Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Being "Caught Up"

I've heard many scrapbookers complain that they will never be caught up with their scrapping. Some agonize about their huge scrapping to-do list the way other people fret about their personal or work to-do lists. I don't get that. Scrapping is a hobby, not an obligation, yet to hear some people you'd think that it was a horribly unpleasant chore!

Personally, it doesn't bother me that much if I'm not caught up. As long as I can remember the reasons why the photo is important to me, then I'm happy. It helps that I journal daily. There have been many times that I've had to check the journal to help me tell the story exactly the way I wanted it to be told.

On average, I scrap 2-6 months behind. I typically order photos about six times a year, so I have around two months' worth of topics available to me when my photos show up. From those, I pick and choose as the mood strikes me. It's not uncommon for me to scrap events completely out of order, or even scrap parts of an occasion and not get to the rest until months later. I usually have at least 5 layouts (often more) partially done, and there's no rhyme or reason to when they are finished. I put everything in the albums chronologically, but I definitely don't scrap that way!

Here's a layout I finished on March 26. Coincidentally, the latest photo on it is from October 26, five months ago.

From Flamingo Scraps: Stickles
Other: My Minds' Eye patterned paper, Paper Company cardstock, Cloud 9 letter stickers

I'm going to have to rearrange the layouts in my album a bit, because I've already scrapped everything from November and I didn't guess correctly about how many October layouts I would make. I suppose if I were truly caught up, I wouldn't have this problem. Oh well!

I should mention that when I say I scrap 2-6 months behind on average, I am not including the literally thousands of unscrapped photos from my childhood, photos I inherited from my grandma, or photos from the years 2002 and 2003 during which I was busy dating my now-husband instead of scrapping. Yes, they're on my long-term to-do list, but I don't let them worry me.

Are you "caught up" with your scrapping? Does it bother you if you're not? I'd love to hear from you!


  1. I don't understand it either. I am a haphazard scrapper and don't scrap cronologically so I am years behind! Lol! I just scrap what I feel like scrapping!

  2. It never bothers me what photos I scrap, I have done one of my grandparents, my parents from their younger years, me as a younger child, and my kids/hubby now...I always start my lo with my photos that I want to use and build it from there.... I never scrap in order...and it never bothers me at all... lol :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) I loveeeeeeeeee that lo... I loveeeee the photos you used! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. Great LO. I just started scrapbooking 4 1/2 years ago. My kids are 19 & 17 and I have been married 24 years. Yeah I am a little behind but I don't mind. I try to keep up with current pictures and when I get to them then I get to them. As long as I am doing some scrapping, I don't mind!

  4. For me scrapbooking is more of an artistic release, Like last night for instance I had to try something that popped into my head, the layout turned out beautiful but I have no pictures for it so I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. Sometimes I feel guilty that I'm not "caught up" Mostly because I work at a scrapbook store. But I have a lot of fun playing. But I do worry that I'm forgetting what the pictures were about.

  5. I am mostly caught up, but there are pages I would like to make that are compliments to moments I already scrapped. Kinda like a re-do bonus page. :)

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  8. Caught up....what's that? I didn't start scrapping until 2004. I was married in 1979 and have two children (now grown up) so thirty plus years of my family. I have a bazillion photos that must be sorted through for scrapping and then there's the family (my childhood) slides that haven't been touched in years. No worries, keep scrapping! Great blog post Cindy! Thanks for getting up talking about this! ~*Susan*~

  9. It's so interesting to read everyone else's perspectives on being caught up (or not!). Thanks for your comments!


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