Question for working moms....when do you fit in scrapping time?

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Posted 10/10/2012 by wookiemouse in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 10/10/2012 5:44:35 PM
Since both of my kids are now in school, I started up my own business. It has been a LOT more successful than I thought! So now, I work at home from 7:30-1:30 daily, go pick up the kids from school, back home by 3, help with homework and make dinner, do chores and makes lunches, then it's 9 PM and I'm exhausted. Way too tired to scrap! Weekends are kid events (karate, soccer, Lego clu and housework. I haven't scrapped since summer and just can't figure out a way to work it in! I need tips and tricks from working moms who manage to get it all done AND find scrap time, because it sure isn't happening in this house!

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Posted: 10/10/2012 5:59:24 PM
Congrats on your business. My kids are grown but seems I would take Sunday as my scrapping day when they were in sports. I also use to be a little better about doing some in the evenings but not anymore. Now that they are grown, I still tend to only scrap on weekends that we are home & spend weekday evenings killing time here....wayyyyyyy easier than going upstairs & actually scrapping. Good luck & hope you find a good time for you.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 6:03:30 PM
I found time by making time. I started saying no, scheduling things in ways that suited me and enlisted other moms to share rides.For years my wants got pushed to the background. With good reason in some cases because at times my kids and family needed to be in the forefront. Something I noticed over time though was when I didn't make MY time important nobody else did either. Scrapbooking for me at least is my leisure activity of choice. My kids and DH have theirs as well and it wasn't until I decide my needs were as great as theirs that I ever had time for "me".

I had other more well seasoned moms tell me for years that I needed to take care of myself. I would nod my head and half agree and make a slight effort then go back to my life of giving it all for my kids.

The end result was a worn out grumpy mom. That kind of mom is NOT the best mom for any child. Until I really learned this I was unaware of how good it was for my kids to not always be first.

It sounds like from your post that your kids each have several activities. If it were me I would have each child pick one thing they really like and that is it. Change that thing up every few months if they want of course. Then use some of the saved time and money as yours for the things you want to do.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 6:22:31 PM
congrats on your business!! yay!!! You have THE perfect schedule

I'm away from home full time, and in school full time so I squeeze it in wherever I can find it. That also meant losing track of my favorite shows and staying up longer than I'd prefer BUT it's "me" time so I call it an even trade.

I also make an effort to attend a monthly crop.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 6:30:49 PM
I fit it in when I do laundry so it gives an excuse when in our downstairs area. It works best for me since I try to do my laundry all in one day.


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Posted: 10/10/2012 6:52:29 PM
I'm in a very similar boat. It was actually easier when I worked FT outside the home because when I was home, my time was mine. Now with my own business at home, there's always work to do and I can always access it ... so I always work instead of scrapping "because I have to."

I don't scrap at home anymore. I have a group of friends I crop with one Sunday a month, and we do a retreat weekend once a year when I get a LOT done. My mom lives 4 hours away and we meet up at a hotel 2-3x/year halfway between us and scrapbook all weekend. Last time I even took the kids so they could see grandma. They brought their own hobbies, the laptop with some movies, etc. and we all had a fun and productive weekend.

So, scrapping away from home - that's my solution



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Posted: 10/10/2012 7:30:28 PM
I'm a teacher, so weekdays are out completely. Every so often I'll have a little time on weeknights, but I don't usually spend them scrapping -- my mind is too busy to allow me to focus on scrapping. Friday night, however, is usually spent creating something, and on Saturday, I will always make the time for some scrap therapy. My husband is really good about switching off w/me when it comes to our daughter and her extracurricular activities.

As far as housework, it really comes down to picking and choosing what actually needs to be done. Sometimes I'll have to sacrifice time on a Saturday to catch up with chores, but I refuse to spend all of my free time doing that. Learning to live with a little bit of a mess is a good thing. Mental health trumps any aspirations to be Martha Stewart.



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Posted: 10/10/2012 7:41:42 PM
Amen Fevvers/Jill!! More than likely, those chores will always still be there to do tomorrow...or there will be more to do in their place. Your happiness is worth way more than a load of laundry. The world isn't going to end if it doesn't get done today.

MotherofJackals I agree with as well. If you don't take time for yourself, there probably isn't anyone else who is going to make sure you do.
Enjoy once in awhile & don't feel guilty!

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Posted: 10/10/2012 7:48:18 PM
My DS is 4. I try to fit in an hour or two during the week. Normally he will play in the tub forever so I scrap at the kitchen counter next to the bathroom. I normally use scrap time as an incentive to get all housework and homework (yes, I work FT and am a FT student) done then I get in a few hours after that. Usually one reason why i refuse to leave my house on Sundays! DS will sit with me and color or make art and is really good about playing.


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Posted: 10/10/2012 7:48:26 PM
I go to crops on one Saturday a month all day.


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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:08:12 PM
Yay for you. I am WIPED out and my kids aren't tiny, but they still need running around and I still have to work with my 12yo on HW.

I pulled out my Halloween album, one of my prides and joys, along with my Xmas and Easter albums, the only things up-to-date in my house. And I saw the last Halloween was 2008

I don't know what to do. I twisted my knee a few months ago and it's horrible still and that means I can't move as quickly as I want to. That, coupled with work and driving kids around from 2:30-9pm means I have little spare time.

I have no suggestions. I am going to carve out time tonight to locate pictures and print them at Walgreens. Then try to do something this weekend. Not as nice as I like, but it will get done.

The rest? I don't know. never?


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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:24:15 PM
I do it early in the AM, before work and before the kids get up,

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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:50:41 PM
I find little pockets of motivation sometimes after my son goes to bed. And I try to go to a crop night every couple months. That usually energizes me to keep working on things.

Sometimes I even pull a project into the tv room and put in a movie for my son to watch.

We find time when we can right?


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Posted: 10/10/2012 9:05:40 PM
Do you have a place you can leave your stuff out? If so then Do a little when you can. Like get your pictures together one night and then crop or decide you layout and then another night finish it. Then maybe that will motivate and you can get more done. I work full time and have activities with my daughter and church so I stay super busy too. I have been motivated lately to get my Disney book done so I have using some of my Saturdays luckily my 8 year daughter has started scrapbooking so we can do it together. Good Luck!


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Posted: 10/10/2012 9:21:19 PM
My friend and I make a point to devote a Friday evening and most of a Saturday at least every other month to scrapbooking.

It's my "me" time. I am a teacher, and we have 3 kids 7 and under, so I have to schedule time, or it wouldn't happen.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 9:21:26 PM
Are you married? Could you sit down with hubby and discuss a day of the week where after dinner he's "on call" and you are unavailable for the kids? I would think one week day a week would okay with him. Maybe even discuss a half day on the week end to shut yourself up somewhere and work on creative things. How old are your kids? Could you include them more in the chores and getting housework done? I'd explain to them that mommy takes a lot of time out of her life to do things for them and it's now time for them to start pitting in so that mommy can time for her "after school activities" too. Just my opinion...




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Posted: 10/10/2012 9:40:28 PM
Its so hard!!! I'm getting to the point of printing everything and putting it in albums so it doesn't feel like a burden. At least it's visible
I just set up a table and have been able to leave layouts out and that helps a lot... I'm more likely to scrap an hour here or there. I used to do Friday night crops which worked well.
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Posted: 10/10/2012 10:18:57 PM
I have two kiddos one is 3 the other is 3 months. I work full time, and I am in grad school right now. I make time by staying up super late on Friday and Saturday nights (till about 2) to scrap. I also make time for one all day crop one Saturday per month at my house. luckily my hubs is very understanding of my creative me time. He knows that a scrappy wife is a happy wife in this household. It's hard to pencil it all in but I would literally pull a Britney and shave my headand beat someone with an umbrella if i didn't get to scrap at least a few times each month.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:07:26 AM
I have two kiddos that are 4 and 7. I work full time outside the home. My best scrap time is Friday nights once the boys have gone to bed. I don't mind staying up late (1am) to do it, plus my DH lets me sleep in Saturdays. I also try and get together with a girlfriend for an all-day Saturday scrap about every other month. Plus I do two retreats a year (Thursday through Sunday) which is actually when the bulk of my scrapbooking actually gets done. I am moving more to digital scrapbooking so it's much easier to start and stop at the drop of a hat. I foresee myself doing more during the week after kiddos are in bed and DH is watching his million TV shows that he recorded!
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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:12:19 AM
3-4 times a year I go off for a long weekend with a group of friends and scrap from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon. It's just about the only time I scrap.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 5:14:02 AM
Another option for working moms who are overwhelmed and short on time would be to change what/how you scrap. Completing full layouts on a regular basis might be difficult, but working on a mini album -- maybe a page a night or every few nights, before bed -- could take just a few minutes at at time. Make it manageable.




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Posted: 10/11/2012 8:28:55 AM
My girls are in HS and College now, but I work full time outside the home with over a 2 hour round trip commute, so by the time I get home, do dinner, laundry and some tidying up, I don't have a lot of mojo.

So, what I started doing is breaking things up into bits during the week. One night I chose my photos and look for a sketch, if needed. Then another night, I look for papers and a few embellies. Then, another night I may cut the papers and lay everything out, see how I like it. Then, another night, pull it all together. I work in 10-15 min bursts, which is not a lot, but I feel like I'm accomplishing something. Sometimes, I am pleasantly surprised that once I start with the little task, I want to do more. It's all about getting started for me.

I also find that if I have time on the weekend, I try to pull a few page kits together (in the steps above) so that I can just put the page together sometime during the week when I have the time.

For me, the idea of going into my craft room and doing a layout from start to finish is daunting, so I don't do it and sit on my butt instead and do nothing. This way, I at least am moving forward and feel good about it.

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Posted: 10/11/2012 10:53:01 AM
Granted my kids are gone now but the best advice I ever received was to literally put scrapbooking on your calendar just like you do sports practice and other events. Even if its a 30 minute block of time.

Try and give yourself 3-4 hours once a month on a Sunday as well!


I used to scrap while I was cooking dinner.(still do!lol) Pop something in the oven, simmer something on the stove and you have 15-20 minutes to play. BE SURE TO USE A LOUD KITCHEN TIMER!!

As my kids got older I would scrap at 11pm while waiting for them to make curfew.

You have to learn to use those smaller blocks of time effectively


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Posted: 10/11/2012 11:09:54 AM
Well mine are grown too but what worked for me. Was to start a layout or project and it got worked on all week. So it took me a whole week to get one thing done. Basically I just spent 30 min in the evening getting one thing done and leaving it till the next day. I also did a lot on Sun afternoons when all chores and sports were done and overwith.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 11:49:08 AM
I usually don't. Which is why I have so few LOs done. I do try to get to a 6 pm to midnight crop once a month. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. I've become an event scrapper. Christmas, b-days, Easter, first day of school, Halloween, vacation. That's about it.

I still take lots and lots of pics and figure that someday I'll have time to scrap them all.





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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:41:50 PM
I work outside the home. I have one child and she's 14. I scrapped more when she was a toddler then I do now but I've been carving out scrapbook time the past few weeks. I do majority of my housework on the weekends, mostly on Sundays. It helps that dh and dd help during the week so it isn't too bad when I get to it. Once or twice a week I head downstairs into my scrapbooking cave after dinner to work on a layout or two. I spend a few hours down there. There are times when I won't go down there for weeks but the past several weeks I've made an effort to just do it. Yes, I'm exhausted after working all day, making dinner, checking with dd that homework is done, etc but I force myself. Just like dh has his downtime watching sports and dd does with playing video games I need my downtime too. The minute I walk into that cave I feel relaxed.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:44:10 PM
I scrap from 9-11pm when there is a show or a movie I want to watch. I almost never watch TV without scrapbooking.



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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:46:31 PM
30 minutes at night before bed...
Maybe an hour or two on a Friday night, after the kids are in bed, if we don't have other plans...

It helps if there is a football or basketball game on TV that DH wants to watch - then I don't feel guilty for doing my own thing.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:57:45 PM
It seems like most people with small children either scrap after the children go to bed (except for the *crazy* person who scraps before the children get up -- I could never get up that early and be useful) or have their husbands help. I am a single mom working outside the home with a 5 year old at home who doesn't play by herself very well. I wish I could scrapbook after she goes to bed, but I am so tired by that time. I am just not getting anything done. It seems I either need to stay up at night or find some way for her to play independently while I scrap. Probably staying up is more realistic. *sigh*

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Posted: 10/11/2012 1:38:51 PM
I work as a swim instructor every hour DD is at preschool (12 hours a week), then I moderator online reviews Thurs-Friday from 8 to midnight after she is in bed and then work again at the pool on Saturday. The Saturday, Sunday and Monday I am editing photos from weddings, sessions, etc. My husband does nothing around the house - cleaning, grocery shopping, social planning, holidays, etc I do it.

I get about 2 pages done a month and I am OK with that.

Here are some tips:
- find a space to leave your stuff out so that if you walk buy you can place an embellishment here, stamp there and then move on.
- never pea while at a computer (I only pea while working or on my mobile) so there are no distractions.
- journal during commercials on TV
- hire a maid of let some of the housework go - really affordable maids are out there, they just take some time and connections to find.
- at night when you are braindead, do things that are not brain work - organize photos, purge, find inspiration so that when you are ready to scrapbook it is there

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Posted: 10/11/2012 2:42:26 PM

It seems I either need to stay up at night or find some way for her to play independently while I scrap. Probably staying up is more realistic. *sigh*


You know what's working for me these days? Having my little 3 yo girl craft right along with me. It's working out so far...she'll either choose to paint, draw, color or make a bead necklace. And it's suuuuch a nice feeling, both us girls crafting at the kitchen table.

I can usually score 45 min with her like this...and if it's less? it doesn't matter, I can always come back to my project at a later time

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Posted: 10/11/2012 2:48:18 PM
I make it a priority to go on two retreats a year. That's when I usually get the most work done. Thursday - Sunday's in the fall and spring...



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Posted: 10/11/2012 3:25:42 PM
I don't work well at home for some reason, so I will go to a crop once or twice a month, and then on occasional retreats. I usually get a lot done, unless someone suggests going shopping and then, well. One day everything will get done.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 4:37:41 PM

It seems I either need to stay up at night or find some way for her to play independently while I scrap.


I know what you mean. It's hard, but I stay up super late 1 to 2 nights per week just to get a little scrap time in. In the AM before my kiddos wake up sometimes I scrap too, but that's REALLY early in the morning like 5-6 AM. When YOU'RE desperate, YOU'RE desperate, right? LOL, well I am DESPERATE for more creative time I don't get any during the week at all. I generally attend an ALL day crop once per month. Maybe you could join a crop group and do the same, and then your daughter could stay the night with a relative/friend? If she doesn't play well independently, introduce her to crafts My daughter is 3, and when I want to scrapbook in the middle of the day, I pull out my scraps, shape scissors, old stickers, and glue, and I let her 'scrapbook' some of the 'tossed' photos. I'm sure one day she'll want the 'good' stuff (photos and papers) but for now she really enjoys doing this together.

Sometimes I print off educational pages from the internet, and she does 'homework' while I scrap. She practices letters, counts, colors an educational page, or works on a quiet craft, so I will put on a movie for her to watch in my scrapbook room, one that we both enjoy like "Anne of Green Gables" It's a 3 hour movie, and SHE loves them!!

I also scrap when the kiddos nap on the weekends, and I attend a retreat Thursday-Sunday at least one time per year, sometimes 2 if I'm lucky

Maybe you could find a friend to crop with who has a kid around your daughter's age, and they can keep each other entertained while you ladies crop together?

You can do it; I know everything will work out for you.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 5:41:10 PM
I try to scrap during the week, but that seldom works unless I scrap while cooking dinner. But I do scrap every week when I do laundry. I do all of my laundry in one day and have the entire day to scrap. It works well for me. I would love to have more time to scrap but that just doesn't seem to work.

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Posted: 10/11/2012 8:48:55 PM
So this post had me thinking, I needed to check in on my scrappy to do list. I keep a smash book for scrappy to-dos and ideas so I don't forget stuff.

I don't know whether to be depressed that I am so behind or excited that I have so many fun things to work on.

I have 20 LO ideas (just based on the pics I have printed), 7 mini albums at various stages of completeness, 3 other theme albums started (DD 2012, through the years, school), 2 photo tray project ideas, and 3 holiday project ideas. YIKES!!!!!

I guess I need to carve out some crafty time! Immediately!!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 7:45:45 AM
i don't even try it during the week...too busy and i need to spend some time wiht the kids. if anything, i can plan or organize some things while watching tv after the boys have gone to bed. i'm not a night owl, either.

we took this fall off from weekend sports, etc., because we love fall weather for bike riding and playing with friends outside. i try to have one lazy weekend morning when i can stick in laundry and scrap while hte kids are playing wii in their jammies. all three of us are really enjoying the less-scheduled, less-hectic weekends.

so while i don't get the chance to scrap EVERY weekend, i do have my own room for it so i can at least leave things out and do them in chunks. i'm ok with that.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:47:09 AM
I started my own "crop night" at my church. They let me have a room one Friday every month. I scheduled a year of "crop nights" in advance. They also put it in the church bulletin and I post it on my FB in case anyone wants to come. Sometimes there are only 2 of us, and sometimes there are 30! I think it helps to leave your house sometimes, not look at undone housework and have kids pulling, and get away. My husband knows which nights are crop nights and he helps me out by coming home, fixing dinner and watching the kids. That is where I get the bulk of my scrapping done.

Right now, I am not working, I am in school full time, so I have a little bit of time each morning from 8:30-9 to scrap a little. I take full advantage of it! I hope you are able to dig out some time for yourself and scrapping!!!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 11:49:01 AM
Naptime on weekends, after bedtime every night. Except I'm usually exhausted and in bed myself or catching up on other things that need my attention. So I scrap about 1x or 2x a week. I just started attending a monthly crop from 5-10 one Friday a month to get at least one good fix... Sometimes I can scrap while I cook dinner, too, set something, go down the hall to scrap for a minute or two, go back to check or start something new, etc., and bounce back and forth for a half hour or so.


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PeaFixture

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Posted: 10/12/2012 3:15:12 PM
I'm not that good at it - I gave up being frustrated about not having scrap time, so now I just look forward to crafting on school breaks (including long weekends).

Also, I've found that cardmaking can go faster than making layouts - and it's great to have a little stash of cards for when those thank-you/sympathy/birthday occasions seem to pop up out of nowhere.

slew
PeaNut

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September 2004
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Posted: 10/13/2012 5:35:08 PM
I plan out and schedule on my calendar 15-30 min of scrappy time in the early morning when everyone is still asleep during the week while also breaking up tasks into manageable bite sized pieces- layout design, selecting elements, journalling etc. My goal is to get 1 page done a week and it's a super productive week if I get 2 done!

senoritascrapper
StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 10/13/2012 7:54:03 PM
I create a plan of action. Usually I have three to four projects that I work in for about 30 minutes a day. This is not uninterrupted time. It is spread out from morning to nighttime. I use a bookshelf for each project. All supplies or sketches go on the shelf. I just grab what I am in the mood to work on. My table is clear because of the cats and kids. Every now and then my hubby gives me a day to scrap but that is so rare that I don't count on it.

vorders
PeaAddict

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Posted: 10/13/2012 8:09:25 PM
I don't really sit down and scrap for any significant time during the week. I will write some journaling for my project life album, maybe edit some pictures for printing or watch a scrapping video. I usually scrap on weekends. I stay up late one or two Saturdays a month and sometimes I can do some scrapping on Sunday. I occasionally go to an all day crop and once a year I go to a weekend crop.


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PeaAddict

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September 2009
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Posted: 10/13/2012 10:26:49 PM
Every once in awhile, I can scrap at home on the weekends for a few hours, but I get most of my scrapping done when I go on 2 weekend retreats each year. We book them well in advance (i.e. 2 yrs) for Friday to Sunday and I get a lot done assuming I get page kits put together! I love it - not only the scrapping but fun with my friends as well (there's 6 of us that attend the retreats).

I have a dedicated space at home, all the supplies, pics printed, etc, but not enough blocks of time that I feel good about sitting down. I like to have 2-3 hours of time at one time to feel like I'm having fun. I dread being creative for only 30 minutes and having to stop!

If I have 15-30 minutes, I'll organize pics or get pics ready to print (i.e. Photosheet) or update my list of things I want to scrap, etc., all of which helps me when I'm getting ready for the next retreat.
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