Review & Giveaway | Getting Started With Scrapbooking e-Book

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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.

Review & Giveaway at Craft Gossip - Get Started With Scrapbooking e-book-3In Chapter 1 you will learn how to get started without having to buy anything, by first brainstorming what you want you scrapbook to be about. and sketching out your vision in a mind map.

Review & Giveaway at Craft Gossip - Get Started With Scrapbooking e-book-4Chapter 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.

Chapter 4 is where you’ll find the specific of making your first page! First things first: selecting and organizing the photos you want to use.  Review & Giveaway at Craft Gossip - Get Started With Scrapbooking e-book-5

Then more details on choosing a background, what colors to use, adding journaling etc.

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You will also get some page layout sketches to help jumpstart you.

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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.

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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.

Good luck!


  1. Christina Templin says

    My sons autistic so I scrapbook to keep my anexity down, and we can watch his journey with all 14 specialist tests and etc

  2. Alberta Cooke says

    I have decided to learn scrapbooking an crochet as my goals this year. I NEED to learn something new xxx

  3. says

    I started to scrapbook several yrs ago and got discouraged when my parents became sick, now that Im pulling myself back together I want to complete the scrapbook that I started for my dads veteran pictures then move on to my sons photo albums to get the ready for passing along one day full of memories. Would love to win a copy to give me a guideline/structure of where to begin again.. thank you for this great opportunity :)

  4. Jo Ann says

    I have always wanted to scrapbook but have no idea how to start. This book is exactly what I need to acheive this goal in 2014!

  5. Sue Moore says

    I love Scrapbooking and have helped others get started. This book would be a great asset. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Cheryl Ann says

    I’ve been out of scrap booking for several years and this would be a great tool to reintroduce me to it. My first grandchild will be born this year and I want to make scrapbooks for him.

  7. says

    I have 2 scrapbooks laying here for 6 years now, one for each grandchild, I even have the pictures organized to put in them, but……and that is where I am as I have no clue to even get started. Thank you for this chance.

  8. Rhonda McSwain says

    I am going to try & start scrapbooking this year.. & digital is the way most of my newer photos are. would love to have this .

  9. Chantel Lee says

    Ooh, I would love this! I really, really want to get all of my photos organized in scrapbooks this year! Pick me, please!!

  10. CindyZS says

    i have a lot of stuff to do scrapbooking but don’t really know how or where to start. would love to learn as i have ‘documented’ the lives of my beautiful grandkids and would love to showcase them in something as awesome as they are! thanks for considering me.

  11. Lynn White says

    I would love to win this,new to scrapbooking. This would be great to download on my Nook.