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Scrapbook Styles: Celebrate Your Stories

Anita Louise Crane and Caroll Louise Shreeve

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.

Published : 2005

Copyright : Anita Louise Crane and Caroll Louise Shreeve 2005

ISBN-10 : PB 0-8230-6842-0
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-8230-6842-5

Publisher's Write-Up

All scrapbookers want to tell a story. They want to tell about the baby, cute and silly and fond of Cheerios. Or they want to remember how Grandma and Grandpa met, so many years ago. Or maybe they love telling how Daddy fell out of the tree when he was rescuing Fluffy. Celebrate Your Stories shows family historians at every level how to capture the who, what, when, where, and why of both everyday and special occasions and turn them into beautiful scrapbook pages that also tell moving stories. Journaling becomes a design element, part of innovative pages that combine words and pictures to create a compelling narrative of love and family. Every story should be celebrated - Celebrate Your Stories lets the party begin!

  • Features journaling as a design element
  • Makes scrapbooks into cherished family heirlooms
  • Easy-to-follow, hand-holding instructions and advice at three skill elves-beginner,intermediate, and advanced
  • Easy,fast, stylish,rewarding

Anita Louise Crane is the author of several crafts books, including Crafting the Perfect Wedding (0—8230—0994—7). Her work has been seen in the magazines Victoria and Romantic Homes. She lives in Park City, UT.

Caroll Louise Shreeve is a writer and editor who has led workshops for Writer's Digest and Reader's Digest. She lives in Ogden, UT.

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Review by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (301205) Rating (9/10)

Review by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Rating 9/10
This weekend I took a class at UCLA called The Writer's Sketchbook. Instructor Philomene Long expanded an idea that - as a writer - I've used for years. Most writers carry a notebook but a Writer's Sketchbook? Wouldn't a sketchbook be the domain of an artist? Someone who paints and draws? The idea of augmenting my notebook - making into a keepsake - intrigued me. Then along came Celebrate Your Stories by Anita Louise Crane and Caroll Louise Shreeve. Scrapbooking, it seems, is also incorporating writing which they usually call journaling but might well include poetry, essays, and creative fiction. The two seem to fit together as well as, say, a writer's notebook fits with glue and photographs. Why not?

Celebrate Your Stories might also help authors who are doing their own promotion. In The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't I suggest that authors doing their own marketing treat themselves to the scrapbook that they would be given if they hired a very expensive publicist. Scrapbooks that focus on accomplishments serve as a reference and, subtly, as a motivator when the author goes back to reminisce on what she has achieved, how far she has come.

Crane and Shreeve have written a beautifully illustrated paperback intended for those who have been bitten by the scrapbooking bug. It turns out they have also written an inspirational book for writers. Most of their designs are traditional; they are ideal for prodding memories that much good writing (perhaps all?) is made of. The techniques, however, are easily adapted to any style so if a writer (or a scrapbooker) has a tendency toward the nostalgic or something more contemporary is immaterial. These ideas are adaptable and sure to inspire.

Chapters picture everything from animals to romance to travel. Each scrapbook page idea is photographed and has a complete resource box to make achieving a similar look easy. An inveterate saver, I loved that these artists found so many uses for recycled treasures. Bits of lace, pretty paper, old greeting cards. Whatever you do, don't clean out your closets until after you've seen this book. You're likely to find uses for all that clutter you haven't been able to part with.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson (30th December 2005)

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