When is your scrapbooking time? (especially if you have little ones)

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Posted 2/8/2014 by princess_and_the_pea in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 357,204
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Posted: 2/8/2014 5:09:29 PM
I've decided I need to do something with all the beautiful PL kits I have been collecting. I've bought so many Project Life kits, albums, etc. over the past few years and have done relatively nothing with them. I keep making excuse after excuse, but I am constantly putting it off. I think part of my problem is thinking my photos aren't good enough compared to so many others, and I see so many beautiful Project Life albums made by friends and some of you ladies posted here, and think what's the point? ha! I am a SAHM to a special needs 5 year old, and so when he goes to bed at night, a lot of times the last thing I want to do is sit down and scrapbook. Just wondering when you all find time to scrap? Nights, weekends? Just curious!


PeaNut 37,419
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Posted: 2/8/2014 5:20:34 PM
Would early mornings work for you? When do you get your "down time" -- ie. is it only at night? Weekends? Could your DH take on some of your hands-on time with DS so that you can have some time to relax and do something crafty?

My DD is almost 4, and she is in preschool in the mornings Monday to Thursday, so my goal has been to use at least part of that time for scrapping. Too often I "waste" it by putzing around on-line or doing other things -- I need to be more intentional. Weekend afternoons are good, as we are all relaxing, and my DH also spends a good bit of time in the evenings with DD, getting her ready for bed and such. I am going back to work soon, though, so we'll see what happens to crafting time. I think I will rely on those weekend afternoons!


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PeaNut 357,204
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Posted: 2/8/2014 5:23:43 PM
Thanks, Carmen! Yes, DH is wonderful about spending time and helps out tremendously with DS when he's not at work. I think I just need to motivate myself!


PeaNut 570,639
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Posted: 2/8/2014 5:25:30 PM
I have 2 big ones and 1 little one. I have a 3 hour break with no kids 4 days a week. I *try* to do a little then. Sometimes it turns into a nap or mindlessly staring at the TV for an hour.

My 5 year old is also special needs and it is SO hard. He is not a good sleeper. I also sometimes have a hard time scrapping about him because his "big" milestones are usually quite small.

I find it helps if I can have a table set up where he can't get into my stuff. So I slowly work on a page here and there.


PeaNut 405,405
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Posted: 2/8/2014 6:22:04 PM
I have 5 kids under 8. My scrap time is every night between 8:30 and 9:30. It is my time and I think it is crucial for my happiness.
I do a mixture of pl and traditional scrapbooking. I do a family album and one for each of the kids. Lots of stories recorded. Love it.

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Brooklyns Mama

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Posted: 2/8/2014 6:26:19 PM
I am the total opposite! I countdown the time until bedtime because Im dying to scrapbook.

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PeaNut 14,521
April 2001
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Posted: 2/8/2014 6:43:09 PM
Mine aren't little anymore (teens), but the only time I scrap is when I go to a weekend retreat with a group of friends. We do 3-4 weekends a year (rent a retreat house together and leave the kids/hubbies behind.)

I could scrap at home. But, I work from home and the last thing I want to do after a long work day is spend more time in my office.



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Posted: 2/8/2014 8:06:28 PM
I have two kids (3.5 and almost 2). My 3.5 year old has special needs as well, so I sympathize with your desire to crash as soon as possible. I work in scrapping where I can even if it is during the day. It is not only therapy for me, but my kids love when I involve them. I often work with my 3.5 yo to get him to identify the people in the pictures and my daughter loves picking out the paper.

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PeaNut 358,551
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Posted: 2/8/2014 8:08:55 PM
Ugh, it's hard. After a 2-3 yr break I am just now getting back into it. It's hard with kids. My toddler is finally taking decent naps, about 1.5 hrs. So I use that time to scrapbook some- mostly I spend the time planning the page-figuring out paper, embellishments, etc. then when I get both kids into bed at night I try to actually put the page together. It's hard though because I really don't feel like getting started but when I make myself I'm glad I did. I would say I'm doing this 3-4 days a week maybe? And since I do some work on it during nap time, I go back to it, move things around, and think about it as the day goes on. She has gotten used to seeing it on the table I guess because she hasn't tried to mess with it really.


PeaNut 154,780
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Posted: 2/8/2014 9:17:19 PM
I have a 3 week old so my answer is never. But this morning I did write the journaling for a layout that I started before he was born. I hope to finish the layout by the end of this week.

Prior to his birth, I scrapbooked most days since my 3rd grader is in school all day.

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ca angel

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November 2008
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Posted: 2/8/2014 10:12:39 PM
When my kids were younger my scrap space was in a blocked off area in their playroom. I was able to scrap while they played and could leave my stuff out since it was protected.

Now I have a scraproom/office and they have their own craft table/space in my room. I can also see the backyard from the room. I can scrap and keep an eye on them, but since they are older I don't need to be right on top of them all the time. They are 4 & 6.

Most nights I'm too tired or just want to unwind in front of the tv. I usually scrap on the weekends or mid day during the week. That said I don't get a ton done but am OK with that.
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PeaNut 586,645
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Posted: 2/9/2014 8:08:17 AM
A few minutes here & there. I mainly scrap on weekends trying for one day that is mostly mine.
When mine were little, my stuff was all left out. My desk was in my living room. They never got into it.


PeaNut 39,261
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Posted: 2/9/2014 8:12:02 AM
It's hard, I know!

I usually scrap Saturday mornings from about when I wake up until lunch. This is DH's daddy-DS time and they usually leave the house for part of it so it's nice and quiet for mommy And then they bring home lunch!

Otherwise I use naps as much as I can during the week.

I also have been going to a crop that I found through a
MeetUp group. It's once a month from noon-dinner time (people stay later but I go home then). I talk too much so I don't get a ton done, but I try to bring projects that need to be completed or easy cards to make, etc. Last month I sat there and organized all my buttons by color in divided containers It needed to be done and was away from little fingers, so it worked out well.

I can't seem to scrap after bedtime. I'm too tired. I used to be a night scrapper pre-kid, but not anymore.

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Michelle K

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Posted: 2/9/2014 8:30:53 AM
Its tough! I had 4 kids under age 5 so their bedtime was always my scrap time. They are aged 5,7,8 & 10 now but I still find it impossible to scrap during the day. I try to get all the house "stuff" done while they are awake, (errands, cleaning, laundry etc) so that when the last one is in bed (8:00), I head straight to my scrap room...put on some music and start enjoying "ME" time!!


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Posted: 2/9/2014 9:04:34 AM
Usually nights or weekends. My hubby is REALLY good at taking our boys to the park or to ride bikes so I have me time. We have a 3, almost 2 and a 5 month old. The 5 month old is the toughest because I'm nursing. I went on a 3 day crop lady weekend and it was lovely!

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Posted: 2/9/2014 9:22:32 AM
I have one 4.5 year old. I didn't get much done from 0-2. Then I made two changes.

1. I plan to attend two crops a year. Usually one day alone. And one weekend with friends. Knowing I have the upcoming deadline forces me to plan pages, gather materials, write journaling , buy/ trade for just the right embellishment and print pictures!!! Whatever I don't get done at the crop
Is easier to work on when I have a small amount of time after the crop.

Also I put a small cabinet I my bedroom that I walk by all the time. I lay out the page and every day (or week) I add a little to it until it's done and then in the protector it goes.

I would rather my daughter have a less than perfect page than I would not have the memory by me captured.

Also I'm not 100% sure what you mean about your pictures. Just in the last year have I gotten a better camera and a better camera phone. That has made a ton of difference in how I felt about my pictures and has increased my ability to scrap. Find a way to love your photos. I traded with a photographer friend. I buy any photography groupons. I practiced with my point and shoot.

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PeaNut 157,905
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Posted: 2/9/2014 11:30:06 AM
It's tough! About the only time I work on my personal scrapping is if I go away to a retreat for a long weekend which I try to do a couple times a year. I work from home and have DD (almost 4) with me. I have a sitter a few days a week so I can get my work stuff done, but otherwise there is no time for scrapping during the day. I don't have a childproof studio (yet, hoping that happens this spring) so if she's down there with me I have to watch her, help her with stuff, etc. which means I don't get anything done. Once DH is home from work, we have dinner, get the kitchen cleaned up and put DD to bed I don't have any energy left and don't want to have to do anything that requires thinking. I could scrap on the weekends but even when DH is home, DD wants to be with me and he's not very good about keeping her entertained and out of my hair for more than about 20 minutes, LOL.

I think I'll be more motivated to work on my own scrapbooks once my studio is done. Right now it's a disaster of packed boxes and no storage, and looking at that mess just depresses me. My goal is to get my studio finished, get all my stuff unpacked and then schedule a crop with friends here at least once a month. I have a great space with plenty of room for 4-5 friends to scrap when my work stuff isn't spread out all over (having my buildout done will help with that too) so I shouldn't have to twist arms too hard to get people to come over for a day of scrapping.


PeaNut 280,931
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Posted: 2/9/2014 12:53:54 PM
I am fortunate to be able to leave my scrapping out on my scrap table. I scrap mostly weekends but I can squeeze in 15 minutes before bed if there is something in progress already and its out on my table. Page kits help a lot with this too.

Brooklyns Mama

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Posted: 2/9/2014 1:00:52 PM
Occasionally, I have been known to give my 4yr old and a 2yr old a "free for all" for a few hours so i can get some pages done. I have a corner desk in our great room that I use for my boutique business. When I want to scrap I make them some lunch, bring out some snacks, turn on a movie and they're pretty entertained for a few hours. I can get about 3 12x12s done in that timeframe.

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PeaNut 558,342
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Posted: 2/9/2014 1:31:49 PM

During nap if I don't have anything pressing to do
Weekends when hubby is home. Maybe one weekend a month. Weekends are family time so it's hard

If in scrapping it means I'm ignoring the kids because my focus is only on that so it doesn't happen much.

Trying to do it everyday maybe 15 minutes everyday would help. That would be wonderful actually. In a dream world! I have 3 under 4
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Posted: 2/9/2014 3:05:05 PM
Afternoons. I don't have little kids, but its not changed any since they were, and became tweens/teens lol! I can sometimes catch a few hours after 12, but I usually find myself working on other projects then instead.

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