How many books to make?

Angela - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I've been trying to decide how to organize our kids books. Should I make a book for each kid (we have 2) and do a family book for things like holidays, vacations, etc? Should I then do multiple pages for each of their books even if they are the same day or just put that in the family book? Any suggestions would be helpful. THANKS!!!!

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Amy - posted on 05/20/2009

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Angela,



I too have 2 children and I have scrapbooks for each of them. I usually get double prints so I can capture an event and put them in each of there books, but change up the layouts and make it personal to each of the boys. I have friend who's mother haf made family scrapbooks and passed away and it was hard for the children to divide them up equally. What they ended up doing was going to their local scrapbooking store (Archivers) and photo coping each of the books so all the siblings received copies off all the books. I think of this and I don't want my boys to worry about that so I make sure they each get their own. My boys are 4 and 18 m and they like to sit and look at their books so it is worth it to me.



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Patty - posted on 07/19/2009

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I like the idea of a book for each child and then one for the family events. That way when they are grown they can add to their book or just have it to treasure. My daughter has helped with with both our family and her book, and it was fun. I recently lost my 21 year old daughter ~ each birthday I would add new pages. She didn't like doing them, not the artsy type. Now I am going to add a memorial page from her funeral page to finish it, but it is one that will be there for the other 2 kids when we are gone. I have a scdrapbooking web site and since our experience with losing our daughter, I want to design die cuts for those that want to make memorial pages. My site specializes in die cuts that you can design, change however you want. If you want to look at the site it is megadiecuts.com. The pictures of the girl with the soccer ball and the adoption page are the daughter we lost. Good luck with your book!

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I'm a Grandma and have created scrapbooks for each of 3 grandchildren! I call them "through Grandma's eyes". Started out as 8x8, but might consider going to 12x12! Has been great fun to do, but am behind on them now. For some pics, I do make 2 sets of prints. Always feel that one day each grandchild will enjoy looking back at their own book.

(intended this post to follow last post and somehow is in the middle! oh well, happy scrapbooking anyway!)

Kim - posted on 07/15/2009

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I have a book for each of my three girls. I get multiple prints and put them in each book if they are all in the pic. I would do one for each so they can take them when thier older and then do seperate books for holidays or family.

Linda - posted on 07/15/2009

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Thanks for all the great ideas about books. I have a 1yr old and was trying to figrue out who I wanted to scrap now with her. I've gotten some great ideas and think I might have a plan - LOL.....now if i can get it done!

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I have 3 kids and i dont do books for them They're ALL family books.Over the last 7 years I've finished 10 family books, 1 germany trip, and 2 disney. i'm on book number 11. I find it way easier to do family boos. I talk to my SIL who is so far behind on her kids books. Her youngest just turned 5 and she's still not done her first bday, and she's a stay at home mom. So for me, when i used to work it just worked out easier to do a fam. book

April - posted on 07/13/2009

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i am there with ya. i have 2 kids also and cannot seem to divvy up who gets what and which albumn. as of now i am doing multiples of said occasion for each book, although they are growing awfully thick.

Janelle - posted on 07/11/2009

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Angela,

I have 3 kids, and I do books for each of them then I also do family books! I usually take enough pictures to split them up and still have enough for all the books, but if I really love a picture I'll get more prints! When the kids grow up and move out, you'll want to be able to give them their own books and still have your own! I put "same day" pictures in all of them because of that! It's a lot more work, but you're not a scrapbooker because it's easy!! I also make books for vacations because otherwise our family books would be HUGE!!! Good luck and have fun!!

Mac - posted on 07/10/2009

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3 kids- Baby album, school album and a birthday book for each kid- then two albums a year w/family stuff. & I also do a Christmas album that holds about five Christmas. The Birthday books are nice- they start w/1st birthday and my dd is 13 now and it is cool to see all the birthday's and her changes in one book.

Stephanie - posted on 07/08/2009

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I did a baby album for each of my girls. A month by month book. The rest of my pics are cronalogicly (sp?) put in to albums. I am thinking, when my girls graduate from high school they can go through and pick their favorites from the "family" albums and I will scan those pages. To make them each a special album to take with them to university. We can all hope.

Marelia - posted on 07/01/2009

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Hi All,
I haven't done a lot of scrapbooking so I will be experimenting;) I made a scrapbook for my four children a couple of years ago & they loved them. Like some of you personal photos & some of same. Now I have three great grand children & plan on making them books & also for my seven grand children of them & their family tree. I'm also using digital now & it's a lot easier;)

Kerri - posted on 07/01/2009

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i've got 2 children & each have their own album. plus a separate one which has photos of the both of them with either family or each other. as i've got # 3 due in a few wks, i've started a album for her, but will definately make another one possibly smaller for layouts of the 3 kids together. family vacations & holidays i think should be put together, but that's just me

Amy - posted on 06/26/2009

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I am currently doing digital scrapbooking through my creative memories business. I make hardbound storybooks, which are just like a traditional album. They are saved right on your software program so you can just make one family album and order multiples for each kid. You can even change or add a page here or there later on and just order it again. It will save you so much time!!! www.mycmsite.com/amyroach

Cyndi - posted on 05/28/2009

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I have two children, girl and a boy. I do a book for each and one family album. No dont do multiple pages in each. Keep each one personal. Family one when do stuff together.
I love to crop. I try to crop once a month for the whole evening. But my son is only 20 months. my daughter is almost 7. Hard to get out of the house...oh yeah I work full time and take call. But cropping is my downtime, my time:) Good Luck and Happy Scrappin!

Colleen - posted on 05/27/2009

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I have a daughter and a baby on the way. I plan on making them each their own scrapbooks. I will do individual LOs as well as holiday and vacation in each of their books. I am partaking in the Project 365, so I am making an album for that. This project is taking the place of a family book for me. I am a digital scrapbooker, so making duplicates of a page or changing up a LO slightly is very simple. :)

Mindy - posted on 05/26/2009

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You could do seperate books for each child and when trying to seperate the photos, take the youngest child in the photo and put that pic in their book. My mom has done this for years with our photo albulms and it works great. We never have to figure out who is who because the youngest in the pic is who the album belonged to.

Stacy - posted on 05/25/2009

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I have 3 kids. One is my stepdaughter so I did not get to scrapbook her from the beginning. Her albums are in 5 year incriments. She is 17 and has 4 books. She also has a school book, that starts from 6th grade promotion and will end with her highschool graduation or I might add college stuff in it. My boys are 8 and 4. They each have a baby album of their first year. Besides, his baby book ,my 8 year old has 5 soon to be 6 books and I usually fit 18 months -2 years in his book. My 4 year old has 4 besides his baby book most books are a little over a year. We also have a family book for each year and that has holidays, vacations, birthdays and special events that relate to our family. Like others I also use some of the same pics in the kids books but tailor it to that child. I have a christmas album and that is where I put all the christmas picture cards we get and then our annual family pic and pics of our christmas celebrations. My boys also have school albums that start from preschool. But these I only have to work on 1 or 2 times a year. It is a lot but the christmas and school books do not take as much time as the other books. I know the books are for my kids but I don't know if I will be able to part with them.

Denise - posted on 05/25/2009

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I have done each child their own book so that when they move out they can take it with them. But I make a color copy of each page for myself and then put them in an album. My step daughter I made one for her graduation and then had the book put on DVD. I don't do multiple pages for each book, I make sure each page is diffferent but with some of the same photos.

Rhea - posted on 05/24/2009

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I only have one child but plan on books for each of them. I also have our family album that has vacations and holidays. But I put different photos of those vacations and holidays in my son's book too - photos that are meaningful to him, or how he'd remember the event. Might be a bit of work to scrapbook the same event more than once, but then again, I don't scrapbook every little thing either. In fact, I find I let a few months go by before I scrapbook an event. Some might say you forget the event a little and so your journaling suffers, but I find it means I only scrapbook the meaningful events or moments. If I was on top of my scrapbooking, I'd have many books already for my 18 month old son, and I think if I kept up that pace, by the time he's an adult, there would be a ridiculous number of books! :)

Kim - posted on 05/24/2009

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I have two kids, I did each an album. I included their first Christamas in their baby album then did the remaining Christmases in a Christmas album. I also have a family album. My daughter got married last year and I am working on her engagement and bridal showers...but I am way behind on her "growing-up and school days".

Sara - posted on 05/23/2009

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I have two kids and I do an album for each of them (I can usually get two or three years in one book), as well as a family album each year. I actually also do a seperate Christmas album, but we have a large extended family and end up with 5 different Christmas celebrations each year, so that worked well for me - and it's nice to get a whole year caught up in just a few layouts. :-)



Another option is to do the "baby" album as a traditional scrapbook since you tend to have a lot of memorabilia and fun stickers etc, but then the following albums for each kid could be a digital album. You can just sit down at the end of the year, or at their b-day, and get the whole year caught up for them.



Have fun!

Amber - posted on 05/22/2009

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I only have one child, but my husband and I plan to have more. I have a set of scrapbooks from the time I was born up until my marriage. I thought about making Ari his own scrapbook as well as continuing my own set because of course I need pictures of my little guy too, but realized just how much work it would end up being to do two, and then even more with more kids.



I've color-copied scrapbook pages before and they can look just as nice as the originals. I've decided to make seperate books that way.

Donia - posted on 05/20/2009

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I have 3 kids and have an album for each of them, as well as a Family album. I do things exactly as you said...family stuff in the family album, individual stuff in their albums. Then for things like holidays and vacations I go one step further and do a 2 page layout in each of their albums too. I focus on them and what they liked about the trip or what they got for Christmas, etc.... To save time I usually do a similar layout in each (same design but maybe different papers and of course the pics are different). I also do a Christmas Album which I adore because it is so much fun to put that out every year and go through it. Unlike the other albums I have 12 yrs. in 1 album with room to add probably 12 more! SO you get to really see how everyone has changed

Amy - posted on 05/20/2009

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Angela,



I too have 2 children and I have scrapbooks for each of them. I usually get double prints so I can capture an event and put them in each of there books, but change up the layouts and make it personal to each of the boys. I have friend who's mother haf made family scrapbooks and passed away and it was hard for the children to divide them up equally. What they ended up doing was going to their local scrapbooking store (Archivers) and photo coping each of the books so all the siblings received copies off all the books. I think of this and I don't want my boys to worry about that so I make sure they each get their own. My boys are 4 and 18 m and they like to sit and look at their books so it is worth it to me.



Goood luck to you on which way you decide and happy scrappin'

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