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Scrap-Filing! (For People With No Time to Scrapbook!)


I’d consider myself a fairly crafty person, but as I’m sure all you busy parents can identify with, “me-time” as a parent can be rare. So, while we may have a list of things we like to do, the time we actually get to do those things is slim.

Scrap file 1

So, the likelihood of me actually doing the 10th favorite thing to do on my “fun” list…well, probably isn’t going to happen.  My 10th favorite thing to do is scrap booking. I like it and I’m pretty good at it, but because I’m obsessed with every page being perfect, it literally takes me 3 hours a page.

That means I have piles of kiddie artwork, old birthday cards, photos, our annual Christmas cards, and a plethora of other “save-worthy” stuff that I really want the boys to have some day.  The reality is, I’m probably not going to find time to scrap book it, which means I’m going to “organize” it somewhere super safe to never be found again. It will be organized somewhere with my 4 missing placemats and my ipod charging cord…I’m sure they will all be very happy together.

ENTER…SCRAP-FILING! This is the name I gave to a method of organization I picked up from Gretchen Rubin’s book, “The Happiness Project.” Instead of scrap booking, you get a file box, add some hanging files, and add your goodies….BOOM!

scrap file 2I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!  I bought a nice plastic file box for each of my sons, I filled it will hanging file folders, I labeled each file folder by year (very strange writing the year 2025 down), and then I filled it with things I want them to be able to look back on.  

I plan to keep filling these file boxes through high school and college.  I’ll eventually add report cards, graduation invites/programs, newspaper clippings, sports stuff, and whatever else my little boys do to make this momma so proud!

What an amazing gift they will make some day (maybe for their graduation or wedding).

For me, this was a perfect solution, because I know I wouldn’t take the time to scrapbook, I could throw things in the file by year (instead of by holiday or by each event), the “stuff” was no longer cluttering my life, and it will all be kept “safe” in a place I will actually be able to find it again.

To all you scrap-bookers, you rock!  To all my scrap-book-wanna-be-sisters….TRY SCRAP-FILING!




16 thoughts on “Scrap-Filing! (For People With No Time to Scrapbook!)

  1. This. is. perfect. I feel like there is no way I’ll get to scrapbooking in the next decade. What a wonderful idea!!!


  2. I love this, Natasha! I started something a little similar to your idea when my kids (now teenagers) were tiny. I use pocket folders in under-bed storage boxes that I call my children’s “Keep Forever” boxes. I think your system is probably easier and more accessible.
    Gretchen Rubin’s books are wonderful! I got so much out of them. Nice to know another of her fans!


  3. Natasha, I am seriously so very happy I visited your blog today!! I LOVE this idea and am going to go start my scrap file ASAP! 🙂


  4. I am so jumping on the scrap filing bandwagon! Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing! I know with this method, I will actually keep important stuff-otherwise I would eventually toss it.


  5. I’m so not a scrap-booker, but it’s not for lack of trying. My oldest had like 3 or 4 scrapbooks before he turned 2. Three more kids later, and I’ve given up. It really does take a lot of time. I’ve been doing a lot of photobooks online. I like your idea of scrap-filing. Right now, my kids’ memorabilia just gets dumped in a box, so if I wanted to find something, it would be a nightmare.


  6. What a wonderful idea! I even read her book and totally missed that. Thanks for sharing!


  7. I think this is a GREAT idea! I have so much stuff thrown around that I want to ‘keep’ but I know I will never make a scrapbook! Love it!


  8. I love this idea Natasha! I’m notorious for starting scrapbooks and never finishing them. I get my layouts together, find elements, etc. but that’s it. I have started digital srapbooking and that’s helped me somewhat. Anyway, I’ll definitely have to start doing this as well.