Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Scrapbooking For The Busy Person

by Heather Colman

In today's fast paced world, everyone is busy with work and family. There is very little time left to relax and enjoy our favorite hobbies.

For those who love scrapbooking but have very little time to dedicate to it, there are alternative methods that are relatively easy and take up very little time.

You can still create lasting memories that come with scrapbooking without spending a lot of time doing it.

When you are scrapbooking, you are putting together more than just photographs, you are putting together memories that will last a lifetime.

When time is scarce, there are steps that you can take to cut your time in half.

The first is to organize your time and supplies. When you have good organization, you are making the best use of your time. Have the photos that you want to use separate from the others, this saves you the time of sorting through piles of pictures.

There are quite a few things that are needed for scrapbooking. By putting all of the glues, papers, glitter, photos, scissors and ribbons in separate bins, you will have everything you need at your fingertips to create lasting memories in moments.

As a time saver, do not crop your pictures. Trimming edges is not only time consuming but it is unnecessary. Use matting to create a colorful frame that you can either decorate with glitter or other decorations. You can also write anecdotes on the scrapbook border.

You can also use the colored paper to create pockets that you can slide a photo into and change it to another if you choose.

If you want to do the scrapbooking the old fashioned way, it can still be done in less time by using scrapbooking kits that can be found in many craft shops.

These kits eliminate virtually all of the work that is entailed in scrapbooking. This saves a lot of time with the same results.

All that you need to do is crop your pictures and insert into the book.

The Internet offers thousands of links to scrapbooking sites that can give you incredible ideas in designing your own memory scrapbooks. Magazines also have fabulous ideas.

After you have become an expert at scrapbooking, you can start to involve your children in creating lasting memories that can be passed down from one generation to the next. Let them create their own designs to contribute to a family scrapbook.

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