How To Get Your Scrapbooking Up to Date

I am bound and determined to get my scrapbooking up to date while I’m on vacation.  I used to be an avid scrapbooker.  I even sold Creative Memories for a time.  Not only was I an avid scrapbooker, I was obsessed with staying up to date.  Hub used to joke, "She already has tomorrow scrapbooked."  And that wasn’t too far off the truth.

But since I’ve discovered blogging, my scrapbooks have become sorely neglected.  I am making it my mission this summer to get my scrapbooks caught up, and I’m going to share with you my tips for staying on top of it.  These tips only work if you actually take the stuff out and work on it, though.  I’m just sayin’.

1) Lower your expectations. The goal is to chronicle your life, not show off your ability to paste tiny scraps of paper into a sophisticated work of art.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that too much enhancement is a distraction and a detriment.  So, for the sake of your gorgeous pictures AND your sanity, keep it simple.

2) Take fewer pictures.  Seriously.  Our kids are the most highly photographed generation in the history of the world.  And the more pictures you take, the more you have to sort through and edit.  Lately I’ve been intentionally taking fewer pictures, and it’s amazing how much easier it is to go through and pick out the ones I want to buy.  Which is the perfect segue to #3…

3) Throw pictures away.  Yes, I know it feels wrong somehow, but if you’re not going to use ’em, TOSS ‘EM.  (Or, give ’em to your kids to "scrapbook".  My kids love to work alongside me with extra stickers and papers and my discarded pictures while I’m working on my albums.) 

There is no reason to keep extra pictures around, cluttering up your living space.  And with everything digital nowadays, you can always reprint it if you regret tossing it later.  And the fact is, you do NOT need to put every picture you print into your album.  When in doubt, leave it out.  You will probably never remember it.

4) Be selective.  This goes along with #3, but again, you don’t need 150 pictures of your daughter’s birthday party in your album.  You can keep them on your computer if you want to see them.  But in your album, try to keep each event to one or two pages.  It’s more enjoyable to thumb through an album when you have captured the highlights of each event.  No one wants to look at 10 pages of Christmas Day.  (Not that I’ve ever used 10 pages to scrapbook Christmas Day.  AHEM.)

5) Go digital!  If, like me, you want to flip pages of a book, you can even print out your digital masterpiece.  Darla inspired me to try making an online photo book when I was Twittering one night about wanting to get caught up on scrapbooking.  I’ve seen those before, but I have SO many scrapbooking supplies from my days as a consultant that I thought I should use them up before going the digital route.  But the other night, I sat down with iPhoto, and I started with January of 2008, and I made a photo book of the first half of this year.  I will add to it and order it at the end of the year.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

I still need to catch up on 2007, and I’m going to do that with my Creative Memories supplies while I’m on vacation next week.  When I come home, I should have everything caught up!  I can’t wait.

So are you a scrapper?  If so, how do you keep up to date?  Or do you?  Ha!