#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com)

Hey guys, I am so excited to share that I’ll be playing along with my friends Jen + Julie over at LittlePaperProjects.com for another year of #LittleSummerJoy.  Last year I was a contributor for the project and had so much fun creating for it. I can’t wait to find out who will be contributing this year and browse their inspiration!

Note: This blog post contains affiliate links.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com

Until then, however, I’ve been gathering supplies and making some mental notes of how I’d like my project to come together. Last year I created this mini album using mostly pocket pages. This year, I want to try something a little more outside my comfort zone.  I’ve noticed a few of you gals on Instagram are planning to do the TN Midori style.  While I love this concept, I am a bit OCD about how my albums look on my shelf and wanted to continue using my chipboard binders, since that is what holds last year’s project.  So I began devising a way to create a DIY book that I can bind and insert into my6x8 binder.  I’ve been browsing Pinterest and formed my idea from this pin and this pin.

So my plan is to create individual pages that are roughly 5x8.5.  I’ll simply use 8.5x11 paper and cut it in half, using 1” to score and punch holes for the binding at the end of the project.  Then I’ll insert the finished project into my binder.  By using individual pages, my plan is to be able to run them through my printer to type out long journaling pages when I wish.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com

Last year, I chose the colors I wanted for my project (see last year's list of supplies here).  This year, the colors have chosen me based on what I already had in my stash. Since I’m a huge believer in using what I already have, I’ve compiled supplies with neutral colors, focusing on white, teal, soft beiges, black text and little pops of color.

For my photos, I plan to use my Instax Mini Printer and also incorporate a few 2x2 and 4x4 prints which I’ll have to order from a professional lab since I don’t have a photo printer at home.

I’ve been pinning all kinds of inspiration for my project to this board.  Just for visual inspiration, I’ve added some fun quotes, digital design elements by my favorite designers and much more. Come check it out!  In addition, you can find the LittlePaperProjects.com board here.

Coupon Valid now thru 06.30.2016

I can’t wait to get started on this project. I’m really hoping for some free time this weekend to get busy.  Will you be joining in?  I hope so! If so, leave me a comment or tag me on Instagram (@turquoiseavenue) to show me what you’re working on!

Happy Memory Keeping!

Note: Some of the following links are affiliate links, which means I receive a commission based on sales generated via these links.

Products Shown:  6x8 Chipboard Binder by Paper Studio, Hobby Lobby | Cork Stickers by Turquoise Avenue Etsy Shop|  Various 12x12 Papers from past Felicity Jane kits|  Wood Veneer shapes from Color Cast Designs | Flair from Feed Your Craft | Instax mini pockets by Heidi Swapp| Various Project Life cards by Becky Higgins.

#LittleSummerJOY - Traditions | FREE Summer Class/Challenge by LittlePaperProjects.com

I can't believe summer is coming to an end soon.  For me, it has gone by so fast!  I think that's one of the crazy things about life... As a teenager, I was always told that "life goes by fast" and I NEVER believed anyone until I hit my twenties.  Now, I feel like I'm using that phrase constantly when talking about time.

#LittleSummerJOY - Free class/challenge by LittlePaperProjects.com featuring Turquoise Avenue as a contributor.

In order to slow down time, my husband and I have created certain traditions. Things we can look forward to, do together, and slow down the crazy pace of "adulthood" to put life on hold and live in the moment.

Over the summer months, a two of our favorite traditions are enjoying family and friends at during an Independence Day celebration and then taking a weekend off to enjoy a local festival. We enjoy other fun activities this also and you can find a few of them in my 5 Fun Things to this Summer post.

This year, I have documented our summer traditions in my #LittleSummerJOY album.  As a contributor for this project, I have the pleasure of hosting this week's prompt. You can read more about my challenge to you on LittlePaperProjects.com by clicking the button below.  Enjoy!



#LittleSummerJOY | A FREE 6-week course hosted by LittlePaperProjects.com, created by Jennifer Lake and Julie Gagen. Full of prompts and inspiration from various talented contributors, the class is about documenting your summer accomplishments, joys, and fun. To join in the FREE class, click here!


5 Fun Things To Do This Summer!

This weekend we were talking about some summer plans and what we'd like to add to our bucket list for the season.  While trying to remain budget conscious, we decided on five things we could do this summer as a couple. Below are five ideas you can implement as well as some links/tools to help you get started on creating that summer bucket list!

1. Visit a local park : Summertime is the perfect time to get outdoors and discover new things... We have found that pretty much any where you live, there is usually a great local park (or several) nearby.  Each park offers different outdoor activities that are great for exercise, entertainment, and some even offer events as well.  Parks are generally free or low cost to visit, typically have educational value, and encourage a healthy lifestyle.  Plus, there are always new opportunities to try a new experience like disc golf or maybe even paddle boating!  See what parks you can find near you and give one a shot this summer! Discovertheforest.org

2. Try a new local restaurant:  We really like to support our local enterprenuers. Dining at a local establishment is not only good for the local economy, but you also get a chance to discover fantastic new cuisines and atmospheres! Make it a date or family night and plan an evening to a place that you haven't been before. Tripadvisor

3. Take an evening bike ride.  Evenings are when we get to spend time together after a long day at work. One of the things we like to do is spend an hour a couple times a week and just bike.  The air isn't nearly as warm and we find biking to be a good way to get in some exercise while taking the time to communicate about our day and plan for the one ahead.

4. Rent a movie  and camp out at home:  This is a tradition we started a couple of years ago. Even though its just the two of us and we don't have any children yet, we decided one evening that since we were budgeting, it would be too expensive to go the the movie theater. Instead, we rented a movie from Redbox for a little over $1, threw a frozen pizza in the oven, pulled our mattress off the bed, and camped out in our living room. We have done this several times now, streaming full seasons of our favorite shows on Netflix and staying up way too late into the night.  It's a lot of fun and makes for great memories!  Rent a Redbox Movie

5. Go to a baseball game: After all, baseball is America's favorite past time!  Nearly every location has a baseball team nearby whether it be major league, minor league, or just a local softball team... Either way, grab a quick hot dog with a cold drink and sing a round of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"!  It is hands down one of the best ways to enjoy a summer day, building some team spirit, and making memories together.

What will you be doing this summer? We'd love to hear from you!

Pin this image! 5 Fun Things To Do This Summer - great inexpensive ideas for families or couples!

Pin this image! 5 Fun Things To Do This Summer - great inexpensive ideas for families or couples!

Explore a local park or take an evening bike ride.

Explore a local park or take an evening bike ride.

Go to a baseball game.

Go to a baseball game.