How do you organize your scrapbooks?

Elaine - posted on 11/19/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone! I'm new here and just starting to think about scrapbooks for our new baby. My SIL (who also scrapbooks) brought up a question that I hadn't thought about. How do you organize your scrapbooks if you have more than one child? Do you make a special scrapbook for each child? If so, what do you do with the family events--scrap each event specially for each kid? Do you make one for yourself, too? That sounds ideal, but I definitely don't have enough time for that right now. If not, how do you decide which child gets which scrapbook? (or do you just keep them all and let them fight it out when you're gone?... ) Previously there was "just us", so I didn't have to think about this. :-P

Thanks!!

Elaine

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I have done a book each which is for me, but i do have to admit iv not done any pages for a while and not thought about when they are both there. I have done some pages that have both my little ones on and they are in another album that i have for family pages. I have also started books for the boys and have decided that i will do a page a year (mainly on their birthday) or as they get older just some pics throughout the year and do some journalling about that year. I have decided that i will give them the books on their 30th birthday, being boys i dont think they would be that interested at 21.

At the end of the day just scrap what you want, if you have the album that you slot the pages into you can mix and match as you go, the main thing is it have fun with it :)

Kristen - posted on 11/20/2008

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Wow, great ideas. i love the big picture thing. I recently an trying something new which I think goes hand in hand with that. IF you have a mac computer, you can use iphoto. iphoto has these things called smart albums. You can make an album be centered around certain keywords or dates or a whole host of things (up to 10 perimeters per smart album). Every photo can be tagged with multiple keywords. I use people's names, events (like Christmas or Vacation), or even fun things like, Funny, Kissing, Hugging, Dancing, Sleepy, etc. Your limit is your imagination. I even have tags for Family or use the last name of the family group. I've got smart Albums for just our Kids (labeled Kids) and one for each. Any picture that they appear in with their name as a keyword is thorwn into that album. I also made albums ofr every year. The computer had already given the pic a date when it was first put in as a digital image on your computer. If you scanned an old photo in you can go back and change the date on it to reflect the real date taken (i.e. a scanned photo from 1950s, etc). It is a BIG undertaking project to keyword the 16,000+ pic I have right now BUT when I'm done it will be so much easier to print and pic my favorite (also you can give pictures a 1-5 star rating system and even make a smart album of any star rating!!) Another thing is I made an album which is only the last 6 mths and last 30 days. I can ALWAYS click in there and find the most recent pictures for quick reference or printing!

If I can get most of this done buy Christmas I'm going to make CDs for presents with Albums ofr other family members to have any pic of them I've taken for their own records! Hopefully they'll appreciate it. Oh the GREAT part is there is NO mess like with scrap booking and I can veiw a slide show or make a home movie from here and burn to a DVD for the kids for a movie of themselves to watch, which is So much fun to see their face!

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Wow I like the ideas of the First Year and then family albums after that makes perfect sense that's what I'm going to do too :)

Elaine - posted on 11/20/2008

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Wow! Thanks! Sounds like there are a lot of ways to do this. Since I'm still in graduate school and now a Mom, it'll probably have to be something simple right now. :-) (at least I have only one baby!)

Jennifer--what are digital albums or picfolio albums?

Julie - posted on 11/19/2008

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I have 2 kids. Vacations and holidays (including Christmas and Hanukkah since we celebrate both) get each their own books. I put in Christmas cards in my scrapbooks as well since many family and friends include pictures and newsletters in their cards. Each of my kids, I scrapbook chronologically and in order and they are in volumes. My 9 y.o. has currently 3 books and my 5 y.o. has 2. As they get older and change less over time, I seem to take less random pictures so I don't really need to make a separate book per each year of their lives. If it's an event where they are both active in, I put pictures of the one particular child in their own books and then make double prints of the pictures where they are together. So their layouts would be different for the same event. Essentially their books are their own perspective histories of their lives. I have my own series of scrapbooks from high school, college, and my interests/hobbies related one. I made a scrapbook for my husband encompassing his college years and his interests. I have a separate scrapbook with just my nieces and nephews in them as well. I intend to keep the original books until I die really and if they want copies, I'll have scans done and give them copies in a book.

Crystal - posted on 11/19/2008

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I keep a special baby book up to 1 year for each child. After that I do family albums. They may have duplicate pictures that fist year, but in the end. I realize they will be so happy to have these memories. I have a friend who has three kids and she has their own albums up to 5 years. Needless to say she is a frazzled mess and her albums are OK. She doesn't have the time to spend on special pages, due to being in a hurry.

Crystal

Melody - posted on 11/19/2008

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I struggled with this same dilemma when my daughter was born in 2005 (baby #2.) I read Big Picture Scrapbooking by Stacy Julian and am now a total convert. I no longer scrapbook chronologically and have different category albums that my layouts go into. I have a 1st year baby book for each child and will do "school of life" albums for each child in which I'll do a few layouts each school year. All other layouts that I do are dividied up into one of 4 other albums. The philosophy behind BPS was basically an epiphany for me and I have been a much happier scrapbooker ever since. Good luck!

Annie - posted on 11/19/2008

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I do one scrapbook per child per year... already seeing that I'll need a spare room to put them at this rate! For holidays, I do a page for each kid in each scrapbook, but it works out that we don't have a lot of repeat pictures because they're 2 and 3 and they're usually off doing different things with different people. That way you get around to getting pictures of everyone in the family in their books without cramming holiday mugshots into every corner. You can tell I'm not very formal about that. I'll chase my kids down with the camera but that's about it. If you're in the background you're doin good! I have just recently restarted my husband's and my personal scrapbook (now I have 3 spreads for 3 1/2 years! woohoo), and I'm keeping that for childless adventures. Obviously not filling up too fast, but at least we have something! ;-) Good luck with your new baby! Hope this helps.

Erin - posted on 11/19/2008

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I don't have more than one child - but my plan for when (or if?) I do will be this:
Each has an individual album for first year of life.
But from the on will be just a joint family album for "2008" "2009" and so on.

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2008

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I have a scrapbook for each child. I place a double page layout in each of their books when we go somewhere special, celebrate Christmas, etc. I have an album I add to every year for Christmas I started it when my son was born. That way their books don't get over full. I do digital albums for our trips or I do the picfolio ablum. It goes alot faster and keeps me up to date on my pictures.

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