Last year I made a couple of covers for these calendars for my mother and mother-in-law and sister-in-law, too. So, now that I have more time and have been playing around with my digital scrapbooking more (thankfully) I decided to make myself one and use one of the 2008-2009 calendars I bought a while back that's just been collecting dust and here is the product of that labor!
I have also collected all the pictures from Emma's first year and am slowing working through the pages for her first year album. I haven't decided if I am going to make it 12x12 or 8x8 yet - depends on printing prices I guess!! I also haven't decided if I am going to print page by page and put them into an album myself or have a coffee-table type book made from them. You can do that now for relatively reasonable prices. And if I start that then I could print all my books that I make that way and have a nice, neat library of our family albums! We'll see what I decide when I get it finished! My goal is to have it finished by the time she is 2, but what I should do is try to finish it earlier and go ahead and start working on her 2nd album - then if I ever get caught up I can scrapbook as life happens instead of having to go backwards and collect pictures from the past! I just didn't have the time before when I was in school to keep up with it!
I still have TONS to do in her real baby book, too. I didn't keep up with that either - such a bad mommy!! I did try to keep up a diary of things that happened with her and I photographed everything and I have those dates in the EXIF data so I can get the dates right in her book. I think after her first year album I'll just start doing yearly family albums, though...then with our next child do the same. A first year album - then just start working on yearly family albums. I should have started when Michael and I got married, but again there is that time thing b/c of school!! Maybe I can play catch up and our first family album can just be 2004 (starting with our wedding) to the present!
Digital scrapbooking is so much more economical than regular scrapbooking. I mean you have to buy the software (I use Photoshop CS2 - I couldn't find the link on the Adobe site b/c CS3 took its place) and you have to get templates, elements, paper, etc. online, but the things you download are pretty reasonable and you can use them over and over and over again once you purchase them. Also, when you're starting out you can download freebies from a lot of places to use and help learn. I did that A LOT and have just started really purchasing templates and digital kits to use.
My friend Pamela has really helped me immensely starting this project! She got me into regular scrapbooking in 2003 when she was doing Creative Memories - and then later moved to digital. Her scrapbooks are amazing!!! I bug her quite a bit with questions! Thanks Pamela!
I knew after I had Emma I couldn't drag all my scrapbook stuff out and work on it so it's great to have it all on the computer - no mess and I don't have to worry about keeping little fingers out of everything! That being said I have a TON of scrapbook stuff filling my office/craft room that I now need to get rid of. That's another project in itself. I am going to take pictures of all my stuff at some point so that I can post it on our classifieds here at work or if anyone else is interested I'll post them here, too in order to sell everything off. Some I'll just give away, but a lot are things still in packages, never opened. I have a lot of Stampin' Up stuff, too. I got into that from Kathy in 2004 (or 2005) when she was selling it and loved it - but again didn't really keep up with that either and can't really bring all that out with Miss Grabby Fingers! And I can do cards digitally, too with the software and downloads. I made Michael's Father Day card this year - as long as you don't tell him I'm not worried about him finding out before Sunday as he doesn't read my blog!!
Wow! This entry turned out to be a real blog post! Something I haven't done in a long time!! And I was just going to post the picture of the calendar cover that I made! Maybe that should be something else I set as a goal for myself - starting blogging either daily or at least every other day!! LOL!