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Book Name: Creative Scrapbooking

Author: Sandi Genovese

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc

ISBN: 0-8069-5913-4

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 128

Illustrations: Color photos & drawings

Experience Required: Beginner

Book Review

Right after the introduction about the author the content of the book starts with the General Instructions chapter. It includes info on preparing your materials (papers, die cuts and adhesives) and photos for your layouts. The practical steps include which photos to choose to best do your layout justice and how to protect your memories by keeping the original photos in a safe place while using quality color photocopies in your layouts. Also touched on is the use of envelopes, memorabilia pockets & photo holders, acid free supplies, creating mats, cutout patterns to match the layouts as well as how to embellish them, materials and tools all of which are accompanied by color photos of examples of the products. Then it is time to get started making your pages.

The instructions for each Scrapbooking page are quite short, but clear and concise. Each instruction page includes a referrence to the General Project Instructions as well as a list of which cutouts are required from the templates section at the back of the book. Sometimes having everything separate like this can be inconvenient but in this case it makes for a very uncluttered book and allows you to focus on the layout. When creating the layout you can make it in portions by preparing all the cutouts first, adding the photos to them and then arranging them on the page. When doing Scrapbooking you want to be organized and efficient and by arranging the book in this way the author is helping you to become a better scrapbooker and making the most of your time.

Creative Scrapbooking is definitely a great resource for scrapbookers because it has a good variety of themes and styles from which you can choose. The Simply Shapes chapter deals with how cutouts can embellish a page, Wreaths (a personal favorite of mine) are demonstrated in chapter two and would make a unique title page and chapter three deals with the technique of embossing and it is beautifully illustrated on a wedding layout. Learn to frame your photos dramatically in the layouts in chapter four and apply borders effectively in chapter five. And just when you think you can’t possibly learn any more about Scrapbooking the author includes a chapter on making your pages interactive with pop – ups.

I also really like that in the final chapter called Beyond Scrapbooking there are additional ideas (without complete instructions) for a mobile, cards, invitations, plant spikes, wrapping paper, gift box, journal and a recipe book are included at the back of the book before the templates section. The brief description included on how to assemble the page or project refers back to the General Instructions or template pages that apply to its construction.

Favorites:
  • Splish Splash
  • Floral Baby
  • Halloween
  • Wedding Invitation
  • Hunting for Chestnuts
  • Little Dippers
  • Christmas (with pop-up feature)
  • Spiral Bear Mobile

Overall Rating:

5/5

Available At:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca

 

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