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When I think fondly of favourite summer memories, my childhood and days spent on my grandparents’ farm immediately come to mind. My family did so much to make this time special. From horseback riding and tree climbing to ditch wading and fruit picking, I enjoyed many happy experiences. I now hope to create such fun impressions of summer for my girls.

I imagine my goal of a summer to remember is why Ali Edwards’ idea of a summer manifesto (pg. 51) resonates so much with me. In fact, as soon as I was done editing her article, I set to making a list of my own—things I want to make sure my family experiences this season. As a busy family, we so often put things off until tomorrow. I don’t want my girls’ childhood (especially summer vacation!) to turn into a bunch of tomorrows that never come.

As Ali suggests, I’m also going to scrapbook each of the moments on my list as we experience them, starting with the layout shown here. The first item on my list—go to the tulip festival—was actually a springtime activity. I guess this makes mine more of a sunny manifesto of things to do while the weather is warm. We’re off to a good start, and I know the ideas in this issue will provide some much needed inspiration as we continue to make our way down our list. From the vast assortment of layouts in our Inspiration Gallery (pg. 63) to the cool cut pages filling our “A Cut Above” feature (pg. 23), there are so many possibilities to explore.

No matter what you choose to do this summer, I hope you’ll also take some time to document the memories made. What I wouldn’t give to have a scrapbook of my farm days to look back on now. Talk about a treasure! Here’s hoping you find just the inspiration you need to create such riches for the ones you love.

Megan Hoeppner



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by Megan Hoeppner


PEN: Sakura; ADHESIVE: Therm O Web


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