headline), Century Gothic (text on photo) | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Ephemera Included: game tickets, player’s autograph, newspaper clipping, map of ballpark.

Scrapbook Layout: High School Graduation

Graduation by Natalie ParkerGraduation by Natalie ParkerGraduation by Natalie ParkerGraduation by Natalie ParkerGraduation by Natalie ParkerThe 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.

Graduation by Natalie Parker

Font: Lobster | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: American Crafts/Holllyday/Merry Dimples (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Graduation invitation.

Scrapbook Layout: Golden Gate Bridge

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The Story: Mr. P had a rare day off on Memorial Day Weekend, so we went to visit the Exploratorium, the Palace of Fine Arts, and walked over the Golden Gate Bridge.  We used the pictures from this day for some of our wedding reception tables later in the year.

Inspiration: This layout by Jean Manis.  I tried to layer my two pictures on the left.  Really really tried.  I just couldn’t get it to look right so I adapted it instead.

Big Map: I could have left out the map and made this a minimalist page.  Right.  Of course I was including the map!

Golden Gate Bridge Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFonts: Courier New, Susie’s Hand, Calibri | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Crate Paper/Story Teller/Tomorrow (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Presidio Map.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapbook, Empire State Building & UN

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The Story: Two quick visits, one to the Empire State Building and one to the United Nations.

Inspiration: Not much.  I was hoping to get both of these onto one page so I could wrap up this vacation.  Plus, I had to design around the brochure and tickets.

More so-so pictures: None of my pictures were very good here.  We visited the Empire State Building at night to avoid the crowds.  I still wasn’t practiced at taking dark indoor pictures when we visited the UN.  Again, the memory is more important than the photo quality.

Earlier: Title Page, Central Park, Yankee Game, Museums, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, Times Square, Ground Zero, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Broadway Show, Opera.

Empire State Building Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFont: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Empire State Building Tickets, United Nations Brochure.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapbook, Opera

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The Story:  There are two parts to it.  The first is about when we went to the opera (which I don’t actually have pictures of).  The second is how we visited the Met one night to get pictures of it.  It was raining a bit and I don’t think Mr. P liked taking pictures in the rain.  It makes me giggle a bit when I think back to it.

The Statement Picture: Obviously if we put so much effort into taking this photo I should showcase it.  I worked everything else around it.

Bad Pictures: The other two pictures aren’t that great, but I really wanted to use them.  Just because it’s a bad picture doesn’t mean it’s not a memorable one.  The memory is more important than the photo quality.

Earlier: Title Page, Central Park, Yankee Game, Museums, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, Times Square, Ground Zero, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Broadway Show.

New York Opera Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFont: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Opera tickets.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapook, National Baseball Hall of Fame

Cooperstown Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerCooperstown Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerCooperstown Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerCooperstown Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: Wherein Mr. P and I rented a car in NYC and drove upstate to Cooperstown to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  It was my first ever experience with toll roads, but that’s not really part of this story.  We spent a day and a half going through the exhibits.

Inspiration: None.  I needed a two page layout to fit everything.  I decided to make the pictures on the left look kind of like polaroids, mostly so the captions would fit.  I added a statement picture on the right with us in our Giants shirts in front of the museum.

More Pictures from in a Museum:  This was before I really had a sense of what I should and shouldn’t bother taking pictures of in a museum.  All the exhibits were so cool though!  Most of my pictures turned out dark or blurry and these were the best ones I scraped together.

Earlier: Title Page, Central Park, Yankee Game, Museums, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, Times Square, Ground Zero.

Cooperstown Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFont: Bebas, aka Dora | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headlines) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Hall of Fame tickets.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapbook, Ground Zero

Ground Zero Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerGround Zero Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: This was my first time in New York City and after leaving Liberty Island, we walked by the World Trade Center site.  Some people may disagree about being a tourist and wanting to visit the site.  My perspective is that September 11 was an intensely personal experience no matter who you are and we all handle it differently.  Walking around the site is something that I had to do and I wanted to remember what it felt like to be there.

Simple Layout: No distractions here.  I originally had the pictures smaller but increased their size while still keeping the white space.

Documenting the Tough Stuff: Look, not everyone documents tragedy and that’s okay.  I believe in documenting the hard things.  I mentioned this on my Paperclipping Roundtable chat: I think it gives good context.  Plus, documenting these things can be a release.  I talked about documenting September 11 itself and coming to terms with it here.  The fact that I documented this is just another part of my story.

Earlier: Title Page, Central Park, Yankee Game, Museums, Times Square.

Ground Zero Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFont: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Ephemera Included: None.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapbook, Times Square

Times Square Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerTimes Square Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: We passed in and out of Times Square a lot on this trip.  Plus on a whim, we rode the ferris wheel inside the Toys R Us an I got Mr. P’s picture with a very large Lego Darth Vader.

Inspiration: Not much.  I had just a couple of pictures I wanted to blend with the tickets and I like the vertical orientation of everything.

More Tickets: I used both of our ferris wheel tickets for this layout.

Darth Vader: Talk about a learning curve — this was before I learned how to take decent pictures inside.  The flash makes me cringe!  Mr. P still has that jacket, which also makes me cringe.

Earlier: Title Page, Central Park, Museums, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.

Times Square Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFont: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Ferris wheel tickets.