Scrap-booky, that is. I spent all of my tiny free pockets of time last week updating Annabelle’s scrapbook. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit the huge sense of accomplishment I feel when I say to you: Little Miss Annabelle’s scrapbook is now gloriously up to date.
Should I pause for applause? No. Err, ok then.
Like most parents, when Annabelle was born I decided to start a scrapbook for her. Like ALL parents, finding the time to do non-essential tasks like this became a challenge.
And since I knew it would be so (SO) very easy for Annabelle’s scrapbook to be a project I started but never kept up, I consciously came up with a few ways to make keeping the book as easy as possible. Because, let’s face it, if it wasn’t easy, I was simply not going to do it.
So here are a few tricks I discovered:
1. Pick the right book. For me, that was one with binder rings. (Not a binder like the ones you used in school, a pretty scrapbook just one with rings.) The reason I love having a book with rings, is that I can easily move around and add pages without having to take the entire book apart. Just pop a page in a sleeve, click open those rings and you’re good to go.
2. Decide what kind of scrapbook you want to create. To keep it simple, I decided that the hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds) of photos that I have of The Little Belle would not go in this book. This book would be reserved for scrapbook-y stuff…like ticket stubs, certificates, Christmas cards and Birthday invitations…and photos would be dealt with and kept in separate photo books.
3. Pick a place to store scrapbook items until you can get to them. I knew I would not have the time to update her scrapbook regularly, so I picked a place in our office and got a pretty box that I could store (read: Shove) items in until I got around to putting them in her book. When the box gets a bit full, I carve out a chunk of time to bang out some pages.
When I finished updating it last week, Annabelle and I sat down to go through it together, which was really sweet. It was like a little walk down memory lane.
Do you keep a scrapbook for your kids? If so, how do you keep on top of it?
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