When my kids were babies, I used to think that life would be much easier once they were older...no more diapers, less messes, and thus more time for fun things like scrapping. Oh, how mistaken I was! Nowadays, we have less time than ever between our homeschooling and their extra-curricular activities. It is even more true for us in the summer because we try to squeeze in extra fun things with their friends who are out of school for the summer on top of our regular schedule (we homeschool year-round).
The good news is, I've still been able to keep some kind of memory keeping alive even in the midst of our insanely busy schedule. This has been possible thanks in large part to digital scrapbooking. While I don't create many individual layouts these days, I have adopted the use of 2-up and 5-up albums to store my pictures and stories. I often scrap in "batches" meaning that I create templates for 4x6 mini-pages to which I add pictures at a later time. Templates are often re-used in a modified form or even as-is.
For example, I wanted to create an album to document our first full season at our trailer (we bought it last August). I have decided to use a 2-up album for this purpose and created a number of template pages using the Cosmo Cricket Campy kit:
I am keeping each of the 4x6 templates as a .PSD file with all the layers intact. This way, I can easily insert my picture (via a clipping mask) and type my journaling before saving the end product as a .JPEG file. If I have the time and inclination, I may make some modifications to the template but typically I just put the picture and journaling in and call it good enough!
The album will be a mixture of plain pictures and the mini-layouts. Once the summer is over, I will send all the files to Costco for printing and insert them into the album. Some day, I will be able to spend more time to create my beloved 12x12 layouts again but until then, I am quite happy with this simpler approach to memory keeping. The best part of it is that I'll be able to make multiple books to give to the grandparents!
This approach can also easily be adapted for hybrid or traditional paper scrapping. In fact, I am doing a hybrid album this way to document our trip to Asia. You may even see that album on WCS sometime in the future ;)
Have a happy summer everyone! We are off to spend the Canada Day weekend at the trailer!