Really Want To Start Scrapping Again!
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Posted: 1/15/2013 8:54:37 AM
I used to scrap all.the.time. Back when I had one child. And a small space to do it. Then the second child came along, and I lost my tiny space and it got harder. And now I have 3 kids. The oldest has two completed albums. The middle child has a few pages. The third has nothing! And they are 11, 8 and 3. I have a dedicated area to keep my supplies, but it's all packed away, in cabinets, and outside in our laundry area. I think my problem is that - that it's so hard to access and I have to drag everything out and then put it all back away. I have nowhere really to just go and create, or to leave it and work on it gradually. So basically what I'm wondering is... any tips to get back into it? I need my mojo back! And how do you go about "catching up" when you've got YEARS worth of photos to sift through?

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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:00:25 AM
First of all, try not to worry about how "behind" you are. That never helps.
Can you get some kind of tote to hold a basic supply kit that is easy to acces and can go wherever you need to go? Then make up supply and photo kits so you can just grab one and go with that and the basic supply kit and not have to get out every supply you own.
So, print lots of pics so you can make up a few kits. Some variety so you can go with your mood. And I'd suggest going three ring album in the future, no matter what you used in the past. It will make it so much easier to work wherever you want to and then go back to "catch up" when you feel up to it and just rearrange the pages.
Most of all, try to enjoy it. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. That sucks all the fun out of it.
Also maybe consider some of the pocket pages where you just slip in photos and maybe use one photo slot to make a cute decorated journaling spot. A little scrapping and a lot of memory keeping and getting it done.
I hope you get your mojo and joy in scrapbooking back! <3

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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:06:51 AM
If you want to scrapbook again, then you just need to find a way!

Is it possible to take a corner, a small table, a desk -- somewhere in your house for you? Even a drop-leaf table and a bookshelf for you to put basic/most used supplies and current projects would be great. You can use your area in the laundry room as a stock room for your other supplies.

Personally, have always managed to find a way to have space for scrapbooking. For a while I scrapped with my supplies in a box that had to be put away every night, and I put a board across an ottoman to work on. Then I used our computer desk that had our desktop computer on in it. It had a shelf across the bottom for an album and some supplies and a second pull-out keyboard tray I could put my project on. Then I had a folding card table and a bookshelf in the corner of our living room. Even with two kids and two parents in less-than-500 square foot apartment, I made room to scrap.

I will be totally honest and say that having my stuff out and leaving my stuff out is not a problem for me at all. I try to keep it contained to one surface. Scrapbooking is what I DO and it's important to me and our family. No one ever has a problem with DH having laptops/piles of papers left out on the table or somewhere in the living room. When I was in school, it was acceptable to have binders and an extra computer and stacks of books and other things out. I don't see that scrapbooking should be any different. It's nice to put it all away when you have company over or need your house tidy, but it's best to leave out your stuff so you can actually use it.

As for getting caught up, I am not sure! I have zero expectations of ever being caught up. I think if I was starting to scrapbook now with older kids, I'd just start with present/current photos and as I needed other projects to work on, look back over past photos and scrap whatever seemed important or had a story to go with the photos that I wanted to remember.







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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:26:15 AM
I don't know if this method will work for you, but it is the route I am going....

I am scrapping for my nieces (age 4 & 7). I an about 4 years behind on their albums. So, I have decided to go the divided page protector and Project Life core kit route. I am using a 4x6 title card for the "page" title, add pics in the slots, 3x4 journaling cards, and 3x4 filler cards for any empty spaces. However, you could certainly use your own stash instead of a kit. I just find the kit makes it go much faster for me. I would spend way too much time picking out papers and embellishments. For me, the priority is getting the stories told and pictures in albums. Plus, the PL kits are beautiful! I am loving it so far! I also have the flexibility to add in traditional layouts as I want. I am also using 8.5x11 page protectors for school/art work.

The Project Life baby kits are gorgeous in person! I would highly recommend them if you need to scrap a child's first year!

Over the weekend, I finished up my niece's Kindergarten year using the PL supplies. In one week, I had an entire year scrapped! That includes everything: picking out pictures, editing, ordering, journaling, and getting the album finished. I have NEVER gotten anything scrapped that quickly! Plus, I love how it turned out. It has made me even more excited to continue "catching up" on their albums!

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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:34:19 AM
I am exactly in the same boat- two kids, no set "Space" and I keep all my stuff in bags and folders that I have to lug out and drag back in....I'm getting pages done because I set a "theme" in place and am refusing to deviate from it, so even though I hate the LO I'm doing, ill shelve it and start a new one and go back when I'm ready. I'm working on a Disney theme and it's helping because the pages can be fun and simple and not so time consuming.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:48:50 AM
Thanks for the input so far! We do have an old desk we are fixing up and it's almost done. We are getting ready to move our computer desk out of the living room, so I'm thinking maybe I can bring the vintage desk in and use it to work at. But still keep 90% of the supplies outside.

I have thought about Project Life, but it seems confusing to me for some reason. I need more info about it I guess!


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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:07:14 AM
You've gotten some great advice! This is good reading material if you're confused:

http://www.beckyhiggins.com/blog/2012/11/advice-for-project-life-newbies/

(Sorry, can't link on my phone!)

The main thing is that Project Life (PL) is not a photo a day - it's just a faster way of capturing your memories. I incorporate divided page protectors into my regular scrapbooks, and it's such a fast and easy way to get those memories captured!

Your kids will treasure whatever you do for them. Try not to worry too much about impressing your fellow scrappers (as is possible to do here) and remember who your true audience is. I have three myself - all boys, ages 12, 11, and 2 - and they all love looking at my scrapbooks. I guarantee they couldn't care less (or even be able to tell) which ones are trendy or took me a long time!


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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:16:20 AM
I went through the same thing! I have a recent blog post about how I reduced my supplies and got back to basics: The Scrapbook Diet .

Good luck!



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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:23:29 AM
I can relate to your story. We had an office one corner was mine and I would go in there to scrap. everything was out and organized, then along came our third child. I lost my space everything had to be boxed up and put into the hallway closet. I hated dragging everything out and the digging to find what I wanted/needed. That caused me to stop scrapping. Then we converted our garage to a home office for my husband but it was was 1/2 office 1/2 garage. The only other area I could use was a corner in our living room but at the time it was a play area for our baby. Once she got older we slowly moved her toys to her room and now everything is in her room and I set up a craft area for me. The problem was I could never find time to do anything. With 3 kids 14, 12, and 4 I have no time for me because someone always needs me to do something. I need uninterrupted time. I now have Michaels storage cubes in the garage and a small table and cart in the corner in the living room. I keep my most used stuff in the cart and if I need something it is now organized and easy to find. I am determined to get caught up. I have 5 years of pictures and school stuff to go through and either scrap or put into some forum of album. My older kids each have a school album and the last year scrapped is Pre-k and 1st. They are now in 6th and 8th. My youngest is in preschool. I think I will set aside some me time every Friday evening and tell everyone this is my time leave me alone. We usually watch movies on Friday nights and I can scrap while watching the movie since I can see the tv from my table and then I can just keep scrapping until I get tired. At least that is my plan.



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Posted: 1/15/2013 11:20:41 AM
I have thought about Project Life, but it seems confusing to me for some reason. I need more info about it I guess!




I honestly thought the same thing until I started using it. It is actually just the opposite...it is such a wonderful, simple way to scrapbook. Of course, some people really spend time embellishing and creating "mini layouts" in each pocket...which is beautiful...but still time consuming. I intentionally keep it really simple.

In order to use it to "catch up", you have to break out of the mind set of PL being a daily picture or weekly layout. For my niece's Kindergarten album, I made a list of "layouts" I would like to do (First Day of School, Halloween, Christmas, Field Day, School Memories, Family Time, Zoo Trip, Summer Fun). Then, instead of using the PL 4x6 cards for the weekly dates, I used them as layout title cards. I have also seen someone do one layout per month, sort of a "month in review", to catch up several years of scrapping.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 11:33:17 AM
I wouldn't worry at all about "Catching up". Scrapbooking should be fun, so just look through and find a picture that grabs you and go for it!

Project Life is SO easy, especially now that there are pocket page protector options for both vertical and horizontal photos. Insert the photos by "theme" (CHILD's 3rd birthday), do some journaling and DONE. If you need something to fill in a blank spot, bring out the supplies and do a little title card or added something to go along with it. I promise, the system is nothing to be intimidated by.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 11:35:09 AM
So it's not necessarily a weekly thing, right? I think that's what I was thinking. That a two page "spread" was for the entire week.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 11:42:36 AM
Blakesmommy01- Its up to you how you want your Project Life to look! You can do it weekly or monthly or what works for you.
I would suggest if you have some time to try looking at Project Life on youtube, this will give you an idea. HTH

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Posted: 1/15/2013 11:44:47 AM
Can relate to your situation and glad you posted this because I got a lot of useful tips. I have 2 kids who take up all my time and pregnant with 3rd which leaves me no energy to do anything. I have my supplies wherever I can find space which right now is my closet and a corner in the living room. I can usually get away with leaving my supplies out for the weekend, but on Sunday it's time to clean up.

I use a pop up card table which I hide under the couch until I am ready to use which is a great location for it. I guess my problem now is getting back into it after taking months off because of morning sickness. I also am moving in a few months and having to pack everything is slow my process too, but hoping to find a place to have to dedicate to scrapbooking and homeschooling.

Good luck getting back into scrapbooking.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 3:03:06 PM
So it's not necessarily a weekly thing, right? I think that's what I was thinking. That a two page "spread" was for the entire week.





No, not at all. The thing I love most about PL is that it is so flexible! There are quite a few people out there using it in this way, but here is one I could find easily: Sunny Side Up blog . These are all of her posts labeled "scrapbooking", so you will have to scroll through to see the PL posts. She is using the kits for albums for her 3 kids.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 3:26:19 PM
Thanks so much for all of the advice so far everyone! It's every much appreciated!


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Posted: 1/15/2013 3:43:16 PM

So it's not necessarily a weekly thing, right? I think that's what I was thinking. That a two page "spread" was for the entire week.


It is whatever you want it to be.

I can't do a daily journal or diary. I absolutely hate it. Same thing with a weekly deal. I take a thousand photos at a time, then I go months taking none.

But..... the divided pages work for me too.



With 3 kids, holidays are obvious. Someone has probably taken photos and there are LOTS of holiday papers and embellishments that you might enjoy. If you have any already, pull them out and see if any of them look good with photos you have - from any year.

I did this last night with Halloween photos. My dd loves Halloween and I treated myself to some fun papers in a big DCWV non-fancy stack. (Meaning they were cheap.) The colors matched the photos perfectly and the graphics fit DD to a T. I used one of the WRMK divided pages that has 3 horizontal on one edge, and one horizontal and one long pocket on the other edge. (The middle example.) SO CUTE!




I love these longer pockets so I can use these really cute papers that have huge graphics without ruining them.

ETA - You can embellish as much or as little - at one time or over time - as you want.





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Posted: 1/15/2013 4:59:49 PM
Have you seen the simple stories line. It is similar to doing a plain photo album beacause it has the photo inserts, then you add in the descorative elements, it is a great line of product and may help you simplify the process yo get back onto it. You could put it all one bin and when you have a little time pull the bin out. I don't know if you have an Lss near by that offers crop time but that would get you some alone time to get things done. I have been to crops by myself and got a lot done and met some fun people. Plus seeing others projects can be inspiring.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 5:04:09 PM
You have gotten some great tips so far.

Definitely start simple. Pick one single project that doesn't put too much stress on you. For me, that is a special mini-album that I am doing. This year I will turn 50. In honor of that, I am doing one act of kindness each week for 50 weeks. I am taking a photo and will be documenting each deed of kindness in a mini album. This way, I only have to focus on one page per week.

Just doing that little bit of scrapping has helped inspire me and reignite the creative flame in me!


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Posted: 1/15/2013 5:12:46 PM

And how do you go about "catching up" when you've got YEARS worth of photos to sift through?
Don't worry about being caught up. In my opinion that will suck the fun out of scrapbooking very fast. Maybe go through your supplies, go through the gallery, maybe even go shopping. Each of those things at times help me when I'm lacking inspiration.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 8:38:40 PM
Before when all 3 of my kids were little and living at home and I would be in a scrapping mood what I would do is I have this folding table it is about 6 ft long. So I would move my couch a little and set up my table near the book case in the living room. And so then I would pick out a theme or holiday or person to scrap and then the papers and the emblishments to go with it. I had a magazine holder full of different cardstock to make it easier and refilled it whenever it got low of a certain color. And then I would scrap my heart out. Either until my mojo got low or I ran out of pics for whatever I was scrapping and I would either get another subject or put everything away. I would scrap between 30-100 pages a session depending on how much mojo I had. And the plus side the kids and dh would comment on certain pages and give hints or whatnot.

But once the kids moved out I made one of their old bedrooms a scrap room but slowly one by one they came back and so I lost my room but now I get more subjects for pics since I get to see my grandsons more and so I have more ops for pics.


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Posted: 1/15/2013 8:44:20 PM
Another idea.. maybe try doing your youngest one's first year? And do it in an 8x8? (smaller size, takes less time, etc) Then, take the rest of the years, and do snapfish type albums online. I love those type of albums too.



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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:02:58 PM
I recently just started scrapping after an 8 year hiatus. I've been doing it most evenings for about a month now and I AM LOVING IT! Here's what helped me:

I got some page kits - I have little kids like you, so I got some baby page kits

I got some Kiwi Lane Design templates

I put aside any notion of "catching up" or scrapping in order. I just started going through the photos and decided to scrap whatever appealed to me.

This was so freeing! Being able to scrap whatever I wanted to without feeling like I HAD to get this and this done.

The kits and templates took away some of the guesswork and made things go faster so I had something to show for my time and that made me feel successful and made me want to keep going!

The other thing that keeps me inspired is that my 6 year old LOVES to look at his pages! When I put him to bed at night I tell him what pictures I am going to be doing, how old he was and how cute he was. His delight makes it all worth it, truly... that's why you want to get started again right?

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Posted: 1/16/2013 7:44:00 AM
Great suggestions everyone! I'm not super worried about catching up-catching up, it's just going through all those unorganized photos and finding the ones I need. And having to make copies! I really need to get some sort of organization to my photos. I think a trip to the LSS might be in order, too.


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