I used to scrapbook more than I do now. It seems to be such a HUGE task, and my time is short…so I constantly put off my scrapping. (For example, my 6-year-old still does not have a baby scrapbook. Sorry, BK!)
So I was open to reviewing The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages: 500+ Designs for Capturing All Your Memories, edited by Kelly Biscopink. I was ready to get my scrapbooking mojo back!
The book, put out by Northern Light Craft Books (a division of FW Media) is broken out into these chapters:
- Everyday Memories
- Fun Times
- Holidays, Seasons, and Special Occasions
- Special Relationships
- Kids, Babies and Pets
There are also indexes for single-page layout sketches, double-page layout sketches, a source guide, and contributors. There are even little icons that indicate if the layout is digital, or if it has an associated sketch in the back. Handy!
As I started flipping through the pages, I was amazed at the sheer number of scrapbooking pages represented- and wow, there are a ga-jillion contributors! This is actually really good, though, because I saw a large representation of styles. I also ran across the “Spotlight on..” pages, which are scattered throughout. They give you an in-depth look at on of the contributors, so you can dig a little more deeply into their work. I also enjoyed the “One Sketch, 3 Ways” features. I love these for cards and scrapbook layouts alike!
There are lots of little tips, tricks, and ideas scattered around, too. This is strictly an “idea-book”- you won’t find any step-out tutorials here- but there were little gems called “Inspired Ideas” that help you think of your scrapbooking in a different way. My favorite was this one- here’s just a part:
You captured that special moment, but the photos are all blurry, Instead of getting upset and enrolling in a photography class, consider the alternative- scrapping it anyway! Documenting the memory-even in an imperfect photo- is better than not documenting it at all….
I took this advice to heart when trying my first layout. My son had just participated in his first talent show, and I only got 2 pictures- one a very blurry shot taken with my phone! But I was inspired by this layout and decided to scrap it anyway.
I printed out my blurry photo (after converting it to black and white) and pulled some papers that I had on hand. Since there were only a few embellishments and a simple design, this one looked like it was “do-able.”
After about an hour, I had this:
Pretty close, right? I did add the text block, and changed the title location a little just because I used the Tattered Angels chipboard shapes I had on hand. But I was really pleased with the result, and it took a lot less time than I thought it might. And I didn’t even mind my blurry photo!
Next, I moved on to a really “arty” and sparse layout to try:
I really love the use of the gesso and the very sparse embellishments. I set about trying to get the same feel. But as I worked on it, the page started to evolve to tell my story. “Your friend loves flowers,” the page whispered. “Add those.” So I did. “You and Vicki love bling!” It squealed. “Glitter!!” And I complied. My final layout is VERY different…
OK, very VERY different- but the inspiration came from the Gesso’d layout. (For more information on how I made this layout, step-by-step, visit CraftsUnleashed.com. With the supply list, too.)
So yeah, it’s different. I think that’s important to recognize that a good book inspires you to take an idea and make it your own, prompt you to tell your own story.Â The Big Book Of Scrapbook Pages does that- there is just enough to get you motivated-but with no gnarly step-outs to get you bogged down in the how-to details. (Sorry, perfectionists, you’ll just have to be consoled by the extensive list of products used and contact information in yet another index.)
So for a gal who is self-admittedly NOT a “hard-core” scrapbooker, I’m really happy with this book and intend on dipping back into it. Maybe it’ll propel me towards finally making that baby book!
Now for the fun- a GIVEAWAY! I’ve got a spare! (Thank you so much, Kelly, for providing the book to review and share.) If you’d like a chance to win this book, just leave me a comment sharing the last event/thing you scrapbooked about. The contest will close on Sunday, May 8th at midnight and I’ll announce the winner Monday AM, around 9:00AM EDT. (5/9/2011) Since this is a book, international readers are welcome!
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