How do you find time to scrapbook???

Kaila - posted on 09/08/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I have a son that is almost 17 months and I'm going to school. I think I have made three pages of a scrapbook I am making for him and can never find the time to do it. Any advice?

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Kaila

I know it can be totally overwhelming with little ones (I have a 4 year old that runs circles around me!) so I have started doing my scrapbooking in "bite size" pieces so to speak. I do a little bit each day and facebook REALLY helps if you keep up with your facebook! What I do it take a picture a day (or as often as I remember) with my camera phone and send them to my facebook account via mobile upload then once to facebook I send that same picture to Sam's club or Walmart and print it in a Wallet and scrapbook it! I purchased a weekly calendar that Close To My heart sells that has a blank for each day of the week and I write just a little something about what we have done each day of the week (for example...yesterday my daughter had her very first ever homework assignment so I took a picture of her doing her homework and wrote that in her book, then I will matte that picture in her book) it take minutes vs. beating myself up over never getting anything done AND this is something that is only 9x9 so I can put it in my purse and take it with me places so I can fill blanks in when I am waiting at Drs appts, soccer games, etc... I hope that helps give you an idea. I will try and post a picture for you in the photo section! Otherwise, if you want a photo you can email me or check out my website www.stampingwithchris.com.

Melissa - posted on 09/18/2009

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join a scrapbook group. we scrap once a month at my church....always the first friday and we all make plans to attend and bring snacks! works out great and our spouses always know when they have to babysit.

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My strategy so far:
Step 1 - print the pictures..HAHAHAHAHA!!

Step 2 - Put ALL your pictures in one place/area. Take the time to organize the pictures (use any system that works for you - I recommend one of those "accordion" expandable file thingies..they are big enough to add papers, stickers, etc), include as many notes as possible along with them. 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there, during commercials, when you can't sleep...you get the point

Step 3 - Crop fest! Crop, crop, crop, crop...keeping things organized of course

Step 4 - Pick and choose papers, stickers, etc...that would go with your organized pictures....depending on the theme. Put it together WITH your organized pictures. Keep it simple because you will want your writing to fill space...

Week 4 - Scrap galore!!! Get your tools and put your pages together.

Hope this helps and remember...anything is better than nothing so don't get discouraged...think about it...playing catch up is a great thing...it means you have been blessed with each day you have your baby and you get to see him/her grow. ;o)

Erica - posted on 09/17/2009

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I agree with some of the responses. You need to make the time.

It took me several years but I finally found a great local group that gets together at least once a month. One of the ladies has access to a club house in a mobile home park. The tables and chairs are set up for us and it has a full kitchen. We all sign up to bring something to eat and she provides the utensils and bottled water. We pay $5 to spend the day. Its usually 9-9 so 12 full hours to crop.

Then we head out to local stores on other weekends. Sometimes its planned or sometimes a last minute 'hey want to get together tomorrow' thing.

I have a 2 year old and I run my own business so my time is limited. I never got much done when I scrapped at home. So I made a deal with my husband to watch the baby. He knows the dates in advance - this woman has her dates scheduled for the entire year. He takes him over to his moms house so he's not doing it alone. They've spent a lot of time at the pool and beach this summer and its quality time for my husband and son. He works all week and I'm home with him so this is also a bit of a break for me. My one day a month to do MY thing and enjoy it.

Its hard but you have to make concessions. With this economy and gas prices so high, we don't go as many places. When it was just my husband and me, we used to drive all weekend long. We'd hop in the car and just drive to drive. Go see some place. Now we stay home more and this is a great way to save money.

Gracie - posted on 09/15/2009

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Well I said the same thing until I came across shutterfly.com!!! Its a scrapbook online. You can let shutterfly find all your layouts and backgrounds and simply drop your pictures on each page. Each page can hold up from 1 picture to 20 pictures - its that simlpe. Or you can choose the layouts and backgrounds yourself (which ever you prefer of have time for)! They have all different sizes and the prices are reasonable and they are always having discounts! You just fix it up online and order it and they send it directly to you via mail!! Its awesome and the book looks like a real story book. Trust me its so worth it and very convenient.



The website is www.shutterfly.com

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I mean step 4 not week 4. Each step will take you different amount of time depending on how many pics you have..or you can narrow it down to themes...whatever works for you. :o)

Kathy - posted on 09/17/2009

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I love shutterfly! I've made several scrapsbooks of my grandkids, and I think its great for busy moms. You can start and save stuff, finish it another day. I've had several coupons for free books, along the way, and thats a huge help on prices. Its well worth the cost because the finished project is so great!

Kristie - posted on 09/15/2009

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After my child goes to bed. I sometimes stay up late working on it if I am not on facebook or spending time with my husband.

Tracie - posted on 09/15/2009

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Find a friend to srapbook with and set a time even if it`s once a month for an hour or just do a small amount rather than feeling you need to have time to do a whole page...it will soon come together. Before you know it your son will be sitting beside you making his own pages. x

Amber - posted on 09/14/2009

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I found a friend who likes to scrapbook as well and we try to get together once a month on Saturdays and scrap. But I must say with 2 children already and 1 due next month it's not enough time so I need to figure out some other time to scrap as well.

Jennifer - posted on 09/14/2009

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Kudos to you for having a 17 mo and going to school! You should set you up a workspace where you can leave your pages out and work on them a lil here and there. Like maybe when your baby is napping or after you put him to bed. But it helps to have your stuff out so you dont have to waste the time setting up and putting away. Hope that helps.:)

Shirley - posted on 09/14/2009

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Hi, just keep taking your pictures. keep them in order make sure you have the dates with the pictures taken. Then when you can made time you scap them. Maybe you can have a table set up somewhere where when you have a few minutes you can go in and do a little at a time. I some times will crop my pictures, then come back and pick out my paper. Next time mat the pictures and stick them down. Add the journaling in the evening when my day is done. A few mins. here and there adds up

Sarah - posted on 09/13/2009

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Depending on where you live there are scrapbook stores that allow people to come and scrapbook on the weekends. I live in Utah and there is a place that I can go to for free and bring all my supplies and have my girlfriends around me and we get to chat and be "kid free". check into that and see if you have a place that offers that.

Amanda - posted on 09/13/2009

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gather all the items in the home you want to scrapbook make shure you have all the pitchers printed and ready. Have everthing you want to do ready. Put the kids to bed early if you have them the night you have an ich to do it. Everthing else is off that night nuthing is on your mind but your task, a few hours here and there add up. prep work makes things go a little faster

Diane - posted on 09/13/2009

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I have a place I keep open for a little area, then I can go by quick and do something on a page. When late, at night, I will crop just the pictures. Not so much of a mess. I get out things, he can do, only when I scrapbook. So its new too him. I take at least, once a month and go to a crop session. Give my son to grandma hope that helps

Linny - posted on 09/13/2009

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I am a mother of an active teenager and an active 8 yr old. I work outside my house and I try hard to scrap when everything is all caught up, such as house work, homework, and all the extras life has to throw at ya', lol. Not as often as I'd like. I used to have a scheduled date to scrap with a friend but as of late that has "went by the wayside" so to speak. I want to scrap but I don't make the time. At night seems to work the best for me.

Debbie - posted on 09/12/2009

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i work overnite so i usually try to get a group of friends together on a weekend and all we do is scrapbook this is my time just for me or when i get up in the afternoon while my girls r in school and my husband is at work

Bridget - posted on 09/12/2009

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I have 2 groups that I scrapbook with. Each one is usually a Friday night from 6-11 or a Saturday. I also make sure I attend all day scraps. There is one coming up Saturday Oct. 3 from 9am to 8pm. I can usually get a lot done at those. I also go to a scrapbooking retreat once a year. It's a Fri-Sun thing and is loads of fun!

Catherine - posted on 09/12/2009

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My girlfriend & I every 6 mos either rent a hotel room for 2 nights & scrap until our fingers are gluey or we go on a scrapbooking weekend. I had 5 pages done for my son when he was one year old. Now I am up to date within 3 mos. I need the creative outlet & escape from cleaning dirty diapers.

If you cannot get away... Take a million pictures and keep a journal for those special moments you want to journal about later.. Anything you think you may forget. Then when you have the moment, everything is ready.

Sylvia - posted on 09/12/2009

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You have to have an area set up to scrapbook so everythings all ready for you. I have 5 boys and am able to manage some how. I figure if I can sit down and watch tv then i can scrap book in front of it...lol I used to do it at night when the boys were asleep. I don't know if this helps but 20 minutes here and 35 minutes there and you'll be able to get it done. Good luck.

Cara - posted on 09/11/2009

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I have a 3-week old, and I'm trying to stay current on his scrapbook, so I make some simple pages while he sleeps. I'm not worried about my pages being really detailed at this point as long as they have the pictures and journaling.

Linda - posted on 09/11/2009

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I have 3 kids and I work outside the home. The only time I can scrapbook is when the kids are asleep. I put them in bed early sometimes and stay up late scrapbooking. I also meet with friends to scrapbook. I get someone to watch the kiddos and I head off to my friend's house or the local scrapbook store for a few hours of peace and quiet!

Monica - posted on 09/10/2009

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My friends and i set a date and get together to scrapbook. Tell my husband in advance so i can make sure my day will be free.

Tonya - posted on 09/10/2009

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I do a little bit whenever I find time. I feel a little bit is better than nothing. I have a 3 and a 4 year old and I work part-time. I have even gotten together some projects that I am working on and did them on my lunch hour.

Lori - posted on 09/09/2009

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I keep a notebook in my purse at all times to jot down notes and ideas. I agree that scheduling will help you plan some time to scrap. I have found that for me - if the mood hits I can get so much more done - even if it is not scheduled time to scrapbook. That sometimes means giving up sleep, family time or whatever.



I also keep pages from scrapbook magazines in a file if I like the layout or idea. I have a separate folder for each of my boys and one for me. I am finally working on a scrapbook for me about me!!!



I also switch it up, one time I will work on my book and another time I will work on a different book - whatever I am in the mood for. I set a goal to complete my son's baseball season before Christmas and then update my youngest's book before Easter. Doesn't always work out that way, but it keeps me focused.



Hope this helps!

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Well it take scheduling. You must fit it in your schedule or you will not get it done. I did my pages when my husband switched from working days to nights, I was not used to him working nights, so I could not sleep, so that was when I got the majority of my pages done.

I still have a few pages to complete right now, It is really when the mood strikes me. I don't have a craft area, so I do it at the kitchen table. So it really is when it is quite in the house and I don't have much to do around the house.



Good luck fitting it in.

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