Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Summer Memory Book

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Memory keeping has long been a love of mine. In the 90s, I became “a scrapbooker.” There was something in the designing, the planning and in the shopping at a scrapbook store! When digital scrapbooking came on the scene, I embraced it wholeheartedly. It combined all the things I loved, plus no mess! That was a serious bonus for a woman with a baby and a toddler.

Now I am sad to say that, 4 children later, I have hard drives full of photos but simply do not make time for scrapbooking. I transitioned to telling stories on social media and on a personal blog. This has worked fine for me, but I realized that my kiddos were missing out on the experience of holding photos in their hands and learning what stories I valued.

Last summer I decided to fix this. I really wanted to involve my children in the process. I knew what I did needed to be simple, something I could mostly prepare ahead of time so that when things got busy I didn’t neglect it, and inviting for my kids! This is my how-to for an easy summer memory book!

 

Supplies Needed:
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3 ring binder – 8×8, 9×9, 6×8

Page protectors sized for your binder

Journal Cards/Embellishments

Pen

Photos

 

***A note on supplies – any office supplies will work, but there is a great line from Becky Higgins, a well known scrapbook designer, called Project Life. I used them last year and it really made everything easy!

Additionally, and this was the critical part for me, I needed a quick and dirty photo editing and printing plan. There are countless (and I do mean countless!) apps for this sort of thing. I wanted to stick with 2 photo sizes, the 4×6 and 3×4. To that end, I used PicFrame. (Its available on both iTunes and Google Play)  You are able to select a frame with two images, set the aspect ration to 3:2,  remove the borders and print them side by side on a 4×6 print. After you get your prints, simply cut them in half! I printed through Walgreens because their 4×6 prints are ready in 1 hour. 

This turned into a simple, yet fun project that everyone in the family had a hand in. Remember to involve children in the recording of their own memories. My kids love reminiscing over our summer flipping through each memory book! 

digital scrapbook, keeping nemories, making memories, memory keeping, photo book, phoyo memories, project life, projects with kids, reminiscing, scrapbook, scrapbooking

 

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