Inspired by this blog post and this movie coming out this summer, I decided to create a 2011 Megaton Summertime Fun List. While we were eating dinner Sunday night, we brainstormed and together we came up with a list of 50 activities we want to do this summer. Some of them are simple, cheap, and easy while others cost a little more and will take more time and planning. But we're all pretty excited about it. Even my 13 year olds with their attitudes are--I think. =) I created the 16x20 poster digitally in Photoshop using Echo Park Summer Days papers, and printed it at Costco. I then mounted it on foamboard so it will make it through the summer, and used tac-n-stick to adhere it to the wall.
Of course, being the scrapbookin' type I had to create a mini-album to record our summer adventures. I used matching real Echo Park Summer Days papers (I like texture and dimension on my mini albums), Epiphany Crafts custom small epoxy tool, and a $5.00 9x6 inch 140 lb. weight watercolor notebook from Michael's. We'll add photos and journaling as we complete each activity.
If you think this idea will work for your family, I've created a 16x20 digital layered template that you can DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HERE. ETA: you can also resize this to 8x10 (proportions are the same) and print at home if you'd rather not print a 16x20 poster.
All you have to do after you download it is unzip the file, open it in Photoshop, drag and drop in your family photo & your favorite papers and elements, and then if you'd like to use the list of activities we made you can, or you can edit the text to create your own list. Use clipping masks to link your elements to the template elements, then flatten the template and save it as a JPEG. You can upload it to your favorite online printer, or save it on a disc and take it in to be printed. If you're not sure how to use a digital layered template, HERE's a great free tutorial. Enjoy!