You’re a mom, so you have all the pictures (thousands of them). What you don’t have is the time and the energy to sort them and chronicle your kids’ whole childhood. But if you are feeling guilty (#momguilt) and don’t want to give up on the idea of one day creating something magical with those pictures, pull out your shoebox (or turn on your computer) and listen up. YOU CAN DO IT, and it can be super simple too.
Rather than documenting every event, pick a few (or one) that matters to you. Then create a book with one picture per year. Decorate it if you are feeling crafty, or slap some double-sided mounting squares on your picture and be done with it (okay, you might want to at least write the year).
Here are a few ideas for your yearly book:
- Halloween Costumes: When the kids are adults, they will LOVE this book. All their crazy Halloween costume pictures in one place.
- Christmas Card Pictures: If you send out Christmas Cards each year, be sure to save one for yourself and put it in its own book. A great way of documenting how your family has grown from year to year.
- School Photos: You can do this with first and last day of school pictures, just first day of school pictures, or those hilarious professional shots with the fake smile.
- Birthday: One photo on their birthday!
The trick is to KEEP IT SIMPLE. One picture. REALLY, that’s it. And it’s never too late to start, even if you are missing those first few years.
Make a quick trip to Michaels and pick up 3 things to get started:
A PHOTO ALBUM DOUBLE-SIDED MOUNTING SQUARES
Keep it small. Remember 1 photo (maybe 2 for school). Perfect for keeping your photos in place.
& A GOOD PEN. Try the Fine Writer by Recollections or something along that line. You want it to be scrapbooking safe.
P.S. If you feel up for it, try finding a large embellishment or sticker for the first page. It will make for a great and simple title page.