One of my favorite stores to browse through is Tuesday Morning. They have a small section of arts & crafts supplies and if you are lucky you can pick up some nice bargains.
I really like to scrapbook but my hours are limited. I do take shortcuts here and there but this item is almost like cheating. Kolette Hall has designed a number of "Built For You" albums that will make short work of putting together an 8 x 8 scrapbook for some special person at the last minute.
I purchased several of the Christmas 8 x 8 albums when Tuesday Morning had these for an unbelievable price of $5.99 each when they retail for over $20.00. The cover is red and it has a square hole in the middle so I can place something special there to show through. All I need to do is add photos and personal notes.
Each album has 20 pages that have been predesigned, whether it's the torn cardstock look, layered paper, stitching or 3-D accents, ribbon, eyelets, brads, wrinkling, it's all there. I think it's simply the nicest and easiest way to make a very great looking album that someone will think you spent hours putting together.
Another great feature is that these are post bound albums so adding additional pages is not a problem. The albums come in a very convenient size that I like to work with which is 8" x 8". Each page has a sheet protector which keeps everything neatly in place.
If you haven't seen these yet, check them out. They also come in different themes so I'm sure there's one for the occasion you might be looking for.