Summer Memories Scrapbook

Capture the good times!

How to Make a Summer ScrapbookSummer is the favorite season for lots of kids – and with no school, later bedtimes, and special family trips, it’s easy to see why.  It’s natural that as summer draws to a close, your kids may be feeling a little bit bummed.  A great way to cheer them up is to initiate a craft project that will help your kids remember all those good times they’ve had this summer.

I like to think of making a scrapbook as a way to ‘one-up’ a photo album.  Photographs are an integral part, of course, but the quotations and little extras that you add to a scrapbook give it the ability to really tell a story.

If you or your child isn’t up to making a whole scrapbook, you can also make an amazing memory board.  Decorate one sheet of Bristol board with all the same things you would use in a scrapbook.  A memory board is the perfect thing to hang on the wall of your child’s bedroom.

Whether you opt for a memory board or a scrapbook, you and your child will enjoy reminiscing about your family’s summer time fun – and your child will have the perfect thing to bring to school to accompany the classic “What I Did for Summer Vacation” assignment.

Here are a few tips to get you started on your summer memories craft:

Find Your Best Photos

Print off those pictures that really capture the essence of your family’s summer.  A shot of the kids playing on the beach at the cottage, another of everyone standing by the roadside after the family van broke down on the way to the amusement park, or a simple photo of the family gathered around the backyard barbeque enjoying some homemade burgers.

Choose Fun Scrapbooking Paper

Even if you’re making a memory board rather than a full scrapbook, a couple sheets of scrapbooking paper will jazz up your display and help to divide up the space on the board so you have natural spots for different memories.  You can select paper that matches the theme of ‘summer’ or ‘vacation,’ or just pick a pattern that you like!

Use Special Mementos

In addition to photos, gather up any little tokens of your family’s adventures to add to your project.  Include things like admission tickets to an amusement park or other attraction, a napkin from the amazing roadside diner you found, or the map of the campgrounds where you spent a week together in one small tent.

Add Scrapbooking Stickers

I have a confession to make – I’m addicted to scrapbooking stickers.  I could (and have) spend ample amounts of time in the sticker aisle of my favorite crafting store.  Several strategically placed stickers will definitely add a little personality to your scrapbook or memory board.  There are plenty of options that will tie in perfectly with the summer theme – some even made with sand!

Include Captions

The final step that will complete your fabulous summer craft is a few well-chosen words about your memories.  Give your kids a chance to really think about why this summer was so great and then put their thoughts on paper.  And, of course, encourage them to add funny stories about mishaps that occurred during family trips.  Years from now, you’ll all be able to look back at the scrapbook and share a laugh over that joke again!

About The Author

Tara Lo
Tara Lo is an Early Childhood Educator who has worked with children aged 6 months to 12 years in a variety of settings. From day camps to daycare centers, homeless shelters to hotel resorts, and kindergarten classrooms to community centers. Tara is a former writer for Webkinz Jr., where she used her knowledge of child development and all things preschool to help create lovable characters, catchy songs, silly stories, and fun activities. Tara is now a work-at-home mom who splits her days between writing, running a home daycare, and being constantly amazed by her wonderful son.

4 Responses to Summer Memories Scrapbook

  1. Rebekah says:


  2. buttercup says:

    fun! I can’t wait to try it!

  3. Jinx57 says:

    Those are wonderful ideas! I find that as my sisters and I get older, it’s often difficult to remember different summer events separately. We tend to lump them together in groups like trips to see my aunt and uncle in Arizona or camping trips or trips to the mountains. I wish we’d had scrapbooks and memory boards back then. We’ll definitely use some of these suggestions in the future.

  4. furball1703 says:

    Great idea!