Scrapbooking Your Summer Adventures


What’s been the highlight of your summer so far?

For my daughter, it’s been boogie boarding; for my friend’s son, it’s been attending band camp; and for my neighbor, the highlight has been her annual trip to Mexico.

All three events are scrapbook worthy, as is just about any adventure you may experience this summer. The trick to crafting an eye-popping series of layouts that showcase your summer memories to the fullest is to plan ahead. For starters, you’ll want to snap a ton of photos of your seasonal escapades. Next, you’ll want to collect as many mementos as possible to feature on your page designs. Then, when it’s time to start putting the pieces together, try to incorporate as much of your theme as possible. For instance, in the case of my neighbor and her trip to Mexico, she could work with red, white, and green paper, to represent the colors of the Mexican flag. Another option is to use Mexican inspired clip art, stickers or die cuts featuring cactuses, maracas, or chili peppers.

If the highlight of your summer has been guitar lessons, then scrapbook that. Include photos of you and your teacher, as well as your practice sessions at home. Then, pepper the pages with guitar-related quotes, such as:

“Any problem you can’t solve with a good guitar, is either unsolvable or isn’t a problem.”–Anonymous

“Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two.”–Fredric Chopin

“My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself, it is who I am.”–Joan Jett

Otherwise, go with your gut and pen some original thoughts about your lessons in journaling blocks. You can share what made you decide to start playing the guitar, how it makes you feel when you hit the right notes, and what the biggest challenges are in learning how to master the instrument.

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Michele Cheplic

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.