As part of my "embrace the summer" outlook I ordered a Summer Minibook from Elise to capture summer memories. I've never been a scrapbooker and have had no interest...until I found Elise's blog. I love that her designs are modern and simple. I've kept a journal for years and used to tuck movie stubs and other small memorabilia in the pages (although never considered it scrapbooking) so I thought a minibook wouldn't be too much of a leap for me.
I kept things very simple for this first minibook but I did buy a few supplies.
2 Hole punch. For including random things in the book. Just punch a hole and add it to the ring. The woman at the craft store had recommended the 1/8 in size but I wish I'd bought the next size up.
4 Washi tape from Target. Could not find a link but it comes in several colors and is in the office supply section.
5 Small ceramic strawberry containers for organization.
6 W stamp from a craft store, You're My Favorite stamp from Elise stamps (they're only available for a limited time!)
I didn't put pressure on myself to fill the book. On the weekend I would jot down a couple of notes and when I had time I'd add more detail.
(Sorry to be annoying - blurred photos for privacy!)
I never got around to printing photos which is definitely something lacking. Next time. This has me thinking we need to invest in a reliable printer that will print good photos. If getting photos were as easy as hitting "print" and picking them up from across the room I think our house would be filled with many more.
What I loved about the book is that even though mine is simple the paper in different shapes and patterns (and the occasional envelope!) makes it look fun with little effort.
I ended up having several pages left over, which is a bummer because the paper is so fun! Still thinking of what to do with these fun scraps. If I included photos I think the pages would definitely fill up faster. And on the next one I can tell that I can intersperse some simpler pages with just one photo, word, or fun scrap, there's plenty of room.
What I did capture of summer 2012 I'm so glad to have in this format! Plus you know I love an excuse to celebrate the seasons. I don't think Elise makes an autumn minibook but I think I'll buy the next one she comes out with and give it another go. I'm still no scrapbooker but I'm seeing the appeal...