Celebrate summer memories with a mini summer scrapbook

Once our kids go back to school, the conversation drifts towards some of our favorite summer memories as we eat dinner or get ready for bed. Our thoughts turn to the experiences we’ve had during these magical months of warm weather and carefree days.

Summer is such a special time, and to help remember some of our favorite moments from the season, we created an All About Summer mini-scrapbook.

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This simple little album came together quickly. There’s nothing complicated here, just a basic 4×6 photo album filled with photos and journaling cards for jotting down our summer stories.

This little album was a collaborative effort, but the supplies are so inexpensive that it would be fun to have your child put together their own mini scrapbook.

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What you’ll need to create your own mini-scrapbook:

• 4×6 photo album (we found ours at the dollar store)

• Paper trimmed to 4×6 size to fit in your album (or download and print a set of my free journaling cards, free!)

• A paper trimmer

• Your favorite acid-free pen

• A selection of summer photos

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I’ve created some printable journaling cards to make it even easier for you to put together your own album. You can download them here as a five-page PDF. Simply download, print, and trim them to fit in your album.

Start by adding the title card to the front of your album; or, you could have your child design their own cover with stickers, markers or crayons.

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Next, get your pen ready to start recording those favorite summer memories. My kids had a lot of fun putting this album together, while at the same time retelling the stories they remembered from the summer.

My two youngest enjoyed putting photos in the album and drawing pictures to add to the album. My oldest kids had fun filling out the journaling cards about things they loved from the summer.

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Now you’re ready to add all your photos and journaling cards to the album. I paired a journaling card with each photo and placed them in the album side by side, but you can do it however you’d like—there’s no right or wrong here.

When your album is complete, leave it out where it can be enjoyed. You could also take it along with you on outings to inspire a little quiet time when needed, such as at a doctor’s appointment.

Here are some things you could record in your mini-scrapbook:

• A list of books you read over the summer

• Favorite places you visited

• What you did on a typical summer day

• Food you enjoyed over the summer

• Something new that you tried

• A memorable project you worked on

• A wish list of things to do next summer

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This mini-scrapbook is a fun and simple way to preserve precious family memories that are too easily forgotten, and inspire conversation and storytelling with your kiddos.

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15 Comments

  1. Grace

    What a great idea! Thanks for not only writing the tutorial, but then providing free downloads to go with it – above and beyond! I used to do scrapbooking, but kind of let that go by the wayside when we moved overseas (took me about a year to figure out how to print photos to the sizes I wanted – little slow here!). Anyway. Thanks for a do-able fun project. And I look forward to trying it with my little crafter soon. 🙂

  2. Angela @Homegrown Mon

    I love the simplicity of this. It means I’m much more likely to actually do it!

  3. Jo@simplybeingmum

    Had to comment Rebecca…today the Kids’ and I are sitting down to fill in a scrapbook of our summer travels and adventures. We toured the Dorset coast! I’ve had scrapbook issues in the past (understatement) and am now finding a mini version that gets done is better than trying to recreate in paper and photos the whole experience.
    I’m still working through an eight-year-hoard due to when scrapbooking goes bad!

  4. Diar

    I used to loathe 4×6 photo albums, since they’re usually easy to be broken (I don’t know if said photo albums are better produced in the USA, but not in my country). But this post has really inspired me. I guess this time I’ll choose 4×6 photo albums… AND keep them very, very neatly to prevent early breakage or anything.

  5. Chrysta

    On Which type of paper should I print these adorable downloads? I too have abandoned my scrapbooking due to overwhelm. This has inspired me. And I am also excited about getting my three sons involved in this creative activity.

    • Rebecca Cooper

      We just printed ours on white cardstock Chrysta. 🙂

  6. Cheri

    Rebecca- thank you so much! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed. I have a load of scrapbook stuff from before life got so busy and I have 2 digital scrapbooks started that have been sitting in limbo for many months! One is from Disney 2011- yikes! Love, love this idea! Simple and totally adorable. What a great way to finish off summer and actually enjoy the pictures we’ve taken. We’re starting on this today 🙂

    • Rebecca Cooper

      Have fun with it Cheri…can’t wait to see what you put together. 🙂

  7. Jenn @ A Simple Haven

    I love this! I’m so not a scrapbooker, so I like the simplicity of this idea.

  8. Jessica

    So simple, yet so effective! I really like these albums. I love scrapbooking but find it hard to find the time with a newborn, small albums like this would work for the majority of my photos and then I could just scrapbook the extra special occasions and memories. Thanks for the ideas!

  9. Victoria

    Love this idea. I am so behind on photo’s and have been using free codes for Shutterfly photo albums to catch up. I am now out of free codes for albums but I have some free ones left for 4X6 prints and was looking for a simple way to make an album out of them. Now I have it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Franziska

    This is a great idea! I always shy away from scrapbooking because I think it’s sooo much work. But this sounds doable! And my kids would love it 🙂
    Thank you!

  11. Sage Grayson

    This is an adorable idea! I love it that you could easily put this together in an hour or two. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  12. Kaly

    This is beautiful! And so “simple”. I can’t wait for my boys to be old enough to document things like this.
    Thanks for the lovely printable too!

  13. ProGait Custom Orthotics

    This is a lovely idea 🙂 I have tons of photographs that need printing and sorting into albums, I really must get round to it!

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