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Scrapbook Storytelling, Step by Step Paperback – Jan 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Digest Books; 1 edition (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963022288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963022288
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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. Slan gives examples and advice on how to go beyond the who-what-where-when-why style. However, she doesn't explain how to write a long narrative, how to write more than "the kids at the beach". She doesn't show examples of her writing. Even though there are lots of pictures in her book, I am always amazed that while she is a professional author, she has very little journaling on her scrapbook pages! I know people that I think of as being fairly casual writers, if at all, and they write much more than she does. Certainly don't buy this book hoping to find new ways to incorporate journaling into your scrapbook layouts.
The book that taught me to go beyond simple "bullet point" journaling is Denis Ledoux's "Photo Scribe". This book will not teach you how to write long narratives. It is a start... but only that.
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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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By A Customer on 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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