Sunday, February 22, 2009

Easy Scrappin'

Life is busy and it has become more and more of a struggle for me to fit scrapbooking into my schedule. I definitely don't have the time I once had to spend HOURS on page layouts...picking just the right coordinating papers and embellishments...experimenting with different styles and sketches....running to the store to get just what each page needed and sometimes (when my perfectionist side would come out to play) even starting over on a page when I made a mistake or something looked a little off. Those days are LONG GONE! Now I cherish every second I get to scrapbook (because the seconds are few and far between) and I want to HAUL to get as much done as I possibly can. I'm loving that right now there are so many different ways to record family memories. Thank goodness for blogging! Since my blog is our new family scrapbook, I'm just focusing on my girls' individual books and any themed books I want to have... a Halloween book to pull out every October, a Christmas book that will include all December pics and a handful of friend/family Christmas cards each year, and any other individual events I want recorded in a book... like this one I just finished of our 10 year anniversary trip to Italy. I used Pebbles Share and Tell binder and page protectors and it made it SO easy! I only scrapped a few main pages and then just slid the rest of the pictures in the 4x6 slots. My journaling was also typed on 4x6 cards and I tossed all of our post cards in them as well. I didn't agonize over each page...just used a lot of the same supplies, kept it simple and got it done. Definitely the quickest book I've ever completed. YEA for having one less project on my to-do list! Thought I'd share these albums/page protectors in case any of you want to use them to make a quick album and have one less project on your to-do list too. :)


**Added bonus: getting it done in time to give to Kenny as part of his Valentine's Day present.

7 comments:

Josie said...

Erin, I am way impressed! That is such a great idea! I am definitely going to have to get my hands on some of those pages. And the pages you did scrapbook look FABULOUS! You put my scrapbooking to shame. Way to go, looks great! This will make you feel good - I still haven't scrapbooked our wedding. 6 years later. SAD.

Jessica said...

You are way too cute! I wish I still had the time and patience to paper scrap but everything has gone digital in this household. :0)

Hopie said...

That's a great post... by the way. Every time I hear the song you have on now, I just want to skip around. It's such a fun and cute song!!!

Lainee said...

Erin, your book is so cute! I have a lot of 4x6 pictures before I started storing all my pictures on the computer... that kind of book would be a good way to take care of them cute and in a hurry! BTW I used blurb for my blog book, I like how it turned out. My kids love to look at it, and I have a lot of journaling where my scrapbooks don't. I just wish my pictures were better! I need to take a photography and photoshop class ASAP! :)

PS Thanks for leaving me a comment... I have stalked your blog too! :)

BJ and Amber said...

Quit making me jealous :) ha ha...I don't even remember HOW to scrapbook at this point. I want to get it done so bad though. You are so good to keep up on that. I would LOVE to look through all your albums, they look darling.

Malea said...

Well, you're hired! Did you just love your Italy trip? When did you take it? Hey, I have never heard of Lenka, so I got several of her songs and some others that were recommended from Amazon that are like her's. Thanks for putting the songs up, she's got a really smooth sound.

Darci said...

Erin, love this scrapbook post!!! You made Venice look especially wonderful:) Of course, I should remember that you make everything look good, because you are always look so great! Fun to see your trip!