A Poem for Graduates

Graduation PoemIt’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


Scrapbook Layout: A Layout with Zig Zag Binding

This is a really picture-heavy event.  I had scrapbooked it two times already for previous years and it always took up 2 pages.  I wanted to do something different and try a vertical headline.  2 pages just wouldn’t seem to work.

This was one of those layouts I had to stare at for several days, waiting for the light bulb.

Enter Zig Zag Binding

Stumped, I was surfing around and saw this video tutorial by Elise on zig zag binding.  That’s it!  It was the perfect way to include more pictures in the layout without them being overwhelming.

Zig zag binding is very easy.  You use an accordion folded piece of paper as the base and then glue your pages to it.  The result is a cute booklet.

I had the program from this banquet, which was an 8.5×11″ piece of paper folded in half.  I attached it to my accordion-folded piece of paper and then added extra pages.  Looking at the page, you only see the program.  However, when you look through the program, it now has several pages of pictures behind it!

It went something like this:

Gluing the pages to the accordion and to each other (just watch the video and this will make sense).


I won’t go into detail about how to do this because the video is pretty comprehensive.  Make sure to check it out!  It is super easy to do but there are a couple ways to go way wrong if you don’t cut the accordion correctly.

I will definitely use this method again, maybe on a smaller scale next time.  I can see  making a small photo flip book to go on a page highlighting something from that event.  What would you do with this technique?

Scrapbook Layout: Two Events, A Single Layout

Two separate events.  Both involve wearing pretty dresses.  Both involve celebrating the University’s birthday.  How about combining them into one 2-page layout?

My goals for these two pages were:

  • Keep some “white space”
  • Experiment with photo blocks
  • Use one keepsake per page.

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Scrapbook Layout: The Statement Picture

My second all-digital-photo layout was also another sports theme.  Time to put my skills with the photo printer to the test.

The challenges here were very similar to my bowl game layout: break out of my standard sport layout mold and try something new.  I was popping by another scrapbooker’s blog and found something to get the creative juices flowing!


My inspiration came from this layout I found at Ginger’s Life of Spice.  It’s a large statement picture with a small photo collage below it.  I knew if I could find the right action shot, it would be an awesome statement picture!

Photo credit: Gingers Life of Spice

The Big Picture

I found exactly what I was looking for – a picture of the game starting right before tipoff.  Perfect!  I printed the large picture and then created two smaller photo blocks to fit underneath it.  Each photo block featured 2 pictures.

Big statement picture and 2 photo blocks.

I like to feature keepsakes in my layouts, so I cut out one of my favorite newspaper pictures from that season.  It fit right between the two small photo blocks.

Picking a newspaper picture to go on page.

Tying Two Pages Together

This was meant to be a two-page layout.  I was on the cover of the Cal Sports Quarterly with the head basketball coach that season and I was going to put that cover on the second page.

But how to tie the two pages together?

I decided to flip through the pages of the Cal Sports Quarterly and found this border at the bottom of the page.  It’s actually a reproduction of the wall above the student section in the basketball arena.  Funny thing is I’m actually on the wall.  Yup, there’s this “scenery” picture on the wall of my friends and I going crazy during a game.

The border at the bottom of the page is actually a reproduction of the wall above the student section.

I cut out the strips from the magazine and added them to the bottom of the page.  They weren’t quite long enough, so I printed a tiny close-up of my picture on the wall along with the story and added them to the bottom of the page as well.

Adding a close-up of my picture on the wall and the story.

Finishing Touches

I finished off the page keeping up my masochistic streak of cutting out headlines out of cardstock by hand with my x-acto knife.  I need to stop doing that.  It takes forever.

My hand usually hurts when Im done cutting out the letters.

Here’s the finale!  The statement picture is just fantastic to look at and everything else compliments it.  I layered two pocket basketball schedules on top of the magazine cover to complete the second page.

Tips & Ideas

  • Pick one statement picture and print a very large copy.
  • Compliment the picture with a couple smaller pictures or photo blocks.
  • Consider a unifying border to tie two very different pages together.

Scrapbook Layout: Remember the News

I saved a lot of newspapers in college. We’ll get to that in a moment.

But first, a story:

When I was in college, I had to interview someone and ask them about historical events we learned about in class. It was a 1940-2000 American history class. I decided to interview my Dad. I sent him some questions to think about including one that asked for his thoughts about this specific year that was tumultuous for the U.S. When I talked to him, he told me he had to go look up the year because he didn’t remember what happened. It wasn’t that he didn’t remember the events, it’s just he didn’t remember exactly what year they happened.

I thought to myself: wow, this was a huge year, I wonder why he had to look it up?

Now I get it.

Now that I’m an adult, it makes sense that everything runs together. Except for really huge world events, it’s hard to separate things out because they happen as you go through your daily life.

Now I’m glad I saved the newspapers.

The News Layout

For each of my college scrapbooks, I made a page with a collection of headlines for the year. It’s a great way to put all of my other college experiences in perspective.

The layout is a very basic collage. I lay the clippings out and play with the arrangement, deciding which stories make the cut. The biggest headline of the year is literally the biggest thing on the page. I add other serious and fun headlines from world and campus news.

Draft layout.

It would look pretty boring without any color! I picked three colors to alternate backing on the news clippings. I decided to try something outside of my comfort zone and went with grey, yellow and this bluish green.

Picking some colors outside of my comfort zone.

I took some post-it notes and marked which clipping was getting what color to make sure I got a good distribution. Of course I don’t do anything willy-nilly. Are you surprised?

Deciding which clipping gets what color.

Again outside of my comfort zone, I decided to make the headline a bar that extended toward the edge of the page.

Trying something new with the headline.

That’s about it! This is a fun, easy layout to do. It doesn’t feature a lot of technique, but I’m glad it’s a part of my scrapbook.

As for the interview with my Dad, what ended up being the most valuable was hearing what was going on in his life when all of those things happened. I guess this is full circle.

Tips & Ideas

  • Think about saving a few news headlines each year.
  • A news layout doesn’t have to be complicated, it’s about putting your scrapbook into perspective.
  • Even if little news stories seem insignificant, putting them together can paint an interesting picture.

Scrapbook Layout: Bowl Game and the Move to Digital

This layout is special not just because of the memories. This event marked the point where I switched from 35mm to digital photos. Remember those days? I’m extremely happy to be rid of the photo boxes, but this is a new creative path for me.

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Scrapbook Layout: Axe Rally

Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the end of our journey through Big Game Week 2003.

Yes, I know I have gentlemen reading this blog.

Since the Bears won the 106th Big Game, it means I have one more layout to do:  the Axe Rally.  The Axe Rally takes place the Monday following the Big Game if the Bears win and bring home the Stanford Axe.

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Scrapbook Layout: Big Game

We are in the home stretch! Here are my pages for the 106th Big Game, the culmination of my earlier Big Game Week Pages. If you haven’t seen them, check out the earlier pages in this series here, here and here.

I had a TON of stuff saved from this game.

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Scrapbook Layout: Big Game Bonfire

We are past the halfway point with Big Game Week layouts! I know you’re excited.

This page keeps with the let’s-see-how-much-I-can-fit-onto-one page and I-can’t-believe-I’m trying-to-tell-this-story-on-one-page themes. In other words, it’s very similar to the Campus Decorating page I showed last week.

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Scrapbook Layout: Campus Decorating

This is the second post about several layouts I’m working on for Big Game Week in my fourth year in college. If you’ve been following along with my college layouts thus far, you know that school spirit is kind of a big deal for me.

Last week was the intro to Big Game Week. This layout focuses on the decorating we did all over campus to get ready for the week. This page is much simpler because it was mostly pictures:

I started with the large picture of Sather Gate and tried to work everything else around it. I wasn’t sure how big I wanted the picture to be. I solve this by printing several copies of the picture in different sizes. I print them in low quality black and white so I don’t waste much ink.

Draft Sather Gate pictures in various sizes to play around with.

I don’t waste paper either! I keep a stash of pages in my desk that have been printed on one side already. I reuse them by printing draft pictures on the other side:

Don’t waste paper! Reuse paper that’s printed on one side for draft pictures.

I had a mix of 35mm 4×6 prints and digital pictures for this page. I use the same “draft picture” concept for the other digital prints on the page. I print everything out in low-quality black and white first before committing to a size.

Drafts of digital prints mixed with 35mm 4×6 prints.

You can probably tell that I moved a bunch of stuff around after this point. I love the Campanile pictures, but I didn’t want them all right next to each other.

Finally, after deciding where I wanted everything, I printed the headline. This is the same font I used for the two earlier Big Game Week pages except I didn’t cut it out by hand (I’m only a masochist some of the time). The font is Franklin Gothic Heavy.

I went the easy route by feeding the yellow cardstock through the printer.

Headline is printed on cardstock that I fed through the printer.

Tips & Ideas

  • Mix digital and 35mm prints.
  • Print draft copies of digital prints in various sizes before printing the real thing.
  • Save paper around the house that’s only printed on one side and reuse it for draft pictures.
  • Take a shortcut on making headlines by feeding cardstock directly through the printer.