Quick, easy AND free?!?!

Do you know what photo-album scrapbooking (PAS) is all about? I didn’t, but I do now. Simple Scrapbooks (the fun magazine I work for) is about to release its newest special issue, Quick & Easy Photo Albums, which is all about this very topic. This happens to be an issue I worked long and hard on, along with the rest of the Simple team, so I’m very excited to see it hit the store shelves.

If you don’t know, this approach to memory preserving is almost like scrapbooking baby steps, because you create mini journaling cards and photo mats that you then slip inside photo-album sleeves along with your pictures. As the title suggests, this approach is generally easier than the regular approach, making it a wonderful starting point. It’s also an excellent way to do something with the piles of photos we all have.

Since the issue is out next week (Nov. 11), I wanted to give you a little sneak peek. This is an album Simple Scrapbooks founding editor Stacy Julian created for the issue. Isn’t it cute?

And this is one that the super talented Elizabeth Dillow created for the issue. In it, she spotlights things she does well (recipes she makes, beautiful gardens she grows, etc.) Notice how she uses both traditional sized photo sleeves and wallet sized. Clever, eh?

And guess what?! Even yours truly has an album in this issue. You’ll have to get the issue to see it, but I can tell you that it’s a craft portfolio, and I think it’s something all of my creative friends will find useful.

So, if you have the chance, please check out this SIP. Not only have I designed a few things for it(including my craft portfolio and some supporting visuals), but I’ve also written and edited a lot of it, making it near and dear to my heart.

To celebrate the release of this issue, I'm going to give two copies of it away, along with two fantastic albums! Just leave a comment on my blog between now and next Friday, November 14 and I will randomly select two winners to receive a Grace Photo Scrap Album from K&Company (pictured below) and a new magazine.

Your comment can be anything photo related (things you like about PAS, your goal of giving this approach a try, your favorite thing about taking photos, your favorite camera, anything!) I’ll announce my winners on my blog next Saturday, November 15. So let the commenting begin!

P.S. If you hurry, you can still participate in this week's design challenge on the Simple Studio blog. It's all about photo-album scrapbooking, and it includes an awesome giveaway. Check it out!