Yesterday I attended my second scrapbook day ever.
The first day I tried was from 10AM-5PM. It was nice to do a shorter day to see if I would enjoy it. I definitely over-estimated how much I would get done and
brought two full totes plus my laptop and a jump drive of our 2008 photos to digitally organize and start to make a digital scrapbook from. I barely finished the 2006 photos I had printed that year (I had to organize them as they were out of order when they got printed and then I slapped them into a 400 page book. I’m not at the “making layout pages” part yet).
|2006 photos finally in an album for us to enjoy!|
Yesterday was a 9AM until 9PM crop. I wasn’t as ambitious yesterday and left the laptop at home. I did manage to sort through the kid’s school keepsakes and emptied a tote! Maybe I should say I organized a tote because I still filled it to bring home all the finished items. I did, however, manage to recycle three grocery bags full of items that are not as “special” and were taking away from the treasures.
|This is my daughter’s school treasures from Preschool to Grade 2 so far.|
I bought this at Wal-Mart for under $10.
The best part of these crop days is that I get designated time to focus on organizing these ares, wander down memory lane, enjoy wonderful food and the company of other women who are trying to make memories of their family last.
I may not be as dedicated to the current creation of elaborate scrapped books with fancy layouts and embellishments but I am pleased to be getting our keepsakes honoured in a way that is far better than just keeping it in a bin that takes up room in my craft room and that may topple on me at any moment.
I realize I still have a ways to go but I’ve got a system now for future items so hopefully it won’t get as out of control again.
How do you manage your family keepsakes and treasures?
I have a binder for each of my kids for school stuff. Each of them also have a 'treasure box' that fits under their bed for special projects or things they get on vacation etc.
Blogging is how I record for them now. They each have a private blog I upload pics to and write.
I scrap 'my' stuff, but only rarely these days!
Time is a big element! You did awesome getting yourself all organized! WTG!!! I need to set time aside for this!
What a great idea to set up a private blog! Then you can print it into a photo book when they graduate or what will you do with it?
In Canada we have a great local mompreneur that organizes all of the school stuff into beautiful digital scrapbooks! I wrote about her here: http://goodenufmommy.blogspot.ca/2015/02/school-worx-for-your-little-picassos.html if you're interested. She actually just won Mompreneur of the year as well! Pretty cool business idea I thought! 🙂 Maybe you have something similar where you are?
Scrap book parties are so much fun. I have not been to one in years. Private blog sounds like an awesome idea.
I used to want to scrap book but than I realized how time consuming it is.. and sadly I have no idea.
Way to go getting all that organized! Since my son is only 2 I don't have a ton of crafts that need a home yet. I pretty much organize all my photos on the blog and I make several shutterfly books per year.
Nina, get a system figured out now because as soon as it starts it EXPLODES! LOL
Jessica, I don't enjoy scrapbooking either for the same reason you said. I just need to control it and capture our memories somehow that is easy and limited.
Shonda, how do you keep up with your memory keeping?
I'm in Canada also – thanks for the link. I'm going to check her out! Have you used this before?
I really need to do this! Thanks for the inspiration.
My pleasure – it is such a great feeling when it's finally done 🙂