scrapping for two babies.. and scrap guilt.. probably long :)

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scrapping for two babies.. and scrap guilt.. probably long :)

Okay so a couple things. First the scrap guilt thing. I started scrapping about 4 years before my son was born and now have 15 books full or close to full of my sister ( she is 16 now), my nephew, my cousins little boy, my pets, me and dh, kids I have babysat for and general family. 6 of those books are just my cousins boy and my nephew because they were the ones I scrapped the most before Jamie was born. I had been putting the pages in books for each person, other than the babysitting one and the general family one. I haven't scrapped anyone but Jamie and now Allie in 2.5 years and I feel really bad that those other books ( my sisters, nephews and cousins) are sitting there collecting dust. I am considering reorganizing all of the pages and just having the one for daycare kids, the pets one and then just a general family one that now includes my nephew, sister and cousin.. so that I don't feel so stinking obligated to continue to fill their personal books up when I really just want to scrap for my own kids primarily, with of course the occasional page of other family.

I keep thinking that if the pages are all mixed into the "extended/general family books" then I won't feel bad anymore about it.. I was looking at my nephews book and there isn't a new page in there since he was 4 and he is almost 7. I just don't want to feel like I *need* to scrap for that book, so combining them with the other general family pages sort of makes sense to me. Is this crazy and does it make sense at all? lol

Now, the second thing is this.. For those with more than one child, do you scrap the same pics twice, one for each child or not? I have some pics from when Allie was born of her and Jamie and I am trying to decide if I want to scrap them twice, one with journaling to Allie about how things happened with her brother and one to Jamie about how he handled the transition or if I want to just scrap it once for me to put in a separate book. What do you all usually do? I pretty much journal on all my pages and so far they are written to Jamie or to Allie, so having one family book for both of my kids isn't really what I want to do because my plan is to give them their books one day. I just don't know if I want to scrap the pics twice.

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I've been thinking about this lately and plan to have seperate books for each of my children. With digital it will be easier because I can just change a page aqround when needed, change the journaling, subsitute a different pic, etc. A friend of mine scraps (paper) for her two kids and makes them each their own page. Sometimes the pages are the same, other times they are not at all alike, but they will each have their own books for later.

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This is how I plan on doing it once I finally get back to scrapping-

I make one book a year and give it to Randall on New Year's Eve as in a "year in review" type thing.

I am making (haven't gotten very far though) a first year book for Randy.

With that being said, I have scrapped some pics twice, like when they first met. I made one page with a whole bunch of pics titled, "Birth Day" for Randy's and then I made one page with that picture for our yearly one, but they look totally different. Here they are:
Randy's ( bottom middle pic is the one I used 2x)

Yearly:

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Well, for now I have decided to do my books by timeline - one for 2008 and one for 2009... we'll get to 2010 soon :eek: That being said, I only have one book right now, but I haven't even printed most of my pages. Right now I am printing like 5 or 6 per month and just sticking them all in sleeves. I'll organize them later. When I am ready to give them to the girls (not until after they graduate and can appreciate them!) I may consider rearranging them. Maybe double printing some (I do digi). I dunno...

I do think the extended family book is a good idea. It may relieve some of your scrapping guilt. Good luck!

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I wouldn't feel guilty about it! Your life changed dramatically! I know full well when Wayne and I have our own baby that that will be the end of pages about us as kids, and much extended family. lol

I am no help on how to organize the books though....I still just have a giant stack of plastic covereed pages not in anything!!! Maybe I will take that task on soon.

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I'm not really sure how to scrap multiple kiddos either.
What I think I will do is a first year book for each kid and then a family book after that.
So when DS was born and he met DD, those pages will be in his book, but not hers. Anything after their first b-day will just be in a yearly book.
Like I said...I think that is how I am going to do it.
I still don't have DD's first year done and #3 will be born in the next 2 months:eek:

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I think shuffling the pages into family books is a GREAT IDEA! we have enough guilt as moms, we don't need guilt as scrapbookers on top of that .... ya know? so shuffle!

here's what I do (having four kids, there's NO WAY I'm doing the same page twice ... well, I've done it a couple of times for the professional photo albums but that's it). Each child has a first year book, and that's the only book that is their own (well not entirely true - each has a professional photo book too, which is now really an 8x10 photo book since I'm the photographer these days). Then I have family books for each year. So things like Jack's first birthday only go in his first year book, even though that was a family event. I only scrap each event once, and the kids love to look at it. These are my books and when my kids are grown, I'll show them to my grandkids. And when I die, they can take the pages out and keep what they want. Lol I have hundreds of photos that didn't make it into the scrapbooks, and they go into photo albums for each kid. They "own" those photos - they use them for their own scrapbook pages, school projects, or anything they want.

Hope that makes sense ... it's what I do here. Smile

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My plan is to continue individual books for each of the boys. When doing the same pics/ event, I tend to think that the layout would be similar but the colors would be different.I use a lot of blues in TJ's book and tend to use more green with Alex.

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I read through quickly, but here is what i know...

I know some scrappers who make an album for each kid, and therefore, sometimes scrap the same pics twice. I only scrapped a little before Nathan (I did family weddings, our honeymoon). His first year is a book of just him...then I thought, wait, I am not scrapping anything that isn't Nathan. What about my bday, and that funny pic of FIL, etc? I didn't want to get into the situation of having to scrap the same pic multiple times...I have enough trouble keeping up with one! So, since i did a whole first year book for nathan, I will do that for any other kid(s), but after that, purely family album. After his 1st bday I started a family album going forward (but according to my mom, I have to do a 1st year album for each subsequent kid, so they aren't left out)

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ack DP, sorry

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Yep, I'm with Gwen. I do each kids first year and then after that it goes in order and into a family album. I scrap with me in mind though, you apparently scrap for your kiddos. I also have duplicates of all pictures that are stored away in photo boxes...so my kids can have the pics if they really want them. I know it's tough, but you have to do what feels right for you obviously. I can't imagine scrapping my cousins, nephews, etc....I can barely keep up with my stuff. Smile GL

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"K9Trainer" wrote:

I can't imagine scrapping my cousins, nephews, etc....I can barely keep up with my stuff. Smile GL

yep, exactly. I loved doing it before I had my own, but now I just want to scrap my kids. I am going to go ahead and combine allof the extended family and allow myself to feel like those books are complete and put my focus on 'my' family.

Thanks for the advice and replies.

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I have books for each of the kids, a family book and then a personal book. Sometimes i will scrap the same picture for more than one location but usually they are different layouts. And some with multiple kids will go just in the family book.