Monday, November 3, 2014

The World's Easiest Scrapbook - 2 Easy Steps

Having completed 31 days of de-hoarding, I am feeling overly qualified to dispense organizational advice.

You're welcome!

2 Easy Steps to Make the World's Easiest Scrapbook - An easy way to organize all those mementos.

When the Peanut was a baby, I used to scrapbook.  During his naps I would pull out all the papers, stickers, embelishments, inks, chalks, pictures, etc.  I always had quite the scattered mess lying around and have quite a few half finished scrapbooks to show for my efforts.

As he grew and naps became less frequent, I had less time to work on these scrapbooks.  So, all the materials got packed away for "someday" when I have time again to complete the project.

In the meantime though I have kept all those little mementos through the years that should go in a scrapbook.  The problem is that they usually end up in some box or drawer somewhere, with no context to give a clue what or when they come from.

What to do with them?

It took way too long for the realization to hit me that a scrapbook doesn't have to be a Pinterest perfect project to be worth keeping.

Organizing and keeping those mementos doesn't have to be some sort of arduous task!

And so I created the World's Easiest Scrapbook for myself.


Ingredients:

One plain binder.


Sheet protector pages.

Mementos.

Field Trip to the Perot Museum

Ready for the steps?

How to Make the World's Easiest Scrapbook in 2 Easy Steps

Step 1:  Put sheet protectors in a binder.
Step 2:  Put mementos in the sheet protectors.

That's it.  I just stuck the sheet protector pages in a binder, and throughout the year I add all my little mementos to a page.

How easy is that??!!

The Edel Gathering

Not very fancy is it?

My Nephew's High School Graduation

That's ok.  I can still go back "someday" and create a fancy scrapbook using those mementos.  It will just be easier because I will have them grouped together and in order.  Kind of like my own personal scrapbook making kit.

The Princess's First Haircut

I plan on keeping one binder per year.  I also want to print out any related pictures and add them in with the mementos.  I can even write out a little index card note with related information.

Kid's First Trip to Six Flags

At some point I will find or make a printable to put as the cover of the binder and will mark the spine with the year.

I also want to make a separate binder to put all our Christmas cards in.  Each year I will add that year's card.  The cards we receive each year will go in that year's binder but I want to be able to look through our cards year by year in one book.

For now I just stick the stuff in the book.

I know this isn't exactly an entirely new concept and most of you are probably wondering why it took me so long to figure this out.  I don't know.  I have a way of making things way more complicated than they need to be and then just not doing them because I have built them up to be colossal tasks in my head.

Simple is key!

Linking up with Anti-Procrastination Tuesday at NewNostalga and Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home.
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