just wondering

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how do you find time to actually work on your scrapbook?....I have a 4 month old, I stay at home with her, but I do go to school. I have yet to start her book, I just can't seem to find time. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if I could get it organized. Any suggestions for getting started?

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User - posted on 11/26/2008

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There are so many different ways to scrapbook!! If you find you don't feel as though you have a lot of time, you can digitally scrapbook which is fast, easy and is beautiful and it costs the same as buying an album and doing cut and paste. Or, if you have the room, set up a scrapbook station somewhere in your home and always leave it set up. Keeping your pictures organized is key though!! I could send you a catalog and some information if you would like!! Creative Memories also offers FREE digital templates that are truly beautiful and all you do is click drag and type in your text!! Scheduling some needed Mommy only time once or twice a week is key, even if it means, just closing yourself away behind a door for an hour, I remember doing that when my daughter was an infant (I scheduled bubblebath time for myself!) But reality is, just keeping realistic about what you can actually get done, if you have too high of expectations, you may get frustrated and then not want to scrap at all! PLease email me if you have any questions, I have lots of quick easy suggestions!

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I see some great advice from other moms, and I struggle to find time too, but I think the best thing to do is know that until your little one is bigger there won't be much time for scrapbooking. Make sure your pictures are stored safely and organized, and you can enjoy getting them out and making layouts later when you have more time!

Ashley - posted on 11/26/2008

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I have found a company (Heritage Makers) http://www.mystorybookdesigner.com it's amazing! They have a template gallery with Hundreds of pre-made templates where all you have to do it add your photos and text. The books are amazing! Their quality is superb. Check out the website and look and the template gallery, email me if you have questions on how it works.
-Ashley

Kamie - posted on 11/26/2008

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I didn't get much done the first year of my twins life, though we nursed until 14 months old... that made it harder to hand them off :)

They are almost 18 months old now and things are getting easier. I think that when they were younger I was too tired! :) I am finding my way back to it now though.

What little I did get done I ended up bringing my supplies into the family room or wherever to work on it, so I was with dh and still able to work on some stuff. Have you told your dh you want to get back into it? Maybe he'd offer to take her for an hour for you to guilt free take sometime.

Jennifer - posted on 11/25/2008

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I also have a baby and she'll be 4 months old next week. Although I haven't gotten much done either, I have found that if I set a goal of one page each time I sit down at least that's better than nothing. And throughout the day I will try to think about what my next layout will involve so that I can get right to it when I do get a chance to sit down and work on it.

User - posted on 11/25/2008

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Danielle, make some meals ahead (double your meatloaf or spaghetti recipe and freeze it) and use that time and/or energy to work on your book! And don't feel guilty if you hand off the baby to your hubby for an hour or 2 so you can have some Mom time. It's really necessary! And you will feel more relaxed. Also, with the organizing just do 10mins at a time. If you have a spare 5mins sit down and put your cardstock together, or find a magazine or website with a few layouts you like and print them out. It's much easier to scraplift something you like than to try and be incredibly creative on little sleep! And don't feel bad about getting a pre-made kit. They are $5 at Michael's and can make a lit of pages EASILY!

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With a 4 month old it can be difficult to find time because each day can be a little different. If you have a nap time that you use for cleaning, cooking or something like that I would use that once a week to work on my book. Just set aside some me time. When my children were that little I would work while they slept or were in the swing. The key for myself was to have my stuff out, ready to work on. All I had to do was sit down.

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