Scrapbooking: 10 Easy Steps to Get Started Now

Want to scrapbook? Here's everything you need to know to start saving your favorite memories and photos.

Whether you are expecting your first baby or you have a toddler running around your house, you don't want to forget the precious time you are spending with your little ones.

Most of us try to remember to write down the cute things our children say or do, but somehow our memories fail us. Maybe you bought a baby book or received one at a baby shower. You had the best of intentions, but now the empty pages glare at you accusingly.

Memory books don't create themselves. Someone has to take the photos and write down the information. Don't expect to do it someday, when you get time. By the time that happens, your memory may be dim and some of the facts long forgotten. You don't have to sort them all today -- just start.

So, how can you begin to organize all those precious baby pictures?

1. Do it now. Plan to work on your memory book for a few minutes every day. Even if you use this time to read through some of the old entries, keep those few moments sacred. If you make it a habit, it will happen.

2. Take the first step. Maybe you already have a box of photos in need or organization. Or you may have several rolls of film ready to be developed.Don't keep putting it off. Start with just one or two rolls and take them in the next time you are running errands. Taking the first step doesn't have to be overwhelming.

3. Start with a trashcan. Throw away any bad photos. You can toss any that didn't turn out -- whether it's bad lighting, poor aim, camera moving, subject moving, someone making a face or something in the background you don't like. Go ahead. No one is looking. Toss 'em.

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