Scrapbook Layout: Sudoku Books

Sudoku Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerSudoku Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

The Story:  When Mr. P gave me a set of sudoku books for our first anniversary.  Read the full story about it here.

More to the Story:  The text on the page is taken from this post about how I developed a fear of flying, how working on sudoku puzzles helps, and why I take these books with me when I travel.

Pic from Last Year:  Mr. P bought these for me in 2007, but I never took a picture of them until last year.  When we were on our flight out for our Big European Adventure last year, I took out the camera to get a few shots.  Why yes, stranger sitting next to me, I am the weird person taking pictures on the plane.

Simple Layout: The story is the highlight here and I’m a big fan of white space.  I’m still a big fan of 11×14 scrapbooking even though I may not need all the space on each page.

Sudoku Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Nevis, Clear Line, Calibri | Tools: Silhouette SD (headline), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Ephemera Included: Season tickets, fridge magnet.

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Scrapbook Layout: Tennessee Football Roadtrip

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The Story: Our football roadtrip to see Cal play at Tennessee in 2006.

Inspiration: The left page is Project Life-ish.  The right page is inspired by this layout from this post.  I love all the text down the right side of the page.

Two Pages, For the Win: This trip could have easily been 4 pages.  Even 5.  For a trip that was just over 24 hours, it seemed kind of excessive.  I’m giving myself a big pat on the back for getting into 2.

Just the Right Orange: I had to make a special trip to Michaels to find cardstock that is just the right color orange.  If you’re scrapbooking about a school, this stuff matters.  In case you were wondering, according to the University of Tennessee, it is Hex F77F00 or CMYK 0 50 100 0.

Lots of Little Squares: The strips on the left page match the endzones at Neyland Stadium.  I could have printed the design but I cut all of the little orange squares out on the Silhouette and glued them with tweezers onto white cardstock.

Back in the Day when You Used a Map: This was pre-GPS, so we had our driving directions printed, but we picked up a map of Tennessee from AAA just in case.  I cut Knoxville out of the map and added a map pin to it.

Football Roadtrip Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFootball Roadtrip Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Fonts: Century Gothic (headlines), Calibri (text) | Tools: Silhouette SD (headlines, squares), Epson Stylus R2000 (photos) | Supplies: Pioneer SJ-100 Jumbo Scrapbook (scrapbook & pages), Epson Semigloss Photo Paper (photos) | Map Pin: Kelly Purkey Geotag | Keepsakes Included: tickets, boarding pass, map.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapbook, End Page

New York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerNew York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: I love end pages just as much as I love title pages!  The purpose of this page is to wrap up or bookend the trip.

Ephemera leftovers: I love making end pages out of the pile of ephemera leftovers I didn’t use elsewhere.  I did this at the end of my 2004 scrapbook.

On including pressed pennies: I flattened my penny with a set of pliers so I could glue it to the page.  Often, pressed pennies are curved when they come out of the machine.

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.

That wraps up this trip!  I hope you liked it!

New York Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFont: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Shopping bag, business cards, hotel room key, metro cards, pressed penny, museum map, subway 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 Scrapbook, Broadway Show

Broadway Show Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerBroadway Show Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: When we went to see The Producers on Broadway.  I’m telling you, this vacation has everything that’s ubiquitously New York.

The Layout: Very very simple here.  I just worked the tickets around the Playbill.

No Pictures: Nope, none at all.  I of course couldn’t take pictures during the show.  I’m not bothered by there being no pictures.

Playbills: I always include Playbills whole when I have them.  See them previously here and here.

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

Broadway Show Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerFont: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: Playbill and 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.

Scrapbook Layout: New York Scrapbook, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Statue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerStatue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerStatue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerStatue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerStatue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie ParkerThe Story: Our trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  This was truly a pilgrimage for me — I’d wanted to go so much since I was a kid and and I was thrilled to be there even if it was raining!  We spent so much time on Liberty Island that I was burned out and didn’t take that many pics at Ellis Island, but we still enjoyed our visit there.

Inspiration: None (again!).  Just like the Museums layout, I just wanted to get everything on the page.

The National Park Service Map: Yes, my nemesis as I mentioned before are these maps.  I needed to include it whole because inside it had a cross-section of the statue.  It wasn’t map-like like the Yosemite map I cut up earlier.

Layered Tickets: I have two tickets for everything.  Sometimes, like with football tickets, I include one.  Sometimes I want to include them both.  For this layout, I used both but glued the top of the second one to the first one using Zips.

It’s All Emma Lazarus Here: The page really needed an extra something, so I wrote out the last five lines of her famous poem, The New Colossus, and added them to both pages.

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

Statue of Liberty Scrapbook Layout by Natalie Parker

Font: Bebas | Tools: Epson Stylus R2000 (photos), Silhouette SD (headline) | Supplies: Neighborhood Stripe by Reminisce (patterned paper) | Ephemera Included: National Park Service Map, Statue of Liberty Tour Tickets, Ferry Tickets.