Oh, Summer! For many of us summer offers unstructured days, excursions, travel, and warm-weather play we don’t get the rest of the year. Do you welcome summer’s end and a return to routine or do you try to hold onto it for as long as possible? Your answers to seven questions will give you ideas for recording just a bit more summer even as fall impends.
1. what are your your end-of-summer traditions?
Carrie Arick I used repetitions in two ways on this page to tell my story. First I wanted to create the feeling of time passing and second I wanted convey that this is a tradition. I blended the photos into the patterned paper and then smudged their edges so that they appear to be fading away. A title with an easily recognizable phrase cues you into the story and is supported by the other details on the page.
2. did your summer have an over-arching story?
Katie Scott This layout is about my desire to hold on to summer and my daughter’s childhood. I kept this layout simple by using a grid of photos, each of which included sun flare for consistency.
3. what do you do after the travel to hold those last days of summer?
Kiki Kougioumtzi says, “When returning from vacation, usually late August, there are a few days before returning to full routine and the days are still very hot. We spend our time at the veranda with cool drinks and our toy pool. And there is always decoration with seashells and pebbles we collected from the shores we visited. Those are our main ingredients to keep the summer going, and these are the things I captured on photos to tell my story.”
4. what are the foods of summer you can carry into the other seasons?
Deborah Wagner says, “Our summers in Minnesota are short, but because of my mother-in-law, we can hold onto the season all year round. Even on the most frigid January morning, if we want a little bit of summer sweetness, all we do is open a jar of her preserves.”
5. how do your favorite summer locales change as the season ends?
Gretchen Henninger says, “This layout captures a late season trip to Ocean City Maryland with my best friend, enjoying the beach without the crowds. It captures the feel of the water, I stenciled a sand-hued background with a scallop pattern in shades of blue.”
6. what are the photos that review your summer overall?
Ronnie Crowley says, “Summer is always packed, and I love to remind myself at the end of the summer how much we did by doing a review page of the whole summer. On the title I added digital rubber bands–a new product from Creashens. I think they are a great way to add dimension, and I can see myself using them a lot.”
7. what was your last-gasp summer event?
Debbie Hodge says, “The end of summer gets me feeling blue and I always want just one more party! While we thought we weren’t going to have a Labor Day party–and it wasn’t the full-blown bash I would have liked–I did end up inviting friends at the last minute and we had a great day. I collected photos from the day here and told the story with a grid-design. I almost never use grids, but I was cropping photos looking for one to share on social media and realized I could get a page made quickly and easily this way.