July Stories

Hi friends! Liam reminded me today that we’re already 3 weeks into the summer break. Can you believe that?! 3 weeks!! We’ve been enjoying our extra few days together each week but it feels like we’ve barely scratched the surface of all the things I’d like to do. The first 3 days started off with a bang…fireworks (still working on that spread), strawberry picking, jam making and a trip to the “lake”. Trust me, the rest of July hasn’t been nearly this eventful, but it has made for a fun start to our summer album.

One of the things we DID manage to accomplish is strawberry picking! It’s one of my favourite traditions and it’s getting easier now that the kids are a bit older. We had our 6 quart basket picked in about 15 minutes. Emily’s an awesome little worker and Liam said “I have an idea! How about if you guys pick them and I’ll eat them?! Okay?” He definitely ate more than he picked 😉 

Keeping things super simple but still getting our stories told…I added the story to a 3×4 digital journaling card from Ali Edwards’ July Digital Kit. I re-coloured the card to a blue shade to coordinate with the blue from the sky in my photos and added just one little embellishment from the Fun Story Kit. I’ve always loved full page photos. This big close up of our strawberries makes my mouth water!

One of the other things on my summer “to-do” list was to make jam this year. Check!! Liam loved it so much, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be another annual tradition. Loved this little moment together 🙂 I used a digital stamp from the June Digital Kit for the “summer stories” circle on the left (popped up with foam tabs). Love how that page turned out!

I made the “super love this” card with a digital stamp from the July Digital Kit., adding it to a greige 3×4 canvas and printing it out. I acutally picked up the colour from one of the jar lids on the opposite page and used it again to recolour the journaling card on the bottom right. This is a super handy trick for maintaining a cohesive look in your pocket page spreads!  The “you and me” rubber charm is from the “Bond” Story Kit.

Gulliver’s Lake is a cool little quarry turned swimming lake not too far from home and we had a great time meeting up there with friends on the holiday Monday. The idea for the “watermelon dress”  pic came from @Averageparentproblems on Instagram 🙂 Super fun!

Again, capturing our summer memories with just a few photos and a little story 🙂 The “weekend adventures” is a digital stamp included in the July Digital Kit, as well as the “memories” journaling card and the “Best Times” chipboard circle (which is actually printed onto matte photo paper and popped up with foam dots).

One of the things I like most about this 6×8 format of memory keeping for the summer is that I get our stories told without having to spend a ton of time on it 🙂 Even if my entire album is made only of full page 6×8 photos and 4-pocket pages, this collection is going to be so great!

Hope you’re having a great summer!

Pam