Scrapbooking is a fun, creative way for kids and adults to capture special memories. This year, keep kids busy while preserving all the fun they had while school was out by creating a summer scrapbook.
Summer scrapbooks are a fun and artistic project that can be customized for kids of all ages and interest levels. Not only can they combat summer boredom, but it creates a keepsake that will be treasured for years to come. The following are five ideas for creating a summer scrapbook.
- More than just photos. While pictures are an important part of a scrapbook, they rarely tell the whole story. Instead, include other objects to help bring a story to life. A scrapbook page about a swim meet, for example, could include rubbings of medals, ribbons, swim caps, and more.
- Create a less formal smash book. Creating scrapbooks takes time; if your family is too busy having fun to sit down and take on a major artistic project, consider a “smash book” instead. Smash books are essentially journals with pictures, memorabilia, embellishments, and more. The lack of planning allows smash books to be worked on as summer progresses rather than sifting through photos and memories all at once.
- Include collaborative and individual elements. Work together as a family to choose pictures or layout pages, but also give each person a chance to shine. Have each member of the family write a few sentences of their favorite ice cream flavor and why, for example, for pages about visiting a new ice cream food truck.
- Make smaller, themed scrapbooks. If jamming a whole summer’s worth of memories into one scrapbook seems impossible, focus instead on one theme or event. Whether it is a scrapbook dedicated to a vacation, a road trip, or a memory book highlighting all the trips to the beach or nature hikes you took, a theme can help kids stay focused on specific memories.
- Think outside the (scrap) book. Summer scrapbooks don’t have to be in a traditional book form. Instead, let kids get creative with how they want to preserve their memories. Ring bound postcards with memories written on the back, treasure chests with admission tickets on the folded pages inside, and memory boxes are all alternatives to traditional scrapbooks that save the memories while helping kids think outside the traditional book!