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Clean & Simple Scrapbooking The Sequel [Paperback]

Cathy Zielske
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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March 1 2006
In this new book Cathy revisits the core tenets of the hobby, telling a good story, making well designed pages, letting go of unrealistic expectations, & remembering to have a really good time. Includes tons of real-life layout ideas. Teaches the guilt-free scrapbooking philosophy. Includes design ideas, journaling hints and type tips. Includes both 8 1/2 by 11 as well as 12x12 layout designs.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Graphic Design book for "Dummies" July 14 2008
I am so glad I bought this book--the author writes candidly and creatively. She made me laugh and freed me from the myth that I need to get "caught up" with my scrapbooking! Her tips helped me make my scrapbook pages come together more quickly and easily and I ultimately achieved pages that I am happier with than those I had created before discovering her expertise.
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3.0 out of 5 stars simple. Feb. 10 2009
By Cara B
I was not delighted with this book... unfortunately it has almost too much about Cathy... and not enough inspiration for me. i just found it a little self centered... and difficult to springboard from. but generally it has the ideas i appreciate in it, as well as some nice simple layouts... just very ...well... simple...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing - CZ Rocks! May 2 2006
By Lois Lain - Published on Amazon.com
I have a zillion different scrapbooking books and magazines, and I'm always on the lookout for more. I think my search has ended.

Cathy Zielske writes with warmth, humor, and creativity. She offers tons of tips and suggestions, as well as concrete guidelines for scrappers to follow. She enables you to adapt the layouts you see on the pages of your favorite magazines to your own style. This book offers more of what she wrote in the first volume, but it also goes further, getting into greater detail about how Cathy creates her fabulous style.

I may never buy another idea book -- nahh, of course I will! But this one will have a place of honor on my shelf.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply A Must Have July 31 2006
By R. Hamblin - Published on Amazon.com
Any scrapbooker, any style, any budget, this is required reading. It can pretty well wipe your bookshelf of any other scrapping reference books - with the obvious exception of Clean and Simple Scrapbooking part one. Cathy Zielske is the master of her art. Her ability to share her techniques with her readers is unsurpassed. The layout ideas are pure Zielske, no surprises there, but the real value of this book lies in the author's instructive ability; her knack for imparting the underlying fundamentals of design. If you only buy one scrapbooking reference your entire life, make this the one.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is THE book that all new scrappers should read Jan. 17 2008
By Artsy bookwoman - Published on Amazon.com
I've been scrapping for a couple of years, but have never been that pleased with my layouts, no matter how much paper and expensive embellishments I threw on there. They still look somehow "not quite right" even though I put a lot of time and effort into them. As a result, I have felt like I was behind on my pages, and got scrap guilt, compounded with not being happy with the end results anyway. I just felt like I didn't really get what made the pages in the scrapping magazines look better than mine. Having come to scrapping from altered art, it is quite a different mindset, and one that I just didn't really feel like I could get.

Then a friend recommended Clean and Simple - The Sequel and I finally "got" what scrapping was all about, and more importantly, how to actually DO it. Cathy makes scrapping seem as simple as it actually should be. Oh how I wish I had read this one when I started. If you only read one scrapbooking book, this is it. Cathy has a real talent for explaining both philosophy and actual "how to" in a way that is relevant and applicable.

I could only give it four stars though, instead of five, much though I would have liked to. I read this book (The Sequel) first, and since I loved it so much, I bought the first Clean and Simple book as well. Unfortunately, a lot of the ideas in The Sequel are also in Clean and Simple (the original), they are just more fully formed. If I had to pick just one, I'd pick the second book over the first one. Its genius is diluted a bit in my mind however, in knowing that it does have a lot of recycled material. It's still a great book though!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book March 8 2007
By rda - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fantastic! It's actually even better than the first Clean & Simple Scrapbooking. It's full of beautiful photos and easy to read insights into making your scrapbooking experience fun and free from guilt. You can do whatever you want - you're supposed to be having fun, not trying to catch up!

I love Cathy's striking graphic style. This is definitely not for scrappers who are addicted to stickers and gaudy embellishments! Think of it as modern, contemporary, fresh and clean.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite SB Book of All Time! July 31 2006
By Stacie Jones - Published on Amazon.com
I am loving this book. I have a bookshelf of scrapbooking idea books and magazines. This book is by far my most favorite. Every time I open it I get inspired to scrapbook. I am a die hard digi scrapbooker and although Cathy is a traditional scraper, I can apply her ideas for layout, color, and font. What more is there to a page? Here ideas are fresh and hip, my eyes just flow over the page. If I could only have one idea book this would be the one. If I could have two, I would also keep cathy's first book, Clean and simple. I tend to be the type that just piles on the photos, decortive paper and embelishments to compensate for not planning my layouts and The page just never agreed with my eye, so I would add more. When what I really needed is to take more off the page. This book reminds me that Less is more, much more. I wish I would have had this book years ago. We all have to start somewhere though, right? My ONLY complaint is that my new book is already falling apart, the pages are coming out. I guess it needs to be spiral bound.

Bravo Cathy! The book is an insperation.
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