Hi, Amy here, welcoming you to August 31st—the last day of summer dailies here at Write. Click. Scrapbook. It’s definitely that time of year: summer’s winding down and autumn chilliness is tantalizingly close. But before you put the hot months behind you, I’m bringing you one more summer summary.
When it comes to photographs, I had a sort of odd summer: aside from our trip to Mexico, I took almost zero pictures. I’m not really sure why this happened. We did plenty of fun, photo-worthy things, but somehow I just didn’t feel like taking pictures. I wanted to be more involved in the experiences my kids and I had, rather than watching them from behind the lens.
Still, I want to scrapbook the summer anyway. So before the memories could flit away (flitting of memories is so much easier without photos!), I made a summer summary layout for each of my kids. And yes, I confess: for one of these layouts (Jake’s), I had to literally pull the kid outside and bribe him with one last summer run to Sonic for slushies just to have a photo that would work.
My goal with the summer summaries was to get down some of the small details of the summer all in one spot. And while I started the project thinking they’d all come out fairly similar, especially in regards to the journaling, I discovered that was hardly true at all. Despite all the time spent together, I found I wanted to say something different with each layout I made. Here’s what I did:
In this layout:
I simply summed up all the activities Jake did this summer. I shot for a mix of small and large details and really: aside from our frequent arguments about turning off the PS3 (he is 14, after all!), the summer is neatly summed up here.
Summarize by Moments
I fully intended to make a completely different layout for Haley than I ended up making. When I started thinking about her summer, though, what seemed most important to document wasn't all the driving to the water park she did, or her struggles with cross country, or the fun things she did with her friends. (Although I'll eventually get those things down.) Instead I wanted to simply note the fact that her childhood summers came to an end this year and tell her about the moments *I* loved the most:
List of Ten
I kept a running tally of the movies we went to this summer, and for some reason, seeing the final count (nine!) sparked the idea to write a list of ten. Start with an activity, item, or moment that you can count with a one, then run up through numbers as high as you can go.
There’s something about a summary that begs for text to be broken up into bits & pieces. But sometimes a summary paragraph works just as well.
Everything his summer for my youngest revolved around playing with his friends. (It was a perfect three months for a 7-year-old!) Rather than fighting the repetition I played it up by highlighting every time I used the word "friend" (or something close).
Some other ways you might sum up your summer:
- write a bulleted list of favorite activities
- reflect back on your summer bucket list---what you accomplished & what didn't quite happen
- summarize via clothes: where did your son's flip flops take him or how many different spinny dresses did your 4-year-old wear?
- describe your summer through the foods you ate (I've been keeping a tally; we're up to 17 watermelons now!)
- break it down by months---what were the big activities in June, July, and August?
- focus on something specific, like summer reading, sports, injuries, adventures; even the details behind a suntan would be interesting!
- cobble together a list of your teenager's texts or Facebook updates
The great thing about summary layouts is that they're a place for a lot of details. Try one (link us up if you do!) and I think you'll find they're fun to put together.