Summer is a special time of year for me because I teach as my profession. Even though I still teach during the summer, it is at a reduced load and I am able to work from home. The pace of my life and my family’s life is much different during the summer.

For this reason, I try to do as many non-work related tasks as I can during these few short summer months, like completing household projects and trying new recipes. I know I am not alone in finding the season of summer an inspiring time to scrapbook.

My RSS feed regularly contains posts about scrapbooking about summer. Here are a few of my favorites:

Big Picture Classes is even offering a class called Picture Summer. Summer seems to be the season to scrapbook.

I decided to do my own summertime scrapbook a few months ago having been inspired by things like Project Life or December Daily, but have been unwilling to commit to year-long Project Life style project at the point in my life. I’ve thought that summer, however, provides a perfect opportunity to do something like this. Well, it is now the middle of July and my summer vacation will be over in about a month. I have not been taking daily photos or collecting memorabilia from my daily life for a summertime scrapbook project.

At first I thought I would just do 30 days of summer and just do a daily scrapbook over 30 days. I just did not find this too inspiring and still did not want to make this type of daily commitment. Clearly, I have commitment issues.

Instead of a daily scrapbook or even attempting to memorialize the summer of 2011 in a scrapbook, I’ve decided to keep things simple and just focus on Summer Stories. So what does this look like?

Step One: List of Topics

I started by brainstorming a list of the stories that remind me of summer. I want to record the things that remind me of summer, not just things that happen this summer. Here’s my list:

I’ve included things like summer projects, eating outside, and reading. I’m not going to list all the items here, because I want you to come up with your own list that is special to you.

I’m not sure all of the stories on my list will end up in this particular scrapbook, but now I have some focus on which stories I want to think about.

Step Two: Decide on Your Scrapbook’s Format

After taking Scrapbook On the Road, I realized that I want to do my summer album in the same type of style. I want something that I can easily add to and change up at the same time. I want something where I can use my supplies on hand rather than buying a bunch of new stuff for the project as I am working on practicing minimalist scrapbooking.

Step Three: Decide How You Want to Tell Your Stories

Some of the stories I want to tell are conducive to list-writing (summer projects, reading, new TV series, and food). I began by writing some of the stories:

I already have photos for some of the stories, so I pulled these photos for inclusion in this album. I don’t have photos for some of the other stories, so I am keeping a mental checklist of the stories that need photographs.

My project is not complete, but it is definitely on its way. The beauty of this project is that if I don’ finish it this summer, I can work on it again next summer because the Summer Stories are just about the season and not year-specific.

Summer Stories is a book about the things that remind me of summer. These are things that I think of whenever I think about summer.

Do you scrapbook about summer? How do you scrapbook your summer stories?

Stephanie Medley-Rath is a scrapbooker and sociologist. She studied scrapbookers for her dissertation research and blogs about her study at Scrapworthy Lives. She is writing her first e-book about market research for the scrapbook industry and hopes to make it available in September. She also teaches sociology at her local community college and blogs about sociology at a still unnamed site. You can find her on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.