Of course photographs are essential when you're trying to document a moment in time.
I certainly take a lot more than I print out, so just making the effort
to have hard copies of my digital repertoire is a great start. What
makes a scrapbook even more special, though, is including actual objects that you can hold and smell.
Those are key for transporting you back to the beach, the grass,
grandma's kitchen table with her berry pie ... all the things that
signify summer for your family. Here are some suggestions for what you
can save along the way to capture the season -- until it comes around again.
1. Pieces of nature.
Shells and sand. Driftwood. Blades of high grass. Three- or four-leaf
clovers (if you're lucky). Pressed flowers. Pine needles. A handful of
the seeds that you planted around the house.
2. The front page of the newspaper. It's always
interesting to reflect on what was happening in the larger world. At the
start, middle, and end of the summer, save the front page of your local
paper to give the memory a context. If you are a family of sports fans,
save some of the back pages as well.
3. Recipes you tried. So much of summer is about the
food -- grilling, taking advantage of berries any way you can. Write
out a favorite recipe on an index card so you can save it old
4. Take documentary-style photos. Not just
portraits, but a catalogue of the details that signify summer. Close-ups
of blooming flowers, a plate of food you love, the bike your kids
learned to ride on. In other words, all the seemingly mundane objects
that are beautiful in their own right.
5. Maps. When you take a road trip or an airplane trip, get a hard copy of your destination so you can scribble on it, circle highlights, and trace your journey.
6. Small souvenirs. Gather up business cards from
places you visited and bottle caps -- especially if you tried, say, a
signature lemonade from a new spot. Pick up intentionally touristy
keepsakes like key chains, pens, or mini license plates from local
7. Restaurant menus. Circle what you ordered and
write a review of the dish, plus notes like, "The first time she tried
tomatoes!" Also, take a photo of your plate (see #4 above). Pocket paper
place mats that the kids turned into art projects.
8. Quotes. Write down funny things, amusing
back-and-forths. Record where you were, the time, and the date. When
they happen, we think there's no way we'd ever forget. But we will.
We always pick a large fossil from the creek at the cabin where we camp. We bring it home and put it in the garden with the year on it. I just moved last years to the rose garden. We are going again in Aug and will pick up another one.