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Patricia - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




I just joined the group, I am a married, working mom of 4 who does not get the opportunity to scrapbook as often as I'd like to. Most of my projects consist of framed pages for gifts, mini books, or gift albums. I would like to be able to start scrapping the tons of pics I have of my Navy travels, kids, family vactions etc. (pre digital age) I'm not sure where I should start and finding the time and space is always an issue, any ideas?

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I agree with start with organizing your photos. I know most people dread that task, but it really isn't as bad as you think. You do need to set a block of time out to do it though. Either at a crop/workshop or maybe do a half and hour a night while watching TV. The trick to organizing is - First decide how you plan to organize (by year, event, child, ect). Do what works for you. It is also helpful if you have an idea what you are going to do with these photos once organized as that may help you decide how to organize. Then just block out your time to do it.

As far as how to organize - Creative Memories has a great organizers with separate removable compartments with dividers that holds a total of 2400 pictures. You can see it on my website www.mycmsite.com/cchaillet.

Also, once your able to actually, scrap - pick the project you want done the most to start with. Think about using the Power Layout method to get it done quickly. I'm actually blogging about that method this week. lol

Good Luck and Welcome to the group!!

Shanon - posted on 08/27/2009




I don't have enough time to scrap either! I think that is a chronic problem that plagues us all! If you are looking at sorting/organizing your pictures I would highly recommend the book "Photo Freedom" by Stacy Julian. She has a great system to really help you filter through your photos to help you really spend more time scrapping so you can tell your memories or share your relationships. She also has a blog, too.

Finding space is hard...I had to carve out a corner in my daughters playroom! Not exactly ideal as their little fingers like my stuff but I can work while they play. When my husband retires from the Air Force in a few years I will make sure our next home has a room just for my crafts. Ikea has great storage options if you have one near you. Cropper Hopper makes nice vertical or storage unit for papers.

Good luck and I hope you get a chance to sit down and do some scrapbooking soon!

Darvionne - posted on 08/26/2009




Welcome!!! I've been scrapbooking for 5 years now and still don't have enough time, space, etc.! Being organized is key - like Stephanie said, sorting your photos is half the battle. I'd say that if you can set aside time here and there, even when watching tv to take a batch of photos & sort them (if you have an Archiver's nearby, buy those photo envelopes - 10/$2-$3), you can write on them in pencil what the photos are and have each event/activity sorted. Then once you have that part done, while sitting down again doing whatever, grab an envelope and perhaps make a list of products you have/need/can use (I'm a big fan of lists). Then yet another time grab a sketch book and start planning your pages. Then the next time, you may be actually ready to scrapbook but a lot of the work has already been done. The key, when time is at a premium, is to break it down into manageable chunks, that way you make progress. If you're not a subscriber to any mags, I would suggest Creating Keepsakes & Scrapbooks, Etc., both have sketches monthly. Also, pagemaps.com sends out monthly sketches to help you plan your pages.

HTH & Good Luck!

Stephanie - posted on 08/26/2009




I would go to a retreat and bring all your pictures and sort them. (If they haven't been sorted yet. As you are going through them you will start to get an idea of what you will need and where to go from there.

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