Loc: Tuscany, Italy
|Posted: 8/16/2013 3:15:47 AM|
So my little boy is nearly 6 months and being a mom now has drastically changed my lifestyle and time available for "me." However, more than ever I want to scrapbook and record these moments and memories...
With less time, I scrap less and it's quite frustrating for me. I'm already forgetting little details... the days fly by and I wish I could capture them more.
I'm sort of going through a scrap-life crisis and re-evaluating how I scrapbook and if it's possible to ever feel "caught up." I've never been a chronological scrapper, but especially with the baby it's sort of easy to forget things and it's like a never-ending task.
Perhaps project life really makes sense now... but then again I still like creating pages. I'm trying to re-think how I can scrapbook moving forward. A way that is less stressful but allows me to capture the memories I want to preserve...
Anyone else gone through a scrap-life crisis? How did you change the way you scrapbook?!
thanks for your thoughts
Loc: Where the polar bears live
|Posted: 8/16/2013 3:21:47 AM|What about a smash-type book? You can write down the moments as they happen and add the pictures later. And you can bring it with you everywhere
Loc: an Aussie in Germany
|Posted: 8/16/2013 3:24:41 AM|
You can always intersperse full size layouts between the PL pocket pages in an album. The everyday little things you want to remember can be done in PL style, and then add in 12x12 LOs for the bigger events - firsts, birthdays, etc.
Loc: Tuscany, Italy
|Posted: 8/16/2013 3:42:05 AM|
thanks for the ideas... I suppose I need to lighten up and not care that there's inconsistency in my scrapbooking. It's nice if everything was organized and following some sort of design sense, but perhaps no one cares but me!
I am finding myself sort of stuck in indecision... oif!
Loc: Bath, UK
|Posted: 8/16/2013 3:48:02 AM|
Why don't you get a journal/notepad and write out your journaling at the time that it happens so you know you wont forget and maybe a few notes about any pictures you have taken that match or ideas you have for the page and then you can come back at a later date the actually make the page when you have the time and you know you will still have it recorded and not have forgotten?
Loc: Tuscany, Italy
|Posted: 8/16/2013 3:49:40 AM|
I like the idea of jotting down notes, but it certainly does create a queue of things to do... even more things to do! Doesn't that make you feel soooo behind in everything?
I would definitely prefer to do it once and be done with it, so it's not always about revisiting. I tend to always say - later, later... but that usually means never. Haha... anyone else like that?!?
Loc: an Aussie in Germany
|Posted: 8/16/2013 3:55:24 AM|
Maybe you could keep some of the PL 3x4 cards handy, then you can jot things down directly onto them, and you don't have to redo to put them into your album.
Loc: Tuscany, Italy
|Posted: 8/16/2013 3:58:40 AM|
Thanks, Sue... that's totally what I was thinking...
btw, I'm not actually a PL scrapper... it's just something I've been considering and realizing - doh, it's why so many people like it... when they really have less time in their lives!
Loc: an Aussie in Germany
|Posted: 8/16/2013 4:04:28 AM|
Linda - I'm totally NOT a PL scrapper. I tried one year on the 'photo a day' and only lasted til April - and that was the year we moved to Germany so many 'new' things happening in our lives.
I have, though, thought of using the pocket pages for some of my scrapbooking. We are travelling so much now - both being in Europe for a limited time and becoming 'empty-nesters' at the time we moved here - and I can't keep up with all the photos. I also think it will help me cut down on the potential number of albums I end up with!
Loc: Bath, UK
|Posted: 8/16/2013 4:45:01 AM|"I like the idea of jotting down notes, but it certainly does create a queue of things to do... even more things to do! Doesn't that make you feel soooo behind in everything?"
I think it depends on the type of person you are and its finding what works for you. I love to do lists and I don't really mind how much is on my to do list as long as as it is on the list and not going around and around in my head
I also really don't mind that I'm not caught up at all. I only started scrapping this year and plan to go back 5 years since me and my boyfriend met in yearly albums as well as a childhood album. I don't mind that this will take some time and I will just make a note when I get an idea for a page even if I am at work and I just scribble it onto a piece of paper and then when I can I choose a page I'm in the mood to make.
However I also don't have a baby so your situation is different but my thought is that you are not going to suddenly have more time to do anymore scrapping no matter what ideas people give you so its finding a way to write down the memories and not forget them- be that coming back to them and making a 12x12 page at a later date, writing them straight onto 3x4 cards and doing a PL type album or a mixture of the two
As long as you have the memories written down you have your whole life to do with them as you wish and even if you choose to do PL for now there is nothing to say in a year or two you may wish to come back and make 12x12 layouts for a few special moments
Hope you find something that works for you
Loc: Tuscany, Italy
|Posted: 8/16/2013 5:20:15 AM|
Thanks for the suggestions... I do realize I'll never just suddenly have more time and it does bother me to have too much on my list to do.
I think that I will definitely do a mixture of pockets and layouts... but I would never be able to keep up with photo-a-day or such! No wayyy! I simply like the ease of project life, but not the structure of every day or week or such.
Loc: Right Here, Right Now
|Posted: 8/16/2013 6:00:01 AM|
You're a Mom so your time and your priorities are changing. Your little man is only 6 months old: soon he will be doing amazing things, hitting new milestones, and changing quicker and faster than you can imagine. He'll be giving you some amazing scrapping opportunities to record: scrap time maybe not so much, but lots of material to work with.
So ease up on being hard on yourself and thinking you have to do it all, perfectly, and without faltering. Something has got to give if you're overscheduled, exhausted, or think you're not doing it "right". There's no right or wrong and it's OK to stop or pause and catch your breath and get your bearings. Adapt your hobby to fit your new lifestyle: hobbies should be an addition to life, not life itself.
This crazy time will pass by quickly but it doesn't feel that way when you're in the middle of it. A hobby is a wonderful extra in life but if it feels like work and pressure, set it aside temporarily. There's no expiration date on scrap supplies so don't feel like it needs to be done if you're not feeling it. It will be OK. And if your scrapbooks have a mix of PL and regular scrapping mixed together, wouldn't that accurately reflect the mix of juggling you're doing in your life to accomodate your new situation and role? Just a thought.
|Posted: 8/16/2013 6:02:14 AM|
I did a PL album for my daughter's first year. It was modified, one page instead of two per week and it was random photos from the week and not a photo a day. So maybe a modified version of PL would work for you. I also did a few pages when she would take her naps and sometimes I stayed up late at night to scrap. Scrapping for me has always been therapeutic and never about being behind or feeling caught up. Sometimes I would tell my husband that I needed to scrap and he would take over some duties for a couple hours, so I could get something done. I do second jotting notes down on the PL cards or using an app on your phone. Those early days are sleep deprived and blur together. You think you won't forget the cute details, but sometimes you do.
Loc: Tuscany, Italy
|Posted: 8/16/2013 6:13:17 AM|
I definitely forget the details and for sure will not run out of material to scrapbook.
Thanks for everyone's kind words... I definitely need to figure out what will work moving forward.
Love this point:
"And if your scrapbooks have a mix of PL and regular scrapping mixed together, wouldn't that accurately reflect the mix of juggling you're doing in your life to accommodate your new situation and role? Just a thought."
Interesting indeed... need to stop worrying if there is a right or wrong way to do it. Just need to do it!
Loc: an Aussie in Germany
|Posted: 8/16/2013 6:17:33 AM|
need to stop worrying if there is a right or wrong way to do it. Just need to do it!
I think this is something we should all take to heart. I see so many posts on here about 'not being caught up'; 'is it OK if I (insert random idea here)' etc, and they make me a bit sad. This is supposed to be a creative hobby. It doesn't matter if we do things differently - that's what creativity is all about.
So - mix up your albums, scrap in order or not, do as many pages as the photos need, or make a collage to get them all on one page. As long as the photos are getting into books, and you (and your family) like them.
Loc: Central Texas
|Posted: 8/16/2013 6:52:22 AM|
Something I use to document little notes daily is a website called Oh Life. They send you an e-mail daily, you hit reply and type in whatever notes you want to document and hit send, I've found the daily reminder helps me to find 2 minutes to document the little things I wouldn't think to jot down. Then, when I'm working on a layout I can go back to the website and look at my notes for the day.
|Posted: 8/16/2013 7:20:33 AM|
Don't add extra stress to yourself! You will have time again! For now, take lots of pictures and keep a little notebook with you. When you have a minute or two, just jot down a few little notes of those things that you don't want to forget. Since you don't scrap chronologically anyway, you can scrap them when you have time and energy. Just play with your scrap supplies if you have an extra half hour so that you can be creative. You'll be fine!
|Posted: 8/16/2013 7:34:02 AM|
If you put your LOs in a d-ring album, you can mix it up with PL and change it later if you don't like the results.
Loc: new jersey and proud of it!
|Posted: 8/16/2013 7:50:01 AM|
I've started writing the journaling in just a plain marble composition book. This way i can scrap anything at a later date and still have the memories.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 8/16/2013 7:54:21 AM|
Maybe if you view "notes" as more of a journal rather than a to-do list it will take some of the pressure off? Get a nice notebook to use, and then you'll at least have all of those memories recorded even if you never get around to scrapping them. I remember my mom kept inexpensive spiral-bound notebooks of what my sister and I did each day even though she is not a scrapper. I should ask her what happened to those!
When you do have more time you can go back and read through the journal and make pages based on which memory inspires you at the time. And, your journaling will already be done, you can just re-write it on the page!
|Posted: 8/16/2013 8:23:00 AM|With 2 young kids and a full time job, I definitely love the ease of the pocket pages in helping me get as many pictures as possible scrapped! I do mix in 12x12 layouts too here and there.
Loc: Dallas, TX
|Posted: 8/16/2013 8:35:17 AM|
I don't have kids but do have a suggestion. You likely have a digi or film camera to take lots of pictures with. You could get an instant camera like the Fuji Instax 210 and take one or two with it for a smash type book to go along with your journaling in the smash book, and so you know which set of pics go with that story. The Instax is a cool camera and fairly cheap on Amazon, there is a mini version too. Be sure to look for deals on the film on amazon too.
Beware of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with Ketchup!
Organizer of Dallas Crafters' Marathon in Dallas Texas
|Posted: 8/16/2013 8:52:49 AM|There is no right or wrong way, just your way!
Heard this somewhere but not sure who said it.
Congratulations! You can do anything you want large or small.
If you have a blog this may help you with getting the details in a spot that you can refer back to.
You could a brag book of all pics with a spot journaling.
A smash book would give you more room to add pattern paper.
A 6x6, 8x8, 12x12 or smash book would be great because you could create a layout and add more pics to divided page protectors, because your probably taking tons of pics.
Elise Blaha Cripe just had a baby about a month ago, maybe her blog could give you some ides because she does PL.
Loc: Tuscany, Italy
|Posted: 8/16/2013 9:14:49 AM|
thanks for all the suggestions... I definitely want to do something PL-esque because I do want to document the daily and the elements and stories don't always inspire a full-on layout - if that makes sense.
I really like the comment about how it's keeping a journal rather than a to-do list... perhaps it's just a mindshift I need to have...
Hopefully I will figure this out... I know I should not complain about not having time - I mean, we all have the same amount of time. It's about finding what works for me personally, certainly!
I'm just a pea:)
Loc: *Sunny Southern California*
|Posted: 8/16/2013 11:50:36 AM|
"With less time, I scrap less and it's quite frustrating for me. I'm already forgetting little details... the days fly by and I wish I could capture them more. "
When DS was a baby I kept a journal that I wrote in everyday.
I recorded everything I found important and anything i photographed.
That way when I got my photos processed I had all the details.
This took a lot of the stress of not having as much time as I would have liked to actually scrapbook
To carve our a little time for scrapping I tried to do it during one of his naps
|Posted: 8/16/2013 11:55:23 AM|
I started PL when I was overwhelmed with wedding photos and knew I could never get them all into traditional layouts. Plus being married I had less time for scrapping. So, I started going PL (really divided pocket pages, because I have not bought a Becky Higgins kit). I am going monthly, but each month has as many pages as I want to hold the memories. I don't do a photo a day, but I seem to get in one per week.
Since the start of this year, it has been eventful (both good and not good). Last week, my husband said, we haven't done much this year, then I pulled out my album and showed him that we have indeed done a lot. I have in my album the movies we have gone to, the restaurants we have tried, and what we have done. Maybe we didn't take a big vacation this year, but we had a lot of fun, and much to be grateful for.
I don't take a photo a day, but I have found that I do take more photos of everyday things than I used to. And, if I don't take the photos, I download it from the Internet (e.g. movie posters).
I mix in multiple sizes included 8.5x11 and 12x12 pages. Nearly every month has an 8.5x11 because I have something to insert (an obituary, a certificate, etc.). Sometimes it is just that extra photo that I want to include.
I am doing my spreads monthly. January and February was just one 2-page spread. March had about 6 pages, April had 4, and July may go to 10. It's all fun but the pressure is not there to keep up on a weekly basis, and the reason for the extra pages was some event (wedding, weekend trip, etc.). I love the chronology of it (I wasn't a chronological scrapper before).
With a growing baby, you will be so glad to have captured the wonderful little things that comes along with the early development (first steps, what foods he likes and hates, etc).
You can start small then see how it goes. I began with just one pack of page protectors; my initial investment was just over $3 (I already had plenty of paper).
|Posted: 8/16/2013 12:17:41 PM|
I am in a similar confused mind-set as you. I have two young kids and no time for me. I have not found the "way" yet. One day I have a great plan to do a monthly summary layout and now I'm thinking the pocket pages may be useful too to ease up on the need for creating layouts. But I've not had the time to get these done.
So for now, I have been writing "moments" on a sticky note and putting them in a daily at-a-glance type calendar. And I've been trying to do a monthly summary of the highlights so I can create a summary page later on.
And that is all I have time for. I don't really like it being so un-finished. But it is what it is...
Good luck in finding what works for you!
Loc: Tuscany, Italy
|Posted: 8/16/2013 3:59:48 PM|thanks for all the feedback, I really do appreciate your thoughts! It does seem like everyone finds a system that works for them...somehow!
don't get me wrong, I do have notes all over the place... but it does make me a bit anxious, because it does feel like a to do list... nothing feels complete right now and I think that is what bothers me. wish I could just do it and be done with it!
for now I'm still scrapping regular layouts - I do A4 size because I live in Italy, basically regular sheet of paper scrapping. I tried pockets before for little bits and pieces, but the whole cutting to size can be frustrating - I know, what is wrong with me right, can't even cut paper! haha...
If anyone is interested you can check-out my layouts on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindatieu/6813653859/
I do like creating them, but I know that with my changed lifestyle will have to incorporate other methods of memory keeping. My DSLR had been broken for a while now, so I suppose that also contributed to my scrap-life crisis thankfully I fixed the camera the other day, so rethinking a lot of things and trying to start up again!
|Posted: 8/16/2013 4:09:04 PM|
With two kids I figure I'm never going to be caught up. But I keep notes in our family calender (the ones with 4 colomns and 31 rows). Just a sentence when anything happened - just enough to jog my memory when I finally get round to breaking out my supplys.
|Posted: 8/16/2013 5:31:25 PM|Not sure if this would help, but there's a site called Oh Life where you create an account (that only you can see/access), and every evening it sends you an email asking you how your day was... You reply to that email and you can write what you did that day, funny things, attach pictures, etc... When you go to the site you can then access all the entries you've made... If you're someone who always has a device handy, you could just do up a draft email and add stuff to it as the day goes on, and then paste all of that into your reply email...
I do PL but I don't follow a timeline - I just add stuff in as it happens... You can do PL, or a Smashbook as another Pea mentioned, as a sort of creative diary... Something that lets you be creative and feel like you're capturing at least some stuff as it happens, and then do LOs as time permits or for those really special moments that just need a whole page to themselves...
|Posted: 8/18/2013 11:03:16 PM|First of all congratulations on becoming a mom! This is a very special time in your life and it will pass so quickly.
My little son is now 23 years old-how that time flew by I have no idea, but it does fly by.
My advise for you for right now is to RELAX and enjoy this time with your baby. Take lots of photos and then take some more. And then when you think you have enough, take even more. Hey, these days with digital it's faster and cheaper
Next, write each day if you can what is going on with your baby and with you. Some days you may not feel like writing. That's okay. Some nights you may have been up all night with vomiting and fevers and no sleep at all. Write what you want and what you feel. No one is going to read this stuff but you so let it out. Use a computer or a journal. Whatever feels the best to you.
Then, in a year or two (or whenever you have time and feel ready-not rushed in the least little bit) start gathering your photos and matching them up with your writing by date. You have everything you need to create your layouts-tons of gorgeous photos because you took so many, and lots of journaling to choose from.
Or maybe even do a layout here and there. The point is to keep up with taking the photos and doing the journaling. That way you will always have the bare materials to make the layouts whenever your muse strikes and you are ready. And toss that saying, "I'm behind, never will be caught up" out the window because it does nothing but cause stress. Who wants to be caught up anyway? I don't. That means I'd have nothing to scrap.
Debbie in MD.
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
|Posted: 8/18/2013 11:54:05 PM|You've mentioned a few times that writing notes can feel like a 'to scrap' list. How about creating layout/s that combine multiple notes? Lists or letters can be great for this.
I Want to Remember...
At 3 months...
One way of doing this would be to use a pocket page to add many photos on one side and a small page with mainly journaling on the other. (6x12 is great for this, so an A4 divided down the middle would be similar.)
Not everything needs a layout, or it's own layout. Often combining stories together makes a stronger, more engaging story.
Just wanted to remind you that the only right way to scrapbook is the way that works for you.
|Posted: 8/18/2013 11:55:39 PM|I have been exactly where you are- I have a very active fifteen month old, who isn't a big fan of playing by herself and was a bad sleeper for a long time. I did some regular page layouts for the first six or seven months, but was falling badly behind on all the things I wanted to note and remember. I resisted the pocket style for a long time because it didn't seem like something that would reward my creative time, but when I actually tried it in a class I fell in love with it! So it might be worth giving it a try. It can still be totally creative just on a smaller scale when you have the time, and when you don't you can just make notes, stick it all in pockets and call it good. I still struggle to keep up but I take way too many photos. Keep in mind that you can use the pockets as a note-taking kind of exercise, and when you have scrapping time there's no reason you can't use photos from in the pockets, and your notes will be right there.
(I work monthly too-it's a lot easier to put together stories and everyday themes that way)
The other idea to try is to use smartphone apps. You might not get much time to sit down and scrapbook for quite some time (sorry) but you can type up a quick note and snap a quick picture in between playing with your son, and then when you do have time to scrap, you can match pictures with notes and you are good to go.
For me, the pockets work because I can put in as many photos as I want- trying to scrapbook layouts I was not getting anywhere near as many photos stories as I wanted to tell actually put together. I still have notes and photos recorded waiting for layouts! But if you really don't want to do pockets, focus on a way to keep notes that doesn't add to your to-do list and you'll have them ready when it comes time to do layouts.
Good luck and I hope you figure out something awesome that works for you!
|Posted: 8/19/2013 9:17:39 AM|
Why not carry a stack of journaling cards with you? Jot down the moment on the card and it is ready to be added to a page. If you use plain ones you can dress them up when you put your page (PL or 12x12) together.
|Posted: 8/19/2013 9:34:58 AM|So many good ideas and I second PL. it can be so simple, especially if you use a core kit. It can look adorable just done simply or you can get your sbing fix by altering a lot but it will be done in any event. Someone was complaining that the core kits come with so many duplicate cards but that can be a plus. You can scatter them around... Have them in your bag, in the babies' room, in the car... Etc. your time now probably comes in snippets so, that's why they need to be handy. If you can't keep a big 12 inch binder out, you might be able to find a place for the current week's page protectors. And sticky notes are your friend too... You can stick them on pockets with notes. Nobody says you can't do 12 x 12 lo's but if you do PL quick and clean, all the moments will be recoded either to leave as they are or to do a 12 x 12. I envy you... My babies are grown up... I so wish PL had been around back then. Enjoy
|Posted: 8/19/2013 11:13:35 AM|I started scrapbooking when my son was about 6 months old, so I can completely relate. I had never done pages before, and it was very intimidating for me to try and pick the best photos to showcase on one special page, and it would take so long to get one thing done, and by the time I did get it done it would be next month...
For me, PL was very useful. But I do a mix of the two now and put my 12x12 pages just right in there chronologically, and I'm really happy with it.
One thing that helped the most is writing. I started a spreadsheet in Google Docs where I could write down what photo(s) I took that day, what device it was on (eg. if I took it on my phone, or my SLR, or if it was something my husband had on his phone, or if someone else took a photo, etc) Then, really quickly I could type up the notes, any journaling, ideas for embellishments, etc.
If I had an event or special photo, then I knew I could pull it out and do a big page. But for those everyday things, I knew writing it down would help me remember when I did get the time to do a few pages of catch-up.
Edited to add: People seem to think that PL means you MUST take one photo a day, and it's simply not true. You can use the pockets any way that seems logical to you! So don't be intimidated by that or feel like if you can't take a photo a day you are forever barred from PL, lol.
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 8/19/2013 3:37:19 PM|
To all of you with babies and taking lots and lots of photos:
Please, please, please,
Back up those photos!!!
Preferably both onto some extra media and somewhere in the cloud also.
|Posted: 8/19/2013 4:12:16 PM|My daughter is nearly 18 months old. I know I scrap much less than I did but it's much easier now to do some after she's in bed than it used to be. So there's hope for you that the lull won't last forever.
On the other hand, but I take photos of her every day and I know I won't scrap them all the "normal way". So if that's you and it worries you maybe project life is the way forward. But if a photo especially speaks to you, you can always scrap it the other way.
Me? I'm not yet that worried about getting them all scrapped. I do love the project life way but at the moment I don't have a way to print photos that quickly or easily so I'm happy to scrap them when the mood and time takes me in any order, knowing that when I blink she'll be all grown up and I'll have more time in my hands!!!
Loc: NW USA
|Posted: 8/19/2013 8:09:54 PM|
There is a line in my favorite movie, the 1996 version of "Pride & Prejudice" : "Lady Catherine will never know..."
Lady Becky (or anyone else involved in 'Project Life-like' endeavors) will never know if you did not use the supplies in just the way they envisioned.
As a mom who did not start scrapping (at least not in a creative way) until my oldest was about to graduate from HS, I just want to encourage you to take the photos and write down the memories. Don't let it feel like a chore, a to-do list; trust me, if you have the info, you can scrap it years later! (Try not to wait eighteen years, though! Nearly killed myself getting her albums ready for graduation party!)
Enjoy your little man. As someone else said, he is entering a time of never-to-be-repeated 'firsts' and very special memories. Just jot everything down. You will be so happy you did whenever you get to scrapping it.
Loc: Tuscany, Italy
|Posted: 8/21/2013 9:01:37 AM|thank you everyone for your comments...
i think it's all about taking notes, so i don't forget... but otherwise i just need to relax and accept the fact that i can't scrapbook that often. boo hoo!
Loc: Tuscany, Italy
|Posted: 9/2/2013 3:21:17 AM|
You've got a blog? And you keep it up? There's your scrapbook, right there.
|Posted: 9/2/2013 3:42:16 AM|
sorry, but I didn't read all the other posts (same mommy juggling thing here...)
I love 12*12 scrapbooking, and not so into PL in it's original form. I do incorporate divided page protectors into my albums because I have way too many pictures, and I don't feel the need to scrap them all in 12*12.
What I started doing recently, was write a few words about every day, or every time I had something to write(which is quite often with a 4 year old ar home) on a PL 3*4 journaling card (I have the midnight addition). At the moment some of them are still in the box, waiting for a page. I might just slip them in a pocket, or incorporate them into a 12*12 page. But the stories are there, and I don't worry about forgetting.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 9/2/2013 11:26:58 AM|
The apps "collect" and "memento" are great for keeping daily notes and photos organized (can viewed at a glance in calendar form as well) so that you have everything documented and saved for when you are ready to scrap it. All the dates, pics, notes are all organized. Very helpful.
|Child of God, follower of Jesus, and so thankful for His presence in my life <><|
|Posted: 9/2/2013 11:59:14 AM|
Maybe one of the PL Baby mini kits would be helpful. Some of the prompts are ready-done and you just have to fill in the details. The cards could be used on traditional layouts or in pocket pages. At least with the journaling done, you can decide the final format based on your time to scrap and still have your notes. It also helps organize all those first-child moments you might forget to snap or record.