How many is too many?

Allison - posted on 11/16/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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My daughter is three months old, but I've already got three scrapbooks for her! Am I being excessive? Should I try to convert them into one massive scrapbook?
Just want to hear some thoughts.. I don't like digital scrapbooking as much, but I don't want to have 30 scrapbooks lying around by the time she's 2!

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Tina - posted on 01/09/2011

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That's a lot of time investment-- when do you TAKE pictures? ;0) Your daughter is fortunate to have such an invested mom! You may want to divide your photos up into different books: Events (vacation, baptism), Celebrations (birthdays & holidays), Loved Ones (photos with Grandma, Daddy) Places (visiting the zoo) Firsts (first tooth, steps), and Personality (probably more journaling in this one, but it may end up being your favorite!) Then you can add a 2 page layout to each book as the need arises. You can scan your traditional scrapbook pages and have them put in printed books, too. That way, you've got a copy for grandma, or just less bulky books for your little one to enjoy.

Linda - posted on 11/17/2010

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I really think is is whatever works for you. It depends on how big the scrapbooks are. Plus, as she gets older you likely will make fewer scrapbooks simply because she'll keep you busy.

You might want to think of themes to plan for scrapbooks. For example, "The First Year", "Preschool", "Elementary School," etc.

You might also want to consider breaking the photos into two groups and making a scrapbook for you to keep and one for your daughter to keep. It might seem like more, but you might actually be able to more easily combine scrapbooks this way.

Tonya - posted on 11/19/2010

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It think its best to have one book for her first year of life, then one book for birthdays and then one book for everything else. that's 3 books and that should be more than enough!

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Lisa - posted on 09/26/2011

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If it makes you happy to have 3 or 30 I think it's awesome!! More power to you for finding the time to make even one page with a newborn, let alone 3 books!!! WOW!! :o)

Raechil - posted on 09/13/2011

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I agree with Shannon.. you can never have too many. Its something they can look back at when they get older. I think scrapbooks say so much more than just the picters. my son iss 3mo and he has a babybook, a scrapbook baby book, a family scrapbook, and a mmonthly pictures scrapbook (i got the stickers you put on their clothes and take pictures every month. and he has 4 reg photo albums and a my first year photo frame lol. It gives me something to be excited about considering the only other thing i do is clean so i may be a little excessive but i think you're doin good :)

(sorry bout typos, typing one handed cuz im holdin him lol)

Shannon - posted on 08/24/2011

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you can never have to many photos of your children:) as many as you want and have time for is the right number hunn.

Jessica - posted on 08/08/2011

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Hi there,
I realize this thread started quite awhile ago but wondering how many scrapbooks you've done now? My daughter has just turned 2 & whilst I haven't physically started her scrapbooks, I have layouts all sketched out & the journalling all written with photos in a 'to print' album. Im up to to 40 page / 80 layouts for her first year & then plan to make each year then until 5 1 album.
I also have a separate birthdays that I add to & one for Christmas.
I also do 'project life concept' for our family albums.
You can never choose the photos for baby albums, I'm planning my 2nd baby's now (due in 6wks) and already have the layouts list happening :)
Also plan to have a sperate school album eachto include all their class details & awards, artwork etc in.

I have a question too, with the first year baby album has anyone used 2-3 colours throughout their albums? I'm thinking of keeping her baby one all pinks & creams with a touch of chocolate to accent?
Normally I'd use the colours the photos have but for a baby album thinking this may be nicer??

Best of luck, Jess

Carol - posted on 03/24/2011

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It might be a bit much...at the most, one book of 40 pages every 6 months is a good scale to go by. I ususally take a ton of pictures, then pick the ones that tell the memory the best.

Tracey - posted on 03/22/2011

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hi, my daughter is 16 months and i have one big scrapbook on her, they do hold alot of pages and u can add more to them if u have the ones with the plastic sleves in and unscrews at the rim.

Nikki - posted on 03/15/2011

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I do a scrapbook for my son every year. The first scrapbook is of course newborn to 23 months. I got out the best photos, the most memorble moments, milestones etc and go from there.
My son is 28 months and am working on number three.

Kelly - posted on 01/19/2011

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I have one baby book for each of my children for their first year with hughlights from each month. Everything else I put into chronological family albums. I have probably 20 albums all together, including two wedding albums, 2 cruise albums, and an album I made for my husband with his childhoos photos in it. Oh, and they each have an ongoing album for all their professional portraits. I like to scrapbook, and I like nearly all the pictures I take, so I have a lot of albums and am resigned to someday needing a "library" for them!

Candi - posted on 01/19/2011

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I was excessive too. One entire scrapbook is just one trip to one zoo! Its the 12x12 pages too... My son's scrapbook is for birth til he started school. My 10 yrs old's is about to the age of 3. Then my 5 yr old's made it to her first b-day. I have gotten so busy, I cannot find time to scrap now. 3 kids, 3 pets, housework, work, meetings, dance, school. Its a constant go go go for me. You will figure out what to scrap and what to put in a little photo album. Its hard when its your first kid b/c everything is precious. Good Luck

Gail - posted on 01/18/2011

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I have four kids and I do a scrapbook for each one of them from birthday to birthday. The first couple of years of each one the books where huge but as they get older they get smaller. My oldest son is 11 and he asked me how come his book is soo thin and I told him its because you wont let me take any pictures of you. They do love pulling the books and looking through them so I say scrap away and clean out your closet and use the top shelfes to store your books.

Lisa - posted on 01/18/2011

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I am aiming for 1-2 books for my boys first year or 2. i have a 2 1/2 year old and he already has 2. I haven't even started the baby's book and he's 12 weeks...need to get moving. I would say a book a year sounds reasonable and not over doing it, just capturing the major events and milestones, family functions etc.

Maleah - posted on 01/12/2011

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I have done both with my children..
I have one for each month of my son's first year, and doing the same for my daughter. I did one specifically for my son's first birthday and I have one from his first birthday until now..
I didn't want a million scrapbooks but I wanted to make sure that each major memory was captured.. I have a plastic box that has the ones completed in that I will give to them when they are older. I have another one that has the big big first in it just as a quick reference for them

June - posted on 01/12/2011

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I scrap book and I teach others how to as well. I have several for my daughter but she's older. At this age, you're taking a lot of pictures. For the first 2 years, I had more scrap books. I have one that has double pages for every 2 weeks of life. That one is like a progress report (she lost her navel, she smiled, we play a game, she tried to roll over, she did roll over, etc)Then there's another for cute stories and things and still another for family gatherings that involve people outside our immediate family and her. Make sure you're using the whole book and not just what they give you at the store. You can add pages instead of adding books. The amount is really up to you, scrap booking is very personal. You can always move the pages around at some later date. Besides pretty soon she's going to be mobile and it will be harder to sit and scrap

Kelly - posted on 01/11/2011

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you wont have 30 scrap books when shes 30 .... you will have more like 300!!! LOL nah i think you are fine! the first few years are really exciting how many pages each?

Jo-Ellen - posted on 01/11/2011

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I am impressed. i simply can't keep up, but that could be because I have so many kids. I like the idea of splitting your books more into themes. I agree that you may find your scrap time changes as she gets older or as siblings come. As long as you aren't putting her aside to have your scrap time, enjoy your hobby.

Kimberly - posted on 01/08/2011

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I took a bajillion pictures of my daughter in her first year, but I made sure I kept up with a baby book, writing down milestones, and putting in pictures for each month and tracking her growth. I have a whole camping book now, and I'm starting a Christmas book that we'll keep adding to over the years

Alycia - posted on 12/09/2010

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I tend to focus more on quantity than time frame. I would commit 20 or 50 or however many pages you want for a book. My logic is that as she gets older you never know if you'll have the time to scrap. This way it's not so obvious that it's dwindled. each book is the same, it may contain a longer age range, but it's uniform.

Miranda - posted on 12/09/2010

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my goal for my daughter is one book per year plus her birthday book. Her yearly albums are 12x12 and her birthday book is just an 8.5x11 which includes 1 8x10 of her on her birthday plus the letters my hubby and I write her every year.

HOWEVER, her first year was so much I ended up splitting it into 2 12x12 albums. As she gets older I'm taking less photos so I think I'll be able to stick to 1/year now.

Janet - posted on 12/04/2010

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My son has 2 stuffed scrapbooks from his first 12 months, and just a few layouts for the 2nd year. I think there are so many changes in that first year of a baby's life that it's normal to capture a lot more detail than later on...however; if you find you are keeping up with the detailed books, then consider making some online photo books for some of the occasions you're scrapping, like a birthday or vacation. A lot thinner and allows you to input some journaling too...that way, you can save your layouts for the moments you want to really focus on.

Geneva - posted on 12/04/2010

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From a grandmother who filled in scrapbooking after my own mother died, I say Scrap away. Life can end at a moments notice and you look back thinking if only I had this or that to look at. Don't let anyone tell you that you have to many photos of your children. I cherish each photo that had my kids and my parents(both gone for about 10 years now) in it and wish there were more. My children have about 4 or 5 each and I have only begun to hit the jh years. I am way behind but I don't care, I have 2 kids and 4 grandkid books going all the time adding to each when I can. You go for it!!!!

Robin - posted on 11/25/2010

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I don't think you can ever have too many scrapbooks. Right now I am working on 7 different ones and I have 18 more ready to work on. I just started school so I don't have as much time for scrapping but I still try to fit at least 1 hour per day in.

Janice - posted on 11/24/2010

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You seem to be the queen of scrapbooking! LOL! When your daughter sees your scrapbooks, she will know how much her momma loves her. Go ahead and combine the three scrapbooks into one scrapbook but try to minimize what you place in the scrapbooks. Scrapbooking the developmental stages of the first five years is important. Of course, continue to scrapbook after she is five but be choosy.

Alyssa - posted on 11/24/2010

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That's a LOT of books for one so little. Will you be disappointed when you make fewer books as she gets older? (the more mobile they are, the less time I found I had for scrapbooking)

Maybe consolidate pictures into collages - use PageMaker, Photoshop or the like to pre-crop your pics and print 'em out. Little bit of digital work there, but you can fit more pics on a page, and still get all the shots in that cover all the changes she's going thru. ScrapbooksEtc.com has a ton of great pre-made collage downloads to check out. :-)

Otherwise I really agree with the idea of having a First Year book, then a book for birthdays, etc.

Michelle - posted on 11/23/2010

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There are so many changes as a baby is growing that I am not surprised you have three. But as she grows older and you get busier you will scrapbook less. The moments that have to be in a book will be different. I found I have an abundance of baby/toddler pics, because there are so many "firsts" in her life but once you r child is in school you won't see her all day. By the time Jr High rolls around "cute" shots are fewer. And then there is always the phase when children hide from the camera and good pictures become few and precious. I wouldn't be concerned and enjoy your baby and all the great pages you are creating. There is never too many memories caught on pages to enjoy later.

Danielle - posted on 11/20/2010

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Whoa!
That does seem like a lot. What I did with my sons baby album is make one page per month, and a double page spread for occasions like Christmas, and his birthday.
That way I was able to get his entire first year into his baby album.
I also was extremely selective with what photos I put in his album. I eliminated any doubles, blurry pictures, and for occasions like Christmas, in order to cram everything in, I chose only enough pictures to make sure everyone was in at least one of them.
Scrap-booking is an expensive hobby so I cannot imaging the cost incurring with your child's first year.
I would try to detach yourself from the pictures and decide which photos have more sentimental value to you to keep in a final scrapbook. Any other photos can go into a photo album.

Sara - posted on 11/19/2010

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my first reaction is "WOW" that is a lot of books for such a young kid, but i guess it depends what type of books and how big they are - and how much YOU want to do. I did one pretty big book for each of my kids first years. Then I was convinced I'd take way less photos and be able to get a bunch of years in each of their next books. Well, for my first kid, the next books are only 2 years each. My second kid could probably have 3 years in a book (not there yet) but I'll probably still keep it to 2 for consistency. But I also have an ABC book for each of them during their first year.

One thing to keep in mind is that you don't have to scrap EVERY photo. Sometimes one good photo can capture the memory of the day, sometimes you need a bunch of pictures. I think the main thing is that it's really all up to you - how much do you really want to do or how many books do you want to have on your shelf. Plus, if you use a better quality book, you can usually get more pages in them than some of the cheaper ones....
Good luck figuring it out! :-)

Laurette - posted on 11/18/2010

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Hi allison, I totaly get what you are saying, and taboot I found a scrap float note that suits you and I just perfectly... "there is no single moment in life that is insignificant" My daughter is 5 now and I tried to scrap every moment... after a while it becomes very overwelming all the photos you still need to do. Somewhere in the greater scrap of things, you still need to cook, clean, study, and have a life, yes, have a life, because life does not end when you have a baby, you are young and still need to be human. What I have done now is to be very critical of my photography skills and choose only the very best photos. I have successfull paired 26 albums down to 1. Okay, I did re-do many pages because I have grown in my scrapability but I have one beautiful album instead of 26 medioca ones

Shannan - posted on 11/17/2010

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I found that I wdid ALOT more when my son was younger too, and thats ok. I did one book just for him with a few younger baby pages in it but then I am doing some "family" one with random pages in it. If it is a big event then I either do it in a frame or put it in his personal book.
I have found that doing the frames (all sizes) is a fun way to scrapbook too, It allows you to scrapbook and hang them up for everyone to see.

Jessica - posted on 11/16/2010

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I think that you should do a big scrapbook for every 3-6 months. I would keep taking the same amount of pictures and just make a big one every few months.

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