Crazy Days of Summer Sweet Summer Finale {$200 Prize Pack Giveaway}

We spent the last hours of summer break on the river tubing.


But now it's back to the grind- early mornings, schedules, after school activities... Our summer is officially over. Little Man is a 7th grader and Pokey is big stuff on campus now as a newbie 5th grader. That first day back caught me emotionally offguard. Who knew that being called uncool or embarrassing by a ten year old could sting so bad? I had officially been traded in for snotty nosed little brats. Long gone are the days that I could do no wrong.

So, I did what any sensible, blubbering ninny would have done- I took to my photos. As I delved in deeper I found solace in beautiful memories of our summer. Boy did we have fun.

How could I ever choose just one? So I decided to use Oscrap's template to make the mother of all summer collages. Can't wait to hang it up! (You can see a framed example at Freckle Photo.)


Highlights of our summer include:
trips to DC and Six Flags in Chicago
lazy days swimming, berry picking, and catching critters
outings to the creek, fossil gorge, and nature center
visit from Uncle Hans
my 20 year reunion
Little Man's lego cake and new cell phone
Pokey's ice skating party
tubing and fishing
watermelon, sonic slushies, and bbqs

But the most memorable by far would definitely have to be our trip to the Outer Banks, NC for my family reunion. Surf, sand, and plenty of sun. Doesn't get much better than that.

These may not be prize winning photos, but they certainly are beautiful memories- captured and preserved.

I am so thankful for the opportunities I've had to travel and enjoy time with my family. It's definitely been a sweet summer here.

If you haven't been following along with the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge, here's a short rundown of what you missed.

Week 1- Flowers

Week 2- RefreshingPhotobucket
Learn how to make an animated gif here.

Week 3- WaterPhotobucket
Grab the free WATER template and find a short clipping tutorial here.

Week 4- YellowPhotobucket Check out my 11 Tips to Better Photos here.

Week 5- Light
Find my short tutorials for Sun Flares, Silhouettes, and Balloon Glow photos here.

Week 6- Patriotism
A week in the OBX, NC with my sweet nieces and nephews for the 4th of July. You can see more of this Americana photo shoot here. Or my 30 favorite photos from our vacation here.

Week 7- CrittersPhotobucket
Grab this free template here.

Week 8- Motion
See examples of both freezing motion and motion blur here. And check out Kristi's motion spinning panning effect.

Week 9- Bubbles
Did you know you could also freeze bubbles? See my photo here. You can find Kristi's fab bubble tips here.

Week 10- Summer Treats

Week 11- Fun with Friends

Week 12- Blue Skies Photobucket
Find my Five Landscape Photography Tips here.

I hope you've enjoyed this Summer Photo Challenge with Kristi (of Live and Love out Loud) and me. Thanks so much for sharing your summer with us! It is with mixed emotions that I write this post, so I'm happy to announce that Kristi and I are teaming up with the lovely Rebecca (of Bumbles & Light) to bring you a Fall Photo Challenge, Shades of Autumn. More details coming soon.

A special thanks to the following sponsors for their generous donations, making this amazing prize package possible. Here's the breakdown of the $200 giveaway...

My Four Hens Photography

Photographer, Sarah Cornish, is offering a $40 gift certificate to her shop, which sells photo editing actions for Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom, in addition to textures and overlays.

Weeds & Wildflowers Design

Gina Huff of Weeds & Wildflowers Design is offering a $40 gift certificate to her shop, which sells wordart, templates, paper, kits, and goodies galore.

Willette Photography & More

Photographer, Kelly Willette, is offering one spot in her Family Joy online photography course, valued at $35. The three-week course begins on September 20, 2011. Head on over to Kelly's site to learn about what participants can expect to learn and receive during the Family Joy course.

And Then She Snapped

Rachel is offering one of her gorgeous camera straps, valued at $25.


Designs by Life-n-Reflections

Kristy Doubet of Designs by Life-n-Reflections is offering a beautiful, customizable 10 page photo album, valued at $20.

Gracely Designs

Grace is offering a full blog makeover, extras included, valued at $20.

Lilly Bimble Digital Papers and Clipart

Lilly Bimble offers high quality digital papers and clipart for all of your scrapbooking needs. Lilly Bimble is offering the Honey Bee, Amara and Chevron Digital Papers, Pastel Bunting Banners, valued at $20.

Rules: The linky will be open from Friday, August 26th – Wednesday, August 31st. Submit your favorite summer photos to be entered into the drawing. Link directly to your blog post or Flickr photo, not your blog's homepage or Flickr photostream. Link back to the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge in your post. One entry per household, please. You don’t have to be experiencing summer at the moment or have participated in previous challenges. The lucky winner will be chosen via and announced on September 1st.


  1. What a fantastic collage! You take beautiful photos! The Crazy Days of Summer was lots of fun!

  2. Sympathetic portrait. An excellent mosaic of photos of the summer.

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  4. What an amazing collection of photos!

  5. Hi Alicia.
    Thank you for hosting summer photo challenge, I really enjoyed it and I certainly hope you will host some new challenge soon enough.
    You have done such a great job with hosting and with your photos presentation. I really appreciate all your efforts and thought you into this! Well done. And BIGEST WOW to your Summer finale collection!

  6. Looks like you had a fabulous summer. And you have amazing photos to remember it by.

  7. Amazing collages. I think many of your photos could be award winning...but all are priceless because you can never get back those precious moments captured with your family. Beautiful collection. Sorry about being called uncool...just chalk it up to first day jitters and all.

    Also: I'm looking forward to Shades of glad the fun will keep going!

  8. Gosh what an awesome Summer. I love these photos. You captured so many memories. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  9. Beautiful pics ! I am drooling over this new Sony NEX 7 preorder dslr camera !

  10. So many awesome shots - that one collage is massive. WOW.

  11. Alicia, thank you for hosting this challenge, it has been so much fun. I've enjoyed being able to travel and see the world through other's eyes.

  12. Love the collages! Your art is beautiful. Thank you and Kristi for making this summer even more fun.

  13. That summer collage is wonderful. If I had kids I would love to do that kind of collage every summer and looking them back when kids had moved out, remembering my babies:)

  14. So happy to hear that you will be hosting another for the fall- Can't wait! It has been an incredibly inspirational time with you each week!

  15. I joined this half way through, so I hadn't seen a lot of these pictures. I just love the one you included from "yellow."

  16. Goodness, that first collage... wow! What a great idea to print one out to hang. :)

  17. I loved this challenge even if I didn't participate much due to my camera breaking. looking forward to the fall challenge.

  18. Simply stunning!! Love your Photography!

  19. thank you alicia for sharing your beautiful photography with us and this wonderful summer challenge!!!

  20. Wow what a simply stunning end to THE most enjoyable few weeks of posts. Getting lost in the magic of your summer themed posts (and Kristi's) have gotten me through and out the other side of our long winter. Thank you!

  21. Sorry I was rushing out to work the morning I linked in and kept forgetting to comment. Your summer series has been wonderful along with your massive collage. I wish I had joined in with more of the summer series but I've heard that you are having an autumn one so I'm looking forward to being organised for that one. Glad my copyright info was useful.

  22. What an awesome idea to make a huge collage of all your summer memories!!! We share similar emotions at this time of the year. I so love having my girls home and dread the busy schedules and running around. I cherish every minute of summer. We start school on Tuesday and I know already the tears will come.
    On a different note...we must be the same age. I also had my 20th reunion this year! And my girls are 13 and 10...eighth grade and 5th grade. We are going into our last year in the middle school and last year at the elementary school! Unreal.

  23. I am so sad I missed this challenge until the last few weeks.

    I dream of having a camera capable of taking the pictures you do. Beautiful work. AND I love all the cool collage techniques!

    My collage isn't nearly as awesome ;)

  24. Thank you for hosting such a fun challenge! So happy you guys are adding Rebecca to the challenges! Her photos are gorgeous! Looking forward to falls lineup!

  25. WOW! This is a kick ass post! I love all the collages and your summer looks amaizing!

    The first massive compilation is fabulous!

  26. I am pretty sure that you are one of my top 5 favorite online photographers. Hands down. I just love how fresh and bright your photos are. And, how you capture the essence of the moments so perfectly. Very, very nice.

  27. Thank you both for hosting such a great challenge! I adore your work...

  28. OMGoodness! This is the coolest giveaway EVER! So glad I made it, It's been a crazy wonderful summer! I am thrilled you ladies will be havving a fall Challenge! Wahoooo!