There is no such thing as too many, but choose one to start on and work on first because otherwise you will get overwhelmed.
the one I made as a guestbook for the wedding
my son's first year
am currently working on:
one for my son's second year
one of my sister's childhood & her dating with her fiance to give her as a wedding gift.
My goal is to start the summer travels one. I have literally no pictures from my daughters first years because our harddrive crashed so for both of them we are doing a yearly one starting when they enter school. I hope to get my sons first year done before he turns one!
About how many pages do you have in an average one?
Each one is different, but probably at least 30. My son's have 24 pages, two for each month. One is a calendar and the other side is photos and some journalling.
This! It all depends on what you are scrapping, really. Currently, I do things chronologically, so I have my childhood to age 13 that my mom put together, a high school book, a university book, 4 post-university books, our wedding, and one post-wedding.
I agree with the bellajellybean
, there's no such thing as too many. But you must remember that time is limited, and real life gets in the way. Just don't be too hard on yourself when you don't finish, like, 10 albums a year. :)
For the most part I just do one album and add everything to it. This year I am also doing "Project Life" (www.beckyhiggins.com) so I have that one going as well, but it's a pretty simple project. I don't have kids, but eventually, I'd like to do individual albums for them.
For trips, the month of December, etc. I like to do mini albums. It keeps it more manageable feeling for those extra albums.
At some point I plan to do an album of my wedding, and one of our trip to New Brunswick, and one of my childhood... I just haven't made it that far yet.
I agree with the others that have commented though. Start out small. See how you do with one album. You don't want to feel overwhelmed. Although, if you have several 12x12 albums (or whatever size you choose), you can just make a layout and then add it to whatever album it belongs to (travel, camping, family, etc.). That's probably the format I will take when I have kids- a general family one (which would probably focus more on my husband and I, pets, family stories) and one for each kid.
I started like that. then I lost steam. Now I do the Library of Memories system. I have 4 main albums
All About Us (all pages about yourself and immediate family)
People We Love (everyone else - extended family, friends, etc)
Places We Go (everything from home to travel)
Things We Do (everything else)
So then every page goes in to one of those. If I get enough pages on one certain person or place, I group them together in a section, and eventually move them to their own album.
Doing it this way means I can do any page, any pictures, any story, in any order and Im not restricted by whatever year or child or topic
basically just start making pages on anything you like. when you get rnough of one subject put all the pages in an album
I make albums on occasions.
A special holiday, an event, or an animal.
I haven't done anything like a year album, or a family one. I'm not really sure why.. Maybe because there can be way too many things in a year to scrap about, or not enough, and they are all different.
For example couple of years ago I went on holidays in Guadeloupe, but also in GB, and a friend from Spain came to visit me. Those were three different albums, and there is just no way that could have been in only one album (way too many picture, and subjects too different, there wasn't any unity)...
Mine are mostly yearly at this point, with the occasional special album for special events (wedding, major trip, summer internship, etc.)
I do yearly albums, with a few "special event" albums sprinkled in either because they were an exceptional event (our wedding) or because I knew they were going to be so large they'd take over the yearly album anyway (our 3-week trip to Europe).
I try to avoid doing too many little albums because I don't want them lost in the shuffle, and also because albums are expensive when compared to buying additional pages.
If I were you, I'd do yearly ones, and also have one for each of my children. For the kids' albums though, I'd probably only have 2-4 pages for each year. A page of their school pics, a page of "what Sue loved at age 5" maybe...
That being said, there is no "right" or "wrong" answer. Do whatever feels right to you!
I would definitely do one for each child. That's what I plan to do when I have my own. I made a fun/bright/colorful wedding album and I started making a more serious/elegant one, but haven't finished either yet. I want to make one for yearly trips, because we usually go on one trip a year and it wouldn't be enough to fill up one book each time. Honestly, as long as you have the space for it and you love doing it, then I don't see it as going overboard or having too many.
Oops the fun/bright/colorful & serious/elegant albums were for my wedding. Left that bit out by accident.
I also like this yearly idea that everyone has mentioned. Doing albums as 2010 and 2011, etc seem so much easier and you can group everything into one. I'd still do my separate wedding and children albums, though.