Make A Summer Memories Family Scrapbook
Summer goes by so fast. Before you know it, you have blinked and it’s time for school again.
Do something different this summer. Be decisive and make a family project to save all those lovely memories of a fun summer spent with the family.
With everyone having camera features on cell phones, it is easy to quickly accumulate several special moments, captured in time. But don’t just stop there—do something with those photos. Involve the whole family as the memories belong to them also.
Why not make a special Summer Memories Family Scrapbook? It will be a wonderful memory keepsake, as well as, something that the family can look back on time and time again. There are always times to relive those special moments, especially years from now.
So, let’s get started saving those summer memories with a family scrapbook or memory box.
A Summer Scrapbook
There are several things you can do to gather memory keepsakes for this family project. For instance,
- Take pictures throughout the summer,
- save ticket stubs
- and other mementos
and turn them into a family scrapbook that records everything you’ve done this summer. Once a week, or whenever you get back from a fun event take a minute to make a few notes about what you want to add to your book about it.
To assist with this, make one your family activities a trip to the dollar store to have everyone pick out some crafting supplies. If everyone is involved in picking out the crafting supplies, the more eager they will be to contribute to preserving their memories for this Family Scrapbook.
Get everyone in the family involved. Have them share pictures, drawings, mementos, and their favorite memories about each summer trip and activities. Print pictures and create the scrapbook pages together. Even if you’re not much of a scrap book person, you’ll enjoy putting this memory book together. Give the smaller children paper and crayons, and have them draw their impressions of the memory. Later, ask the child to tell you about their picture. Write that description on the back of their picture, so the interpretation is preserved in time.
Think of this as a time capsule of your shared summer memories. Everyone needs to tuck in something representing their favorite memory of and event or activity.
As a result, over time, your summer scrapbook will become a family treasure you’ll go back to again and again to relive those summer days.
A Family Memory Box
If the idea of a scrapbook doesn’t appeal to you and your loved ones, consider making a memory box instead. It’s similar to the summer vacation scrapbook, but instead of collecting images, stories, and ticket stubs in an album, everything goes into a box. Old shoe boxes work very well for this.
Or, again, pick up a wooden at the local dollar store. Don’t forget some paints so you can get it decorated to. You can decorate the outside with drawings, pictures, or paper that reminds you of summer.
Then stick various different things in your box. The big advantage of a box is that it can hold three dimensional items that won’t fit into a scrapbook. You can add a special rock or seashell your kids picked up for example.
However, just like an album, the box will be something you’ll fondly open from time to time to remember this special summer.
Get in the habit of creating one every year and make sure you label each box well. It also helps to have a few notes about what you did when to each box’s inventory. So popping in a brief calendar agenda will help trigger other memories later when reminiscing.
Digital Options if You Prefer
Admittedly though we do live in a digital age. As a result, I thought I’d include a few digital memory keeping options as well.
The easiest way to do that is to create a folder on your computer or hard drive, or use a dedicated flash drive to save all pictures and videos you’ve taken throughout the summer. A nice addition would be a series of quick video interviews with each family member that includes their favorite memories from the summer.
Another fun option is to create a family blog that chronicles your summer adventures. Set up a free blog where you share what you’re up to each day or week, along with pictures and videos. Not only is it a nice way to capture your memories for yourself, you can also share it with family and friends who would love to see what you’re up to all summer.
But no matter how you choose to do this,
- memory box
- digital files
make sure that you and your family spend a little time capturing and saving those fun summer memories this year. You’ll be glad you did a few months and years down the road when you can look back on what you’ve captured this summer.
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