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In Getting Started With Scrapbooking Phyllis Matthews helps you to create your very first scrapbook. She outlines the beginning steps you need to take, then carries you through completing your first page, and eventually a complete scrapbook on a specific theme.
Chapter 2 covers organizing and editing your photos: she shares examples of creative cropping in a light hearted story-telling style. In Chapter 3 you will learn how to choose an album, including using ones that might not be exactly what you want, and altering them to suit your style.
Then more details on choosing a background, what colors to use, adding journaling etc.
You will also get some page layout sketches to help jumpstart you.
Chapter 5 addresses embellishments, and how you can use what you already have on hand for making your own backgrounds, and doodahs.
The final two chapters address setting up a workspace (she suggests starting small), and a bit of the history behind scrapbooks, and some ideas for themed books you can make.
My overall thought on the e-book is that it is really a very basic introduction to scrapbooking for a complete newbie. If you are familiar with modern scrapbooking which focuses on using design concepts and/or artsy approaches, then this book is not for you. (For example the author explains how to use decorative scissors to cut out your photos and mats.)
However if you want to put a toe in the waters of scrapbooking there are some very sound foundational concepts included that should help you complete your first themed book. The author stresses the importance of how using acid-free papers will help to preserve your photos for generations to come. I also like her suggestions that you can use what you already have instead of going out to buy lots of new stuff. if you already practise other crafts, you will no doubt have things on hand that you can safely use in your scrapbooks.
Interested? Well you can win a copy! This is an e-book and is available in PDF, EPUB or Kindle format. Leave me a comment letting me know if starting scrapbooking is one of your goals for 2014. Or maybe you are trying to encourage someone to start? I’ll pick a winner on Monday January 20th.