Scrapping Summer Adventures

Summer is filled with a slew of scrap worthy moments, from backyard barbeques to family reunions, beach trips and amusement park jaunts. When it comes to scrapbooking you don’t need to celebrate a major milestone in order to create a unique layout. Rather, take those little moments, such as a summer afternoon at the zoo, and turn them into sensational scrapbook pages.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Photos: Get shots of your kids with the most unique animals. Shoot a series of shots, so you can tell a story with them when you create your layout.

Memorabilia: Keep zoo memorabilia, including ticket stubs, maps, or lunch receipts, etc. to include in your designs.

Themes: If your kids had an especially fun time at the petting zoo, then create a layout with photos of your child feeding or touching the animals. To further enhance your theme, consider using textured scrapbook papers and materials that replicate the animals’ fur.

Paper: If you shot a bunch of great images of exotic animals, then create a layout that shines the spotlight on them. Coordinate your scrapbook paper to enhance those shots. For example, use a zebra striped. You can do the same with leopards and spotted paper, penguins and black-and-white paper and snakes and marbled-print paper.

Tracks: An easy way to spice up a zoo layout is to include stamped tracks on the page. Border your photos of lions, elephants, and ducks with rubber stamps or stickers featuring tracks that can be filled with with an acid-free pen. If you are particularly artistic you can draw the tracks yourself.

Natural Environments: Use scrapbook embellishments to create a page design that mimics an animal’s natural habitat. For example, you could use snow print paper and silver glitter to create a sparkling snowy background for photos featuring animals, such as polar bears or seals. Use die cuts, stickers, and stamps to add additional texture to the page.

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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.