I have created a First Year Scrapbook for each of our children. My original intent was to keep it an ongoing scrapbook, but I've struggled to just get the First Year done. At the moment, M's is only half done, and he'll be 3 years old on Saturday. And Baby L's isn't even started yet.
But I spent some of my Christmas gift money on a scrap tote, to help organize photos, memorabilia, papers and stickers in. And last night, I sat and organized the things I need to finish M and L's scrapbooks.
I have no craft room. I have our living room and the eat-in kitchen/schoolroom/laundry room. I usually scrapbook in the evenings, after the children are in bed. And since that is my time with Steve, I try to do that in the living room. But I haven't scrapbooked in several years because I usually have a baby or toddler awake late at night with us. And I can't sit at the coffee table or on the floor to work with little fingers grabbing at my stuff.
But, when I was working on the photo calendars we gave as Christmas gifts this year, I started setting up a card table in the living room to work at. And when I was done, I just put everything away. It enabled me to work while M and Baby L were still awake, and still be in the same room with Steve. It even enabled me to work during the day while the children were playing.
I feel pretty stupid for not thinking of it sooner, but I'm glad I did now. I'm looking forward to adding scrapbooking back into my evenings, and blessing my family with memory albums.
Besides the baby albums, I really should update the family album ... which ends at our engagement.