When scrapbooking was my primary hobby I was pretty much always caught up with my photos. Unfortunately, ever since quilting took over the top spot, my poor albums have been neglected and I've become rather lazy in keeping up to date!
Now that Creative Memories is no longer as it once was (the company restructured and is now known as Ahni & Zoe, by Creative Memories), and with the launch of the new line of scrapbooks fast approaching in January, I felt inspired to get my ducks in a row with regards to my albums.
I organized my photos and printed off the ones I needed to add. I was disheartened to realize I had come full circle in my years, and had multiple years of photos of repetitive events (such as birthdays, sports tournaments, holidays). I knew it would drive me crazy if I didn't catch up, not to mention I knew I would get overwhelmed by the back-log.
Fortunately, I had kept up with my trip albums (which typically have hundreds of photos), and I know I'm not as behind as others, so it really won't take me too long to tackle the project. It's also a good time for me since my quilting is on hold while I get a fireplace renovation completed. Scrapbooking is the perfect hobby for me to fill the void while I wait to get back to my sewing.
After I organized my photos I went to my bookcases of albums and took them ALL off the shelves. I dusted the shelves (there was a lot of dust!) and the albums and then replaced them in a different order. I grouped all the family albums together and arranged them chronologically. Then I put the trip albums together and also put them in order by year. Even though the albums are now mixed in terms of model (PicFolio, bookcloth, Max, digital, etc.) and sizes (which is a struggle for my OCD tendencies), it will be much easier to find the ones I want to look at. I have so many albums and they started to get out of order as they were pulled and replaced, so it was high time I got them cleaned and organized. I also checked that they had pages and protectors set aside if they were on-going projects (like the Christmas or anniversary albums I add to yearly).
Finally, I cleared a shelf in my workshop to add the new stuff I will surely get from Ahni & Zoe. While I mourned the change from the 'old' Creative Memories to the new company, I will actually embrace the concept they are aiming for: getting photos scrapbooked faster and easier so the memories are saved. I am actually at that stage of life where I want to keep up with my albums but am less willing to devote hours and hours to embellishing one page. I think the new system of a more streamlined product offering will allow me to get caught up...and STAY caught up, with my photos.
As it is, I have put aside my guilt and am just getting my pages done. I have decided to group photos together in a theme (like the family birthdays for the whole year) instead of doing individual layouts for each event. It just got to be too much to try to address each occasion on its own as I got further and further behind. I am also using my favourite page templates for each spread - it just goes so much faster and easier when I have that starting off point. No guilt. I'm getting it done and that's what's important.