10 Pages in 10 Minutes

For those of you who say there’s just not enough time to scrapbook, entertainment journalist Nancy O’Dell says you can scrapbook 10 pages in 10 minutes.


O’Dell has partnered with venerable scrapbooking company Creative Memories to release the Hummingbird Collection, a pretty, jewel-toned line of papers, embellishments, and tools, as well as Full of Love, a book of advice for scrapbooking moms.

Creative Memories Artwork


So when we heard O’Dell scraps, we wondered how she finds time to do it. She gave us these tips she says help her do10 pages in 10 minutes!

  1. Get organized!  Sort your photos by theme, date or event and put them in the rough order they will appear in your album.
  2. Remove blurry images or bad photos—and don’t feel guilty about it.  Sometimes a bad picture captures a moment in time that you DO want to save.  But with digital picture taking, most of us take way more than we will ever need.
  3. Crop your photos the way you want them—use a trimmer to center your subjects or remove distractions.
  4. Use sketches and idea books—this makes my layouts go super fast. I have a great set of easy-to-use templates being launched with my Hummingbird line.
  5. Now—get going! Here’s where the 10 minutes come in—really! Take those photos—now nicely organized, cropped and planned … and lay them on an album page or paper.  Have those 10 pages laid out in front of you so you can easily and quickly place all your photos on the pages.
  6. Like what you see?  Great—adhere them to the page!
  7. Most important step: write something!  I take just a few minutes to write what is most important about the photos on the page.  Sometimes, it’s a who, what, where, when approach; other times, it’s how I feel about the photos or the event.  Either way…over time, it’s the words that you say that will mean the most.
  8. Add a little bling!  Take something simple—a small flower or easy embellishment—to add just a touch of color and interest to the page.
  9. Get happy! Share these pages with the people you love.  There’s something wonderful about looking back at album pages filled with what matters most in life.  It helps you appreciate it even more!

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11 Responses to “10 Pages in 10 Minutes”

  1. Nancy’s approach is very much like mine. You CAN do 10 pages in 10 minutes if you have done the prep work AND your supplies are organized (so technically speaking, it takes a little longer than 10 min.) My experience is that people who spend less time more often actually get more done, IF they are able to prep first. Some people enjoy the creative process and love to savor every page, Nancy’s suggestions probably won’t work for them.

  2. Just LOVE Nancy–can’t wait to buy her Hummingbird album!!

  3. Already got my Hummingbird album and I love it! It’s such a pretty purple and the papers are gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful!

  4. I want my Hummingbird collection! Can’t wait for it to arrive!!!!!!

  5. Received my Hummingbird album from Nancy in Minneapolis and LOVE it. Just got her bag and it’s the COOLEST. My scrapbooking customers at my house this weekend are loving the papers,too. Way to go Nancy and Creative Memories. Hope we’re together for a LONG, LONG time.
    Mary Mosbey, Minnesota Creative Memories consultant

  6. I love all of the collection! I have it and that is my project today!

    Nancy’s whole colletion is BEAUTIFUL !!!

  7. I enjoyed meeting her, at Showcase. I felt short and dumpy, she is tall and gorgeous! Anyway, I love the Hummingbird collection and am looking forward to her book coming out in 5 days!

  8. I am so excited, we are having a crop this Saturday and everyone there is getting one of the hummingbird albums. Can’t wait for them to arrive. I ordered the collection for myself.

  9. this is great for the scrapper who just wants to get it done, but i have to disagree with them being any kind of quality page. 30 min is a quick page in my book, and i am extremely organized!! I use sketches and everything!!!

  10. Nancy’s Hummingbird collection is truly beautiful! As for a 10 minute page, any completed page of photos and journaling is better than no page. What defines a “quality page” is completely personal and a matter of taste. Using Nancy’s collection, or any Creative Memories product, assures you of superb, enduring, product quality.

  11. I Love laying out lots of pages at one time. In fact, I’ve been teaching people how to power layout their pages for years.
    My customers love the new hummingbird page planners and use them at my crops in South East Michigan