7 tips for making summer memories last

August 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager, Flyerland.ca   

The Canadian summer is so fleeting it seems to zoom by in a flash. The good news is there is still time to enjoy the warm weather and focus on the fun. But if you don’t want your summer memories to fade like the falling autumn leaves, these tips can help you hold on the happy times, celebrate the season…and save.

  • Give kids a camera. Buy a one-time use camera for your kids and let them snap their own holiday photos. You can see the vacation and relive all the fun from your child’s perspective. See the Zellers flyer on Flyerland.ca.
  • Print your favourite photos. Printing every holiday photo can get pricey, so select a few of your favourites for printing and framing, and save the rest in a digital album or photo frame. Check out your local grocer’s photo lab; like London Drugs and Loblaw’s for cheap printing costs.
  • Use online photo tools. Check out the easy-to-use online tools from companies like Black’s Photography and create a professional looking album from your digital photos. You can even show off your best shots on a t-shirt, mousepad or mug, or design a calendar to remember the summer fun all year long.
  • Make a summer memory book. Buy a beautiful scrapbook and help your kids create a summer memory album. Fill it with photos, postcards, brochures and other souvenirs you’ve collected throughout the summer or while on vacation. Michael’s has a huge selection of scrapbooking supplies at super savings—see the flyer on Flyerland.ca
  • Save on souvenirs. When on holidays, choose less expensive and easy to pack souvenirs like a postcard from each city or attraction you visit. These can complement your own photos in a scrapbook or framed collage, or you can scan the images to add to your digital photo frame.
  • Keep a summer journal. Encourage kids to keep a daily journal and jot down all the fun activities and places you’ve visited—mom and dad can do this too. A journal can help you remember the holidays and you can include these thoughts as captions in a photo album or scrapbook. Check out the Office Depot or Chapters for some great journaling options.
  • Plan a holiday theme night. Keep the holiday fun alive by holding a theme night. Make a meal that reminds you of your vacation, look at photos and souvenirs, and ask each family member to contribute a special memory. Top off the evening by renting a movie from Blockbuster® based on the theme.
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