Good to see some more mommy's out there making time to scrapbook!

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Have been trying and trying to "catch up" on my scrapbooking, but there are just not enough hours in the day!!!!!! Any secrets to get "caught up" or making time would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Julie - posted on 10/29/2008

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What helps is to have an organization plan in place. I am about 18 months behind on my girls' books but I do like to jump around and do other scrapping projects. I am totally caught up on all vacations (separate books) and Christmas (also separate books for each year). As I print pictures, I organize them by whose scrapbook is it going to in chronological order. I keep separate folders for each book project for school programs, tickets stubs, certificates, artworks, basically ephemera I want to put in addition to the pictures in the book. Then I decide what I feel like working on. I take the group of organized, collected items and I organize them in a loose fashion as I plan the spreads, then I pick base and accent papers and specific embellishments (stickers, rub ons, brads, ribbons, flowers, die cuts, chipboard, etc.) and group them together. I then take loose sheet protector sleeves and I put each spread I prepare into its own separate sheet to make like a kit and I make a stack of them. This can be done between errands and chores. So, when I have a few minutes here and there, I can grab a kit, crop pictures, cut out mattes and start laying down. I may or may not journal at that exact time or finish embellishing but I have a good start and can keep picking at the spread throughout the day or week. The trick is to have something ready to work on so you're not wasting time deciding what you want to do or look through a stack of missorted pics since you already put it together loosely in a way that if you change your mind about color combos or embellishments, you can easily switch them out.

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