Making time to scrapbook is something that I think is important. If you really want to document your stories, you have to schedule it in. Life is busy and unfortunately, if you don’t make it a priority, it will become one of those things that always gets pushed aside when something else comes up.
When I say making time to scrapbook, I’m not saying you have to set aside a full day or even hours. You can accomplish a lot in small chunks of time once you have a system in place.
Here’s a look at my scrapbooking process.
I hope this helps you find ways that you can make time to scrapbook.
- photo organization
- printing photos – whether at home or sending them in
- sorting printed photos
- tucking printed photos into the appropriate albums in the right order
- pulling the supplies for various layouts or creating page kits
- scrapbooking – actually putting the pages together and adding journaling
There are lots of steps involved in memory keeping! Each one of these steps doesn’t have to take long. Even if you only have 15 to 30 minutes, you could upload your photos and send them off to be printed. While your kids are doing their homework you could be tucking the printed photos into the albums etc. With a little preparation and a system you can accomplish lots in small chunks of time.
With that being said there’s something about having a big chunk of time to dedicate to crafting. It feels so satisfying to get several layouts done.
Here are a few ideas on finding larger chunks of time to dedicate to memory keeping and card making.
- Attend a scrapbook class
- Talk to friends who enjoy crafting and schedule a crafting night. It’s always more fun to craft with friends.
- Choose one evening a month or maybe weekly, whatever works with your schedule, and spend a few hours crafting. If it’s on the calendar, you are less likely to brush it aside.
- Sign up for a crop. This could be an evening or a weekend crop.
- Look for a crafting retreat weekend – these are so much fun!
All of these suggestions do require some scheduling and preplanning in order to make them work, but any one of them can make a world of difference.
If you have small kids, share with your family that this important to you and you’d like to start making time for it. Share your projects with them when you come home. When they see your excitement, it will be hard not to support you in your hobby.
You may be thinking that this is easy for me because being creative is my job. Yes I do spend a lot of time crafting but that doesn’t mean that I have all this time to do my own scrapbooking. Most of my crafting is either planning for classes, or making thank you, birthday or other cards that I need for my business. I also have to MAKE time to do my own personal scrapbooking. All 5 of the suggestions above are included in my schedule so that I can get as much done as possible.
I hope that you decide to make crafting a priority and look into working some of these ideas into your schedule.
A look at today’s project…
Today’s layout is a photo of my kids back from 2007! I can easily bounce from one year to another because of the system I have in place (more details on that in tomorrow’s post). Yesterday I was scrapbooking photos from 2019, today I’m working on 2007.
If you are looking for some time to scrapbook, check out my events page. Every month I have a layout of the month class – at it we create 4 layouts in just a couple hours! The class can be done in person or at home. I also host a couple creative retreats each year, I still have a few spots left in my October Bittern Lake Retreat. Send me a message and I can forward you more information.
Have a creative day!
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Note: Many of the embellishments are bits & pieces leftover from retired Project Life kits and retired wood elements.