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Clean & Simple Designs for Scrapbooking [Paperback]

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Book Description

Sept. 1 2004
A graphic designer by trade, Cathy began scrapbooking as a way to five more context and meaning to the photographs she cherished. What she didn?t realize initially was the powerful way in which scrapbooking allow us to examine and celebrate the very essence of what our lives are truly about. Cathy has inspired a new breed of scrapbookers who want to preserve their memories simply, and with a classic, hip style.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: CK Media (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929180616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929180615
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #482,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  34 reviews
118 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite scrapbooking book Jan. 12 2006
By pokohoho - Published on Amazon.com
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I first started scrapping about a year ago as a complete novice. I bought several books by Michele Gerbrant and other well known names from Memory Makers and Creative Keepsakes. While these books gave me the basic vocabulary of scrapping, along with clueing me in on the tools I would need, and the most crucial how tos, I didn't find much that clicked with me in terms of design. Many of the layouts were outrageously complicated and featured just one photo. Others were cutesy-- not my style. Almost every one featured a list of supplies to replicate the page: every list was about seven items long. If you've ever been in a scrapbooking store you know that it is EXPENSIVE. I can't afford to spend ten bucks a page for cutesy papers, embellisments, stamps, and stickers. I was so glad to find Cathy's book. Not only did her style resonate with me (I was already trying to make clean and simple pages) her instructions were simple and her materials list for most pages is: photos, paper, adhesive.

I loved this book for many reasons. One, it showed designs that were graphically clean, and put the emphasis on your photographs. Two, the journaling tips are great. Just reading the author's journaling blocks gave me great ideas for my own, and I have done so much more journaling since reading this book. Three, the book lets you into secrets for doing great color combos. Four, I got my start in digital scrapping from this book. Now instead of buying stickers, I print my titles and journaling directly on the page. Five, Not only does the book show you great layouts, it gives you the mental tools to create your OWN great layouts. Which, to me, is key. Who wants to copy all the time? Who wants to shop for this or that "perfect" element all the time? Not me! I'd rather know how to use my computer, my paper and my photos to create great looking pages. I have done many terrific pages with basically solid colored cardstock, my photos, and some thought about the design and type font. For the beginner or intermediate scrapper who likes a clean, simple look, this book is indispensable.
55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great layouts and designs Dec 20 2004
By H. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
I was drawn to this book primarily because of its simple cover design. I am turned off by most of the country bumkin (not to be harsh, but come on you've seen it too) kind of scrapping that I normally see. This book has a more sophisticated approach to scrapping that I try to achieve with my own layouts. It's like looking at an art book or design book. There are many designs I've lifted from here and can't think of one design in here I wouldn't try. If you want to acheive a more modern approach to your layouts this is the book for you. In addition she writes about design and text elements simply.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is always off my shelf! Aug. 26 2005
By Katie C. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
This one doesn't sit collecting dust on my bookshelf, I am constantly referring to it. I love Cathy's style and her emphasis on the principles of good photography, graphic design, meaningful journaling, and typography.

She has the right perspective on scrapbooking and encourages the reader to keep it simple but make it fun! If you follow the advice in this book you will see a major improvement in your own page designs.

I highly recommend it!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady or [...]
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Purely Simple Elegance. Aug. 4 2005
By Jan - Published on Amazon.com
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The layouts found in this book are very easy to eye and recreate. No clutter, no muss, no fuss. The only disappointments I have are many of her projects encompass one main photo instead of utilizing a few photos on a page. Not very practical for the average scrapbooker. She tends to use only black & white photos as well, again, not a medium used by the average scrapper. If you are able to mimic her style but tweak it to your needs, such as incorporating more than one photo or using color photos, then this book is highly recommended. Gorgeous simple layouts.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Sept. 21 2005
By B. Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
The author has really helped me get back to the pure fun of scrapbooking. No deadlines, no must-dos, just being free with one's art. Here's for the philosophical part.

Technically she does concentrate on very clean cut layouts with not too many embellishments or store bought items besides cardstock which is great because we don't really want to spend $20 on each page we make. Also great photos.

I'm happy with my purchase especially at the price offered here!

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