Friday, March 27, 2015

34 Weeks of Clean! Week 13- Pictures and Scrapbooks

Let's just start this post by stating the obvious - I am not the BEST person to write on this particular subject.  I used to be.  But nowadays, not so much.  I seriously considered having some wonderful someone guest post, but decided that I may as well come clean about my scrapbooking.  Of lack thereof.

I use to be a scrapbooking queen.  Loved it, went to crop nights and weekends, was all caught up and had a house full of ribbons and stamps and pretty paper, stickers, and more.  It was fun.

I had ONE child.

Now I have four.  And I homeschool.  And I move every two years.  And I am currently playing the role of single parent.  I have a lot of excuses, but regardless of which one I claim at any given moment, the harsh reality is that I am very behind.  Years.  Let's don't count how many.

Truthfully, my problem is not really even the scrapbooking part.  My problem is the pictures. Hundreds of them.  Old fashioned picture film was my best friend.  You took 24 pictures, went to your local drugstore and had them printed.  Done.  Now I take hundreds of lovely digital pictures and they are somewhere lost in the abyss of my computer.  I know, I know, download them and have them printed you say.  I try every so often and it takes so long to find the ones I want to try to download that I give up in disgust and walk away.  Hence the years of being behind.

Problem is, the longer I wait, the more pictures that get lost in the abyss.  I know.

So this week, and well, let's face it, for MANY more to come, my goal is to find those pictures and get organized.  That is your challenge as well.  For those of you who are more organized, take this week to scrapbook to your hearts delight and then come help me.

You will find me in a puddle buried under hundreds of pictures.


Just to try to save face and because I do actually have a decent plan, though lacking execution, here are your helpful hints-

1 - Purge!  Really guys.  Memories are great, but the sweetest memories we hold are in our hearts.  Let's not make our photo albums our idols.  Have fun and keep the important pictures, but let's get rid of the multiples, pictures of people with cut off heads and ones that would embarrass all of the relatives.

On that note, let's not make all of the supplies our idols.  One thing I found was that the more scrapbooking became a social thing for me, the more I had to do to keep up with the Joneses.  It became a ridiculous amount of work and list of supplies.  I have the receipts to prove it.

I have decided that I simply do not need all of that stuff in my life and have passed much of it on to friends who will better use it!  Everyone is different, but I am here to tell you that additional clutter was not only taking up valuable space in my home but in my head and heart as well.  Not good!
Now my stuff takes up this one tote. And I have committed to not buy any more until this is gone! Am I the only one who is a sucker for all that amazing patterned paper?

2- Print your pictures!  Ha- good luck on that! ;)

3- Make a plan!  THIS is the week I am going to get the pictures printed.  THIS is the week I am going to pull it all out!  Whatever your need is - make. a. plan!  I have created a folder for each child to put pictures in - then all I have  to do is put them in order and slap them in a book.  Hey, at least it is a plan!

4- Simplify! Here is where a friend of mine really saved me several years ago.  Instead of scrapbooking every single picture I ever took, I began doing a 10 page double spread per year.
  • Friends
  • Hobbies & Sports/School
  • Vacation
  • Birthday/ Family
  • Christmas
 ~You might decide you need a few extra pages, but the point is we are cherishing the highlights, not the seconds!

  ~Another way to simplify is to go all digital.  This is where you will need to take the phone-a-friend other-than-Michele option because I am clueless, but I hear it is a life saver for some!

For those who do not scrapbook - no worries!  You still have pictures!  Let's organize them in a shoe box or fun craft box.  However you decide to preserve your memories, commit to work on it this week.

OK, are you ready?  Yep, me neither, but we can do this.  And I am willing to bet it may take more than a week for most of us.  But it will never get done if we never get started!

Here we go!

And you thought bathrooms were bad, huh? ;)  Wanna chance to show those off? We wold love to have you link up below.  Each link provides you another entry into our 34 Weeks of Clean Prize Basket drawing.

Week 12- The Family Room + DVDs

Week 14- Arts & Crafts

Check out this fun FREE printable for this week from Kemi at Homemaking Organized!  Love her!!
 Happy Organizing!


  1. My kids love my scrapbooks and they are important to us as we have moved a number of times. Last night my 14 year old son wanted to look at scrapbooks with me. Did you look at my planner and see that April's goal was to catch up on this and organise my photos online. Thank s for the challenge.

    1. My kids love theirs too! Now, if I could just get THEM to do them! haha Good luck with the challenge. let us know how you do!

  2. You surely don't mean that I should open the boxes in the garage that the movers packed two assignments ago and labeled "photos and scrapbooks." :)

    1. ummm, yep! Sorry friend! Tim will thank me for it! So will the next packers! ;)

  3. Man! Where do I begin. Mine are all digital and I think somehow that is worse!

    1. I agree that digital can be far worse. Now instead of hundreds of unorganized (and unscrapbooked) pictures, I have thousands and thousands.

    2. Me too! yuck! Let's bring back the old photo rolls!

  4. I was VERY in to scrapbooking also. That hobby (addiction) faded away very quickly the more kids I had. I have some scrapbooks, but what I really need to do is make sure my digital pictures are organized and backed up.

    1. When you are done, will you come help me with mine?? ;)

  5. I'll help you with those pictures, Mom! ;)

  6. ummm....ok....I am still working at catching up, but it certainly isn't happening with this week's assignment! LOL

    1. Still working here too Erica! It is going to be a continued spring and summer project for sure!


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