I’m so confused about what to do with my scrapbooks… as far as organizing them. See, before kids (BK), I just kept them in albums by the year. Meaning, 2003, 2004 etc etc. When Porter was born, in 2006, he dominated 99% of my layouts so I just kept them in an album (err…actually 2). My 2006 album: really tiny. Porter’s albums for 2006: overflowing.
I then thought I’d do this: Porter gets a “First Year” album (actually 2) and then after that all pages go into chronological albums… ie… by the year- 2007, 2008 etc.
Now, that would work fine, only we have another baby coming into the picture. So, I could do just a 1st year album for BBB#2 (that’s Baby Boy Barczak #2… don’t go thinking we named him B___ B____ Barczak LOL!), and then after his first year continue on the chronological ordering.
However…. during each of their first years, the “family/chronological” album dwindles… how do I separate what goes into the “family/chronological” album and what goes in just their first year album?
Then, I came up with idea #2, which is somewhat how Ryan thinks I should do it….
-Both boys get their own albums, in which all pages that relate to them go in there
-We have a family album that is for pages that document family gatherings/holidays etc
This would be a good idea, but then what about pages that have BOTH boys in the picture? What about pictures of the 4 of us… do the boys’ albums just not have those pictures in it? Do I print doubles of family pics and do duplicate pages? What about holidays… the boys’ albums would just not have holiday/family pics in it as those would go in the family album?
Ugh. I just don’t know how to keep this all organized.
So, let me recap:
Idea #1: All albums are organized by year, all pictures go in corresponding year album. Each child will get a “First Year” album in which it includes layouts from their first year.
Cons: How do I decide what layouts during their first year to include in the family/year album so that the family/year album isn’t void of that child’s pictures during his first year?
Idea #2: Keep albums separated: Each child gets their own albums and the family gets another album.
Cons: How do I separate family layouts from kid layouts…. what if the layout includes pics of dad and Porter… does that constitute family or Porter book? What about pics with both boys? What about holidays… how do the boys’ books not end up void of holiday/special event layouts?