Having a baby can be one of the most joyous times in a person’s life. For scrapbookers, it means having plenty of new topics to document in your layouts, which can be just as exciting as finding out you are going to be a parent!
Caring for a baby requires a lot of time and responsibility, of course, and appointing yourself as the CMO or Chief Memory-Keeping Officer of your baby’s life can add unnecessary pressure. Let’s face it – everyone knows that as a new mother, finding time even to sleep and shower is hard. As a CMO, how on earth will you ever find time to scrapbook your baby’s moments?
Although it may seem overwhelming when you have 10 times the photos and only 10 % of the free time you used to have, there are ways to cope. Whether your baby is in diapers or is about to get his or her driver’s license, it is always important to consider our scrapbooking expectations.
Below are four simple tips to help you balance those first few months (or years) of parenthood and creative desires so that you don’t drive yourself crazy or resign your post as CMO.
1. Don’t make scrapbooking a chore.
When you have a screaming baby, dishes piled high in the sink and unfolded laundry scattered everywhere, don’t add ‘make a layout’ to your to-do list. We’ve all had times when we thought we ‘should’ scrap. Remember that creativity doesn’t always work on a schedule. Scrap when you are inspired AND have some time to spare. I’m sure your significant other can get over the fact that your home doesn’t look like Martha Stewart’s.
2. Remember scrapbooking is a process.
So many of us think that scrapbooking only happens when a layout is complete. If this were the then, many of us couldn’t call ourselves scrapbookers. Whether you spend time journaling, taking photos or making embellishments in between feedings, it all counts. You may only have time to focus on one aspect of scrapbooking now, but you will always have a chance to complete layouts later. Apparently, babies do grow up.
3. Set yourself up for success.
Sometimes limiting the time or the products you use can you help to make those necessary but small decisions that help finish a layout. Love mini books, but never complete them? Have a favorite go-to sketch? Stick to what you know and love. Perhaps you won’t be trying the latest and greatest techniques, but you will benefit from having some time away from changing dirty diapers and being creative in ‘your element.’
4. Strive to be ‘Good Enough’ – not perfect.
When you have time and inspiration to create a layout, remember that there is no such thing as a ‘perfect scrapbook page.’ Although you have may have spent countless hours choosing the ‘righ’ paper to use before you had a baby, chances are you don’t have that luxury now. Go with the flow and accept the fact that there will be some pages you love and some pages you won’t. I bet that when your baby grows up, he or she won’t care what color of cardstock or pattern paper you used.
Jess Forster is a self-proclaimed creative junkie who, like Jennifer, is expecting her first child in November. When she is not craving sour keys or ice cream, you can find her working on layouts for the Simple Scrapper Design Team or blogging about her everyday life with her husband, Aaron, and dog, Charlie. You can find Jess on her blog, Life on Lee Avenue, and on Twitter as @lifeonleeavenue.