Busy Summer Scrapbooking


According to the owner of my local scrapbook supply shop, summer is her slowest time of the year.

Ironically, summer is when I do the bulk of my memory book-making. Perhaps, it’s because my daughter is off of school during the summer and we tend to craft more when she is home. However, I have a feeling that the reason I complete more scrapbooks in the summer months is because I take more pictures during June, July and August than other months.

While the rest of the world puts their cameras to use extensively during the holidays (October, November and December), my picture-taking device gets its major workout when we travel to summer vacation destinations. While we’re busy discovering new spots and embarking on family-friendly adventures, I can easily snap more than 100 photos in a day.

Fortunately, I have finally found a way to exercise self control and not cram every shot into a double-page layout. Digital photography has given me the tools to select only the images that best tell our vacation story. What’s more, I’ve also learned not to take pictures exclusively of my family when we are out and about. Rather, I also capture landmarks and other scenery to provide a broader overview of our trip and show others what they can experience if they plan to travel to the same destination.

If you are planning to craft a digital scrapbook of your family’s summer travels, don’t forget to scan or take pictures of souvenirs you’ve collected on your trip. You may even consider crafting a page at the end of your memory album with photos of you presenting gifts you purchased for family and friends who stayed home.

Finally, don’t worry if your vacation pictures didn’t turn out as well as you had hoped. Photo editing software can cure a multitude of problems including lighting, contrast and poor framing. If all else fails, see if you can find photos online of your vacation destination and add those to your scrapbook.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.