August 19, 2010

La Jolla Shores Mini-Album

I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this before, but Gabe loves the beach.  Living in San Diego County we are fortunate to live close to some very beautiful beaches and we have weather that permits us to visit almost year round (in fact I'm sure the surfers do go year round, but I don't know anything about surfing).  The problem is that mommy and daddy don't love the beach so much.  We went a few months back and Gabe had so much fun he talked about it for days.  So we promised him we'd go again soon and about three weeks back we did. 

While I don't really like going to the beach I do like taking pictures there.  When I looked at the photos from our recent trip it really struck me that I did actually have a lot of fun that day too.  Of course being a scrapbooker, I wanted to record some of my memories and thoughts of our day.  But I've already made quite a few beach layouts and there were a lot of photos from our day and I thought that maybe a mini-album would be a better format for telling the story.  I was quite inspired by fellow team member Monika Wright's Summer in the Life album that I decided to take a similar approach, at least with the format.  Keeping it very simple I used only 4x6 photos, a few patterned papers and label stickers for my journaling.  The only embellishments are the metal charm and tag hanging on the front cover:

I used this patterned paper from Studio Calico to record how we "do the beach".  Although my husband and I don't really love the beach as much as Gabe, we've figured out how to manage our visit so that it is enjoyable for all of us:

Gabe is so comfortable at the beach.  He always just gets right to work (his word) and starts building sandcastles as soon as we get there:

Nathan on the other hand wasn't too keen on the sand this time.  Which is odd because we had just been the beach not long before this trip.  He decided to get cozy in the beach towels:

And snuggle with mommy:

This is what I did, since mommy doesn't really like to get sandy either:

I love these next two photos of Gabe, not because they're great photos (they're not) but because of the story they tell:

After the sun broke through the clouds, we decided that we needed to prod Nathan a little and get him to at least try playing in the sand.  He went along with it as long as he could sit in daddy's lap:

Another photo I love:

So there it is.  In case you've missed it, I've been hosting the blog this week at and sharing all of my favorite ideas for easy summer scrapbooking.  Nothing revolutionary.  But I hear often enough from other scrapbookers how they never have time to scrapbook and I think we can all use the reminder that recording our memories and telling our stories need not be time-consuming.  If you want more ideas for easy mini-albums you can read my post on the topic here, and to browse through all of the wcs archives on the topic of mini-albums visit here

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  1. I love that you made a mini! Your photos are a great reminder to us all to take photos of "what" we do and then to record what we "felt" not just describe what's going on in the photo. I'm going to link this in my post today.

  2. Hi Donna,

    I LOVE your "La Jolla" mini-book. I live in Irvine, CA, and I visit San Diego about once a month. San Diego is beautiful!

    I also loved your weeklong posts on "Write Click Scrapbook". The projects you featured were lots of fun! I looked forward to reading your posts everyday this week! Thanks so much!

  3. Adorable album - it inspires me to make more simple mini albums. I've made a couple, and they seem to be the ones the family picks up the most often to look at. And - BTW - I live in the Imperial Valley and LJ Shores is my favorite, too. A wonderful, hidden gem you can enjoy without getting sandy.

  4. oh what a great idea to make it 4x6so you dont have to cut photos I have to add this to my list of things to try


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