January 25, 2011

Scrapbooking and Journaling Made Easy

I have been scrapbooking since 1993. SCARY! I was in college, living in UT, and this new craft of scrapbooking was just taking hold. The local scrapbook store, "Pebbles In My Pocket," was located in a converted small house. They only had paper, simple die cuts, decorative scissors and lots of stickers. My old scrapbooks are so dated and ugly! I have LOTS of scrapbooks. It was a fun hobby and I got quite good at it. But since all these kids came along, I just don't have the time to make elaborate scrapbooks any more.

A few years ago I saw an idea in a scrapbooking magazine and have been doing it ever since. I call it my "Year In Review" scrapbook.

At the beginning of the year I purchase a blank 12 x 12 calendar from Amazon. I bought this one for the last two years.

I write down one sentence about each day in a date square. I keep the blank calendar on my office desk and finish the whole year before making the "Year in Review" scrapbook.

At the end of the year, I order 4-6 photos from each month to go on the page opposite the journaling. I make one month's page and then use that as the template for the rest of the months. The scrapbooking goes very quickly this way.
Lastly, I make a title page with a collage of photos from the entire year.

Although I would love to have dozens of adorable scrapbooks showcasing my children for every event in their lives, it's just not going to happen. I feel better knowing that we have a general history being recorded for us to all look back on.

But even with this simple scrapbook formula I can get behind. I am only done through August with 2009, and I need to order the photos and get going on 2010. I look forward to doing it though, I just have to find some time...


  1. I love this idea! Last year for Christmas/Birthday Ryan made me a craft/scrapbook area in our basement. I love having my own space, but feel guilty because I don't have time nor energy to do all of that. I think this is doable for me. Now if I can find a way to do past years. I don't have a great memory for going back & filling in a calendar would be hard. Any suggestions? Also how do you find something to say about each day? There are a lot of days where we just do the same old thing.

  2. I am so excited. I followed your link for the calendar & when I saw it I remembered LONG ago buying 3 make your own calendars in the dollar section at Target. I went downstairs & found them. They are perfect! So trying this out won't cost me anything. Yeah!

  3. I haven't found it too hard to say something about each day, but sometimes days are left blank. You can journal about anything! Write about something funny the kids said, something your husband is doing at work, what you had for dinner, favorites of any child on any topic, or how much your grocery bill was. I try to capture the mundane as well as the exciting. Real life as it is!


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