I love the idea of scrapbooking, mainly because I love paper, pattern, photos, and the idea of organizing things into pretty little pages. I do not however have hours of time to dedicate to scrapbooking. The main reason I have started to scrapbook is the fact that I have figured out a system and materials that make it really easy to scrapbook.
Supplies you need:
1. Patterned paper:
I order occasional Messy Boxes from A Beautiful Mess because the paper they send comes in different sizes already cut to fit scrapbook pockets and they are coordinated to match. They are also super cute rather than most that I see at the craft store. Messy boxes are a subscription based product but they often run deals where you can purchase past boxes or a month's box for shipping only, sign up for their newsletter to get updates.
I love washi tape which works great for taping down photos. Letter stickers, cute cutouts, ribbon, anything that you can find in a craft store to add a little fun to the pages is nice but totally optional!
I sometimes print pictures at home, or send a sheet to kinkos, I even use mini polaroid pictures too. If you want some nice ones you can print them pretty easily at Costo, but I am pretty lazy and don't care that much so I put them all on a document, print them out and cut them.
4. Plastic scrapbook page organizers
The most important thing that makes this all easy are the page organizers! You can buy these online or at craft stores. Mine are the Simple Stories brand: Simple Stories , which I think I bought off Amazon but I know they sell some at Joann's and Michaels as well as A Beautiful Mess sells them. What's great about these is they have different size pockets and you just plug in photos and paper and it creates an interesting layout. The pages come in different layouts and you can buy a variety pack.
If you are a more computer savvy person then you might want to try and use in design to plan your photo sizes to fit the organizer pockets, I just started doing that and It makes the photo part much easier.
Here are some of my recent pages that I whipped together using the polaroids from my birthday. They are super simple and didn't take long to construct.
Need some inspiration? Check this out: http://www.abeautifulmess.com/scrapbooks/