I like quick projects and crafts that can be completed in less than a week...instant gratification. I used to scrapbook a lot and although I still like the idea of it, the task seems so overwhelming with everyday life right now. To feed the creativity in me, I like to put together small "scrapbooks" to remember certain events and holidays. Here is a book I recently finished to remember the Christmas Holiday Season.
I started by purchasing a chipboard book at Michael's for 50 cents. I then covered each of the pages with paper using coordinating papers from a paper pack. I like things to go together, but not necessarily to match. I suppose you could use Mod Podge to adhere your paper, but I just used a tape runner.
I printed wallet size photos from this Christmas Season. On the cover of the book is the photo we used on this year's Christmas Card. I also used a circle punch to be able to add even more photos to the book. Other ways to add more pictures is to layer the photos, while only adhering the paper on one end. Then it becomes a book within a book...
My sister-in-law and I put together a book like this for my mom for Christmas. It was shaped like a heart and we had each of her grandchildren decorate his/her own heart and then we adhered a picture or two to each heart. Personal and adorable at the same time! You could also use the pages separately to make ornaments as seen here and here.