With all the fun you are having you may want to capture, record, and remember all these great moments. And what better way than with photographs and even better with scrapbooks... I hope you are living each day this summer to the fullest. With our 1950s week last week, I was surprised how much I was reminiscing about some of my favorite summer memories. Even though the 1950's was before my time, there is a great notaligic feel to that era. Summer is magical and enchanted in a childs eyes and I hope my post last summer of 100 things to do with your kids still inspires you to be active, have fun and enjoy every single second you can while your kids are young. I was wishing I had photos of the memories I was reliving with my own children to go with the stories we shared.. and it fueled my purpose and desire as a photographer and scrapbooker to keep alive the fun of my kids childhood through images and written words.
Lets start with taking photos, you dont have to be a professional photographer, you dont have to have an expensive dslr... check out some of kodak's point and shoots pretty reasonably priced and can easily work for on the go photos.. The most important part is that you take the photos.. Maureen over at Spell Outloud interviewed my favorite photographer, photography teacher, and luckily my friend Katrina at the beginning of the summer. Check out that post to get great tips, tricks and ideas for capturing your summer this year. You can also purchase Katrina's lessons at Designerdigitals, and if you own a dslr and have been stuck on auto for as long as I was before reading it, it is so well worth it..
Maureen also interviewed notable scrapper, Paula Gilarde in search of scrapbooking your summer ideas. Paula shares ideas of how to incorporate memorabilia into your pages as well.
I really enjoyed reading a post over at Ali Edwards Blog last week with a guest poster May Flaum. If you need starters for the journaling, make sure you read this post. Several great ideas I am already starting to incorporate around here so I dont forget the details of our summer.
Here are a few examples of pages that have been added to our family scrapbooks from last summers theme weeks and some from this summer as well.
We have multiple books going on around here at any one time. All 4 kids have their own book and as I create a scrapbook page, I just upload it to their file at Shutterfly. We also have a family book which we add pages to all the time. And then we will do seasonal books as well. This year the kids are old enough to create their own pages and are doing so with paper scrapbooking supplies and we will have much smaller but really great little books of their favorite memories from this summer. I think it is very important to involve them in the process of the record keeping, it helps validate their feelings and roles within the family and it also preserves what was real and true to them. They will have something very tangible from their childhood and when afforded the opportunity to hold pages they have created with images they created or captured it is sure to bring a spark to their eye. Make sure you involve your kids in the process this summer...
All products on these pages have come from designerdigitals.com the artists and designers at designerdigitals have top of the line digital products for all your digital scrapbooking needs. And for more summer scrapbook ideas be sure to check out the gallery and store there. Here are some of my favorites products which we are already using around here this summer.
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