I’ve been working on updating our girls’ scrapbooks . . . and that is actually a REALLY BIG job right now, because I haven’t kept up with them for a very long time. I take about a gazillion pictures, but then they either stay on my phone or if I’m really ambitious, I download them from either my phone or my camera to my computer. And that’s where they sit while I try to keep up with everything else in life. Does that sound familiar? I hope I’m not the only one who does that! #scrapbooking #familymemories
It’s not too late to get started!
Now that we are making plans for a high school graduation party, I decided that I really need to get caught up with the scrapbooks for one kid, and then eventually I’ll catch up with the other one. But that might not be until she is ready to graduate. In the meantime, I’ve got just a few weeks to wrap up the scrapbooks that I started a year (or several) ago. I love making these pretty pages, but it does take a bit of time. And when I look at all of the amazing page layouts and ideas on Pinterest, I’m suddenly overwhelmed with how inadequate my scrapbooks look. But the kids love to look at them every so often, even the grown-up kids like to pull down their scrapbooks whenever they visit and look through the pages and remember . . . .
That’s the point, in my opinion, of creating scrapbooks. If you’ve ever felt inadequate or overwhelmed at the thought of creating a scrapbook for your family or for your kids, or even for a special event, vacation, party, birthday, anniversary, or any other reason you would like to create memories . . . here are a few tips to get you started.
- It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Ordering prints online from Walmart costs about .25 cents per picture. So for about $5.00 I can get 20 pictures which is enough to do several pages in a scrapbook. You can also buy inexpensive scrapbooks at Hobby Lobby or other craft store, or you can even make your own from a three-ring binder, or even from paper bags! There are so many different ways to create family memories in a scrapbook that don’t cost a lot of money, so don’t let that stop you!
- It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Yes, I know it DOES take time, but I’ve been trying to work on ours for just a few minutes at a time, as often as I can. If you have any place at all where you can leave your book set out (which I know can be challenging if you have little ones or live in a small house), you can keep all of your supplies in a divided tote and work on one page at a time. You can plan each page and decide what colors you want to use, choose the paper and any other embellishments you want to include, and pick out the most important pictures that you want to include.
- Get organized! This might be the hardest part of this whole project, especially if you’ve waited a long time to get started. When I first started, I had about 25 years of pictures, school papers, birthday cards, and all kinds of other “stuff” that I had collected in file folders. I started by sorting everything out by person – each kid got his / her own file folder. Once I had each kid sorted out by name, I then started with the oldest kid and sorted stuff by year. Then I divided each year’s collection into individual months or seasons. Once I did that, it was pretty easy to get started. It didn’t seem so overwhelming at that point.
- Get started! Just take the first step. You know the old saying . . . . the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time ;o) I try to focus on one scrapbook, one event, one kid, one month, one day at a time. Pull out a scrapbook of your choosing and open it up. Decide on what you want to do for the first page, and there you go! Don’t let all the other stuff that has accumulated distract you. Stay focused and do one thing at a time.
- Keep going! I try to set a goal of completing one category / page / event / month / season each time I have a few minutes to work on my scrapbooks. Today I’m finishing up pages of autumn photos of our oldest daughter when she was three years old. Yes, I’m that far behind! But I’ve got all of the pictures sorted into file folders on my computer and then I print them out one year at a time. Then I put the photos from each event / month / season in a separate envelope and label it. That way I can just pull out one envelope of photos at a time, design and create the page(s) for that specific time, and when I’m finished with those pages, I move on to the next group of photos.
I’ll post a few photos of my own scrapbook pages so you can see that they aren’t nearly as elaborate as most of the ones you see on Pinterest or scrapbook blogs / websites . . . but they work just fine for creating and preserving memories. If you haven’t started a scrapbook yet, I promise you that your family will be glad for you to do that. And I can also promise you that you will feel great knowing that all those memories are preserved in a save place where your family can look at them whenever they want. You will also feel productive knowing that all those treasured photos aren’t in danger of being lost when the computer crashes or stashed away in a box in some dark corner of the attic. It’s really worth the time, energy, and effort. I promise!