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I’ve joined a fun group of bloggers to put together a roundup of ideas for celebrating and documenting Summer. After you’ve checked out my 3 secrets for scrapping summer, be sure and scroll to the bottom of the post for links to the other ideas!
Summer is here, at least in my neck of the woods! And summer brings with it, all the adventures and fun and traditions that come with warmer days and shorter nights! I love that life seems to be just a little more spontaneous and a little more exciting. With the kids home for summer vacation, we try to make the most of this family time and perhaps it is the same with you. It is also a time for family reunions and family vacations. It may include neighborhood BBQ’s and community parades. We recently enjoyed an evening outdoors, watching Shakespeare in the park. There are so many wonderful things about celebrating summer.
But summer can also mean super busy and not a lot of “mom” time which may equate to “scrap” time! You may start out the summer with every intention of capturing and documenting all the memories you are creating. And before you know it, it’s time to start buying school clothes and school supplies again. And you know that even with the best intention of catching up on that summer scrapping, Fall will bring with it a whole new craziness as you begin to make your calendars, finish up your yearly albums, and start your holiday shopping.
Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! I want you to not only have plenty of time to make many summer memories, but I want to help you get them scrapped as well! I even made you a fun Summer Bucket List mini kit to help you get started!
Today I am sharing the 3 secrets to helping you Scrap Your Summer!
First–Get lots of Photos:
You can’t scrap much of an album without photos. Those photoless layouts will only take you so far! Believe me, I know because photos are the hardest part for me! Don’t worry about dragging your fancy camera around with you, just use the camera on your phone. So many phones now days have great cameras attached and they are so easy to whip out and capture the moment. So set a goal to click at least 3 photos a day. You’ll be amazed that having this goal in your mind will help you look for opportunities to get a photo.
Second–Quick and Easy Edits:
Even if you have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements at home, you can skip a few steps by editing directly on your phone. I love Snap Seed for this. I love using the time when I’m waiting for kids in the car. It works in layers, just like Photoshop and can be done with the touch of your fingertips. Then sync your photos with either Dropbox, Google photos or your apple account. When you are ready to scrap, your edited photos will be ready to download and scrap!
Third–Set a Scrapping Goal
This is important. The best of intentions can get lost among the distractions of life if we don’t set a clear goal. Be realistic with the goal, but set one. Maybe it is 1 layout a week. That would give you roughly 12 layouts which is not bad for a summer album. Maybe the goal is 2 layouts a week with the intent of hitting 20 pages. Decide what you want to get done and what you want your end product to be and write down your goal. Share it with us too! Either leave a comment below or come share it on Facebook or Instagram.
Here is the layout I completed for last year’s summer album. I’m still playing a little catch up as I also work on this summer’s photos! My goal for this summer is one layout for a past year and 1 layout for this year–Every week!
And perhaps as a little bonus or incentive to get you started, here is a fun Summer kit in my FREE Resource Library that you can use! Simply fill out the form below (if you are new here) and follow the instructions to access lots of fun and free scrapping goodies!
Check out these layouts from my team using this mini to kick off their summer scrapping:
I also have a video for you, with some tips for getting vibrant photos for your summer albums:
If you want to save this project for another day or share with a friend, pin the image below! And check out the other ideas for celebrating and documenting summer!