Username Post: Did you get a late start w/ scrapbooking too?        (Topic#1567753)
twosmilestoday
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Hi All

I am feeling very overwhelmed.

My twins are 7 and I am just now starting to scrapbook. I feel overwhelmed with the task of "getting caught up". Seems impossible.

I am starting with my pregancy. I am on month 7, so I am almost done there. But I am having a hard time with going back so far. I want to do it and I will but I don't feel as inspired to do their earlier years.

Here is my question. Are you a late to scrapbooking too? If so, how did you talk yourself into going back? There are sooooo many early pictures and memories I want to scrap. How did you do it? What did you do?

I am thinking of doing multiple small pictures on a page per month of their first year. Then beyond their first year just scraping milestones, holiday/birthday, vacations, funny memories, etc.

I bought a school years kit for when they started school, that will help. But even then I have lots of pics outside of school.

I have over 8,000 pics!

At this moment I am avoiding continuing. I am a type A personality and have a hard time getting going on things that are overwhelming. I have a need to do things perfect or not do them at all. All or nothing.

Maybe I need to give myself permission to scrap the pictures very simply with few scraps and embellishments. Just get the pictures and journaling into an album until I get to a point that I am more caught up and can spend more time on my layouts.

Looking for encouragement and thoughts about how some of you may have started with so much to go back and capture.

Thanks in advance


 
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My suggestion is to keep it fun and not feel pressured and obligated to scrap all 8000 pics since it probably cannot happen anyway. Multi-pic pages will certainly help...as will simplifying your pages, like you said! Perfectionizm is a hendrance to getting on with things, you might as well embrace imperfection, since with the many styles popular now....messiness is actually an attribute! Personally, I like doing my layouts out of order, whatever strikes my fancy any particular day since I look at this as a hobby. Don't feel pressured to be as "good" as many on this site and others, just do what you can and enjoy the learning process~


 
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I have found the page protectors below have been a huge help when scrapping a lot of photos. There are other configurations available too. I just mix them up in between the the full size 12x12 protectors. It has helped me progress on the album that I have been working on. I can still show the pictures on a couple of those page protectors instead of 12+ layouts using same photos.

American Crafts - 12 x 12 Page Protectors with 4 x 6 Photo Pockets - 10 Pack

We R Memory Keepers - Page Protectors - 6 Up - 6 x 4 Inch Photo Sleeves - Fits 12 x 12 Three Ring Albums


 
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I would say give yourself permission to scrap your most recent photos and get into the mood and then tackle some of the old ones now and then. There are no rules saying you have to go in order or start at the beginning! Do what you enjoy doing not what you feel you NEED to do!

Maybe sort a few older photos and make a plan and then they are ready when you are inspired otherwise just go with the flow!!!

JMO!!


 
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The comments below are strictly my own personal opinion.

I think scrap books should celebrate certain things in life and should not replace traditional photo albums (which have now become photo files on a computer). Scrapbooks should supplement your photo collection.
There is no possible human way to scrapbook even a fraction of all of the photos you take because photo taking has become so much more prevalent. Nor should you want to scrapbook everything. It's OK to have plain old photo albums of just photos.

If you scrapbook everything is just becomes a wall of bulky books that overwhelm the viewer. It delutes the message. Nothing becomes special because everything is decorated. I think you should set aside dreams of scrapbooking large chunks of life and just concentrate on the highlights.
If you look in the gallery, for the most part, you don't even see double page spreads. Most events are glorified into a single page. BUT that person still has all of the additional images from that event.
When I first started scrapbooking, I met a woman who had a goal to make one page each month highlighting the growth of her child. I thought she was nuts...to have such a low goal of only one page per month. There had to be dozens of things she wanted to capture...but now I see the wisdom in her decision. Make special pages (scrapbook pages with all of the bells & whistles) for the things that are the most important to you. The rest of your images will always be there just in a different form.

And finally remember scrapbooking is suppose to be FUN. If you feel overwhelmed and stressed that you are not doing enough, fast enough then you have to stop and reevaluate. No one scraps everything and if they did we would be questioning why they are spending all this time scrapbooking. Life is for living (not making dozen and dozens of pretty scrapbooks). At the end of the day...do you want to say I spent 6 hours making the most amazing scrapbook page or I spent 6 hours loving my kids?


 
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Sure, I started late, my oldest was already married and out of the house and my youngest was already in college, plus I had all those old heritage type family photos. This was about 5 years ago.

I was home sick on a disability for 6 months, and I did some every day, initially just organizing. Over time I worked on the heritage stuff, the kids growing up years, some special albums and at some point, I put it all out of my mind and simply thought of it as my fun pastime, not that I was trying to get to the end of something - and I'm OCD! My DH says scrapbooking saved my life at a time in my life when I otherwise would have spun into a deep depression.

Anyway, I very recently declared my self 'caught up', to the point anyway where I plan my next layouts based on upcoming events, trips, etc. And caught up isn't all that, believe me.

So try to enjoy the trip and be open to the fact that this isn't your job, it's your chosen way to spend your leisure time!


Edited by flightobl on 12-11-11 08:47 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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In response to RockStar

I really love making mini albums to quickly scrap something, they are nice and small and you can scrap an event like a birthday with 8 or so favourite photos in a space that is small enough so isint to creatively demanding (as opposed to trying to design a whole 12x12 layout). Also try and find simple page layouts that you can follow if you dont want to stick with 12x12, that can also inspire you!

Good luck!!


 
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I got a very late start. My oldest was up and out, and my youngest was about 10. I have since learned that I can't even keep up with current photos! I find myself most happy when I scrap the photos that I want to scrap. My layouts now consist of current photos, older photos, and heritaage photos. I will never get caught up, but my layouts do represent a wide variety of family memories.


 
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  • Gelidy Gelato Said:
The comments below are strictly my own personal opinion.

I think scrap books should celebrate certain things in life and should not replace traditional photo albums (which have now become photo files on a computer). Scrapbooks should supplement your photo collection.
There is no possible human way to scrapbook even a fraction of all of the photos you take because photo taking has become so much more prevalent. Nor should you want to scrapbook everything. It's OK to have plain old photo albums of just photos.

If you scrapbook everything is just becomes a wall of bulky books that overwhelm the viewer. It delutes the message. Nothing becomes special because everything is decorated. I think you should set aside dreams of scrapbooking large chunks of life and just concentrate on the highlights.
If you look in the gallery, for the most part, you don't even see double page spreads. Most events are glorified into a single page. BUT that person still has all of the additional images from that event.
When I first started scrapbooking, I met a woman who had a goal to make one page each month highlighting the growth of her child. I thought she was nuts...to have such a low goal of only one page per month. There had to be dozens of things she wanted to capture...but now I see the wisdom in her decision. Make special pages (scrapbook pages with all of the bells & whistles) for the things that are the most important to you. The rest of your images will always be there just in a different form.

And finally remember scrapbooking is suppose to be FUN. If you feel overwhelmed and stressed that you are not doing enough, fast enough then you have to stop and reevaluate. No one scraps everything and if they did we would be questioning why they are spending all this time scrapbooking. Life is for living (not making dozen and dozens of pretty scrapbooks). At the end of the day...do you want to say I spent 6 hours making the most amazing scrapbook page or I spent 6 hours loving my kids?



Your thoughts and opinions totally make sense. I have no intention of scraping all 8000 pics. In fact, lots can be deleted. I like the idea of doing the majority of my pics as traditional albums and having the scrapbooking highlight special times and memories.

Keeping that in mind will help me. I work best with a plan. I think I will start by going through my pics for certain time periods and print the ones I want to keep in a traditional album and pull ones aside to scrap. That way I am accomplishing both ideas.

Grateful I can count on the wisdom of so many on this great site.


 
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  • flightobl Said:
So try to enjoy the trip and be open to the fact that this isn't your job, it's your chosen way to spend your leisure time!




Yes, I need to post something like this on the wall in front of my scraping area. I need to remind myself of this.


 
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Why don't you check out Becky higgin's site (just google her name). Her pocket protectors have designated spots for journaling in addition to photos, and she has complete kits for you so that you don't need anything else if you choose.

It's hard to describe, but you should just check it out!


 
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  • ihacodb Said:
I have found the page protectors below have been a huge help when scrapping a lot of photos. There are other configurations available too. I just mix them up in between the the full size 12x12 protectors. It has helped me progress on the album that I have been working on. I can still show the pictures on a couple of those page protectors instead of 12+ layouts using same photos.



Wilbur said:
I like this idea. When I have several photos of one event I make some "plain" pages to go with the fully scrapped pages.

I used to have that kind of "get in order" personality, lots of stress! Then I realized everything didn't have to been scrapped in order, just put in the album in order. This was a big thing for me to grasp and now I scrap what I want and put in the album chronologically.


 
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My mom didn't start scrapbooking until her youngest child was 20 (and the other four were then in their early to late 30s). It'll work out. Only scrap what you want to scrap. If you are feeling external pressures to scrap something you don't want to scrap, tell the external pressures where they can stick it. There are no rules. Do what you want.


 
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I started a little bit late, my son was about 3 1/2 when I started and he's now just turned 6 yrs. old.
I'm an organized person and a bit anal at times about things, a list maker....that's just me. So I approached the whole thing in a bit of an organized way. I started with his baby album and tried to do one page per month (some months ended up with more than one page, depending on the stories I had to tell). I've been doing one book per year of his life since. I've completed his baby book, 1st, year, 2nd year and our wedding book. I think scrapbooking has changed me because now I really want to do more current pics and tell the stories of his last year....I may skip a couple years and do the current stuff.
I find that with the baby/toddler years, the pages are more of "firsts" and outings we took etc. As he's gotten older, I have more stories to tell, more comparisons with my own childhood, more relationship stuff.....things I find more interesting.
I keep all my pics in folders on our computer. I have a folder with my son's name and withing that folder I have folders divided by year. Within each year, I have folders for specific outings and holidays. I can go to any folder and browse pics by date and by outing etc...
I only print and use maybe a tenth of the pics I take. Nowadays with digital cameras, we take far more pics than our parents used to. I have maybe one picture, two or three if I'm lucky, of Christmas' from my childhood. Think about it, you used to get a roll of film to take 12 pics and rarely did you take all 12 pics of one event....that's just the way it was. I don't think you should feel the pressure to scrap all of your pics. I find out of 10 pics, there's maybe one really good one. Sometimes, you need a few pics to tell the story but often one pic, along with your journalling will do the trick.
What I do, is scrap the best pics and then put a CD of ALL the pics for that year in the back of the album. That way you can at least feel like they are not being completely ignored....
Good Luck! It's fun, I love it and it's also very therapeutic.....enjoy it
Alison


 
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I started scrapping after my youngest was born..she is now 10 and my sons are 17 and 18. I don't scrap chronologically and have very few of their baby pics scrapped. I hope to have many, many, many years left for scrapping and right now it's more about making the memories and using scrapping as a stress reliever, not a stress maker.


 
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Has anyone bought this multi pack page protectors. If so, I am unclear. Are there 10 to a pack? 1 of each design and 2 of the noted one? This would really help me with my obsession and tendancy to try to over-do.

http://store.scrapbook.com/wr-50032-2.html


 
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  • twosmilestoday Said:
Has anyone bought this multi pack page protectors. If so, I am unclear. Are there 10 to a pack? 1 of each design and 2 of the noted one? This would really help me with my obsession and tendancy to try to over-do.

http://store.scrapbook.com/wr-50032-2.html




I got one last year. That is correct one of each except the one that is noted and that one has two. Just a tip...the one page protector that has the 12x2 spot be prepared to have it slip out some (the slot is on the side). I have read that some people will attach what they make for that spot with a brad or eyelet to keep it from slipping all of the time. I just slide it back in if it slips out a little. They are GREAT page protectors.


 
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  • twosmilestoday Said:
Has anyone bought this multi pack page protectors. If so, I am unclear. Are there 10 to a pack? 1 of each design and 2 of the noted one? This would really help me with my obsession and tendancy to try to over-do.

http://store.scrapbook.com/wr-50032-2.html






LOVE these for "catching up"...

you don't even have to put photos in all those spots, you can cut a piece of patterned paper and embellish it or add a title for that page in some of those spots. and don't forget that you can embellish right on photos too, if you want a little oomph.


 
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I use the 4x6 ones when I have tooooo many pics of an event. I usually scrap one page (front) and then add the 4x6 protector(s) and then scrap another page (back). If I do not have enough pics for the protectors, then I slip in matching pp from the two pages that are scrapped. Love the protectors!


 
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  • twosmilestoday Said:
Has anyone bought this multi pack page protectors. If so, I am unclear. Are there 10 to a pack? 1 of each design and 2 of the noted one? This would really help me with my obsession and tendancy to try to over-do.

http://store.scrapbook.com/wr-50032-2.html



I recently got this pack for an album I'm going to make about the cabin/lake that we had growing up--I have toooo many pictures to try and do traditional scrapbook LOs with so I'm trying this way. Not to mention I don't want to get too behind with my regular everyday life scrapping...

If any of your photos go with any of the lines by Simple Stories, then this is also great because all of the postcards/journal cards/etc. fit perfectly into the spaces.


 
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How about after you do a current Holiday like Halloween you go back and do the previous Halloween and the one before it and so forth. I love looking back at how people have changed or kids have grown and I am already in the mood for that particular holiday and have that seasons stuff already out. Yes I'm a late starter to my only child is a now 31 year old nurse and she has blessed me with 5 wonderful grandkids the oldest being 8. I do feel overwhelmed that I want to do a scrapbook for each child as well as for my daughter,but this plan of attack has helped me catch up faster.


 
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I don' keep separate photo albums or have photos anywhere else - my scrapbooking is it for me. I printed 1,364 pictures last week and those that don't go in the scrapbook will be sent to my mother or someone who wants them.

When I get my last cruise scrapped I will be current again and that is very important to me becasue then I can work on older stuff.

The books are a chronological history of who we are. Everything is in my scrapbooks, from the smallest, silliest thing to the biggest event. Its our lives and travels since we got together about 4 years ago.

I'm working on one now of my husband wearing chicken suit. My son came in one day and said, "Bill is feeling like chicken tonight" and in he walked into the kitchen in a chicken suit.

When we get old, my husband and I will go through those scrapbooks, almost 3,600 pages of them (I can't imagine how many if I had been scrapping for 10 or 15 years) and probably go through one book a day and remember things.

I have pictures from when we were dating and when I'm caught up I'll scrap those. I also have my dad's Marine Corp album to do and I want to do a series of albums for both of my sons who are grown now so I have plenty of old stuff to do. However, it is most important to to me to keep current with the new stuff. I can do the old stuff when I have time.

I love the 12 x 12 pages with the picture slots in them. I may start using some of those for some of our travel photos I can't part with. And as our granddaughter gets older. My scrapbooks completely take the place of photo albums. I like everything in one place.


 
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I'd also point out that the premise of this topic - that getting a late start means starting after your kids are past infancy - doesn't hold true if your view of scrapbooking doesn't revolve around chronicling your kids. By that definition it isn't possible for me to be getting a late start, because I have no kids to chronicle, but by the standards of the way I scrapbook - about myself and the things I experience and the people I experience them with - when I started at 19 I was already 19 years late getting started. And yes, I have gone back and scrapped some of the things I remember as a child and teenager.


 
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I don't think of scrapping in terms of being "late" or "getting caught up". There is no pressure to be caught up from other scrappers, that comes from you. You don't hear fisherman saying things like, "I am so far behind since I only started fishing this year." It is a hobby, for fun, like any other! Go at your own pace and you will be fine.


 
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Just echoing what has already been said here, go at your own pace and have fun with it.

I was at a crop when I first started out and two ladies next to me were scrapping like mad trying to complete their ginormous books that were crammed full of pictures.

I remember thinking if that was what scrapbooking was about then it was not for me.



 
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I didn't start scrapping til my dds were 13 and 17. I will never be caught up because for every old photo I scrap, the girls give me 2 more new ones. I have thousands of photos. And we all take loads of pics..my whole family does and always has. So I have always scrapped what I feel like scrapping. One day it will be baby pics...the next day Christmas..maybe a Disney photo....then a graduation layout whatever. Every so often, I reorganize them. After 8 years of scrapping I have some really nice albums of each girls ...and Christmas albums..., vacations, heritage albums and etc.....and I have enjoyed every minute of it. For me, doing it only chronologically would have been both overwhelming and boring. I know I will never catch up but I am doing some nice pages in the meantime. THEY can finish them if they want someday.


 
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BUT...if you really want simple albums with lot of pictures go the route of digitally printed books when you just pick your photos, upload them to a premade template, add some titles and journaling and have it printed out. Shutterfly and Kodak are two very good companies that offer this service.

Sometimes you just don't have the energy or desire to scrap a bunch of photos. You can still enjoy them in a creative book form through these services. and it's fast! (relatively speaking compared to scrapbooking)


 
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For all of us scrapbooking is something different and what we want out of it is different.

I'm retired, I have 10-12 hours day to scrap. If I didn't have the scrapping to keep me busy all day I would go bonkers.

And I like mine chronologically and I relive every memory while I'm doing those pages. I'm not bored, I'm anxious to see what the next file folder of pictures and momentos and things holds for me. I don't want to scrap just highlights. I would loose interest in scrapping very quickly.

I get an adrenalin rush when I'm scrapping away and complete a page so for me scrapping 100 pages in a month or even more pages - its how I enjoy spending my time.

My house is completely clean, bed is made, I'm home alone so I scrap. Well, husband just walked in but has gone to my son's house (next to our garage) to help him hang a clock.

I was always in high pressure jobs and I thrive with a bit of pressure and it is pressure to get caught up but for me, that is good. And when I catch up I work on older stuff.

I need that sense of accomplishment when I get caught up - I love that feeling. And I love being driven and focused. And that is okay if it makes me happy.

To me, to keep caught up is very satisfying and when I'm not I'm very frustrated.

But we are all different and different things are important to each of us. And for me, I love it when I'm caught up. Right now I probably have 200 pages to do from our last trip and I would like to be finished in early January or early Feb.

However, husband just found a 68 day cruise we may take january 4th, and if we decided to do that, I would love to have the last cruise done by the end of this month.


 
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Hi Dion.
I only started scrapping less than 4 years ago. That's a LIFETIME of photos to scrap. I made myself a goal that I would produce at least one LO for each month that I had photos. That was manageable, and I "caught up" within the first couple of years. Now I am adding to each album as well as the new photos. But I don't scrap everything I have, only the photos I really want to.


 
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  • Lunie on 12-13-11 06:00 AM
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I'm a real late starter if you want to look at it that way. My oldest is 30 and I have 5 kids. I redid that first birth page until I liked it. I ripped up at least 3 but that's ok. It took that whole process until I was satisfied. Now I decided to skip around themes and kids and it's much less overwhelming. I don't know if I'll ever be able to scrap all of my photos but I'm going to try. Have fun!

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Funny thing is - I didn't get a late start, but I'm still way behind.

I started scrapping almost 12 years ago, before marriage and kids, did a travel album and started working on a family album of DH (BF at the time) and his DD.

Then DS, marriage, honeymoon, buying a house, life in general just happened. Throw in a few more random theme albums I did and I'm way behind on DS's book.

I started stressing out about doing things chronologically and lost my mojo. Now I do things randomly, when I'm in the mood to scrap certain pics. Sure, I have a huge binder full of random/out of order LOs but I love the work I did on them. I look at LOs I forced myself to do because those pics were next, and I can tell I wasn't into it.

A few suggestions:

1) Do what works best for you.
2) Since I have a few years of different holidays, if I'm in the mood to scrap Halloween, I try to tackle a couple of years worth of those pics (plus it saves on having to dig out the Halloween themed stuff a bunch of times).
3) Enjoy yourself, have fun.
4) Start from this year and then when caught up, work on previous pics - see above: when working on Christmas this year, tackle a couple of previous years' holiday photos.
5) Enjoy yourself, don't make it a chore.
6) Keep it as simple or embellished as you like, there's no wrong way to scrap.
7) Doing multi-pic layouts are wonderful.

Here is a LO I found in the gallery a while back that I want to try - it's like 8 mini-LOs on a two page LO. I think it would be perfect for random pics that you want to scrap but don't want to dedicate a whole page to ro when combining different seasons/events

http://www.scrapbook.com/galleries/345239/view /3002817/...

Good luck and HAVE FUN!


 
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Peg hit the nail right non the head and brought out some good points.

There is no right way or wrong way to scrap. I agree with her and others who have said to do the current stuff and then go back and scrap the older photos. That cuts down a lot of the overwhelming feeling. And the journaling is easier if it is fresh.

Do what works and is fun for you - scrapbookng is fun when you do it the way you want to.

For some of us that means scrapping everything, for other it means scrapping the highlights. Doesn't matter.

Just enjoy!


 
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I am totally new, so I have to take a chill pill. In anycase, I am slow at it, but I don't care because I am doing this for fun. I have my entire life, my family, dogs, food, football, motorcycle, garden and more ideas. I really just doing it for me.


 
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  • pugs223 Said:
A few suggestions:

1) Do what works best for you.
2) Since I have a few years of different holidays, if I'm in the mood to scrap Halloween, I try to tackle a couple of years worth of those pics (plus it saves on having to dig out the Halloween themed stuff a bunch of times).
3) Enjoy yourself, have fun.
4) Start from this year and then when caught up, work on previous pics - see above: when working on Christmas this year, tackle a couple of previous years' holiday photos.
5) Enjoy yourself, don't make it a chore.
6) Keep it as simple or embellished as you like, there's no wrong way to scrap.
7) Doing multi-pic layouts are wonderful.

Here is a LO I found in the gallery a while back that I want to try - it's like 8 mini-LOs on a two page LO. I think it would be perfect for random pics that you want to scrap but don't want to dedicate a whole page to ro when combining different seasons/events

http://www.scrapbook.com/galleries/345239/view /3002817/...

Good luck and HAVE FUN!




So very helpful! Thanks for the suggestions!

I also like the idea a few of you suggested of doing a current year of a holiday (or travel, or event, etc) and a previous year or two while all the supplies for it are out. That makes sense.

Thanks sooo much everyone!


 
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I started scrapping around 11 years ago when my kids were in grade school.

I tend to scrap chronologically (but throw in some older or newer LOs when I'm bored) and I try to stay fairly current. When each of my kids became Bar (or Bat) Mitzvah, I made them books of their lives up to that point as my gift to them. That's how I got in the pics of them when they were younger.

That being said, have fun and don't make this a job ... we already have enough of those


 
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  • Lunie on 12-14-11 05:59 AM
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  • pugs223 Said:
Funny thing is - I didn't get a late start, but I'm still way behind.




LOLed when I read that. Great advice, thanks, from another newb.

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Somehow I missed about 6 posts on this thread so I wanted to comment...

aquabunny - thanks for pointing out that I will NEVER be caught up. I have my wedding album to do, need to finish honeymoon book, and have a trip to Germany I haven't even started yet. I also want to do an album for my parents - their 40th wedding anniversary was this year and there's a lot of pics of us kids in many different albums, would like to get them scanned and archived for them....the list goes on and on. Oh well, I'm having fun! It's another 10 years until DS graduates, so may as well work on my parents album next.


Edited by pugs223 on 12-14-11 08:34 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Just wanted to chime in on what helped me cause I started scrapbooking with my first son (who is 23 now) and stopped after the birth of my 18yo and recently started back so I missed quite a few years. After deconstructing their acid laden books, I made a list of what I wanted them to know (I too am type A, perfectionistic and all or nothing)and that is what I scrapped. I made a list of what I thought was important, like how they got their name, their baby shower, what I was like/doing before they were born, moments that I thought were special as they were growing up, their first birthday party etc. I made each of them a scrapbook about their infancy and one for the school-age years. I do a page in their books when I get a chance cause I also scrap current things. It helps me accomplish both tasks because all three of my kids (and now the granddaughters) have the same list. I just pick a photo to go with the the "page theme." This works for me and I totally agree with everything Gelidy Gelato said, have fun and enjoy what ever you get done.


 
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  • Manda_K Said:
I don't think of scrapping in terms of being "late" or "getting caught up". There is no pressure to be caught up from other scrappers, that comes from you. You don't hear fisherman saying things like, "I am so far behind since I only started fishing this year." It is a hobby, for fun, like any other! Go at your own pace and you will be fine.



Where is the "like" button, I love this....so true! I missed some posts too Pugs.


 
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