Scrapbooking for Busy People

Life can get very busy along the way so I thought of sharing the simple ways I use to make a scrapbook full of memories in no time at all!

First things first, gather all the materials you need.  Get a good sized scrapbook.  I like the thick ring binders from Papemelroti (of course!) which you can refill and add pages to any time.

I use clearbook refills that protect my scrapbook pages and can easily be rearranged later on.

I like putting everything together in an organized fashion. Meaning to say 1 scrapbook will have only 1 theme and not a whole lot of things going on.

I put all the related items in a bag. It will look like this... chaos!  Then you can sort through and divide the stuff that will go into each clearbook page so it is in chronological order, by location or if you want, by theme (ex. all the beach pictures together even if they were taken on different days.)

If you're making a travel scrapbook, keep the maps and brochures you used on the trip and make these the back pages for photographs on the street or wandering about the city.

Like my brother, the Sketching Backpacker, I like drawing on location, but don't have as much time.  I find though that sketching really is therapeutic and adds a richness to travel that it is highly recommended, no matter what level your skill is.

Sketching a building on one side and taking a photograph of another side adds dimension to your scrapbook pages.  Add details of what's inside, like one of the paintings inside the church wall with some facts of its origin.

This is an example of a brochure merged with a photograph.  Somehow it looks like I took the picture on the brochure (no, we're not trying to deceive anyone) - it makes my picture all the more nicer with a professional's alongside it.

The handwriting on the page is mine.  I lifted a few phrases off my travel journal to help remind me of interesting anecdotes along the trip.

This is the best sketch I could do in a rush! 

One thing I love about traveling is meeting new people and exchanging tokens.  In the picture below, a Polish priest gave me a cross as a souvenir of that time.  I included the story and the cross in my scrapbook.  

Everywhere you go, there are things you can use in your scrapbook.  

I purchased a Belgian handkerchief and never got to use it 'cause I kept it in my scrapbook!

When you don't have a lot of time, what I do is get a whole bunch of magazines and leaf through them for about 5 minutes.  I look for pages or words on that articles that may complement my scrapbook.  

"Get a Taste of This" was the perfect cutout for the exotic Thai food stall I photographed.

Asian scenes made a fitting backdrop to our transport adventures in Cambodia.  I cut the picture like a cloud to make the Asian backdrop more visible.

The magazine page I used here was mostly black.  It was the perfect backdrop for the pictures among ancient ruins as it didn't clash with the textures in the photograph.

Sometimes I use a printer for the text in my pages.  I use different fonts with obviously, larger text for titles.  Cutting does take time as well, so what I do is tear the paper around the text.  I rather like the look of torn paper.

The larger the pictures you use, the more impact. In the page below, I found a large picture of a bird being freed by some hands and it complemented my photograph with a parrot I made friends with on a trip.

This is another example of using a magazine page as a background.  The page background has some advertisement text but they are covered by my photos.

I also use tracing paper with printed text to display text on pages (see below).  It's a cool way of titling things as you can still see the pictures underneath.

An eco-friendly way is using some newspapers from the area and preserving the local news yet putting your own pictures in the photo spots.

Don't forget to print out black and white photographs for extra drama!

One need not fill up the whole page with visuals and text.  Here's a page that is mostly blank.

And other one in black.  Put in a bit of humor.  Here I am pictured atop Mt. Kota Kinabalu and I found an ad with the caption "Somebody call the paramedics" which was just perfect for what I was feeling!

Once you find a magazine page that fits your photo or set of photos, put that in the clearbook page.  Soon you'll find you've put in all the pictures and maps and sketches and text in all the pages and you're ready for the layout.

Once you layout everything, it's just paste paste paste and you're done! :)

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Calej lives in Japan with her husband. She designs and doodles for a living.