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New Kid On the Block
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How do you moms out there do it? I have a 3 month old son and I have no free time to even enter my craft room. I want to work on his baby book but when I do have a small amount of time I don't have the energy to.

I'm exhausted!

Shout out to all you crafty and creative moms.

How do you balance being mommy and having time to yourself to decompress?

Jen E
Jen E 
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  • Jen E on 10-08-18 05:34 AM
In response to justdarlincards

my kids are teens now, be goes super fast!, but when they were babies, during nap time, if i didn't nap along side them, i forgot about cleaning and did whatever i wanted to do! most often it was reading since i didn't start scrapping till they were a little older. bits and pieces, you can get a LO completed or a card made, it just takes time. the cleaning will always be there, sometimes you just have to do for you! good luck!

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In response to Jen E

I confess I quit crafting till my youngest went to school. There just wasn't time, money or energy for it.

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In response to southgirl

I have a 5 year old and an 18 month old. I do a lot after they go to bed for the night. Even if it's just for a half hour.
Everything I do is done in shifts.
That's good you have a craft room. If you have 10 mins, set paper out and some embellishments you want to use. Maybe find the pictures.
Next 10 mins just work on it. You aren't going to get a lot done but at least it's a little time for yourself.
With not much free time I wasn't such a perfectionist any more. Who cares? I also started using pre-done layouts and just adding a little bit to it.

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In response to scrappy_day

I have a 2.5 year old and 4month old. I usually can do a little bit if they both nap together in the afternoon. I still have yet to finish my oldest’s baby book, but I finally have all the pictures printed for it.

If my oldest one is at daycare, I will bring the playmat into my craft room and let him play while I scrap. Usually I can get 20 minutes this way.

Dawna.s Place
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In response to Mulan05

As a super busy new mom you may want to consider getting a set of project life journaling cards. After bedtime, take a card and journal any fun thing they did during the day, coo'ed at you, recognized their name, giggled. Make it just a few words so its short and simple. You get the jest! This way you can take pics as they are growing and match (or not) journal cards to their activities. You won't miss any special moments and you'll have a record of how they grew. When time permits, after bedtime or during nap time, you can steal away time to transfer important notes to their baby book without having to worry about what you may have missed. You'll have more journal cards than needed for their baby book, but just file them into a photo album. Here's a sample of what I'm talking about.

Journaling cards:

I also recommend a D-Ring binder and a variety pack of page protectors to hold all your completed cards. Congratulations and wishing you the best!

PS: Don't worry he'll start sleeping through the night very soon!

Vivian Lake
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In response to Dawna.s Place

I didn't scrap much at that point in my life. But I made sure to take "notes" and leave them where I could find them for later. Young babies take all your energy and really . . . don't stress too much right now about the baby book. It will happen soon enough when you feel up to it again.

P.S. I'm still finding chicken scratch notes and my baby is now 12.

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  • don1 on 10-11-18 12:13 PM
In response to Vivian Lake

So, reading the comments, it looks like you'll get a routine going when you have a 2nd tot. Eazy parcheezy.

gluemore girl
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In response to don1

Hi and I remember those days! I started scrapping when my DD was 4 and DS was 2. That was almost 20 years ago!

If you can, schedule a block of time, just once a month either at home or with friends, to scrap. I started that way and still do.
I have "crop night" on the family calendar for the same date and time every month.
Hang in there and don't worry about being caught up.
The photos tell different stories as they sit longer.
Lots of great advice here, especially the note-taking!

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In response to gluemore girl

My sister had babies back to back so she was too busy to scrapbook so she switched to digital thing she was great at that helped was she took lots of pictures. More candid ones on her phone mainly ...and at the time I was away in graduate school so she’d email me updates about cute things they did or like, Christmas present wish list, I saved all of it and printed quotes from emails for journaling. The key is to stay organized and keep the leaflet from a performance or flyer from event. iPhones help with geo tagging locations and time/date too. They grow up so fast so just make sure to take quality photos and make sure you’re in them too!

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