If after every vacation you have the best intentions of making a scrapbook but never get around to the sorting, designing, and gluing, try a wooden keepsake box instead. It can hold photos, ticket stubs, maps, and mementos -- and takes very little time to prepare. To make it, mix one part craft paint with two parts water; brush on one coat. Let dry, then stencil on your label: Apply adhesive stencil stickers, daub on the paint, let it dry, and peel away the stencils immediately (then clean them off with water).
Keepsake box (#3211), $17, walnuthollow.com
Craft paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Arrowhead, Pool, Wild Blueberry, Grey Wolf, and Granny Smith, $2 each, michaels.com
Condensed Sans Alphabet glass adhesive stencils, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $17 per set, michaels.com