Summer Scrapping

If you are like me, then you have a mountain of photos taken from your family’s summer adventures sitting on your desk waiting to be placed in a scrapbook. I have a million of ideas for summer-themed layouts, but have yet to organize all of the elements needed to create the perfect book.

My goal is to have all 1000-plus summer photos sorted by Christmas… I mean… the end of September. Wishful thinking? Maybe.

Here are some of the layouts I have been working on:


Layout featuring a picnic basket. I have a large die cut of a picnic basket (though you could use clip art, if you desire), which I plan to attach to the top of the page, then place fun picnic photos under the top of the basket, so when you lift up the basket flap, you can view the photos inside.

Pictures include:

*My daughter biting into a huge slice of watermelon

*My world-famous potato salad

*Candid shots of people eating, laughing, chatting

*My daughter and her friend using potato chips as buck bills

*The surrounding area: park, beach, backyard, etc.

I also kept some picnic memorabilia for my layout. I have a map and brochure from a nature reserve we visited and pressed flowers from our yard.


I have thousands of photos of my family’s trips to the beach, but this summer I want to create a unique layout that features a chronological progression of my daughter’s beach visits. It will act as a timeline of sorts, chronicling her very first visit, when she was just five months old all the way up until August 2010. (She’s 6 now).

The layout would include multiple pages. However, I haven’t figured out if I want to devote one page per year or whether I should create a single montage of photos of her sitting on the sand from age one to six.

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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.