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Scrapbook Storytelling, Step by Step [Paperback]

Johanna Campbell Slan , Joanna Slan , Joanna Campbell-Slan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

January 2003
Recall favorite family stories and combine them with cherished photos, collages and illustrations into unique gift items.


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From Library Journal

Craft and office supply stores are filled with materials for memory scrapbooks. This book provides a much-needed guide for collecting and organizing the family information that is to form the text basis for the creatively decorated pages that are gathered together to form a family scrapbook. Slan gives pointers for interviewing family members, writing stories, selecting photographs, and putting it all together. Each chapter is well illustrated with sample pages. Certain to be popular in public libraries.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

She's not just an author, she's the woman next door. Joanna Slan is a small town girl who grew up loving to cut and paste and write stories. Today, more than six million people have read her work in the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Chocolate for a Woman's Soul book series. Now living in the big city of St. Louis, Joanna is a wife and mother who creates memorable moments every day.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice basic how-to for new scrapbookers, but dated June 30 2003
By A. Ryan
Format:Paperback
Joanna Campbell Slan is apparently one of the most popular scrapbook writers on the market today, and with good reason. She writes clearly and warmly, has a winning style full of humor and a down-to-earth point of view. Her books are informative and knowledgeable; they also fill many gaps in the scrapbooking industry.
Scrapbook Storytelling is a great example of the author's early scrapbook offerings. Here, the reader is gently encouraged to take stock of their photos, plan pages and journal with an eye toward one's ultimate purpose - brag book, heritage, wedding, travel, etc? All aspects of the art of using photos and journaling, design and color, accents and gimmicks are explored as a means to tell whatever story you are trying to tell through your album. The author never assumes that you already know about a technique, page style or trick: there's even a major section dedicated to a glossary of common scrapbooking terms. An entire section is devoted to taking better pictures. If I were an absolute beginner to scrapbooking, this book would be a lifesaver in many ways.
I had to subtract one star because four years after the first printing, Scrapbook Storytelling is starting to look a bit dated. For instance, Joanna Campbell Slan lists stickers, die cuts and odd bits of memorabilia as the main accents and page decorations to consider in a layout. Since 1999 there have been an explosion of products and new techniques that came too late to make it into this book (for example, quilling, chalking, tags, eyelets...I could go on and on). Then, too, new styles and looks for the patterned papers and colors are currently replacing the ones used by the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your ordinary Scrapbooking book! May 29 2002
Format:Paperback
This book is not just a book of great layouts, though it certainly has those! And it's not just tips on journaling either. Joanna Campbell Slan does an outstanding job of teaching you how to tell the stories behind your pictures.
The layouts are wonderful, and not as impossible-looking as so many layouts are in other books! But what's important is that she shows how scrapbooking can be used for SO many situations. It's not just a hobby for moms with young children.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and looking at her layouts. She shares a lot of her own scrapbook pages and by the end of the book, we get to know her son Michael and we feel better equipped to scrapbook the stories of OUR lives.
There was a poignant section about scrapbooking the not-so-good memories. Joanna uses her photos and journaling to create a memorial page for her nephew Josh who was killed just before his 5th birthday.
Probably the most helpful part of the book is all the journaling/storytelling tips! The author even includes questionnaires to fill out as you interview your family members. I enjoyed the fact that the layouts are graded by how easy/difficult they are. You can look that up in the index and also see what materials are necessary.
By the end of the book, I really feel that I had gotten to know Joanna quite well - and isn't that the goal of our scrapbooks, to share ourselves with future generations?
Also, Joanna has a website ... where you can download templates, access helpful hints, and link to other scrapbooking websites.
Happy Scrappin'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than scrapbooking... July 22 2001
Format:Paperback
I've just completed reading Scrapbook Storytelling and it was wonderful! I am currently writing the history of our family with stories and photos. Before undertaking this project I had the opportunity to look through several books on the subject that would help me with writing, layout and other collateral creative processes. Unfortunately, they all seemed to speak to the young mother and her child's experiences. Scrapbook Storytelling addresses every need-family, children, empty-nesters, young adults. It includes lists of thought-provoking questions and the material is presented in a flowing format that is punctuated by great quotes that ring so true to every scrapbooker's soul. (I am a collector of favorite sayings and quotes and have added many of those in her book to my archives.) My thanks to the author for the perfect tool! More than an instructional book, it is a book written by someone who truly enjoys writing/jounaling and reflecting on life. It is inspirational and my favorite on the subject, by far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking Time to Share Your Stories June 5 2001
Format:Paperback
As a scrapbook professional, I meet many scrapbookers all over the country. One common thread I have found is that we all wish we had more time to do what we love. This lack of adequate time causes us to sometimes not give enough attention to the really important things. Scrapbook Storytelling, by Joanna Slan, offers the tips and techniques to get you started preserving the two most important parts of scrapbooking: Your Photos, and Your Stories. The ideas clearly delineated in this book, allow even those of you with a chronic case of writer's book to be able to start recording more of the story behind the pictures.
One of my favorite sections in the book, Preserving Family Values, encourages the reader not to go at scrapbooking from a position of "panic." This overwhelming need to be "caught up" is the persistant driving factor leading scrapbookers to neglect their journaling. Joanna says, "Start from a place of joy. What is important? What would you like to preserve? What seemingly ordinary parts of your life make each day extrodinary and beautiful?" These are the things to scrapbook and to use to tell your family's story.
If you are like most scrapbookers and just need a little more encouragment to add to the journaling side of your craft, then don't pass up this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is the most comprehensive book I can imagine on the subject. My creative juices were inspired with the turn of every page. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The best $20. I spent on scrapbooking!!!!!
I purchased this book after many people highly recommended it to me! I have to agree with them!! This is the best money I have spent on scrapbooking!!! Read more
Published on July 27 2001 by Linda Gatliff
5.0 out of 5 stars This book keeps its promise
A look at the title and subtitle of this book tells the intelligent reader exactly what this book is about. This is not a book about writing your memoirs. Read more
Published on June 10 2001 by Amy Samin
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than just OK
If I could own only one scrapbook book, it would be this one. Not only does she cover journaling in a through yet easy to understand way, but she also inspires and--heck--she down... Read more
Published on June 5 2001 by Vickie Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Apples to oranges
This book is designed to jump-start your scrapbook journaling with inspiration, examples and pages. It does not pretend to be a college-crash course on writing family memoirs. Read more
Published on June 5 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A good companion for those who get stuck while journaling.
I often feel like I have a lot to say about my scrapbook pages, but don't know where to start in recording it. Read more
Published on June 4 2001 by Julie Lovisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Ok
Slan's book is Ok. No more, no less.
This book is geared towards people who create scrapbooks, not people who want to write their life's story. Read more
Published on March 30 2001 by "ltrent@amgen.com"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
This book is wonderful and unique because it combines the art of scrapbooking with the art of journaling. Read more
Published on March 6 2001 by Cyndy Tyler
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but lacking the depth I'd hoped to see
Ms. Slan's book will be helpful for those who are struggling to get more than "who, what and when" into their scrapbooks, but for those who are looking to create more... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2000 by Gwyneth Calvetti
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