Home » Home and Family » Arts and Crafts

Scrapbooking on the Run

Aug 17, 2007
You don't have to spend hours every day creating painstakingly perfect pages, but scrapbooking does take a certain amount of time and care. Don't despair if you're already busy with your family and job-there are ways to make beautiful albums that don't require as much of a time commitment as traditional scrapbooking. By learning some alternative options, even the busiest person will be able to scrapbook in the few spare minutes of the day.

The first step to quickly designing pages is organizing your tools and photographs. Take an afternoon to sort through your supplies and throw out anything that is unusable or unwanted. These items might be good candidates for things to use when scrapbooking with kids. Sort your tools by use-cutters should be placed in one spot, while adhesives should have a place of their own. Sort your papers as well, either by color, type, or design. This way, you'll be able to easily grab the paper you need instead of searching throw unorganized piles. Also, take a few minutes when you get a set of prints to categorize them or even group them into sets of three or four to put together on a page.

You can create a very simple and quick kind of album without much work simply by using a solid colored background and matting your photos uncropped. This option looks similar to the photo albums you can buy at the store, but your photographs will be safe on acid free paper and you have room for journaling. You can also create a brightly-colored and more pleasing album this way for not much more time than it would take you to slide your pictures into the slots of regular albums. This way, you can also add more embellishments if you have time later on and want to get more creative.

If you want that traditional scrapbook look however, pages can still be created in a short time. Many kits are available in craft stores to create ready-made pages. These kits come with all the elements of a completed page, so all you have to do is cut your pictures to size and glue everything together. For a more inexpensive option, look for papers that are conducive to quick layouts. These pages will not need much embellishment, so again you just need to cut your pictures to size and stick them to the page. A step beyond this is to create pages by yourself by using other people's designs. The Internet, scrapbooking magazines, craft books, and friends are all good sources for ideas. This way the planning is done for you and you don't have to make color decisions; it is just a process of mimicking what you see.

Once you have mastered the art of quick scrapbooking, you might find you have time now and then to sit down and design new pages from scratch. Pre-made layouts will help get your creative juices flowing, so in no time you'll learn that creating your own designs does not have to take long either.
About the Author
Tom Ambrozewicz is one of the pioneers in using breakthrough audio technology on his web sites. You can read, you can listen to professional narrator reading to you or having MP3 files ready to download if you hate to keep printed files. You can check all scrapbooking tips at Ask-How.info now.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 135
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources