Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer Fun

Summer is in full swing at our house. Lazy summer days.  Trips to the river and the pool. Friends coming and going.  Never ending snow cones, ice cream and pop sickles. Night games and movie nights with popcorn. Camping, trips to the beach, road trips in the car. Oh to be a kid again.  Mom keeps it all together with  the fridge fully stocked and the laundry going to clean the never ending towels and swimsuits. The reality is that it's not all fun for Mom. Don't get me wrong I love summer too.  During all the chaos and trying to keep things going I have forgotten a few times to keep the battery in my camera fully charged. I really need to get a backup battery! Sometimes we forget something important like sunscreen.  Or I have grumpy kids from too many late nights.  But through it all one of my favorite things to do during the summer is to capture all those fun times on film. I get to follow my kids around join in the fun and hopefully catch a moment or two on camera!

It's fun for my family to look back at all the great times we had during the break.  This is my journal keeping in a nutshell.  I am not very good at writing day to day, but I really enjoy putting together a page and jotting down some of my thoughts about the pictures on display. I think my kids enjoy looking at them too.

Most of the pages I create are 12x12 size.  I love using Heritage Collector Storybook to create the layouts.  Most of the graphics came from Cool Summer, Sweet summer, and All about Boy kits.

I am also sharing these two summer adventures from Deena Rutter too. 

Camping fun

I love summer!  One of the things I enjoy is scrapping all the fun things we do during our break.  It's a great time to enjoy each other and make some great memories!  I use to hand scrap each page.  Until I discovered digital scrap booking a few years ago.  I will never go back.  I still enjoy making a handmade card or tag.  But I love all the fun things you can do with digital graphic kits.  I think it's great that I can use the graphics over and over.  As well as make as many changes to my page as I want!  Which I usually do a few drafts before I even print the page.  I used the camping kit from Jessica Sprauge. Of course I couldn't create these without  Heritage Collector storybook.

So this post is all about summer.  My family is going on a camping trip to Bear Lake soon.  I put together a camping kit for each one of my children to use on the trip.  I created a laminated digital page that doubles as a white board that they can doodle on.  I slipped each one into a bag with a dry erase pen, and some snacks for the trip. I think we will use these for next summers activities too.

I designed each of these pages as 8 1/2 x 11.  I printed them on card stock and then laminated each one.  I love that you can use each one as doodle page when you flip it over.  I think they will work great to pass the time drawing while driving in the car.  If I were to do these again though I would size mine to an 8x10 because it is a tight squeeze into a gallon ziplock bag.

 My kids seem to like them and it will keep their own stuff marked and labeled with their name.  Can't wait to add some mini flashlights and glow sticks to their bags.  These were really fun to put together and build some excitement for our upcoming camping trip!