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 08:29:30 -0400

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

  2. lori

    2010-06-28 08:48:03 -0400

    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 :)

  3. Yolanda

    2010-06-28 08:58:00 -0400

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

  4. iHanna

    2010-06-28 09:02:23 -0400

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

  5. Melissa Deakin

    2010-06-28 09:45:24 -0400

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

  6. Melissa Deakin

    2010-06-28 09:45:24 -0400

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

  7. Melissa Deakin

    2010-06-28 09:45:24 -0400

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

  8. Melissa Deakin

    2010-06-28 09:45:24 -0400

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

  9. EmmaJ

    2010-06-28 11:01:39 -0400

    This is beautiful! I love it!

  10. Juanita

    2010-06-28 11:23:18 -0400

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

  11. kathy

    2010-06-28 11:26:59 -0400

    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

  12. kareen

    2010-06-28 11:55:06 -0400

    Love the use of watercolors!

  13. Bev

    2010-06-28 12:01:31 -0400

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

  14. Jennifer

    2010-06-28 12:40:18 -0400

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

  15. Amy

    2010-06-28 22:17:56 -0400

    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing it.

  16. Arlyna

    2010-06-29 01:34:09 -0400

    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... :-/

  17. Arlyna

    2010-06-29 01:36:12 -0400

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

  18. Immi

    2010-06-29 01:51:15 -0400

    Love this! So doable.

  19. Carla

    2010-06-29 03:09:42 -0400

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

  20. Brenda in Sunny SoCal

    2010-06-29 05:45:25 -0400

    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...

  21. baby hair bows

    2010-06-29 06:04:36 -0400

    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!

  22. Carrie Woosley

    2010-06-29 06:49:28 -0400

    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!

  23. Ellie

    2010-06-29 10:57:41 -0400

    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 :)

  24. Molly Irwin

    2010-06-29 13:42:02 -0400

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

  25. Molly Irwin

    2010-06-29 13:43:15 -0400

    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.

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