Monday, June 2, 2008
This weekend I decided to organize my scrapbooks a bit. They were getting unwieldy. Hard to look through. Some were bursting. My family got me several empty albums for Mother's Day that were waiting for their innards. And there were dozens of pages sitting on the shelf wanting a home.
I was reading recently about various ways to organize your books to make them more user friendly. And I decided to play around a little with what I had. I noticed that I have lots of pages about various aspects of living in New York. I have lots of pages about our yearly (and um, sometimes twice a year) trip to the beach. But there are not enough to fill a whole album. Not yet. Then, of course, there are the Halloween and Christmas and birthday pages. So I divided my pages into four categories: Holidays, People We Love, Our Family (meaning the 3-4 of us), and Andrew. Andrew has two of the the five albums.
I know what you are thinking...what about Isaac? Andrew will always have more pages than Isaac. And, well, I would venture to say that you would be right. And there is one good reason for it. Andrew was born first. Three years of Andrew's life were All Andrew. I doubt Isaac will have any years that are All Isaac (unless we don't have any more kids...then Isaac will get 10th, 11th and 12th grade just him and his parents! Lucky Duck. Even then though...I doubt I'll be filling as many scrapbooks with the cute things Isaac said...at 17). So instead of worrying about the imbalance and letting it get to me...I'm just going to work with what I've got. My main goal in doing this scrapbook thing is to record our stories. So if I am doing that...I think I'm good.
I like this system because it is flexible. Someday I will have enough pages for an album just about Christmas. So I'll do some rearranging and put those together. And of course, probably within the year, there will be an Isaac album too. I like how these groupings will grow and morph and change and that that is okay. And way better than pages sitting around on my shelves, not only not in a scrapbook, but not even in page protectors!
I was assembling these books last night in between chunks of time comforting a very, very fussy baby (so fussy actually that Dave asked me, "Is this what they mean by the Terrible Threes? The Terrible Three Weeks?"). And I made the labels today while the boys were resting. I would like to make little tabs to go inside the albums to break them up a little further. But I still need to think that through a little.
And in the meantime...get some rest.
Posted by Dave at 1:47 PM