So I know I just wrote a post about fall. And those things are still true, and I’m not sad about the changing weather or the shift in general. But I could do without the shorter days and the fact that the pool’s closing next weekend.
This post is sort of about summer. But really, it’s about paper. I want to share a summer minibook I worked on this year. It’s coming along and I really like how it’s turning out.
When I got the idea to make a little mini album / scrapbook, I wasn’t sure if it would be too many scrapbooking projects since I’m already doing Project Life. But this turned into a really fun alternative.
Project Life is where I work on saving photos of the everyday things, and want all my weeks included in some way. I try to tell stories about what’s happening week to week. And I have this idea that some day other people might look through the albums. No one is now, but I have that idea. That they’re like the photo albums I’m keeping for this time, so they’ll be meant to be shared.
This minibook is just about the things that felt like summer to me. And I had a lot of fun in the smaller size, and playing with more embellishments. The journaling seemed easier for me, too. It ended up being easier and more personal, for me to share how I’m feeling about things, what I’m thinking about, and actually one page about worries I was having and how I was working hard to enjoy the summer through some tough ideas.
And while it seems very square — all 4×6 images, mostly straight corners, plain images — it got me thinking just a little bit outside the box. It was different than filling 3×4 or 4×6 pockets. That’s still my favorite way of scrapbooking, but it let me feel more creative without a specific spot to fill, and because I was creating every piece myself.
So those are my thoughts behind all these paper projects. Now on to some pages.
I started off with a little title page, where I explained what the book was about. I like the look of sewn pages in scrapbooking, but you won’t find me with a sewing machine anytime soon. So I improvised with dashes.
I liked the patterned paper showing around the edges, and on that one, I added a quote I found online and cut into a circle.
Then I just added some photos that felt like summer, to me.
A photo of my new Fitbit.
And a big 6×8 image from our first pool party, chopped down the middle into two 4×6 pieces. I love my mom’s smirk in this photo. And that my sister is asleep in the background under a beach towel.
I’ll share some more pages soon, but that’s how it all got started. Did you document your summer this year? How did you do it?