Scrapbook Layout: Ninth Wedding Anniversary

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The Story:  We celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago.  Last year in single digits!

One scrapbook page for every anniversary:  We take a picture on each of our anniversaries and I turn it into a scrapbook layout and add it to the end of our wedding scrapbook.  I love how the scenery changes and we have changed over the years.

Guest book cards: As usual, I picked one “guest book card” that was signed by a wedding guest and included it on the page.  Read more about why we used guest book cards here.

Restaurant business card:  Also as usual, I included the business card for the restaurant where we had our anniversary dinner.  I actually forgot to grab the card after dinner (there was a lot going on that night, more on that later).  Mr. P went back a few days later and got one.

Previous Years:  Anniversaries 1-6, Anniversary 7, Anniversary 8.

Want to see my entire wedding scrapbook?  Check it out here.

Anniversary Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Garamond | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photo), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), DCWV Silver & Pearl Shimmer Stock, SEI White Elegance (paper) | Keepsakes Included: Restaurant business card, guest book card.

Scrapbook Layout: Pool Dedication

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The Story: Mr. P attended the dedication ceremony for the new pool at his high school.  He played water polo and swam all throughout high school.  The pool was named for his water polo coach who introduced the sport to the area and coached at the school for decades.  When the ceremony was over, Mr. P and other fellow alumni played each other in the new pool with Coach refereeing.

Dates on newspapers:  I always jot down the date on newspaper pieces I save.  When I add them to my scrapbook, I hand write the date near the story.

On not being present: This is one of the few events I’ve scrapbooked where I wasn’t actually there.  I couldn’t go to the event and relied on Mr. P’s family saving newspapers and the program.  I talked with him about his history with Coach before I wrote the captions.

By the time I made this page, Coach had passed away.  He was only 65 and had just retired.  He was such an instrumental person in my husband’s life and his loss was really hard.  I’m really glad I saved everything from this event so we can show our kids later.

Water Polo Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Water Polo Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Futura Bk, Segoe UI Light | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook(scrapbook & pages) | Ephemera Included: program, newspaper articles.

Maps in Scrapbooks

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

My summer wanderlust is in full swing even though I’ve already taken my summer vacation!  One of my favorite things to save for from my travels are maps.  You can check out how I turned maps from our travels into coasters here.

There are lots of cool ways to include maps in a scrapbook!

Keep it Whole

If you’re really attached to the map, include the whole thing so it can be folded out and looked at, like I did with this map of 17-Mile Drive in Monterey.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Cut it Up

If you aren’t attached to the whole map, or only want to feature part of it, cut it up!

I cut up pieces of the park map for my Yosemite scrapbook layout — still one of my favorite pages ever.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

I took two different maps from our honeymoon and cut them the same size as other ephemera and photos to make everything meld together:

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Don’t Have a Map?  Print One.

What if you want to add a map but you didn’t bring one home?  Print one!  Check out here for instructions on how to print Google Maps for your scrapbook.  I used a Google Map below for when we moved to a new apartment.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Don’t forget to check out transit agency websites.  They sometimes have really cool printable PDFs.  Below, I used a square I printed from a Manhattan Bus map.

Maps in Scrapbooks by Natalie Parker

Do you collect maps when you travel?  What do you use them for?

Scrapbook Layout: 2007 Recipes

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The Story: Mr. P and I cook a lot.  When we save favorite recipes, I try to note the year we first made them.  I really do that just for fun but put it to good use here in a layout.

Some Not Pictured: I didn’t have pictures of all the recipes, so I included some pictures and elsewhere I just listed recipe names.

Pictures from Various Years: Just because we first made something in ’07 doesn’t mean I got a picture of it back then.  I went through a ton of my “food & drink” tagged pictures from over the years to find these.

Recipe Scrapbook by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Nevis, Century Gothic, Pacifico, Klinic Slab Book | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook(scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Ephemera Included: none.

Scrapbook Layout: Summer Misc

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The Story:  Lots of bits and pieces about 2007 that didn’t necessarily need their own layout.  In some cases, I had a bit of ephemera.  In others, I had just a couple of photos.

Multi-Event Page: As with the pages for my friend’s wedding, I could have made so many pages with this.  I didn’t want to spend that much time/space on any one of these so it made sense to combine them.

In the end, I thought this was a pretty effective way to use up stuff and tell a story!

Summer Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Teen | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), Blue & Ivory Chevron by Canvas Corp. (patterned paper)  | Ephemera Included: event tickets, thank you card, basketball schedule.

Scrapbook Layout: Wedding Weekend in Atlanta

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The Story: I was asked to be a bridesmaid in a very dear friend’s wedding.  Mr. P and I flew to Atlanta for a weekend’s worth of wedding activities.  It was my first time being in a wedding!  Other than my own, of course.

Three Pages, Could Have Been Six:  I originally planned one page per event in the wedding.  I went to a bridesmaids lunch, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, the wedding, reception, after parties every night, plus seeing a bit of Atlanta.  I stepped outside of the box here and mixed everything together.  I realized that it wasn’t my wedding so I didn’t have to break it down into ever detail, nor did I have to use every piece of ephemera I saved.

Different Sizes, Black and White: I mixed photo sizes and mixed color and black and white photos.  It could have been a hot mess but actually ended up pretty cohesive looking!

Headline on Photo:  This was a new design challenge and I love the clean modern look of how it turned out.

Photos of Important Keepsakes: Remember, when you can’t put something in a scrapbook, take a picture of it.  The bride had handpainted fans made in China for the wedding guests.  She also bought each of us bridesmaids a pearl set from her friend’s shop in China (she’d take Mr. P and I to that very shop five years later).  The mother of the bride also gave each of us a handkerchief to carry with our bouquets.  Before working on the page, I put the pearls, the handkerchief, and the fan together and took a picture.

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Fonts: Nevis, Century Gothic | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos), Fancy Pants Designs/All My Heart (patterned paper)  | Ephemera Included: Wedding invitation, wedding program, rehearsal dinner invitation, transit card, boarding pass, room key, brochure.

The Funny Thing About Memory

Memories by Natalie Parker

I took one more thing from the 2015 Personal Digital Archiving Conference and it’s so relevant to our discussions here about scrapbooking that it deserves it’s own post.

It’s all about memory.

Professor Lori Kendall delivered the final talk of the conference.  I was particularly interested in what she had to say because her words last year where inspired my thesis topic.  I can’t possibly do her talk justice, but I’ll summarize what is really relevant.

Kendall has spent the last year studying memory from a variety of disciplines, not just her own field of personal archiving.  She found commonalities.

We think of memory as a fixed thing when it isn’t.  She describes memory more as rewriting something in your head than retrieving something.  We selectively remember things and forget others, often we may not be aware we are doing it.  Each time we remember something we are forgetting other things.

She also found that neuroscientists and historians agree that memory is very closely tied with identity creation.  Memories have more to do with creating your current identity than the past.

What does this have to do with us scrapookers, the memory keepers?  We can’t remember everything.  We often feel guilty or feel we have to justify the choices we make about what we choose to document and what we leave out.

Should you document your every day life,  your every week, your every day?  Or should you document just big events?  If you choose one does it mean what you are creating isn’t a real reflection of what actually happened?

What I took from the talk is that it simply doesn’t matter.  Every memory is a process of creation and destruction.  We can’t remember everything and shouldn’t attempt to.  Kendall notes that everything saved is something else lost.

We need to think about the story we want to tell and who we want to share it with.  That should be our guide.

At the Personal Digital Archiving Conference, Again

Personal Digital Archiving Conference at NYU by Natalie Parker

On my way home from my month in London, I put on my grad student hat and stopped in New York City to attend the 2015 Personal Digital Archiving Conference.

This is the second year I’ve attended (see my thoughts from last year here).  In addition to being a huge boost to listen to people studying the same issues I am, I always hear so many good thoughts applicable to scrapbookers.

I’ve gone over my notes and picked out some interesting things.

Big Thoughts

These are paraphrased from my notes and are not actual quotes.

Don Perry: We need to be considering the archives we are creating now as things people in the future will look to to understand the past.  The impetus for taking the photograph today is the same as in 1840 when someone sat in a studio to make a daguerreotype. It is to capture something.  The photograph is a distilled version of one persons heart.

Jessica Bushey: The smartphone is the preferred device for taking photos. The function of photos is shifting from a snapshot to remember or to create a permanent record to a digital trace that communicates an experience that is quickly consumed and forgotten.

While on the surface it seems like Perry and Bushey disagree with each other, I don’t think that’s the case.  While I do think that more of today’s photos are ephemeral (do you want the picture I took of a price tag at Target?), I think at least some of the photos we take today will fit Perry’s definition as we age.

Julie Swierczek: There is too much emphasis on big data and not enough small scale description.  It doesn’t matter how many millions of women describe themselves as mothers on Facebook.  But, if you talked to a handful of mothers, that would be interesting.  Don’t forget the personal.

Swierczek’s comments about small scale really resonated with me.  Sometimes I wonder what’s the point of my scrapbooking when I’m just one person in this huge world.  She reminded me that stories on a small scale matter.

Other Bits

Todd Wemmer emphasized audio in memory keeping.  He played a clip of his kids playing at the beach that he said he wouldn’t trade for all his photos.  They weren’t even my kids and I was very moved by the experience of listening to them.  Listen to clips he’s collected of all sorts of people here.  It’s amazing to hear people tell their stories.

Sarah Severson showed us how she used Picasa and WordPress to create an online family archive.  I was totally blown away and need to get on this!

Joel Neville Anderson shared the Photohoku project with us, an effort to provide photographs and albums to people who lost everything in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.  The idea is to help people restart their family albums.

So much good stuff here!

In addition to being a scrapbooker and a traveler, I’m also studying to be an archivist.  I’m currently researching what regular people do with their photos.  To read more of my posts about archives for scrapbookers, click here.

Scrapbook Layout: Giants Games

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It’s baseball season y’all!  I’m still sitting over here in kind-of-actually-sunny London but my social media feeds are abuzz in baseball.  I’m also finding myself trying to explain the appeal of baseball to my British coworkers.

Side note – I’m amused when the page I have to blog about actually comes up at the right time of the year to show it.  I’m not a seasonal scrapbooker, as you know.

The Story: Cataloging the Giants games Mr. P and I went to in 2007.  This includes the always-important magnet schedule (learn about how I use magnets in scrapbooks here).

Number 750 / Lift-Up Tickets: Just by chance, we ended up at the game where Barry Bonds hit his 750th home run.  We took our tickets to the Giants Dugout Store to get a special pin a few days later and they stamped the back of the tickets.  I wanted to show the stamp and didn’t want to glue down either side of the tickets.  I hinged them just by gluing a strip at the top so they lift up.

Lots of Tickets: I love using tickets in my scrapbooks.  Want some tips about how to include them in your layouts?  I did a roundup of all sorts of examples here.

Previously: 2004 Baseball Layouts, 2005 Baseball Layouts, 2006 Baseball Layout

Got enough baseball yet?  No?  See: New York Trip/Yankee Game Layout, New York Trip/Baseball Hall of Fame Layouts.

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Fonts: Klinic Slab | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Ephemera Included: baseball tickets, baseball magnet schedule.

Scrapbook Layout: Monterey

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The Story: Mr. P and I had a free hotel stay to use up, so we drove to Monterey for a quick weekend trip.  We spent some time in town as well as doing the 17-Mile Drive.  I’d never seen Pebble Beach before and since my dad is way into golf, I was really excited to see it.

Map Folds Out: You know I go back and forth on maps.  I decided to keep this one whole and glued it to the page.  It folds out to show 17-Mile Drive.

Printing on the Page: I experimented again using my wide-format printer to print the story directly on the page.

Text Inspired by:  I was inspired by the fonts on this layout which appeared in this Paislee Press post.

Monterey Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Click here to see thumbnails for all the layouts in this album.

Fonts: Futura Bk, Century Gothic | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos and text) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Ephemera Included: Map of 17-Mile Drive.