I love traditional scrapbooking, but as a mom it can be difficult to find the time. With our busy lives and the juggling of 10,000 things it can feel nearly impossible to find time to shower, let alone scrapbook, right? Once you fall behind too, it can be so overwhelming and difficult to jump back in that you just never do. I didn’t scrapbook much for the first few years of being a mom and it was hard to get back into it. I was overwhelmed and exhausted and whenever I had a few minutes I just found myself staring at my supplies feeling totally lost. I’m happy to say though, that for the past 9 months I have been scrapbooking pretty consistently and I have a few tips to share.
- Use kits, which are pre-designed pages that come with all the products needed to complete the page (minus basic crafting supplies) and step by step instructions. It is obviously very rewarding to create your own pages, but at this point in my life, I rarely have time for that. By the time I pick paper, coordinating embellishments and select my pictures, my time is up. I make a lot of kits these days because I can actually finish a page. I will usually start a kit while watching tv with my husband or on a craft day with Hudson and by the following week, I can usually be on to the next kit. I put this one first because when you haven’t scrapbooked in a while a kit is the perfect place to start. No thinking involved (which is an especially welcome blessing for this exhausted mama), it is fast and watching kits pile up and start to fill albums is a huge motivator. Some great places to look for kits are Paisleys and Polka Dots, Down to Details, Scraptique, Out on A Limb Scrapbooking and Lotts to Scrap About.
- Do as much on your phone as possible-edit photos, make collages, etc. You have this little tool in your hand all the time so you might as well use it right? Especially since most of us take the majority of our photos on our phones these days,and we are already adding filters and making collages for apps like instagram and facebook, so we might as well print those photos out and use them.
- Try to find a space where you can leave your stuff out- I know I am so lucky to have a scrapbooking room, but even if you don’t have a dedicated room if you can find a dedicated space it will make a huge difference. That way if you find a few minutes of time, you can just pick up where you left off instead of using all that free time to put out and/or clean up your project
- Buy a printer and start printing your pictures at home. I bought a Canon PIXMA iX6820 Wireless Business Printer for under $150 (it was on sale) and it has been a game changer for me. I am not organized enough to plan ahead and order pictures, so being able to print out exactly what I need in the size I need while in my pajamas has made a huge difference in my productivity.
- Get the kids involved. My oldest son no longer naps so I have had to get creative with my crafting time. One day a week while his little brother naps, we craft. I give Hudson paper, punches, scissors, stickers, etc. and he loves it. Cutting paper into little tiny, impossible to vacuum pieces is one of his all time favorite activities. He has his own little stash of supplies in my scrapbooking room now and I can usually squeeze in about thirty minutes to an hour of crafting time.
- Try to attend a scrapbooking retreat or event annually. There is just something about being around other scrapbookers and having time to focus on something you love that can really re-spark your passion and get you motivated again.
- Use sketches or pages you like for inspiration. Scraplifting is totally encouraged in the scrapbooking community so take advantage. Follow scrapbook blogs, IG accounts and personal scrapbookers that you love or search on Pinterest and then copy away. The Bella Blvd blog even offers a monthly Project Sheet with step by step directions to copy a layout from one of their designers.
- Repeat layouts and designs. If you find a layout you like, re-use it. Your family isn’t going to notice, I promise.
- Read your scrapbooks as bedtime stories. Every few weeks, we pull out a scrapbook and look through it together as a family before bed. The kids love it and it really inspires me to keep creating.
- It’s better to be finished than to be perfect! This is the one I struggle with the most. I want every page to be amazing, but the most important thing is the pictures, the stories and people behind them.
Do you have anything you would add to this list? What works for you?