Stories Of Summer : The Elements of Summer MiniBook By Molly Irwin


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THE ELEMENTS OF SUMMER
BY MOLLY IRWIN



Book at beach


When it comes to summer I don’t want to spend time indoors on the computer, or make detailed layouts. My goal is to pay homage to the season in a meaningful way with less screen; more sun.


Part journal, part sketchbook, part photo essay, this 4”x 6” ring book came together quickly and effortlessly; possibly one of the most optimistic projects I’ve crafted in some time. It isn’t intended to be a comprehensive story, but an emotive, sensory piece designed to incorporate current interests and influences. All in good fun.



Supplies


I was going for a certain texture and matt finish for the materials. There’s a simple, but not entirely inexpensive, bunch of supplies:




Book cover


Insdie front


Book sprinklers


Book plants


Book water



Journaling card


Book sun


My content is structured viewing summer primarily through three elements: sun, water and plants, with an introduction section for each. I’ll insert favorite photos and notes behind each section however they feel right to me. It won’t be chronological.


If you’d like to print the simple journaling cards, here is a link to a PDF file :
Download MollyIrwin_SummerSensesCards. You can print 3 cards per 8.5” x 11”sheet and cut them apart.


Tucked in my bag, with a sharpie and a set of watercolors, I can make notes and sketches along the way wherever this summer finds me.


I hope summer leads you somewhere exceptional, even if your own backyard.


If you’re interested, there’s a companion piece on my blog today on specific inspirations and how they influenced this project.


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45 thoughts

  1. Molly Irwin

    2010-06-28 05:29:30 -0700

    good idea! I actually used a heavy-duty 3-hole punch that went through the chipboard cover. This only reached/needed 2-holes.

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  2. lori

    2010-06-28 05:48:03 -0700

    yes, i too found molly's blog thru the ali's inspired daily december album. i love, love, love the summer watercolor album. you are really too creative molly :)

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  3. Yolanda

    2010-06-28 05:58:00 -0700

    Gorgeous, thoughtful project, Molly. Such a big fan of the artful way you tell your stories.

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  4. iHanna

    2010-06-28 06:02:23 -0700

    What a beautiful book you've created. Love your watercolour drawings and words. :-)

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  5. Melissa Deakin

    2010-06-28 06:45:24 -0700

    you are just amazing, molly.
    what a wonderful tribute to summer in your beautiful, graphic style.
    thanks for the inspiration!

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  6. Melissa Deakin

    2010-06-28 06:45:24 -0700

    you are just amazing, molly.
    what a wonderful tribute to summer in your beautiful, graphic style.
    thanks for the inspiration!

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  7. Melissa Deakin

    2010-06-28 06:45:24 -0700

    you are just amazing, molly.
    what a wonderful tribute to summer in your beautiful, graphic style.
    thanks for the inspiration!

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  8. Melissa Deakin

    2010-06-28 06:45:24 -0700

    you are just amazing, molly.
    what a wonderful tribute to summer in your beautiful, graphic style.
    thanks for the inspiration!

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  9. EmmaJ

    2010-06-28 08:01:39 -0700

    This is beautiful! I love it!

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  10. Juanita

    2010-06-28 08:23:18 -0700

    As always, Molly, you inspire. Thanks for sharing.

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  11. kathy

    2010-06-28 08:26:59 -0700

    Molly I think you've outdone yourself yet again. I love the simplicity of it all and less screen more sun as sometimes we get caught up trying to document life we end up away from life at the computer screen. I love the book and your inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Australia

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  12. kareen

    2010-06-28 08:55:06 -0700

    Love the use of watercolors!

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  13. Bev

    2010-06-28 09:01:31 -0700

    Molly....what a great idea and love the "don't blame yourself" and enjoy summer! We all need to be reminded. Thank you

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  14. Jennifer

    2010-06-28 09:40:18 -0700

    I love the idea of making a mini album with watercolors, it screams summer!

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  15. Amy

    2010-06-28 19:17:56 -0700

    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing it.

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  16. Arlyna

    2010-06-28 22:34:09 -0700

    This is so very inspiring! I love the simplicity and the concept. We'll hopefully I can also do something like this for our summer here though I'm still wondering what I can do with memory keeping as I only have weekends with our twins... :-/

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  17. Arlyna

    2010-06-28 22:36:12 -0700

    Sorry for the follow-up but forgot to ask: Do you have a page a week or a page per event?

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  18. Immi

    2010-06-28 22:51:15 -0700

    Love this! So doable.

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  19. Carla

    2010-06-29 00:09:42 -0700

    Love, love, love, love this book! Thank you for sharing it. I'm doing my own this weekend!

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  20. Brenda in Sunny SoCal

    2010-06-29 02:45:25 -0700

    Such a great project! I wish I had the artistic ability to use watercolor. My 3 year old does it better than me, hey there's an idea, have him do it...

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  21. baby hair bows

    2010-06-29 03:04:36 -0700

    I just don't seem to have that level of crafty DNA in me. But, you really inspired me, and now I want to add this to my list of things I want to make. Indeed, it is a piece of art in itself!

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  22. Carrie Woosley

    2010-06-29 03:49:28 -0700

    This is a great mini album! I especially love how easy and fast it is to do! I have tons of pictures of summer that all seem to blend together in larger albums. This would be a fabulous idea to keep the events seperate and special!

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  23. Ellie

    2010-06-29 07:57:41 -0700

    Oh I love this. My youngest son has to make a Scrapbook about his summer and the journal pages would be perfect for him to fill out (he's going into 2nd) LOVE IT can't wait to get started :)

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  24. Molly Irwin

    2010-06-29 10:42:02 -0700

    Brenda, you would love it with his art work. My 4YO son does them regularly and I'm collecting quite the volume. Totally fun.

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
  25. Molly Irwin

    2010-06-29 10:43:15 -0700

    nothing structured whatsoever. If I like a photo it goes in. This is really a place to collect my favorite photos, with no set quota or time frame to meet.

    * edited 08/11/14 06:04AM
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