Thursday, August 9, 2012

Summer Preserves

Storing Your Summer Bounty

If you’ve ever made jam or bottled tomatoes, you know the satisfaction that comes from preserving nature’s bounty for your family to enjoy later in the year. Preserving your memories is not so different. The storehouse of memories you create today contributes significantly to your family being close tomorrow. Across the years, preserving your summer memories may be one of the most significant things you ever do for your children.

So store up a little (or a lot) of this summer’s sunny moments and keep sweet memories fresh with projects like these.


Page-by-Page Preservation
If your family’s summer activities were a bit of this and a bit of that, consider making a 12 x 12 summer post-bound album and preserving your sunshine moments page by page. “Summer Fun Album by Michelle Bedard, template 61612 and “Summer Fun – 12 x 12 Post-bound Album” by Misty Kylkema, template 62874 are both good album choices for filling with varied or closer-to-home summer fun.

Meaningful Close-to-home Moments

Once you’ve chosen your post-bound album, go to the Template Gallery and select 12 x 12 scrap pages as your product and “summer” as your search term. You’ll find a wealth of choices there that make page-by-page scrapbooking fast and easy. In the casual, close-to-home summer topics, check out “Silly Summer” by Leanne Reist-Barr, template 89075; “Cousins and Sunshine” by Cynthia Coulon, template 90329; “Frog Catching” by Kari Svoboda, template 80029; “Fun in the Sun” by Tamara Shoulders, template 5207; “U Love 2 Ride” by Cynthia Coulon, template 90342; or “Colorful Fun” by Kellee Martins, template 82646. Capture your kids enjoying their summer routine and you capture a slice of life they cannot easily preserve for themselves once they are grown. It really is up to you.

Vacation Albums

To tuck vacation and other travel pages away a few at a time, consider post-bound albums “Our Travels” by Darcie Toom, template 41995 or “Our Summer Vacation” by Michelle Bell, template 61989. If you’re like most, vacations are a concentrated time of family togetherness, full of moments you won’t ever want to forget. Even a few months after a vacation, spending time leafing through your holiday album brings back those carefree memories for each family member.


Vacation Pages

Search on “vacation,” or “beach,” in the 12 x 12 scrap page section of the Template Gallery and you’ll find plenty of vacation-themed pages to help fill your album. Try “My Lil’ Beach Bum Boy” by Cheryl Lewis, template 90839; “Beach” by Brooke Birch, template 90456; “Snorkeling Sisters” by Cynthia Coulon, template 90333; “Travel Memories” by Tara Jones, template 66598; “Beach Time” by Michelle Bedard, template 64525 or “Beach Pages,” template 40326 by Wendy Bailey that contains a two-page spread for scrapbooking your beach vacation.

Summer Days by the Sea

In addition to beach scrap pages, Wendy Bailey has an entire series of beach templates for canvases. Shown here is “Deep Beach Canvas,” an 18 x 24 deep canvas, template 39305. Its neutral, natural and muted tones will fit into most decorating styles, so show those beach photos off liberally around your home. Make your memories part of your décor by selecting any one of Wendy’s beach canvases. You’ll find one that will be a perfect fit for the space you have in mind.

Storybook Vacations

Were you lucky enough to take your family on vacation to one of Disney’s Magic Kingdoms? Such a vacation is often a big budget item for a young family. Record the memories in a storybook like Kari Pieratt’s 11.5 x 8.5 “Magical Memories Vacation Book,” template 64095, and you preserve the magical memories so your investment lasts a lifetime.


Whether your time away is local, national or international; preserve your memories in just the right book by searching the Heritage Makers Template Gallery. Click on template 90455 to see the inside of Kari Pieratt’s “San Diego Vacation Book.” It’s an 11.5 x 8.5 storybook filled with Sea World, beach and southern California vacation style that’s ideal for your oceanside vacation.


No matter where you travel in the country, you can customize your book with “Road Trip” by Jill Means. This 8 x 8 storybook, template 75993, allows you to move the markers on the map, and indeed the map itself, to represent your family’s recent travels. Every state is represented in the clean, graphic style art that this book is made from. If Mexico’s the destination, try “Simple Travel: Mexico” by Michelle Bell. Also an 8 x 8 storybook, template 66494 is just one in a series covering countries including the USA.

Preserving Summer

Summer’s the perfect time for fun, photos and family get-togethers. Whether your family’s summer includes a Disneyland trip, tide pools on the beach, or long, lazy, backyard days and barbecues; celebrate and preserve your summer’s magic moments in Heritage Makers pages or projects.

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