Fast Scrapbooking Tips and Hints

To me, any day when I get to scrapbook is a good day. Sometimes (most times!) I don’t have hours to spend on a layout; instead, it’s a process of squeezing in a few minutes here and a few minutes there. I’ve discovered by breaking my scrapbooking tasks into smaller chunks, I can take advantage of the small blocks of time I do have. They add up, and before I know it, I have a layout completed.

Here are a handful of scrapbook-related tasks you can complete in five to ten minutes:

  • Go through your digital images and upload your favorites to your photo processing site.
  • Adjust color and red-eye values on your digital photos.
  • Jot down some notes from a recent story or two.
  • Type journaling into the computer for a layout.
  • Choose product for a future page – place them in a large, plastic envelope or file folder for storage.
  • File layouts you’ve completed but haven’t yet stored in albums.
  • Flip through a recent scrapbooking magazine, tagging pictures for your idea/inspiration file.
  • Review your scrapbooking staples – journaling pens, neutral cardstock, adhesive, letter stickers – and make a list of items you’re running low on.
  • Sort your photos into categories: People, places, things, events.
  • Upload your recent shots to your favorite online photo processor.
  • Put away recent purchases from your latest trip to the scrapbook store.
  • Crop photos to the correct size for a layout design you already have in mind.
  • Take a few photos, right where you are, to capture the “in the moment” aspect of your everyday life that is often overlooked in our scrapbooks.
  • Interview an older family member by phone regarding details of an event you’d like to include their perspective on.

You don’t have to wait until you have hours on end to sit down and get your scrapbooking “fix.” Take advantage of those small nuggets of time!

Want some more tips on how to scrapbook quickly? Visit the Fast Scrapbooking section of Lain Ehmann’s blog. Lain is a popular scrapbook designer, teacher, and writer who helps her readers make their scrapbooking fun, fast, and fabulous at

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