A “Simple” Blog Hop & Challenge

Ok, this is cool. Simple Scrapbooks latest special issue is called Quick and Easy Photo Albums. If you took my Have More FUN class this summer, or you know me at all, then you know that photo albums are near and dear to my heart. Two or three times a year I create a scrapbook using an inexpensive photo album (the kind you can get at Target and Walmart) so that I can seriously deplete my stockpile of photos. Doing this results in a wonderful sense of relief that buys me more time and energy to focus on pages and projects that are (by choice) more time-intensive.


Quick and Easy Photo Albums is all about photo-album scrapbooking. If you have thousands of unscrapped photos (anyone?) or are overwhelmed by the time and expense you feel traditional scrapbooking requires, this special issue is for you. You can pre-order this issue by using the linked titles above, which will take you to the CKMedia pre-order page, or you can watch for it at your local scrapbook store or newstand (it is scheduled to hit shelves November 11th)

Tina Cockburn is hosting the Simple Studio blog this week and is providing some photo-album scrapbooking challenges. Be sure to check it out. Tina's photography and designs are stunningly simple. She is one of my favorites.

If you want more information and a tip or two on how I use photo albums, keep reading …


There are certain types of pictures or picture-overload that tend to spark photo-album ideas in me. Here's one scenario. You attend an everyday event and something happens that spawns dozens of pictures. You think to yourself "wow, I just took a TON of pictures — am I really going to scrapbook ALL those pictures? Do I really want to feel obligated to scrapbook all those pictures?"

CASE IN POINT: We attended a summer picnic at our friends' house. I ate and talked and snapped a handful of the expected pics and then realized that Clark was no where to be found. I then remembered that he was on the dirt bike track (behind this family's house) I decided to make the short trek. The sun was starting to set and I since I had never really watched my son ride, the conditions were in place. I stood there in golden lighted sheer amazement at what he could do and snapped at least 75 pictures. I uploaded and deleted (the really bad ones) and still had 30+ photos. I knew I wanted to create a traditional layout for our "All About Clark" album, but man was Clark ever thrilled that I had photographed him. He came downstairs two nights in a row, just to look at the photos. This is a sign that a child (especially a teenager) wants to be celebrated — and there is NOT a better, more portable, more doable way to do this than in a photo album.

Here's what the album looked like when I brought it  home from Walmart …


I like to look for albums that have a post binding …


so that I can take them apart and have fun customizing the cover! The coolest thing of all is the fact that in a matter of a few short hours (one evening) I can boast a finished project, full of great pictures and memories and even family connections.


No. This is NOT the highest quality album, but it is safe (meaning archival) and MOST IMPORTANT, it is available almost immediately to a boy that NEEDS as much approval and acceptance as possible. I LOVE photo album scrapbooking — it is one of my best strategies for sustaining my commitment to this crazy and demanding hobby of ours.

Photo Album TIP: Limit your supplies. What I mean is determine ahead of time what colors and products you will be using to enhance your photos and carry out a theme within your project. This will almost guarantee a harmonious design and will SAVE YOU SO MUCH TIME. It's extrememly difficult to shift into production mode that photo album scrapbooking encourages if you are stopping to find paper or embellishments for individual pictures or pages — look at your project as a whole and dive in with a "kit" you put together.


This is the kit I created for my photo album scrapbook of a trip I took to Puerto Rico in 2006. I basically pulled colors and patterns and embellishments that felt like PR to me and used them throughout the album. You can see my album and learn much more about photo albums and this freeing approach to scrapbooking in Quick and Easy Photo Albums. This is a purchase I support 100% — don't be surprised if it shows up on my 12 Days of Christmas Gifts (coming soon)


  1. oh that seems like JUST the thing I need. . .as alwasy – thanks Stacy!!

  2. Stacy, I’m so excited about this special issue. I loved the album scrapbooking section of Have More Fun and it’s something I have done in the past and continue to do. It’s always cool to see new ideas about how to scrapbook, so I’m looking forward to getting a copy of Quick and Easy Photo Albums!

  3. I just finished reading photo freedom, and I am re-reading big picture. I love the idea of the making a quick and great book. My kids love to look at their pictures, and I just ordered some ridiculous number of photos. Thanks for all the inspiration

  4. Photo Album Scrapbooking ROCKS!! I love doing this for vacations with a larger album. Or using somaller ones like the dirt bike album for small mini events that resulted in way to many pictures for a layout.

  5. I can’t wait for this issue!!!

  6. anne leglise says:

    I’m looking forward to get a copy of this special issue.

  7. I am so excited for this issue to hit the shelves. I just adore my PAS I made in LOM and plan on pulling togther one for Halloween for using the guidelines from HMF for an ongoing PAS. Love this technique and can’t wait to get my hands on more inspiration!
    Monica (BPS Student)

  8. Do you know how many photos I took when we had a season pass from Disney World? I need Quick and Easy Photo Albums magazine BAD! I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I also plan on using this idea for Christmas presents for my in-laws about their trip to Hawaii with us.

  9. I can’t wait to buy this magazine! I’m a HUGE fan of yours and know how great these albums are! I can’t wait to see more!

  10. Strangely, I just bought a photo album to create a scrapbook in without knowing about this magazine. Now, I just hope I can find it in stores really, REALLY soon!

  11. So cool! Will be looking for this issue now.

  12. So cool! Will be looking for this issue now.

  13. Love all your cool little scrapbook ideas. I especially loved when you were on PBS Scrapbook Memories and made 2 albums out of one by removing the posts and reworking them by tying them with ribbons and making the front cover using just the existing page protectors. Awesome! and thrifty. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  14. I have tried this and I think it is such a great way to make a quick little album. They are great thank you gifts for grandparents after visiting for a weekend!

  15. I know I am late to the party, but I just got your Big Picture Scrapbooking. Oh.my.word. I felt like I might cry. It was almost like a religious experience to have the light turn on and know that there is hope, after all. LOL
    This book looks like something I need to look into as well. Thank you so much. I can’t get enough. Freedom!

  16. That is EXACTLY what I need to do with the hockey tournament photos. Thank you so-so much! :D

  17. I wasn’t on the ball enought to create my photo album scrapbooks during LOM this year…but I’ve made at least two since then – so freeing. I’m hooked.

  18. ScrappeeDiane says:

    Thank you for this reminder. I have lots of these albums already sitting on the shelf, now I need to start filling them. I love the feeling of accomplishment after a quick and easy album comes together. Nothing beats the feeling of having your subject pick it up and look at it for a second and third time.

  19. Love it! Thanks so much for this post. For sharing about the book, and for giving so much instruction for a photo album scrapbook on this post – just enough to get me going and make me want some more;)
    Did I miss the part about the blog hop???

  20. These are great! I took both of your classes, and love this concept. When I was on a retreat a week ago, the ladies saw me creating these albums for each of my sons’ school years (to go along with a bigger album with less pictures) All of the ladies thought they were a great idea- and I told them I learned it all from you!! Thanks!

  21. MARILYN NIMMO says:

    LOVE, this idea! My son tends to take hundreds and hundreds of photos at NASCAR races. Overwhelming to scrapbook, so this would get them out of the boxes and make it easier to pick a few to scrapbook.

  22. I JUST LOVE STACY J!! Its less overwhelming do put all those into a small album and do a few favorites into the basic album. Doesnt create anxiety for me.

  23. I have been doing this for a few years, without even realizing it, so to speak! Whenever we take a vacation, I buy a 2-up album, insert pictures, save some spots for journaling and some for embellishments, and then I’m good to go! It’s so nice to have the vacation album ‘done’ so we can enjoy the memories, rather than waiting and waiting for mom to pick just the right pix and make just the right layout! I’ve also done albums like this for small events we’ve attended that, while I can scrapbook a page for one of my LOM albums, I still want the best pix out somewhere to be seen. I CAN’T WAIT for the book to get some fresh ideas!!!!

  24. Loved learning about this in Have More Fun and can’t wait to get the book so I can be inspired all over again. Thanks for sharing this really cool concept!

  25. I CANNOT WAIT for November 11th to get this. I will be at the store that day looking for it. I saw the ad and giggled in glee. Yes, I’m that big of a dork. LOL

  26. Isabel de Sousa roberts says:

    Thanks so much for the details and pictures. It is so helpful.

  27. Stacy, your albums ALWAYS make me smile. I love your creativity. I have to know who makes those white outlined, clear flowers in your Puerto Rico kit. I know you probably told us in Have More Fun. Guess I was too busy having FUN to pay attention. Those message boards were crazy busy.

  28. I’d love to know where you got those clear flowers with the white outlines! They’re PERFECT!!!! :)

  29. i’m so inspired by this! i acutally ran out and bought an album like this and scrapped a bunch of photos from when my brother was born! while i still have to add in some journaling, i got all the photos and embellishments scrapped in under two hours!

  30. arimacias says:

    so i went to B&N to get my dd #1 the third eclipse book…and lo and behold there was the quick and easy photo albums issue.
    and there is even a whole album by the wonderful miss SJ on my beloved Puerto Rico.
    my brain is spinning with ideas. Seriously. this is one of the best ss issues EVER! thank you THANK YOU thank YOU!

  31. I picked up this publication last week and got an immediate inspiration to create an album for a friend/co-worker for her upcoming baby shower. I was so excited by it that I stayed up until 5am Saturday morning working on it!! Thank you SS!

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