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Here it is—we’ve come to the source of my Mom guilt. Baby books. My children are 10 and 8, and I still don’t have photo books for them. Yikes! For so long, I saw baby books as a task that I would never have time to do as a working mother. In my pursuit of balance, I somehow managed to overlook the importance of preserving these memories. However, 2018 is the year that I will suffer the Mom Guilt no more! This is precisely why I am thankful to have Melisa Liberman on the show today. Melisa is going to bestow on us her secrets to scrap-booking success.
about our guest
Melisa is out there “crushing it” with her website, Crushing Motherhood, and hilarious social media accounts of her three rambunctious boys. Despite being a working mom with three kids, Melissa has been maintaining a yearly photo album for a decade now! Not only that, but all three of her children have completed baby books. Color me impressed!
Melisa has managed to find the balance between intentionally taking time to preserve memories and preventing herself from becoming a slave to the scrapbook. Her system is simple and elegant that even the busiest working moms can do it!
tips shared on the show
Harnessing the power of technology, Melissa spends just a little time each week sifting through photos and dedicating them to pages sorted by month. While Shutterfly is Melisa’s bookmaker of choice, there is a multitude of options out there for you. What’s insanely awesome about using an online bookmaker, is that setup can take as little as five minutes. With just a little time each week, your progress will begin to stack up. By the end of the year, you will have successfully crushed it at scrapbooking! The total time you will spend? Less than an hour each month!
Melisa is such a warm and enthusiastic person, and I am already encouraged to go out there and make some memories. Baby books are still a little daunting to me, but her process makes the whole thing smooth. Everything she is doing at Crushing Motherhood is inspiring me that I can find my own balance. I was thrilled that I was able to add to Melisa’s memory-keeping process during our conversation, and it warms me to know that we all still have a little something to learn.
How do you store your precious memories? Are you fired up to start making a yearly photo book? I am! I hope you all will hold me accountable during the process.
action items from the show
Melisa’s Top Tips for Photo Books
1. Figure out what your bookmaker’s page limit is, and then divide by 13 so you know your monthly maximum.
2. Scan your precious memories and artwork into your computer. Take a photo of the big stuff!
3. This process still works for Baby Books!
Learn more about our guest
Melisa Liberman left her career as a software executive in pursuit of a more balanced life with her three young boys, her military husband, and her passion for all things related to organization and productivity. She now helps other moms implement solutions that make their life less chaotic and overwhelming and more meaningful. You can start now by downloading her free 10 Tips for Reclaiming Over 8 Hours a Week at www.crushingmotherhood.com.
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