The Sunny Side of Summer Scrapbooking


I share a summer birthday with my dad and grandfather, so there was no shortage of greeting cards around our home during the month of August.

Given our collective ages, it’s no surprise that we still treasure receiving traditional birthday cards rather than the digital ones that are sent via email. I am a tactile person. I love wrapping my fingers around handwritten well wishes, and then cutting up said well wishes and placing them in a scrapbook.

I’ve been doing it for years.

Why waste a perfectly good greeting card when you can add it to a scrapbook layout?

Having a summer birthday comes in quite handy when you are trying to embellish page designs with sunny summer quotes. Over the years I have had the good fortune of brightening up my layouts with the following seasonal sayings:

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”–James Dent

“It’s a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it’s light out.”–Bill Watterson

“A life without love is like a year without summer.”–Swedish Proverb

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”–Celia Thaxter

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”–Wallace Stevens

“Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you.”–Erma Bombeck

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”–Author unknown

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”–Henry James

“Summer makes a silence after spring.”–Vita Sackville-West

“It will not always be summer: build barns.”–Hesiod

“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.”–Elizabeth Lawrence

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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.