DIY Summer Memory Books by Kate Gorham

Kate Gorham is the owner of The Golden Button. Kate writes a DIY on how to make a Summer Memory Book. Visit www.goldenbuttonshop.com to see other things going on in her store.

Now that summer has ended and the school year has begun we are trying to hold onto our memories of summer! One great way to do that is with DIY Summer Memory Books.


I went to the thrift store to rummage through some old books. I love old books its always exciting to me to think of who else loved these books and what they meant to the previous owner. I still have all my favorite books from my childhood and I wouldn’t part with them.  Not being able to use my own books I found a pile of old children's books including a hard cover of Peter and the Wolf.  It was all scribbled in so I didn’t feel bad about up-cycling it.

I gathered a bunch of magazines and fancy paper glues and some old white lined paper from when I was in school and I went to town. I decided to make a recipe books since my husband and I have a hard time remembering to rotate salad and other recipes.


I found a photo of vintage looking veggies and glued it to the front. I cut a pocket out of scrap scrapbook paper and glued it to the inside of the book. I didn’t want every page to be totally covered but I did want them to look somewhat different. I hand wrote in a few recipes that I had been saving in the notes on my phone. I cut some recipes out of Whole Living and old Woman’s Day or some other magazine I had laying around. I spent quite a few hours cutting and gluing and listening to music while I created my very cute little recipe book. 


Anyone can make a book like this. You just need to plan a theme. Make a Sketch Book, a Summer Memory Book, a Map Book, a Pirate Book, a Garden Book, or whatever kind of book you love. Add printed pictures that you have taken, draw pictures, or cut pictures out of a magazine! Add pieces of fabric, tickets and other keepsakes from your Summer! The possibilities are endless!

Have fun!



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