What about Mommy?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Picture Perfect?

After seeing some of my friend's scrapbook pages for her daughter, I started to feel guilty. I have pictures all over the place, in so special order, just shoved in drawers, left on desks, piled high in cabinets. But, there is no special scrapbook or memento box. I did put some pictures in a photo album for my daughter. This covers about the first three months of her life -- nothing more. And, there's nothing for my son. Nada!

So, today, I decided to get a plan. I was going to organize, possibly get up enough gumption to plan to scrapbook some. The problem is that there are thousands of pictures (my mom loves to take them) many which are basically the same. And, don't scrapbooks only contain a few good shots organized in a beautiful creative way?

What to do, what to do? I, whom I consider very good at organizing, am at a loss. Do I pick the few good ones and throw out the rest? What about all the digital shots? Do they get printed and put in a scrapbook? And, when do I do all this organizing?

But, I feel like this needs to be done. What do I do one day? Give each of my kids a box full of loose pictures and say, "Here. Enjoy the memories if you can figure it all out." It just doesn't feel right. There are some precious moments captured that should be treasured. But, to find those shots among the million pictures of them laying on their changing table in different outfits seems like looking for a needle in the haystack.

I want to start being more choosy when taking pictures. I don't need 15 pictures of the same pose, in the same outfit. I don't know what to do. To throw so many out seems sacriligous somehow. But, it's out of control.

What have you all done in the face of this problem??


  • At 5:58 PM, Blogger chichimama said…

    I hide my head in the sand. Right now I have a rubbermaid tub in the closet filled with pictures and albums and scrapbooking stuff, and have made no progress what so ever.

    If you figure it out, let me know!

  • At 9:45 PM, Blogger Mama of 2 said…

    I wish I had it in me to scrapbook. I mean I have friends that do it hell they even have weekend retreats for such things...but for some reason I just can't seem to get into that hobby. That doesn't stop me from taking a million pictures though. I think I do better at just making framed collages of those precious shots I want to save and remember.

    Not sure I was any help but as for throwing any pictures away I wouldn't do it...cause when your old and gray you will enjoy looking back on all of them and so will your kids. I know this cause my mom and I do that every once in awhile (pull out her boxes and boxes of pictures and have a good laugh as we go down memory lane.)

  • At 8:17 AM, Blogger Stephanie said…

    Scrapbooking is a time-consuming, expensive hobby. I love it, but it is certainly not for everyone. My suggestion is to buy a bunch of regular photo albums (the ones where you just slide the photos in) and then put aside an afternoon (or two)to organize. Throw out photos because as you said, who needs twenty shots of the same pose, and put the rest in the albums. It will take awhile but I think you will be happy having them all in one spot. Once they are done, it will be easier to maintain (just buy a new album and stuff it accordingly)! I would be happy to help you if you need it!

  • At 9:16 AM, Blogger Bonnie B said…

    My pics are safely stored on my camera and conputer-- nearly 3000 pictures an dnone of them printed

  • At 5:23 PM, Blogger Babaloo said…

    After you are done with Stephanie's suggestion, (which is great!) I'd like to fly both of you out here, put you up in hotel (5 star of course) and have you do mine too! I was pretty good about it up until about three years ago, then? I don't know what happened. Well, good luck. If you make some progress, maybe I'll get inspired too!

  • At 8:20 AM, Blogger Liesl said…

    I have no idea myself! Pictures laways fall out of our closet when I open it. Maybe when Liam's in college I'll finish his baby book...

    One thing that I have found helpful is to upload pictures to Shutterfly. That way I can get the good ones into my blog, which is the closest thing to a baby book or scrapbook I've got.

  • At 9:46 AM, Blogger sunshine scribe said…

    When you figure it out please, please do share. I am not a scrap-booking-kinda-girl but I am in the same spot as you. Shoe boxes full of random photos (and the rest are digital). I feel like a bad mommy. Maybe I can make it a craft project for my son and he can scrap book it himself ... no? I guess that makes me a worse mommy. Shit.

  • At 2:12 PM, Blogger Lakewood Venter said…

    Wow, you have real problems! lol

  • At 4:35 PM, Blogger JerseyGirl said…

    I am trying desperately to stay ahead of the game. I'm doing a scrapbook of Collin's first year and my plan after that is just straight up photo albums. I definitely need to curb my picture taking though. I'm addicted to Shutterfly! Who knows how long my stamina on these projects is going to last though. I ten dto run out of steam.

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