Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer Album

Last summer I scrapbooked an album covering the highlights of our summer. I wanted to do one this year as well, but I've struggled with the form I wanted it to take.

Rewind to a few weeks ago when I was getting my hair cut. My stylist told me that over Easter a friend stayed with her and they spent five days cleaning out the basement. A serious cleaning. She now has oodles of room in her basement and got rid of tons of stuff. After some discussion we decided that I should finally do something with all my work clothes (as in for the job I once had, not to work in the yard) stored in totes in the basement. By my next hair cut I had to have that one job done.

The week before that appointment, I went snooping at an open house in our neighbourhood. Turns out it was also a garage sale. WOW. This woman's house was jam packed with stuff dating back years. Her copy of "What to Expect When You're Expecting" has collected much dust - not surprising since her kids are in high school. Crazy woman, I thought to myself. Then I realized I still had mine and was on my way to becoming her. 

Time to get to work.  So this summer I'm going to get more organized and deal with some of the clutter, including the hidden clutter. So far we've done a thorough clean of Eamon's bedroom, a few boxes in the basement, and made our first trip of the summer to the Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe. My old work clothes are gathered up in the van ready for our next Bissell Centre trip. It feels great to have them cleared out of the basement!

This urge to declutter has infiltrated my summer album. I finally decided on a clean and simple look that would be easy to keep up with and be finished by the end of summer. I will start with the last day of school and end with the first day of school. I will do one page per day, with no more than three photos. Each page will include the date, a title and a bit of journalling. And that's it.

For the moment, I'm rather excited about this album. It isn't fancy and doesn't have any embellishments, but I will be able to keep up with it. It will also document our summer and give us a great photobook at the end.

If you are interested in the templates (for Photoshop or Photoshop Elements) click here to head over to my website to download them.


  1. Doesn't it feel great to get rid of clutter? I like your new scrapbook style too -- the photos are front and centre!

  2. Congrats :) De-cluttering is so therapeutic, but as you already know, it's an on-going battle to stay streamlined...! I like your summer memory scrapbook - the look is very crisp and clean.