The Story: The annual rivalry football game between Cal and Stanford is called The Big Game and it has been played for over 100 years. I haven’t missed one since 2000.
Big Numbers: The rest of the page is quite simple, so I experimented with BIG BIG numbers. I love it! I layered some blue under the gold letters to make them stand out. Details, my friends, details.
Handwriting Overload: Do you ever have one of those moments when you’re writing a story and it turns out way longer than you’d planed? I meant for the handwriting to tuck neatly under the newspaper photo but it got out of control! But you know my rules, when it’s story versus design, the story always wins.
The Story: This is the big rivalry week at my alma mater. Mr. P and I participate in some activities and go back to help the students with the bonfire rally.
Project Life Style: Noticing a pattern? I was hit hard by Project Life inspiration recently. You don’t have to do Project Life to use its ideas. I like that it’s given me a new way to think about displaying a lot of items at once. Here, I was going to do three rows per page but settled on two when I counted up the number of pictures + ephemera.
Black & White + Color: I can’t believe this worked out so well. Truly. It’s like I planned it that way. Usually I go uniformly one way or the other but the mix really works here. Expanding my style again!
Trimmed Ephemera: In order for this design to work, I had to be okay trimming down ephemera to fit the space. I won’t do that all the time but it was no problem here.
Negative Space: What I really like about experimenting with Project Life design is flexing my design muscle when it comes to headlines. You won’t see anything like this in my previous books.
The Story: Less than 24 hours in Vegas. We went on a whim, following our team. We both had demanding jobs at the time. We managed to find a flight that left after work on the day of the game and a flight home in time for work the next day.
Ephemera I didn’t use: The second pic above is of all the stuff I saved from the trip. I don’t use every piece of ephemera I save. It’s important to me to include some ephemera but I don’t force myself to use all of it.
Experimenting with the Headline: I tried not to make everything so BLUE AND GOLD. Not sure I love the result but the exercise was fun. I like the fonts and how the score is there.
Lots of Type: It was challenging to get the entire story on the page. But 24 hours in Vegas? I had to explain how that worked.
The Story: the annual football game between my alma mater and her arch rival. This is the game we throw the tailgate for and this page sits opposite the layout for the tailgate. It’s actually called The Big Game in case you wanted to know.
Repeating the Headline: I liked the headline so much from the tailgate that I repeated it here. It makes everything matchy matchy.
Not Great Photos: I don’t have great photos from the game, but three was enough and I sized them to work with the ticket and newspaper pieces.
Newspaper: There is one newspaper photo I cut out plus a long headline that runs up the side.
Stripes: I reused the stripe motif that I have on other layouts from this football season (here and here). It ties everything together nicely!
The Story: Mr. P and I helping students build the Big Game Bonfire, the big culminating event of the rivalry week (aside from the football game, of course).
Previously: I’ve been attending this event for years and I take a differing amount of photos each time and save varying levels of ephemera. See prior year’s layouts here and here.
Ephemera on the left, Photos on the Right: There was just so much stuff to include here. I made a collage of ephemera on the left. On the right, pretty much in a diametrically opposed style, I went with a photo grid.
Varying the Font Size a Little: Laying out this event year after year, coming up with something interesting is challenging. I experimented with cutting the headline out of two different font sizes and colors and put it in a box instead of having it float by itself. I like how it adds a clean line to the collage page.
Do you ever scrapbook recurring events? Any tips to keep it interesting?