Username Post: Getting back into it..        (Topic#1573837)
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So I've been a scrapper since 2002, but since around 2008 I feel a bit overwhelmed with it and I'm SOOOO behind now its not even funny. I'd really like to at least finish my daughters first year scrapbook. Every time I think about doing a page, it just feels like I have SO many supplies and it makes such a HUGE mess that I dont want to pull it all out. I'm sure the answer is better organization, somehow, but wondering if anyone had any tips/suggestions. I'm 5 years behind in my yearly family albums and only about half way through my daughters first year book (she was born in '09).


 
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You have described my situation! I find the best way for me is to scrap current stuff, or scrap photos that I want. I go back and play "catch up" in between. I will be catching up forever, but at least I am scrapping and I am enjoying what I scrap.


 
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I agree - current stuff first while the memories are so fresh!


 
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For me the easiest way to not get overwhelmed is to not try and catch up. When I look at everything I have to do it takes the mojo right out of me. I have photos I absolutely want to scrap in a box sorted by year and one stack of photos for the big event I want to get done, for me it iscmy wedding. When I sit down to scrap I flip through photos, wedding first, until I find one that I am really feeling. If I try to force a photo to work then I find I don't line the page as much as I would otherwise. And if no photos work I pull out a mini or cards. Since going this route I have found I am less stressed about scrapping and can fully enjoy the time playing


 
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sometimes I think we forget that scrapping is supposed to be a hobby and not a chore

who cares if you're behind? scrap whatever you feel like scrapping and put the rest into photo albums

and have fun


 
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  • madmatter Said:
sometimes I think we forget that scrapping is supposed to be a hobby and not a chore

who cares if you're behind? scrap whatever you feel like scrapping and put the rest into photo albums

and have fun



Perfectly said. Hobbies shouldn't feel like a job.


 
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For me it is completely the opposite. I think it all depends on our personality type.

I love the feeling of satisfaction of being caught up - it just makes me feel good and smile.

I'm a goal oriented person, but that is my personality and I would go bananas if I weren't and not do anything.

I have goals so when we are ready to go on another trip, the scrap book for the trip we took before it is complete. There are some pages I love to scrap and some that I'm not that crazy about but I want the memoris documented.

I scrap chronologically and that way and its rewardding to me - right now I'm tired of the ones I'm working on but the new ones I will start today will be worth it.

I like having all our trips in the scrapbooks. When we went to Germany in 2010, my son and his then fiance (now wife) came to visit a few months later and I was very disappointed it wasn't all scrapped. Now it is my goal not to get that far behind again.

Now I do not like to be behind at all - and when we get old and can't travel anymore I want to be able to relive all our trips in books, not in boxes. My oldest son wants all my scrapbooks and iI want them to be complete for them.

I love scrapbooking. If I don't have goals I loose interest in projects and don't complete them. But I enjoy working on my pages just as much as anyone else and that is what I want to do. But being caught up does not take the joy out of it, it just inspires me to stay caught up.

That said, I have my daddy's WWII book to do but I think my son is going to do that one for me because he will do a better job.

I have both of my kid's baby photo albums to do so I keep current with the recent stuff - when I have spare time, I go back and do the older stuff.

I have a lot of friends who love scrapbooking but it is their goal to stay caught up. Nearly everyone I know at the crops gets overwhlemed if they get behind and they try to keep up and enjoy it more when they aren't overwhelmed.

You also have to look at the life situation of the person as well as the personality type. I am retired and have all the time in the world when we aren't travelling. I have no kids at home - one adult son next door. My husband spends most of his days on his license plate hobby. I can scrap all I want when we are in town.

I don't see how there is anyone who works full time or has small children or even both can keep caught up. I could not have when my children were small. But there are times in life when you can later on. I'm at that place now.

I do not do any other crafts or hobbies. I hate doing cards and haven't done one in years. I do not sew, knit, or crochet or do anything else craft-wise and have no interest in doing so.

If I died tomorrow I want my husband to be able to have the completed scrapbooks. It is important to me. I don't want to leave him uncompleted trips that aren't scrapped. I want him to have the memories in the books so he can re-live the trips with me.

But that isn't the way everyone scraps and that is okay.

There was a thread on here before - do you stay caught up and I was amazed at how many of us do stay or try to stay caught up. It is important to us. But not to everyone.

I hate going on another trip and come home to find the stuff from a previous trip not scrapped yet. Also, I journal a lot and have to scrap while the memories are fresh.

The best way to keep from being overwhelmed is to organize what you are going to do. If my stuff is not organized, I will be overwhelmed and not get anything done.

For my wedding I broke it down to stacks - before the ceremony, during ceremony, friends and family, dinner afterwards - there were about 20 files. The were put in manilla file folders and I stand them in a metal file organizer (one of those desktop things) and do them in order. I"m not overwhelmed because I am doing little bunches.

Right now I have my choronoligical file of scrap projets. I can look at my stand up metal file on my file cabinet and see what the next thing is I will be scrapping - next is Halloween on the ship, then Jakarta Indonesia, Borobudur in Samorang Indonesia, Bali Indonesia, a day at sea, Exmouth Australia, Perth/Freemantl Australia, Melbourne Australia, the Melbourne zoo, Sydney Australia, Hawaii (very few pictures becuase we are there twice a year), meeting new granddaughter, my son's wedding (only about 10 pictures) Christmas, Back to Hawaii for a month (lots of pictures becuase we took our son for the first time and saw everything again - when I get there I'll break it down into about 20 files), then the trip to South Florida and the Everglades.

THe files are in order and some of the papers and embellies are even in the files. I just pick them out of the file one at a time and do them.

Everyone is different. It does not take the joy or fun out of it for me to scrap chronologically and keep up. It give me a challenge against myself and keeps me on a roll It is one of the things I enjoy about scrapping. And I do the ones tht aren't as much fun instead of just picking out the really cool ones to do.

My husbands daughter and her son will be here in 2 weeks and I really want to have throught he cruise part done so Bill can show them our trip.

But the books to be done on our relationship when we were kids and both of my baby books for my kids - I will do those when I am caught up with my recents file, hopefully by the middle of June. That gives me a month to do all that is on my plate and that is not unreasonble for me.

Then if I have time, I'll start on the baby books.


 
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I was in the same boat about 2 years ago and it was really frustrating that I just couldn't get back into it, but I did, it took time and just making sure if I ever did feel like it to seize the moment and slowly I started to get interested again. Maybe try some challenges....

  • kelseymel Said:
  • madmatter Said:
sometimes I think we forget that scrapping is supposed to be a hobby and not a chore

who cares if you're behind? scrap whatever you feel like scrapping and put the rest into photo albums

and have fun



Perfectly said. Hobbies shouldn't feel like a job.




I agree with this too!

I found it does help to start with the most current like others said.


 
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A friend of mine was feeling this way and made a change. When she was far behind, she used page protectors with multi pockets, put the photos in some of he pockets and in the other slots she "scrapped" 4x6 cards with some photos that were smaller and some journaling. It looks amazing and it's a ton faster. She got caught up that way by doing that for her more mundane pages and trips but she also would do " real " pages 12x12 for the more special parts.

She mixed it all in several albums and it looks amazing. I am thinking of doing this for our family reunion trip to Disney with hubby's family.

I hope that helps.

Here is a look at what I am talking about. My friend does not post here so I found something in the gallery that looks right. I hope that is ok.

Multi slot page protector scrapped


Edited by PhotobearSam on 04-17-12 06:18 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I completely understand where you are coming from. I just started scrapping again after a 2 year "break" for the same exact reasons. I knew how far behind I was (I have 3 kids I want albums for, plus a wedding album and a family album). I would just go down to my room and just couldn't get the energy to dig it all out. I work and have 3 kids ages 8,6,and 2 at home so free time is not much of a luxury for me. So the thought of tackling one more thing just exhausted me. But I found this website the first of the year and it really helped me get motivated again. I found new products I'd never seen before and were anxious to try. I also came to peace with the fact that there is no rush or really any timeline. I do want my kids to have their albums when they leave home, and I will get there, but I am doing this to enjoy it and not for it to feel like a chore. It will get done when it gets done. I jump around as the mood strikes me when I scrapbook. I have gotton up to age 5 for my oldest, about age 2 for my second and haven't even started on my son. I will come up with an idea for a LO or a project and do it right then while it is still fresh. Not necessarily when the photo is fresh. This week I came across my kids baby hats, booties and hospital bracelets and decided to make shadowboxes to hold those items. Anyhow the point is, don't feel like you HAVE to do it, do it because you want to. It's not going anywhere and chances are you will never be "caught up" so just enjoy it as you do it.


 
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I think can relate some what. I've only been a scrapper since 2005- but around 2009 I got overwelmed as well as folded with finishing my B.A.

I just start about a week and a half ago. I actally started a new album. it give's me that "new" kinda of feeling with out really buying anything. a new concepet, idea and a new wind in general.

I would go with a simple projects, layout sketchs and sraplifiting. worked for me.

allso I finally decided to use my paper scraps. and i made 29 cards!!


 
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  • PhotobearSam Said:
A friend of mine was feeling this way and made a change. When she was far behind, she used page protectors with multi pockets, put the photos in some of he pockets and in the other slots she "scrapped" 4x6 cards with some photos that were smaller and some journaling. It looks amazing and it's a ton faster. She got caught up that way by doing that for her more mundane pages and trips but she also would do " real " pages 12x12 for the more special parts.

She mixed it all in several albums and it looks amazing. I am thinking of doing this for our family reunion trip to Disney with hubby's family.

I hope that helps.

Here is a look at what I am talking about. My friend does not post here so I found something in the gallery that looks right. I hope that is ok.

Multi slot page protector scrapped



Wow I really like that idea. Not just for catching up, but for including more photos into the album. I always have a ton of pics but only seem to scrap the important ones and this would be a good way to add some extra pics into the book of each event.


 
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Great ideas guys. I guess I will start by printing some Easter pix, because I sure got some GREAT ones and all those memories are super fresh. I know if I can just pull the stuff out, maybe get organized and set up again I will get interested again. Anyone have an album on pinterest for scrapbook ideas I could go follow? I know there's the gallery here, but I'm always on pinterest anyway.


 
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I love that idea and I bought some of the pages like that but when I put them with my scrapbook pages they were bigger and stuck out too much so I ended up taking them out and just scrapping them regularly. I really wanted to do that for pages with a lot of pictures. I guess I have to get the pages out and work on it and try to figure out how to make it work so the pages are even on the edge so the sleeved pages don't stick out further than the page protectors. Any ideas? I really want to do that.

I was caught up last fall with everything done except for the baby's books and I don't know if I'll ever get to those. It really felt good. I took the extra weeks to really clean my house and do do other things. Was really nice being caught up. Didn't last long though.


 
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Okay - just got the sleeves with the 4 x 6 pockets out and they fit perfectly in my books! They are about 3/8's or so less wide than the regular ones.

I don't know why it came out so funky last time I measured - don't know what I was doing but it is going to work.

Thank you Samantha! I have zoo pictures in Melbourne Australia and temple pictures in Borobudur that will work that way. Probably other things too! Will save time and I like the way it looks.


 
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Which brand did you end up getting, Henri?


 
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Think I have to thank the op. I now want to use these in my disney book. I can't believe I had kind of forgotten about these. Now off to shop.

Henri. No problem. I even inspired myself.

Dear OP. I hope you get back into it. We are. Here for support.


 
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I use We R Memory keepers pages that are divided different ways to intersperse through my regular pages and love the way they work. I took 2 years off and never felt completed but was over whelmed now I'm back and scraping more than ever.

I think we just need that break sometimes and doing the pages that hav ethe pockets really helps.


 
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Yes, I was going to suggest what Samantha did...use the multi pocket page protectors like in Project Life. You can vary the page protectors, use some multi pocket ones and some plain ones with full page LOs....
Also, another idea is to use the 6x12 page protectors in between full layouts for extra photos.

I also agree with pp that said this is supposed to be fun! I started doing my son's books when he was almost 2 so I was behind and am still behind. I tried to do everything chronologically until I realized that there is no rule that says I have to do it that way! So I started doing some more current stuff because that's what was interesting me. Now, I go back and do some pages for my son in between but I work on what I feel like doing in the moment.
I find that I am getting much more done this way because at least I'm getting something
done....who cares what order it gets done in?
Good Luck and try to have fun with it....have a look at some pages in the gallery and just scraplift something that appeals to you, even if it's not for your child's first year book....
Alison


 
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  • Luvmyfam Said:
You have described my situation! I find the best way for me is to scrap current stuff, or scrap photos that I want. I go back and play "catch up" in between. I will be catching up forever, but at least I am scrapping and I am enjoying what I scrap.



This is usually what I do. Another rule I follow is no themed albums for 12 x 12 or 8 1/2 x 11, themes go into mini albums where I can use the same colors, themed paper, etc....


 
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Mine are the "We R Memory Keepers" that Jane mentioned and I ordered them on scrapbook.com.


 
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I like them Henri since they are a little bigger and stronger. They will take a well embellished piece of paper and photos.


 
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In 2003 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My children were 2 and 4 at the time. I knew there was a chance I wouldn't see them grow up and wanted to leave a part of me with them. That's when I started scrapbooking. There are times when I keep up with it, and other times, I don't do any for awhile and do cards instead. I am currently working on 2011 photos, so I'm not that far behind. I try to keep up with it. In 2009, my cancer metasized to my bones. It keeps me focused. I plan to be around to see my kids grown, but it's important to me to have my srapbooks to pass on to my kids and grandkids.


 
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I am so sorry about your cancer. How frightening but I think it is wonderful that you are working on your scrapbooks.

I just hope your family has you around for a long long time! And healthy!

Because of our age, we are old enough that health things happen so I want my husband to have the books complete if something happens to me.


 
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  • LEZE on 04-17-12 07:33 PM
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Andrea,

I think at one time or another we all go through this phase. I was introduced to scrapbooking since 1996.

The fact is that life happens and we are not always able to keep up and catch up.

I just recently started again, I moved across the country and one of my main goals was to set up my area right away.

I am sooooooooooooooo behind and always will be, I've come to terms with that lol

I finally organized everything in a way that works for me and it makes it a lot easier to set up and clean up.

I have to agree with everyone who said to start with the most recent event - best way to go and less overwhelming.

Hope you start up again, I have enjoyed my restart tremendously


 
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You are so right - life happens and slows down what you meant to do.

I'm loving retirement. I do have the time to scrap 8-12 hours a day so keeping up is easy.

If you notice, most of those who stay pretty caught up are either those of us who are retired or those with no small children or no children at all in the home. It's a whole different ballgame then.

WHen I had small children there would have been no way I could have kept up. Now its what I focus on.


 
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  • mstasha Said:
  • PhotobearSam Said:
A friend of mine was feeling this way and made a change. When she was far behind, she used page protectors with multi pockets, put the photos in some of he pockets and in the other slots she "scrapped" 4x6 cards with some photos that were smaller and some journaling. It looks amazing and it's a ton faster. She got caught up that way by doing that for her more mundane pages and trips but she also would do " real " pages 12x12 for the more special parts.

She mixed it all in several albums and it looks amazing. I am thinking of doing this for our family reunion trip to Disney with hubby's family.

I hope that helps.

Here is a look at what I am talking about. My friend does not post here so I found something in the gallery that looks right. I hope that is ok.

Multi slot page protector scrapped



Wow I really like that idea. Not just for catching up, but for including more photos into the album. I always have a ton of pics but only seem to scrap the important ones and this would be a good way to add some extra pics into the book of each event.



My sister took my son's 1 year pictures, so we have a TON! I wanted a fun way to display them plus, I make LOs for my parents and ILs and did not want to be making TONS of LOs either since I would be multiplying it by 3. So I did this...
[image] Rays of Sun By Rushli[/image]

I used those multi pocket protectors by cutting it down the middle and use 1 side to make interactive page (fits 5 photos) and the side with the 3 holes I put extra pictures in (6 photos front and back.) I have not tried journalling, but I might if I have an open pocket... however with this project I still have 2 more LOs I want to do (fun stories to go with them) but I am only making them for his album.

I found a YouTube that explains this process linked on my blog

>I want to try this idea with the other types of protectors mentioned below.


 
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Take your time, I sometimes take month long breaks before I create.


 
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more on topic - I took time off scrapbooking as well and feel very behind. I have 3 vacations, a wedding, and 2 kids' (currently 19m and almost 6m) albums to do. I also am a SAHM so though I do try to get scrapping in around naps and such, but many days I am just to tired to try.

I am doing like other suggested and scrapping what is current and what inspires me. I hope this summer to have the kids visit grandparents so I can get a large chunk done.


 
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Really neat idea Liz!


 
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I surley can offer advise here ... I to was out of sb'ing for almost 10 years. In Jan '12 I decided I was going to get back into the swing of things.

I went out on a spree beyond all massive spree's. I went out literally each day or ever other and spent massive amounts of money. Buying a bigkick, tons of dyes (69 current sizzix, 15 current time big dies, 5 on the edge) I mean just a ridiculous amount. All types of ink's, stains, embossing, markers, zillions of new (new to me) papers, If you go back through some of my haul post's I think one day I literally bought like 10 sets of stamps along with some embellishments ...

I regret it, Im so LOST right now. Ive lost box's of things I bought, Ive miss organized this to go with that ... and I just can NOT scrap. Ive re-organized everything at least 10 times already.

If I had it all to do over again I would pace myself. Ive found doubles of things, I dont want to take back or I cant because I dont keep receipts. Most the time I dont want to hassle with a return I'll give it away 1st ... but Im all about helping and giving thats just how I am as a person.

There was a couple ladys on here, I dont remember there names (im sorry) but I was proud of them. They worked and built up there stock in sections, such as distress ink's one just got them ALL ... and I wish I could have that pride LOL! Id have them all to, if Id not have misplaced box's of things I bought everyday

Welcome back, take your time other wise it might turn into an emotional disaster like it has for me! Ive invested well over 5,000 in just a matter of months. There are still TONS of things I want, but I am NO longer going to allow myself to behave that way .... i am broke now like never before in my life. LOL! I will say this is the only time ever have I went crazy with cash but I had a life changing experiance in Sept. and well, I thought I cant take the savings with me. I wanted to get back into creating art, maybe open my little card making/book making bussiness again. But wow, my age ect it's changed I cant just rip through a mini in a couple days and it be stunning any more. I might have lost my mojo along the years I just dont seem to be creating as well as I used to. Ok let me stop rambling LOL!


 
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  • Henri Jean Said:
Really neat idea Liz!



thanks... gotta love YouTube! I get tons of ideas there.


 
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  • LEZE on 04-18-12 06:45 PM
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  • Henri Jean Said:
You are so right - life happens and slows down what you meant to do.

I'm loving retirement. I do have the time to scrap 8-12 hours a day so keeping up is easy.

If you notice, most of those who stay pretty caught up are either those of us who are retired or those with no small children or no children at all in the home. It's a whole different ballgame then.

WHen I had small children there would have been no way I could have kept up. Now its what I focus on.




Henri,

There is hope for me then, to catch up one day. I have two daughters ages 16 and 11, they are active, vey active girls in school and sports. I work from home and can usually manage a couple of hours a day in my scrappy room.

Before I know it they will both be older and will require less of me. That should give me more time to work on my LO's

I am very much looking forward to having more time to catch up :)


 
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That is exactly right. As things in your life change, your perspective and what you want to accomplish changes. Your focus changes. So does the time you have available.

For some people it is only important that they scrap the ones they want to scrap and there is no pressure to do pages they don't want to do, they just want to enjoy it and I totally get that! It makes perfectly good sense.

But it is not me. I want it all scrapped in order for my husband to have if something happened to me and for my kids and grandkids.

There are a lot of people who want to scrap just for the joy of it and the artistic and creative outlet and there are a lot of us who are serious about documenting travels and family events and want it caught up and current.

Just scrap what you can as you are comfortable scrapping. The day will come when you can put more and more into it. If it is important to you then that you be caught up, then go for it.

To me, being caught up is not difficult, it is not demanding, its not pressure. It is spending the day doing what I enjoy doing!

Everytime I work on a page, I'm reliving those memories and places. Even though I'm working back about 4 months which isn't much, I'm back in Vietnam or Jakarta or Russia or at my son's wedding. I love that.

So when you have time to go back and do some of the back scrapping, if you are like me you will love the feeling of living those moments again.

But as life's demands get a little lighter you will have more time to scrap. You may pick up other interests and being caught up with your scrapbooking isn't that important and you just scrap for enjoyment and to relax, or like me, it may be very important and you will catch it up.

But trust me, it does get easier to find time to scrap as your children grow up and then you have lots of time when you retire.


 
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I came to the conclusion a long time ago that I cannot physically scrapbook every photo I've ever taken. I was quite camera happy when my kids were growing up. I didn't start scrapbooking until they were grown so I started out way behind. I had huge totes full of photos and doubles of all of them. I did decide at one point that organization was at least needed so I invested in photo boxes and started sorting. I'm hoping that will at least make things easier for my family some day to hold onto the memories. My daughters each have boxes with their names on them holding all their photos. I also have a Christmas photo box, a friends box, a vacation box...etc. It also makes it so much easier for me to find photos to scrap. There are so many great ideas out there. It's all what works for you.


 
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That's a great idea too! I love this website just for this reason. With everyone's imput you can get some FABULOUS ideas.


 
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In response to mstasha

I agree with that! In Hawaii in Jan-Feb I know I took over 4,000 photos! I developed 1,300 and deleted the rest. I will only scrap a small portion of them and send the rest to family members and people that were on the trip with us.

I don't try to scrap nearly all my photos but I do insist on scrapping a representative of every trip or port or event. Maybe one page, maybe 10 pages.



 
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In response to KaybeeBitters

I am in the same boat. I find it easier to work on most current stuff first then when that is caught up, i will start the older stuff. I know what you mean though about thinking about pulling everything out and yes, organizatio is the key but it's getting the motivatio to get organzied...LOL!!! Just thinking about dragging it all out to organize overwhelms me!!! From reading the other posts it seems this is a common problem with us scrapbookers

~Denise


 
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