This month's Messy Box is perfect for summer road trips. Grab yours at www.aBeautifulMess.comPlease tell me summer isn’t really over yet! I’m officially in the denial camp and our latest attempt to squeeze every last drop of summer break at the public pool was thwarted by lightning and one of those Midwest thunderstorms that just won’t quit. I demand a do over!

This month’s Messy Box is helping me deal with my inability to let go by getting some of my favorite summer memories printed out and in my scrapbook. It’s got a vintage camp vibe with some late summer colors and so many embellishments! There are some great chipboard shapes with fonts that feel special, one of my favorite typewriter font sticker sets, and painted wooden stars that add a lot of dimension to those photo pockets. Oh, and painted cork stickers! 

1I used one of the 3″ x 3″ photo pockets for this page and printed out some fun summer memories from the last three summers. They each instantly recall how much smaller our kids were and those special memories we made! I added some fun doodles on one photo and used one of the mountain cards as a journaling spot. I like how the fonts and colors work especially well together in this kit and that you can end up with something that works well for those that prefer lighter colors and subtle patterns or that love something a little moodier and earthy.

2I couldn’t help but make a mini book using some of the 4″ x 6″ cards as my base pages. I added in some smaller cards and embellishments and some more recent photos but this would also make a great summer travel book. If you’ve still got a little road trip left in you or even have labor day plans, take a pre-made mini book with you and fill it with journaling and instant photos as you go!

Mini Book3I used almost exclusively used the August Messy Box for these two but you could stretch it much further by mixing and matching with some of your go to favorites. Mix in ephemera from your summer adventures, ledger or graph paper, or pages from your favorite clothing catalog for an art journal vibe. You can’t go wrong with this month’s kit, friends! –Rachel

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow.