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aubrieannie
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So I just finished a huge organizational project designed to help me maximize productivity at an upcoming crop weekend. And now, I am completely overwhelmed by how much I have to do. When I go to a crop, I put together little sets where I've chosen the photos, paper, and sometimes some embellies. I have 38 sets, 80% of which are 2 page spreads. Obviously I won't finish that. Not even close. But man it is overwhelming. And this just gets me through my son's 13th month of life. Aaaaaand he will be 2 in February. Yikes.


 
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Don't let yourself be overwhelmed or it won't be fun! My daughter is 22 and now has a kiddo of her own. Guess how much of my DDs pictures I have done... I got her first 13 months done right before she graduated from HS! I do have a school events album finished through her elementary school years that I finished before she started middle school. I also have an album done for vacations we took to California. She loves them all and shows them to her 2 yr old now.
I'm still working on her second year as I have time (which I don't have much of right now) ad pitures of my granddaughter's special events.


 
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I agree. Don't stress!! This hobby relieves stress. I think it's healthy to set reasonable goals. I think it 's fantastic that you are so organized! Bravo!


 
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Crops are for fun! If you are prepared, and it sounds like you are, you will get more done.

Sometimes at crops I get just a little done because the ladies are talkative and sometimes we take off and go shopping or out to eat. One of the crops furnishes sandwiches which we don't always care for so we take off for Ruby Tuesday's sometimes.

Other times I really focus and get a lot done!

I don't care how much or how little I finish. That would take the fun out of it.

I'm one of the lucky ones - completely retired so at home my husband stays busy doing "manly" things - cutting grass, taking care of our rental properties, fixing things - and I stay home and scrap. He comes in filthy from head to toe when its time to take a shower. Then we hang out in our home office together and I scrap until we go to bed.

But I do make a lot of page kits with me that I have almost to the glue stage. Often I even makes letters and mats and if I'm taking stick-on letters, I even pick which ones. Really little brain work required once I get it to that stage.


 
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I agree too. Don't stress. I did a book for each of my kids first year, but tried not to do more than one more book for all the pre-school time. When I thought of doing a book a year, I knew my kids would never want 18 albums to go off to college with! :-)

Also, getting a little "behind" helps me gain perspective on what photos to include. When time goes by, some of them don't seem as important any more.


 
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That is something I've learned over the years: I don't want to scrap every little photo. Some of my other photos are in a Smash book, and some are in a photo safe box. I agree,I don't want to leave 63 albums for my family to lug around. Dont' get me wrong; the many albums I do make, my family cherishes! I just want to be balanced.


 
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I am one who scraps nearly every picture. I do have a ton of heavy scrap books - over 2,000 pages in 5 years! But... both of my kids want them and I am in the process now of scanning each page and having Snapfish make nice books for me. Then I will take my favorite layouts and consolidate them into nicer scrapbooks and discard all the old ones that are just pictures and a few embellies but not favorites.

I will give friends and family members scrapbooks with the layouts of of them in it so I won't be left with much - just some books of my favorites, mostly from different trips.

Most of our photos are travel stuff and I do want to scrap all of those photos. If they are really close to being duplicate pictures or blurry or not good pictures I don't, but I do scrap about 95% of my photos!

Since I've started printing them, 11' of scrapbooks will fit in about 2' of space! There are some original pages I can't part with but I am making books for my granddaughters and my son and his family and my mom with my original pages.


 
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My other hobby is photography, so I find myself with a LOT of photos. I don't even come close to scrapping them all. I just take a LOT. The ones I don't scrap I just throw into an album. I think I will have less once my son gets a little bit older. I won't be so compelled to do monthly photos.

Frau, you are right about the perspective of being away from the photos a little. I sometimes hand my husband a stack and say "hey, take 3 photos out". It helps.

I suppose I put a bit of pressure on myself because I have so little time to scrap when not at a crop. I work a TON of hours (usually around 50 a week, sometimes more) and have a toddler, so finding time is tough. That's why I have to stay productive! The only time I have to scrap otherwise is time when I should be sleeping. ha.


 
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For having a 13 month child you are doing great! I looked at some of your pages and they are wonderful. I love the ones with your baby laying down and these are my favorites.

Take it slow. I wish I had taken more an interest when I was younger. Here I am 62 and only really getting into it so I can have a 4 x 6 album to send my daughter and her fiancee for Christmas.


 
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  • aubrieannie Said:

I suppose I put a bit of pressure on myself because I have so little time to scrap when not at a crop. I work a TON of hours (usually around 50 a week, sometimes more) and have a toddler, so finding time is tough. That's why I have to stay productive! The only time I have to scrap otherwise is time when I should be sleeping. ha.



I'm with you on the time thing. It seems I have less and less time as my two kids get older too! (ages 6 & 3). At this point, I am getting one crop a year. And my scrap space is packed up due to construction, so I am not getting anything done and getting farther and farther behind!


 
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Yeah, one crop a year is what I do too! He just keeps getting older...and I keep accumulating more pictures! haha


 
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My "goal" was to be caught up by the end of the year and I have nearly 200 pages on my "to do" stack - in folders, in order, photos printed and embellies with them in each file - just need to take them one at a time and decide how to arrange them and get them ready for crop.

Mostly travel photos - Egypt, Istanbul, Transylvania & Dracula's Castle, and about 6 of the Greek Islands still to do.

Then two days ago we decided on almost no notice to go to Hawaii so I'm in Hawaii - my scrap stuff is on my desk at home. Thought we would be here for 2 weeks and then go home so I could still come close to meeting my goal.

Found out yesterday, my husband accepted a job from November 18th through the end of the year which is rare because he is coming out of retirement to do this. The job is in Nevada and he will be taking me with him. That means I won't be home this year to get my 200 pages done!

And now we have a 113 day cruise booked on January 4th so I will barely have time to pack and we will be gone again! Won't be home until the end of April so technically it will be May before I'm home again to catch up and I'm sure I will have at least 300-400 pages on top of the 200 on my stack.

I know we will have a June trip to Rochester, NY and probably go to Boston and Washington and see some other parts of the country then which will put me even further behind!

Yikes! I'm getting dizzy. Hopefully I will finish it all next year. That is my new goal - to be caught up by the end of 2014!


 
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Henri Jean, you need to start digital scrapping! :-)


 
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I do plan to - have already found a photoshop scrapbook tutor but I have to be home to work with her! That is the problem - scheduling the photoshop classes! It will be a private class so scheduling won't be a problem but right now it will be April before I can take the class.


 
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Wow, Henri Jean! That's a LOT of pages! hahaha. And a lot of travels, but what fun you must have. With trips like that, it is no WONDER you have so many pages to scrap.

I don't think I could ever do the transition to digital. I use computers all day at work. I don't like to use them tooooo much when I'm not at the office.


 
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I'm with you! I would never be able to go digital.


Edited by bonprof on 10-29-13 04:08 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I plan to continue paper and trimmer pages at home but when we travel for months at a time it would be great to be able to do some digi pages. Right now in Hawaii I'm in the room quite a bit while Bill is out and about working with his license plates. I would love to be able to get some scrapping done but would have to be digi - can't travel with scrap stuff.


 
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Yeah, it would really help you since you do so much traveling, I'm sure. While I couldn't make the switch, I have been contemplating taking the photos I don't scrap, and throwing those into something digital, but I'm talking click and drop...not really digital scrapping.


 
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Henri; wow you'll be gone a lot. Coming thru Seattle? maybe you should do some digi scrapping while away.


 
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I have a tutor lined up for the digi scrapbooking but I haven't met with her yet. In the mean time I don't have a clue where to start.

Also I have not scanned any of the papers I want to use or embellies so I'm not prepared. I don't want to use kits, they just don't interest me, I want to use my own supplies and scan them in so I just don't have anything to work with.

Bill is going to take me to the scrapbook store - said whenever I want to go - but even though I will buy papers, getting them scanned in will be impossible.

I thought we were going to fly from Hawaii to Nevada so Bill could work for 2 months but I'm not sure the job is going to come together.

Bill said he is okay either way - he was only accepting it to work with some of the guys he worked with on other details who were also Special Forces retirees but I'm not sure the contract is going like the guys putting it together had hoped. So... we may be going home which really would be good.

It would give me a chance to get with the woman who will be teaching me digi scrapbooking using Photoshop.


 
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I see your point, Henri. So glad you can play with your images while away from home.


 
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I am one of those who didn't start scrapping till my girls were older, but still in school. I used to worry and even obsess about getting them done, but worked full time too. I finally decided that I was going to scrap the pics I want to, and enjoy the creative part of it. I also realized that, if I was being realistic, that I would never get all my pics sb'd. So now I just enjoy the process, and do the pics I want to, and if I don't get all of them done (which I now I won't) it is ok. my family will have books that they will treasure when I am gone, and lots of pics to figure out what to do with! but the important thing is they will have some nice albums of their lives, and mine and their dad's, and some fond and funny memories to treasure.
not to mention tons of sb stuff they can probably sell on ebay- most of it will be vintage by then, i hope!


 
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I really enjoyed what you had to share!! We are under so much pressure in other areas of our life; scrapbooking should not be one of them . It's all about balance.


 
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I'd love to learn some about that side of PS just for kicks. I am pretty adept at photo editing but know nothing about the other aspects of what you can do w it.


 
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I just don't think I would get the tactile joy from digital scrapping that I do from traditional scrapping. I love to touch my papers, embellies, inks, ribbons, or whatever I'm working on. I actually do get joy from that, and I just don't think I would from digital.


 
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I love touching the papers and embellies and ATG. It will always be my preferred way to scrap.

But I'm on the road so much that I can't always use my papers and ATG. Digital scrapping would be just for when we travel.

We left last Sunday for 2-3 weeks and I just found out that we probably won't be home until May - we will most likely be gone for 6 months.

We will probably be in Nevada for 6 weeks and my husband will be working on a program to escort prisoners from California to Nevada for 12 hours a day. I hate tv so I will have nothing to do in the hotel room for 12 hours every day - digital would be something for me to do besides go shopping!

I love to bake (we don't need the goodies for the 2 of us). I've tried to get interested in other projects and hobbies but nothing else really gets my attention. I hate making cards and minis.

I don't have pets, no kids at home and nothing that keeps me busy so for me scrapbooking is how I pass my time all day. I hate to watch tv (just found out our tv hasn't worked for several months, possibly for several years and neither of us knew it).

I moved from Georgia and nearly all my friends are in Georgia so for me its good that I have scrapping to keep me busy for 10-12 hours a day when we are home.

When I scrap our trips I relive them and that makes me very happy. It is very important to us to get all our vacations and travels scrapped because when we get old we want to go through all our travel scrapbooks and go back to those places together through the pages.

I know a lot of people think it is crazy to scrap nearly every picture but for my lifestyle and all the time I have on my hands since retiring, its right for me.

And I don't ever want to give up my papers and trimmer. I just want to scrap while I'm in hotel rooms and digi seems to be the answer since I cannot travel with scrap supplies. Not when I pack for months at a time and on some small planes there are serious weight restrictions.



 
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I don't blame you one bit, Henri Jean. At least going digi you still get scrap time away from home. Just a random thought, but have you done much photography? It's a great hobby to couple with the scrapbook, you can edit photos digitally and it is GREAT for travel because you can learn about it while going out and about wherever you may be. Not that you need incentive to take more photos, apparently! haha


 
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My camera is a point and shoot - in fact all 3 cameras I take on trips are point and shoots but they are a decent quality.

I've thought about getting a really good camera that will uses different lenses but the problem is that it would be too much for me to lug around all over the world. Some of the really nice cameras weigh so much and then the bag of accessories - I think it would wear me out carrying it all.

Even the point and shoot I wear around my neck gets heavy for me.

I would love to take photography classes although I don't think my camera is good enough.

I have been emailing the photoshop scrapbook tutor today to try to get things set up for mid-November for me to start learning. I will be in Nevada and in the hotel by myself every day for 4-6 weeks and my husband will be with me at night.

Its a good time for me to learn.


 
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  • aubrieannie Said:
So I just finished a huge organizational project designed to help me maximize productivity at an upcoming crop weekend. And now, I am completely overwhelmed by how much I have to do. When I go to a crop, I put together little sets where I've chosen the photos, paper, and sometimes some embellies. I have 38 sets, 80% of which are 2 page spreads. Obviously I won't finish that. Not even close. But man it is overwhelming. And this just gets me through my son's 13th month of life. Aaaaaand he will be 2 in February. Yikes.



38 mostly 2-page spreads for 12 months sounds like you are trying to scrap every picture (or most of them!)
I had an epiphany a little while ago listening to some episodes of PRT.....I don't need to scrap every picture and I'm not going to care about every picture years down the road. I'm going to want to see a snapshot of my life (or my son's life) and I'm going to want to remember the STORIES.....
I'm more choosy now about the photos I scrap and I don't scrap everything. I pick the photos that are really the very best ones and ones that go with a particular story I want to tell. I journal more on my pages too.
I recently decided to go back and re-do my son's baby album (he's now 7). It was the first thing I did. I have come a long way in my scrapping since I did that album, I have made albums far nicer for other people and think that my son deserves a really nice baby album. I also didn't journal much in that first album and it was a sort of pre-made type album (matching paper and stickers) that I picked up at BabysRUs.....
As I've been going through the photos to scrap for his new album, I've realized that I don't care about a lot of the photos in that album. Some of them are not great photos and then there are a lot of photos that are really similar....
It has really opened my eyes!
This time around, I am picking just the pictures that I really love, that show his little personality. And I'm going to journal more on the pages about how I felt and our journey together.....
I don't feel the need to scrap every photo or even scrap a photo from every month of that first year!

So I don't feel overwhelmed anymore. I still have photos that I want to scrap from his earlier years but I don't feel that I have thousands of photos to scrap!
Just my thoughts


 
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I really appreciate what you wrote. We are so blessed to have this hobby! So many people never do anything with their photos. But we tell the stories. I refuse to be overwhelmed. Scrapping is what i do to relax and heal.


 
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I agree! We all scrap for different reasons and we all have different situations that allow us more or less time for our hobby.

Some want to scrap just the pictures that are most important or those they like the best, some of us want to grab every memory in our scrapbooks and either way - its okay.

The important thing is to enjoy it and I enjoy every minute of it.

Now that I'm getting a lot older, it is really important for me to have all these memories for my husband and me.

The amount of things I want to scrap would overwhelm most but I'm not overwhelmed at all, I take it as a challenge - don't scrappers love challenges? If I get it done, that it awesome and if I don't, its not going to stress me.


 
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I certainly understand. I moved away from Georgia for a few years and it was hard leaving family and friends behind. I've retired now and moved back. I always quote Lewis Grizzard, who said, "Lord, just get me back to GA and nail my feet to the ground." Seriously, it is nice being back home, but I miss the friends I made while living in other places. Hubby is planning on retiring in Feb., and we will join the part-timers, as well. We just never know what life will bring us around the next corner!


 
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Boy did you make me smile! I adored Lewis Grizzard and read everyone one of his books and never missed his column in the Journal/Constitution.

He wrote one book, "They Took Out My Heart and Stomped the Sucker Flat" which meant a lot to me because my dad had the same heart valve surgery he had.

Boy, we lost a real southern gentleman with a fantastic sense of humor the day we lost him.

He always made me smile - or at least nod my head in agreement. He was so southern through and through. I even enjoyed the episode or two he was a guest on Designing Women!

I remember when he did a book signing. I was a perfect size 5 and (boy, those days are long gone) and when he got to me, he didn't just look me up and down, he thoroughly looked me up and down. I was totally flattered. It was followed by a huge grin from him that made him look like the cat that ate the canary. I will never forget that!

You brought back some very fond memories when you mentioned Lewis Grizzard, I've spent so many very happy hours reading his books and columns.


 
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Sadly, I'm not even close to scrapping every photo! My other hobby is photography...I have prob anywhere from 200 to 600 photos of my kid per month. Ya...per month! Lol. I've lightened up on it though. So my volume is a fxn of the amount of photos I take. What gets me...what I want to capture...is each and every expression. I am a sucker for my sons little.expressions and they just keep changing. I can't bear to leave one out of the album!


 
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Henri jean the Nikon d40 w kit lens is really light. But even w your point and shoot try a long strap you can do diagonally across your body as opposed to the neck strap. Far more comfortable. I got mine at phatstraps.com. I hate having the camera around my neck.


 
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I envy you - I wish I had a lot of photos of my kids when they were little. Sadly, that was a long time ago, there was no digital photography and the prints we took 30+ years ago have long since faded and yellowed.

If I had a little one again I'd be taking a million pictures!



 
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  • poi on 11-05-13 06:06 PM
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I had to give up getting overwhelmed too once I had my 2nd, I knew I would never catch up. LOL I now have 4 and take a minimum 400 pics a month, so I understand overwhelming. Just getting through them is a project. I could never do digital, it really isn't the same at all.
Just relax and enjoy the scrapping! With so many pics, you won't ever have to worry about being without something to scrap


 
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