Memories of summer with your children are magical. As they get older, your children will fondly recall how much fun they had spending their summers as a family. Why not help them remember the memories more clearly with a summer smashbook?

What is a smashbook? Do you remember back in grade school when you used to fill notebooks with pictures, drawings, notes and other little items you’d collected? That’s a smashbook: similar to a scrapbook but much more informal!

imagesFirst, gather up your supplies. You will need things like:

  • A notebook (doesn’t need to be fancy, just something to write on and in)
  • Scrapbook paper (dollarstore, Dollartree, Wal-mart)
  • Gluesticks and/or double sided tape
  • Markers (ultrafine points but if you can’t get them then regular ones will do just fine)
  • Flat paper memories (photos, hotel key cards, post cards, ticket stubs etc)

Optional: Only if you want to keep your Smash Book, ignore these. But if you want to jazz it up without extra work, you’ll want to pick up a few of these particular items: Smash date stamp, cute tabs for your pages, “Hide Away” pockets.

NOTE: If you are planning to keep the smashbooks for a long time, you may want to spend a little more on scrapbook-quality notebooks, tape and glue that are acid free so that they do not discolour your photographs over time.

Step 1: Find a notebook and get your supplies. Lined notebooks or a heavy duty sketch pad works too. Your supplies can be as easy as glue/tape and a black marker/pen.

Step 2: Gather up your photos or print them if not already done.

Step 3: Start Gluing! I find it works great if they are in order of the dates, it’s less confusing later. You should add a brief description of the photo. Add other memorabilia related to the photo like ticket stubs, for example. They can help jog memories.

Step 4: Don’t over organize. It’s a smashbook, so it doesn’t require you to go crazy with the organizing. That’s the fun of making one of these.

Your kids will thank you later for making this. It will bring up some great memories when they are older and feeling nostalgic. If you’re kids are old enough – make extra copies of the photos and let them each create their own smashbook!

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.