This is a guest post from team member Sara Case Strickland.

I’m known in my group of scrapping friends as being pretty slow at getting a layout done – and it’s true. I can move and tweak and fiddle for hours. It doesn’t help me get many memories scrapped, let me tell you!

I’ve come up with a system that works for me when I just want to get the memories down – and really, isn’t that what we’re really trying to do with our pictures? For me, fast and easy scrapbooking boils down to 3 simple steps:

  1. Templates or sketches (this can include scraplifting as well)
  2. Kits (either subscription club kits or collection packs from a specific manufacturer)
  3. Favourite finishing touches (wood veneer and flair at the moment, along with a bit of mist)

First, I gather the photos I want to get scrapped and then grab a template to use. I find the easiest way to find a sketch or template that works for me is to head to the Simple Scrapper Members Area and search for either the size or number of photos I want to use. (Editor’s Note: This is one of our special features for Premium Members.) I also scraplift from my own favourite layouts – my theory is that if I still love them, they must be good.

Second, I grab a kit.

eclectic love kit

Credit: Eclectic Love by The Paperie

Collection kits used to be my go-to for coordinating product but now I use kits from companies like Studio Calico, or the one my local scrapbook store puts together each month. I get new product, several different lines, and the knowledge that everything goes – it takes the stress out of trying to coordinate it all myself. I also normally grab my newest kit, regardless of colour or theme. Somehow, I make it work and come on, I think we’re all more motivated when we play with new stuff!

I then use the template and kit products and put together the main layout – pictures, papers, and title.

remember this moment

Finally, I finish off the layout with a bit of mist and some of my favourite embellishments.

remember this moment - car

Since I have my wood veneer organized in one container, they’re easy to find and poke through. Also they, along with my mist, are always right in front of me so I don’t waste time looking for bits and pieces. Trust me, that in itself saves lots of time!

wood veneer storage

When I follow these three steps, I can normally get photos printed, on the page, and memories scrapped within an hour. And that is nothing short of miraculous for me! This process also makes mini albums a snap – I simply use one template for all the pages, just rotate it for photo orientation and interest. The common template and kit products ensure a good flow through the pages.

pirate mini album

We all scrapbook in different ways but we can all do it faster and easier – and that leaves us more time to make the memories we want to keep and document.

I’d love to know if you have a step-by-step process and what it is. Feel free to leave a comment or link and give us all a few more ideas – I know I’ll take all the helpful hints I can get!