Summer is winding down, and family vacations are becoming a distant memory. You've probably got hundreds of photos on your phone, camera, and computer. Now is the time to get creative with those photos instead of just letting them linger in the cloud. It's also helpful to jot down memories while they're fresh, and incorporate words into your projects!

Pocket Scrapbooking

If the term "scrapbooking" brings to mind visions of puffy stickers and strangely cropped snapshots, think again! The newest trend — pocket scrapbooking — is a streamlined version of memory keeping. Page protectors are divided into a variety of different sized pockets — you can slip in photos, tuck in ticket stubs, and make notes about trips. Check out Becky Higgins' Project Life and Simple Stories Sn@p albums for inspiration.

Photo Albums

Traditional albums are still a great way to store printed photos! The days of magnetic pages are over — look for acid-free albums to keep photos safe. Upload your digital files to an online photo printer such as Snapfish or MPix — prints will arrive in your mailbox, ready to slide into albums. Consider adding 4x6 pieces of cardstock to various pages — use these cards to capture details and dates of your trips.

Photo Books

Create your own adventure series by having photo books printed. Shutterfly and Artifact Uprising offer easy templates for stylized photo books that capture your vacation (or staycation) memories with photos and captions. Some services even allow for uploading directly from your smartphone — great for on-the-go creating!

Photo Walls

Why reserve prime real estate for portraits? Designate a section of hallway for a simple photo wall. Hang printed photos with washi tape for a simple and casual display of memories. Many online services print enlargements at very reasonable prices, so take the opportunity to share your favorite snapshots in a larger scale. If you don't have empty wall space to take advantage of, consider turning the front of your refrigerator into a makeshift gallery using photo magnets.

Photo Journals

Want to document your travels with words and pictures? Use a blank sketchbook or journal from your local craft or office supply store to capture thoughts and experiences. Add photos, tickets, brochures, and postcards using acid-free adhesive or washi tape. For even more variety, have each traveler jot down their favorite memories on a page.

Documenting summer fun doesn't have to be a chore. Capturing your memories creatively will allow you to enjoy the vacation vibe throughout all the seasons!