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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

In case you don't have enough to do, along comes scrapbooking

Let me say at the outset, I am not a fan of the scrapbooking craze. I am finding client after client swamped with photos, albums, glues, papers, stamps, bits and bobs of this and that, scissors that cut paper in the shape of ducks and the Eiffel Tower and other paraphernalia associated with this little hobby to sink a battleship. Not to mention how guilty they feel over starting a project and then not being able to finish it. The idea that after the kids go to bed and you have that "extra" hour or two to sit and scrapbook is just not going to happen in our super busy world.

What I tell my clients usually comes as a shock to them, "this is a project of your own doing - you did not have the baby and get sent home with orders to feed it, change it and scrapbook it." I am sure there are only 3 people in the world who have actually completed a scrapbook and they are now on QVC selling you on the idea. Yes, the books are cute, but as cute as they are, who's looking at them on a regular basis to warrant the level of commitment making one these things takes, not to mention the costs. One of the things I hear most from clients is that they already have a ton of photo albums stashed away that no one looks at and are trying to figure how to best store them.

Okay, here are some suggestions:

1. Go digital - it's the way of the world, limit the actual paper photos and scan the rest onto disk.
2. Hire a professional "memory maker". Yes, there are people who will put the books together for you. You choose the themes and photos and hand the rest over to them.
3. Give up on albums. As I have said before on this blog, I like storing photos in photo boxes - just group photos together by subject and call it a day.

If you simply must scrapbook, check out for info and ideas.

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