A Day Well Spent

It’s snowing. There are no extracurricular lessons. My children (kind of) did school today – at least what they can do without assistance because I’ve been just a little preoccupied. As a matter of fact, I’ve not moved out of my chair all day. But, I did something BIG! I made our 2010 family scrapbook!

I feel accomplished. Very accomplished.

The house is a wreck. The laundry is out of control. When Bethany asked if I could watch her math video with her, I gave her permission to put it off until tomorrow. Esther has watched four videos. I don’t know what’s for supper and it’s 5:30. I didn’t exercise. I am actually still in my PJs. But… I made a scrapbook!

I’ll clean up later and I’ll figure something out for dinner. I don’t allow myself to be creative often because I am very “all or none” with artsy endeavors. Sadly, for six years, I’ve been “none” when it comes to archiving family memories. I will not regret my lazy day working on this book! It is a book that will not be “undone” like the dishes and the laundry. Skipping math and watching four movies once every few years will do my children no permanent damage. (At least I hope not!)

When the children were little, before they took dance, music, art and were involved in church activities, I carved out a monthly time to work on books. I loved it. It was my mommy- and friend-time and it made feel like I’d spent my time profitably – on something that would last.

I realized today how much I’ve missed that feeling! What I did today will not get undone! I made a scrapbook and I would love to share it with you…


Please, oh please brag on my accomplishment! 🙂

This was my first digital album and it was easy, easy, easy! Now, I realize it is not very creative. I used iPhoto which is where my pictures are stored. I basically just dropped my pictures into the templates and wrote a little text. I’d LOVE to learn more about digital scrapbooking and plan to contact my friend who is a Creative Memories consultant very soon. While I enjoyed the no mess, quick results, I’d like more creative license than this program offers! However, I know I have a lot to learn and at least this one didn’t stress my brain cells. Also, it was incredibly fast because I didn’t have to upload pictures until the album was complete!

I do still plan on doing old-fashioned albums for my children – the type with printed photos and pretty papers. I have five started and will finish them… eventually. Poor Esther has no baby pictures printed but I’m determined she will have Mommy’s handwriting in her photo album too! I have two friends who host crops and I need to go!

However, our family albums are going digital. It’s the only way they’ll ever make it off the computer and into books. What I did today use to take me weeks to do!

I’d like your opinion, dear friends. What do you use? Have you found an economical way to do digital books? (iPhoto was pretty pricey, I think). Has anyone used Shutterfly or Snapfish? If so, how long did it take to upload the pictures? I actually tried Shutterfly but lost patience. What are your picture archiving opinions? Oh, and who local wants to work on pictures this year with me? Does anyone still set time aside for this?

I need to make more scrapbooks. Yet, my family needs to eat and my children need help with math. Days like this don’t happen often… a whole day in my chair. A completed project. A very happy me.

Maybe Daniel will go get some pizza. Wait, I forgot- it’s snowing…

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5 Responses to “A Day Well Spent”

  1. Cindy Says:

    Well, if you hadn’t said that about Creative Memories, I would have pointed you to the (probably the same) consultant I did a HCMS post for in November. 🙂

    A Christinager! Awesome cake! Also, I know it’s totally inappropriate for me to so attached to you guys, but your scrapbook makes just want to eat you all up with a spoon!

  2. Tina Says:

    Well, Cindy girl, I’m pretty attached to you too and look forward to hanging out this year! Thanks for filling my love tank with a scrapbook complement 🙂 Yes, Christina made her own cake and came up with “Christinager” all on her own!

  3. Paula Says:

    I am impressed that you did a whole year in 6 hours! You must have picked out the pictures and organized them before though. I love your pictures; they are great. I assume you took most of them? Thanks for putting that Creative Memories part in. I’d love to show you how to use your software. You’ll love the creative part. You can check out my digital albums on my Facebook profile page. Another cool part about our software program–uploading to Facebook. Anyway, we have predesigned pages that help you on that time thing, just tons more than are available on iphoto. Workshops this month are Jan. 13, 21, and 27th. Hope you can come to one! Or, I can do a one-on-one tutorial with you anytime. Storybook Creator Plus is now compatible with Macs.

  4. Tina Says:

    Paula, My Storybook Creator has never made it out of the box because Daniel got me a MacBook about a month after I purchased the software. I saw that CM has a Mac Compatible program now. I definitely want to see it! Yes, I did have my pics organized in iPhoto which is why it went so fast. All I had to do was create an album from my chronologically ordered events and then drop them into templates. Like I said, iPhoto just offered very little in the way of creativity. I had 4 or 5 background colors and a choice of 1,2,3,4 or 6 pics/page. I’d LOVE to come see how to work the CM Mac software. As a matter of fact, I’ve been reading about it with what time I haven’t worked on this book today. Maybe I can even come Thursday. I’ll just sled down the hill 🙂

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