When do you find time to scrapbook?

Megan - posted on 07/02/2009 ( 62 moms have responded )

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I am a SAHM of 2 girls (almost 3 and a 7week old). With my first, I was able to scrap in the evenings and when she was napping. I have 4 scrapbooks done for her up through this last Christmas. But I haven't even been able to touch my scrapbooking things since then! I have been so busy and I just can't seem to find the time to get any scrapbooking done! And now with my newest addition I really don't want to fall to far behind on getting her books done. So... I am wondering when do you mommas do your scrapbooking?

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Kim - posted on 07/11/2009

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I totally know what you mean... I used to scrap book quite a bit and ever since my first child was born I haven't really found time to do it. And now I have a VERY busy 22 month old (Hunter) running around trying to give my 2 month old (Gavin) toys that could hurt him or Hunter will be half laying on Gavin while he trys to give him a hug, or whatever the busy little guy happens to be doing at that moment in time, and as I sit there watching them, wishing I could do some scrapbooking, I think to myself... "well maybe ONE day I will get their books done.... hopefully sometime before they go to college" lol... Between dishes, laundry, scrubbing toilets and bath tubs, vaccuming, picking up toys, and changing poopy diapers and what not, I can just NEVER find the time to just scrap book. If i ever did take the time to take out all of my supplies and set up my work area the whole time I would be thinking "I should be doing the dishes right now... or maybe i should be taking this time to relax in the tub by MYSELF for once!!" or if the thought even crossed my mind I would probably just think to myself "what's the point in even setting everything up, Im sure one, if not both, of the kids will be waking up by the time everything is set up, and then i will have to put everything away in fear of something getting wrecked in all the chaos that i call my life" I dont know.. Maybe one day I will find a solution to my dilema and once again I will make wonderful masterpieces with all of my beautiful memories... Im keeping my fingers crossed for that!!

Mindy - posted on 07/02/2009

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I have gone digital and so I do it when the girls go to bed. It's surprising what you can get done if a few minutes with digital!

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Heather - posted on 07/22/2011

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So this post is 2 years old in responding! I hope things are going a little better for you with a 5 year old and a 2 year old! Like a lot of the other mamas, I love digital scrapbooking. I started mostly so I did not have to think about printing photos ahead of time, and didn't need to organize my photos, store/buy scrapbooking materials, or leave a page out that little fingers could mess up. I also don't love my handwriting, so using typefaces on my computer makes me happier. i even found a website offering free typefaces that are actual handwriting of people who have submitted their own samples. I found 2 that are prettier than mine, but similar and use those.

If you'd like to know a little more about what I am doing, I have some page examples on my blog at http://scrapingandstamping.blogspot.com/... and you can see the software in action at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/scr...

The software-My Digital Studio-is available as a full version on CD and as a downloadable starter version. You can get just the software and a limited amount of content, and purchase the full content after trying the software. I offer technical support, and have a great tutorial on getting started with the software.

Hope this helps, contact me with any questions!
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Brenda - posted on 07/21/2009

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We have a wrk/shop at my church 2xs a month. Starting a SB club would be helpful. Good luck.

Bobbi - posted on 07/21/2009

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My sister and I are trying to start a local scrapbooking club that meets once every two -three months for a 12 hour scrap athon. I have been to a few of these and they seem to help. You are away from home and any other worries. This is our attempt to trying to find more time to scrapbook.

Brenda - posted on 07/21/2009

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Megan, Try and pull your paper, sticker etc. and photos. Place paper on bottom and everything else that you may want for that page. I use a plastic folder and I just stack page after page and when you have a few minutes it takes no time to pull your pages together. Hope you can find time to organize, good luck.

Amy - posted on 07/21/2009

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Do a little bit at a time. The five minute approach works, if you just do it. Also the mommy night out even if you have to get the group together yourself. Either get your husband or a babysitter for the kids.

Alleah - posted on 07/19/2009

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i started scrapping on a whim, when my daughter was only a month old, and I'm so glad I did! Only about two or three events behind in her books and I've already got 4 books complete! Of course I scrap during naps and after bed, but I also scrap when my husband has friends over. My daughter is occupied with whoever is hanging out with us, and I get to get some scrapping in, in between handing her new toys, and giving her cuddles!

Martha Gail - posted on 07/16/2009

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I am a night owl. I'm the adult with her nights and days mixed up. But to tell the truth my hubands encourages me to scrap all the time. He says he wants to see a return on what his money is going for. He'll never see enough return for all he has spent. HAHA. But he loves to see what I'll come up with next.

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take five minutes a day, to either pick your photo's, gather paper and embellishments. i have two girls (5 and 2) and it once took me three weeks to one page. but i did it with 5 minutes here and there. another way is to set up a small area for your oldest to do scrapbooking or drawing of their own. this way it leaves you free to do your scrapbooking. this really is the best one for me. good luck in finding time.

Jody - posted on 07/16/2009

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I go ong scrapbooking retreats twice a year it costs around 100 bucks for our Hotel room and for scraping the whole weekend its a time to get away and get lots done. Enjoy Your Day! Jody

Camber - posted on 07/15/2009

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You should get a group of mommies together, and scrap once a month on a Saturday all day. Leave the kiddos with dad and have a good time! I'm a consultant for a scrap company - Close to My Heart - and i have a club of women that scraps once a month. i love it! I also scrap after she goes to bed, nap times, etc...

Karen - posted on 07/15/2009

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When my husbands on nightshift and the kids are all in bed I scrap book for hours that's my time to relax sometimes I have to make myself go to my bed I get so involved.

Teres - posted on 07/14/2009

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I agree finding time is hard, but a night out with just the girls and scrapping is always a great time.

Amity - posted on 07/14/2009

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I have 3 kids under 3!!! Crazy I know. I live where there isn't a shop to go to a crop. I have made time for 1 hour every night to get some scrapping done. I am lucky that I can close the door and the kids can't get in but I used to just leave it and put it up high so they couldn't get to it.

I scrap with my kids. I have since they were really little. My DD1 did her first page at 19 months. Just sticking down paper and adding a few stickers, some of my older supplies.

I have also had to let go of having perfect pages and just making sure that the memory was recorded. That was the main aim of it to start with so I have had to go back to that to ensure that I get pages finished in time for pack up. I am becoming a master of a 15 minute page. Throwing scraps together to create a page and journaling. That's how I get my memories recorded

Jaime - posted on 07/14/2009

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Quoting Megan:

When do you find time to scrapbook?

I am a SAHM of 2 girls (almost 3 and a 7week old). With my first, I was able to scrap in the evenings and when she was napping. I have 4 scrapbooks done for her up through this last Christmas. But I haven't even been able to touch my scrapbooking things since then! I have been so busy and I just can't seem to find the time to get any scrapbooking done! And now with my newest addition I really don't want to fall to far behind on getting her books done. So... I am wondering when do you mommas do your scrapbooking?



2 ways - I do hybride album which are 1/2 digital that i can do nap time, bed time, or anywhere in between.  The other is i foudn some other women in my area an we set up a schedule to get together 2 times a month.  We pick ed every other firday after dinner and tubby time.  We meet at my house at 7pm, then crop till weee hours in the morning...lol  Sometime to celebrat a good or or a bad week we open a bottle wine.  We started this by all doing a gift small album for our husbands.  Every once in a while we do fathers days things, grand parents day things, and stff like that.  It keeps the guys off our backs so to speak......lol

Meilani - posted on 07/14/2009

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im in the same boat as you!!! as of right now with 3 kids 1 in first grade and 2 destructive little boys! that are soon to be 4 and 3 this october lol I have to do it when the moment hits and when I have a creative streak in me! I have heard alot about scrapping at night...but to be honest im beat and have no desire too, and since your a mom of a newborn now...I'd say give yourself a chance to get into that normal routine again and when things calm down and you can handle everything with your mind sane again lol then you should scrapbook but right now girl just take pictures!! and capture the moments with your 3yr old and your newest addition.

Rebecca - posted on 07/14/2009

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I joined a kit club and each month I get four kits put together with coordinating papers and embellishments. Each kit makes several pages, I just match up pics I've printed and then I can put the pages together during naps or evenings. As several people mentioned, weekend retreats are excellent as well!

Catherine - posted on 07/14/2009

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I am a Creative Memories Consultant and so I scrap at my crops and at our overnight/weekend getaways....which are hard to do with a newborn (nursing, etc.) I am not sure where you live, but maybe find a consultant in your area who holds regular crops and contact her...plus it becomes you time...and you don't feel guilty bc you are also doing something for your family (that is why I became a consultant!!!)

Find a consultant @ www.creativememories.com Good luck...plus Creative Memories offers the digital option too!

Wendy - posted on 07/13/2009

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My son is in preK, so I take a week's vacation once a year while he's still in school so I can spend ALL day scrapping. Then I work on the weekends and evenings as I can. But its harder then because he wants to "craft" with me. I finally set up his own "crafting" area next to mine and he gets all kinds of stickers and pretty paper to work with.

Lynn - posted on 07/13/2009

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I had the same problem with time but ive learned to make time. I have some friends come over once a month, we start at 6:00 pm til at least 12 :00 or later. we bring snacks and we share ideas. when you take the time like this you are not only doing something that needs to be done. in doing this you give your self a night off from the kids to do what you want. [like a night out].

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i have 3 kids, 10 6 and 2, and i know its hard to find the time to scrapbook. I would wait untl they went to bed and would scrap for a couple of hours, and i sign up for any crops that i hear about. Its harder this summer, cause the kids just dont want to go to bed, and its alott of work to pull out all my stuff when the baby naps, so its been rough. I think in 6 months i've scraped 2 times. When the baby was first born,, I NEVER scrapped. I think she wasalmost 6 monthd old before I did one page. best of luc, but dont worry cause there is no time limit.

Denise - posted on 07/12/2009

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there is no deadline on scrapbooking pages or books as long as you keep taking pictures and write down important info about the pics you will someday be able to catch up enjoy your children now because they grow fast.

Lynne - posted on 07/12/2009

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Wow, I know just what you mean. I've made 2 family scrapbooks and 2 for my 4 year old daughter. I've barely downloaded any of my 10 month old son's photos! I would love to get together with other folks to scrap on a regular basis. Of course, I'd love to get my laundry done on a regular basis too. lol

Gina - posted on 07/11/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

It gets easier as they grow. Mine are now 16 and 22, so I have lots of books done. When they were littler I bought them stickers and made books out of construction paper, and let them create their own books. They would make up stories to go along with their stickers and books. I now have converted our 22 yr. old room into a craft room, she moved out and is in college.



How did you convert your room?  My sewing room also has my scrapbooking stuff in it.  I quilt and make costumes so it gets really crowded in there.  Can you share ideas on organization and /or set up for this room or a new one, please?

Gina - posted on 07/11/2009

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Congrats on the ne little one! I know you are busy, but you have to take some time for yourself. When my kids were little I would try to do things after they went to bed or I will confess- let household chores go so I could do soemthing I wanted for myself. As they got older, I felt less guilty about it because I spent that time playing with them and going to their activities. Once you have a famiy everything changes. You want to spend time making those memories and you want to spend time preserving them so as the kids get older you can recall the great family times you shared.

Michelle - posted on 07/11/2009

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It gets easier as they grow. Mine are now 16 and 22, so I have lots of books done. When they were littler I bought them stickers and made books out of construction paper, and let them create their own books. They would make up stories to go along with their stickers and books. I now have converted our 22 yr. old room into a craft room, she moved out and is in college.

Wendy - posted on 07/11/2009

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Being a teacher I have off during the summer. SO, I catch up on all my scrapbooking late at night.
I also go on scrapbooking weekends and REALLY catch up. It's my time to relax.

Heidi - posted on 07/11/2009

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I am so behind it's not funny. I had so much done and I even made the actual albums and when hurricane Ivan came thru I lost alot of my projects I already had done. My kids are 11 and 10 and it does't get any easier because then you are taking them places. One great thing is my children both enjoy scrapbooking so every once in awhile i will pull it out on a rainy day. What is really cool is I am starting a womens club at church and we are trying to get together and scrap at least once a month, we just started so i will let u know how that works out. Good luck!

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nap time, bed time and when they are entertained doing something else. My 3 yr old has been scrappin with me since before she was 2. I set up a small area for her right next tm e and she always has a blast

Lori - posted on 07/10/2009

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All you ladies who are looking to get to a weekend retreat let me know I am having another retreat weekend in Bethel, MN. (North of cities about 45 minutes) It's only 20 minutes from my house so I can set up and get situated Friday night, go home (or stay there) start early on Saturday and repeat on Sunday. We had a ladies weekend up at "The Old Crafty Corner" and it's only $50/weekend. We had soooo much fun and I got alot done. That may be something you would want to look into. That way you could get someone to watch the babies for the day but you can go home to be with them whenever you want...if you live close like me.

Lori - posted on 07/10/2009

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I take Friday nights off from being a mommy. After dinner my hubby takes the kids while I retreat to my craft room. For the most part I am left to my own vises but they do come in to say goodnight. Otherwise, if I go in my room after the kids go to bed. Granted I don't get a good nights sleep but I sure have fun. Congratulations on your new little one.

Rebecca - posted on 07/10/2009

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Not that it will help you now but I started putting together pages when I was pregnant so I wouldn't have alot to do when he was born because now that he's almost two I haven't touched the thing in almost a year! I have a lot to catch up on!

Heather - posted on 07/10/2009

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I try to get out once a month or every other month to a scrapbooking night. Alot of stores have them in the evening on weekends so you don't feel so bad leaving for a long time while they are awake. That seems to be the only way I can get anything done!

Casey - posted on 07/10/2009

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Our local scrapbooking store has a crop night every other friday night from 5 to Midnight. Since it is on a regular schedule that leaves me plenty of time to find a sitter. The sitter comes from the time her & I decide to when my hubby gets home, then he gets to deal with dinner, bath & bed time for a change. Not only does it give me an evening to do what I like, it also gives the kids a little quality time with Daddy!

I have always been a collector of "office supplies" but didnt get into scrapbooking till about a year ago. I have my 3 year old daughters FIRST YEAR BOOK finished and am getting ready to start on my 1 year old sons! I feel behind, but when I talk to the other ladies at crop night and find out they are 14 years behind on 3 kids, it makes me glad I started when I did!

Sarah - posted on 07/09/2009

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Nap time and after the kiddos are in bed. I also try to go to a crop at least every other month at my local scrapbook store even if it is by myself so that I can get some pages done.

Claudia - posted on 07/09/2009

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The girls and I choose one Saturday every month to get together and scrap. We leave the kids at home with the hubbies and spend all day (12+ hours if we can) scrapbooking. It's relaxing, it's fun, and we catch up on our scrapbooks. We all think we deserve a day to ourselves, and we really look forward to getting together and chatting too. We schedule it and we stick to it.

Julia - posted on 07/09/2009

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I have a Creative Memories consultant and she holds a group crop once a month. Several ladies in our community (we all have children of different ages) get together once a month, pay $12 and she provides lunch and we get to use her tools. I have my husband watch the kids for me for a couple of hours so I can go. We have a great time talking about our kids while we put our pictures together, etc and she always tries to pick a date before we leave that fits into everyone's schedule. We use a local community center and give a donation. It is so fun! It is the only time I get to do it as I do not have a lot of space and have a 6 year old and an 11month old. I have recently been taking my daughter and letting her do her own pictures w/friends and now she wants to go w/me. Hope you can make time for yourself and have fun!

Kelly - posted on 07/09/2009

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I am fortunate enough to have a spare room that I keep all my stuff out and available. My girls love to scrap too and have their own books to work on. It gives us time together and I get a page or two done as well.

Jennifer - posted on 07/09/2009

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With 3 of my own children and an active household, the only way I have been able to Scrapbook is with a group of my girlfriends. We call ourselves the "Scrappin Chicks". We get together a few times a month, on a Friday night for a few hours. We alternate houses and sign up to bring a light snack for us all to enjoy. We also started doing an all day crop a few times a year as well. Again, we all sign up to bring food. I guess you have to have a supportive husband and family to let you get away a few hours to do this. Not only are you getting some scrapbooking done, you are also enjoying time w/ adults!!

Leigh - posted on 07/09/2009

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Make time! See if your local scrapping shop has a "midnight madness" or similar (once a fortnight scrap from 6pm to midnight) and book it in!

Adiva - posted on 07/09/2009

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I use the 5 minute method mentioned earlier. When I have 5 or 10 minutes I sort pictures into groups (by month, theme, etc). Next time I narrow the groups down to pages. Once I have that I either try and find coordinating paper or a layout I want to 'copy.' Then I cut the pictures to the layout. Then I find embellishments. Finally, I put everything on the page.

I will admit, though, that I am very behind anyway. This may have something to do with the fact that I also am addicted to facebook, genealogy, etc and spend time on that as well. I figure when she starts playschool I will have larger bodies of time and can get more done.

Stephanie - posted on 07/08/2009

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I helped organize a scrapbooking get together. We are meeting one Saturday a month, from 10am til 12am. I also put my two girls down for quiet time at the same time. That way I have an hour a day to work on my books as well.

Lori - posted on 07/08/2009

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I find now that I have 11 month old twins and a 5 year old I don't have a lot of time for scrapping. I am so far behind because I had just started a book for our 5 year old when we got the call to adopt the twins last August. I like the idea someone posted about getting a little kit together when I have a few minutes, then I can put a page together then next time I have a few free minutes. I think I will try that!

Susan - posted on 07/08/2009

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It's good to know everyone else is as behind with scrapbooking as I am!! I love to scrapbook, but am just now getting my act together and my little one with 15 months!! During naps (when she takes them) and at night is went I try to. Going digital is a great suggestion... I might have to try that!

Deborah - posted on 07/07/2009

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I am a Heritage Maker....I digital scrap...no paper, no mess. I just pick up my laptop and
open my book and scrap a page at a time and sometimes several pages. I don't have to worry about putting the mess away or making sure my pages are not moved.
Everything I need is right there on the website.....and I SAVE so much money. This is the 21st century way to scrapbook! Check it out: photoswithwords.com. If you have ANY questions email me at photoswithwords@mac.com. You can create personal
storybooks for your girls using their pictures....teach them to count and read. Get their daddy to babysit for at least 2 hrs while you scrapbook. He gets special Daddy time. :)

Lee - posted on 07/07/2009

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Face facts sister, you're going to fall behind. I only have one child, but between working full time, attending college for my master's, and having a husband, I hardly ever get to scrap. I go to a weekend retreat at least once per year w/ 3 of my girlfriends. I am able to get around 12-15 pages done (which is doing really well for me), but I'm only up to February 2007 in my family album. I am also doing a school album for my son, my wedding album (which has been a work in progress for 7 yrs :), and a heritage album of my parents childhoods. You may try getting together w/ other girlfriends at a local cropping shop (I love Pages in Time!) or at one another's houses and hire a babysitter or use one of the other mom's older kids. If all else fails, I've cropped w/ my BFF while her two little ones were running around. Hope that gives you some ideas.

Patty - posted on 07/07/2009

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I get together once a month with girlfriends at an Archiver's store. They have "ScrapMania" for $15 you get six hours of scrap time, dinner and a gift. I get one night out a month and time to work on their books. I'm definitely nowhere near caught up but I feel like I'm making progress and having fun with my hobby. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 07/07/2009

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I'm with everyone else: nap and bedtime. Sometimes I'll set my girls up with crayons, stickers, and other crafty goodness and let them create while I do. I have also heard that if you have five minutes grab pictures, coordinating paper...and put it together in a little kit so the next five minutes you have just grab that and you are already half way there. Hope this helps!

Kim - posted on 07/07/2009

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Honestly, I neglect my chores and send the older kids outside or set them up w/ a movie and scrap when the baby naps LOL. Also on weekends when my hubby is home, I lock myself up in a room with my pages and tell him I'm busy and just get as much done as I can. This past Saturday, I got 6 pages done! I do it in segments; first, get the photos u want to scrap together, even if they sit for a few days, at least you feel like you've accomplished something. Then I sort out the pages and accessories I want to use so they are at least set to go, that makes it go quicker when I actually have time to cut them out and glue them together. If you are breastfeeding, you are probably just getting by on little bits of sleep and feeding every 2 hours so don't stress! If you keep it organized and set the photos aside, you won't feel overwhelmed when you do get back to it. Congrats on the new baby!

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