While I've been collecting scrapbooking materials for over three years now, up until a few days ago I had yet to do a single page. In the spirit of getting myself organized, and motivating others to do the same, I wanted to dive in and get started. Those memories and photos weren't going to organize and scrapbook themselves!
But where to start? After careful consideration, I decided to keep things simple. For the Little Guy and BabyGirl's scrapbooks, I'm focusing on professional pictures with only a few candids thrown in as necessary.
So far, I have two pages done:
Now that I've gotten started, and each page is simply waiting to be assembled, I hope this process goes smoothly and quickly. After all, it took me three years to get started...I don't want to drag this out for another three years!
I do have a separate album for all of those wonderful day-to-day living photos that I take. I use small albums where the photos just slip into pockets and I can write down the details in the side margin:
This way, each child will have a more informal record of early life and events in addition to their fancy scrapbook. The two-track system may seem like a lot, but for me it makes a lot of sense. Professional pictures go in the scrapbooks, so I don't have to make any decisions about which events to include and leave out. Everything can be included in the small photo albums, and since assembly is so easy I am saving a lot of time putting those albums together.
I wonder if this means I can call myself a "scrapbooker" now. Or is it "scrapper"? Whatever the lingo is, I'm glad I've finally tackled this project!