Spring Break Scrapbooks

Spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20th, but many families have already hit the road to escape Old Man Winter’s wrath and enjoy sun and fun in warmer climates.

My nephew’s school spring break wrapped up last week. He spent five glorious days surfing, sculpting sand ramps for his Hot Wheels’ cars and snacking on his favorite sandwiches at a popular Hawaiian hot spot. My sister-in-law is now busy crafting a Spring Break 2011 scrapbook to showcase the photos she snapped during their family getaway.

Spring break scrapbooks are a cinch to make, especially if you visit the beach during your vacation. Whether your child is five months old or five years old, capturing his first experience at the beach is definitely scrap worthy. Beach trips yield amazing scrapbook memories, so it is essential that you take your camera along to snap photographic proof of your trip.

Aim to shoot your children’s footprints in the sand or their first encounter chasing waves. Snap shots of them building a sandcastle or sculpting other creations. Some parents document their child’s beachwear from the swimsuit and matching sun hat to little sandals and swimsuit cover-up. Other must-have images include: your child napping under a beach umbrella, watching the sunset, collecting seashells and running after birds. If your children are older photograph them partaking in their favorite beach activities be it reading, tanning, surfing, playing volleyball or flying a kite.

Once you have selected your favorite photos to add to the layout, then consider adding other embellishments, such as sea shells, sand, swatches from beach towels or seaweed. If you didn’t collect memorabilia from your spring break trip to the beach, then accent your layout with store bought embellishments, such as stickers in the shape of palm trees, sandals, beach umbrellas, waves, starfish, sandcastles and beach balls.

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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.