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5.13.2009

"Scrapbook Play with Photos" + a Freebie + a Give-Away!


{Reported by Aly Dosdall}



One of my favorite idea books is Scrapbook Play published by Simple Scrapbooks in 2007…remember that one? Those were some of the most creative and fun scrapping prompts ever. Well, when I found out they were publishing a “sequel” this year I was so excited! Scrapbook Play with Photos is loaded with creative and playful prompts to inspire you to embellish, alter, and give more emphasis to your photos.

There are 126 prompts with adorable example layouts, plus 19 more without layouts at the end. Each prompt includes tips, variations on the prompts, and page references to related ideas in the book. Also included are quotes, random fun facts, games, and links back to their website for free downloads and additional info. It is full of some of my all time favorite designers and believe me, they don’t disappoint!

What I like:
- 145 photo play ideas…at under $10 you sure get your money’s worth with this special issue!
- All of the ideas look wonderful and adorable, but totally doable. Nothing seems overwhelming or too difficult.
- There is a variety of photo projects, not only scrapbook pages.

What I dislike:
- There are a few ideas using digital techniques, but I really wish there were more. There are a lot of simple digital products (actions, photo frames, brushes, word art, etc) that even traditional scrappers can easily use to enhance a photo.

What I made:
*For this layout I followed prompt 67: Use a border punch on a photo.

PRODUCTS Papers, ribbon, ric rac, alphas, and felt flowers by Jillibean Soup; buttons and brad by The Paper Studio; digital lined paper by Sande Krieger for 2 peas from "Basic Backgrounds", die cut paper template by Aly Dosdall; border punch: Fiskars; font: 2 peas Scrapbook; software: Photoshop CS2

*This layout was inspired by prompt 43: Digitally alter the color of a picture. I colorized each photo by opening it in Photoshop, clicking on Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation, selecting the “colorize” box, and then adjusting the slider to change the color.

PRODUCTS Chipboard thickers by American Crafts; brad by The Paper Studio; cardstock label sticker by Pebbles, Inc; font is Century Gothic; software: Photoshop CS2; page inspired by one of my favorite children's books, The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

*I went a little crazy and combined two prompts: 48 (create a digital photo collage), and part of 54 (add a title and journaling to a photo collage).


PRODUCTS Papers by Basic Grey; chipboard bookplate by Best Creation; felt flowers by American Crafts; brads by The Paper Studio; white pen: Uni-ball by Signo; digital frame by Aly Dosdall; software: Photoshop CS2


Try combining prompts 48 and 54 yourself using the digital collage frame and title I created for my layout. To download my free “Sun Sand Surf” photo collage frame CLICK HERE.



Where and how much:
Product name: Scrapbook Play with Photos
Manufacturer: Simple Scrapbooks
MSRP: $6.99 (USA), $9.99 (CAN)
Available at: scrapandpapercorner.com, booksamillion.com*, ideabooks4u.com

What do YOU think?
Do you have this idea book? If so, what do you think? Is this something you might be interested in purchasing? Why? Jennafer Martin of CK Media has graciously donated 3 copies for our readers. Just leave a comment before midnight eastern time on Thursday to be eligible. (Can only ship to US addresses...sorry.)


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76 comments:

Jennie said...

I love love love Simple Scrapbooks, and would love to win a copy of this as I had not heard of SS back when it was released. This site is so awesome - keep up the good work guys!

Sara Ancich said...

I am always looking for inspiration. When my husband catches me reading one of my scrap mags., he'll say, "Oh, you are reading the Bible again?".

Jennifer said...

I'm always looking for new ideas and techniques for scrapping...keeps things fresh! Thanks for the chance!

Jingle said...

I don't have it yet, but I was looking at it at B&N the other day. It looks like it has lots of great ideas in it!

Maya said...

Looks like something fun to try. Thanks for the review!

Rhayne said...

I don't have this one and haven't seen it at my library. I don't usually buy idea books, just borrow them. Thanks for the review on this one :o)

Ashley said...

Looks like a great book! Fabulous review Aly!

Jennifer said...

I love idea books/magazines. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to checking this magazine out. Thanks for the heads up. I had not heard anything about it. I will probably head on down to the LSS today.

Thanks,
Tina

Stacy said...

I don't have an idea book but I do my own with articles from magazines, blogs, MB.....

I would consider getting this book just because of the price.

Joli said...

This book looks great, and its a great price point! I hate spending a lot of money on an idea book.

Amy said...

Looks like a great source of inspiration! Love what you've done with the prompts! Just wondering whether there were any creative prompts about minibooks?

Amanda Profumo said...

Ooh! This looks like a good idea book to have. Pick me, pick me!

Maria said...

This looks like a great idea "starter"! I have not been able to find it here = so PICK ME :)

mustangkayla said...

Yes! I love magazine specials like this! My hot little hands really want this!

JulieP said...

This is definitely something I want and would use. I love their special publications!

marla said...

I dont have this idea book but love looking at others work to get inspiration and ideas for mine own.

Scrapycandy said...

I'm glad there are still publications like this being made...we're all a little worried about the scrapbooking business (loss of stores and magazines) and hope it continues on. Great inspiration!

AngMomof3 said...

I could use an updated idea book. I like them, but feel they have a "shelf life" as trends change.

Aly D said...

Amy...to answer your question about mini-books...this special issue focused only on photos, but last year SS published an idea book called "Mini Albums in an Evening" that had fabulous examples and ideas related to mini-books. HTH! =)

LJ13 said...

I am addicted to idea books and haven't gotten this one yet. I have the first Scrapbook Play and it is terrific.

LouAnn

Holly said...

Wow, I'm glad they still published this, even though they're no longer with us. LOVE that layout with the 6 different colored photos!!!

Steffanie S. said...

I don't have this but it looks like something I could really get a lot of use out of. I like to get creative with my photos but often feel clueless where to start. I love the examples you gave. Thanks for the free download!

Cynthia B. said...

I've heard good things about this idea book! Your examples are awesome too. Thanks for the chance to win!

marisa said...

I would love to try some new things on mu pages. I've sort of stuck to the same layouts and this would be a nice fresh start!

Anonymous said...

i don't have this one....love your versions...

lynda in calif

Erica Hettwer said...

Scrapbook Play was my favorite special issue, too! I really hope I win this new issue, I haven't seen the darn thing in stores yet!

Skeletor's Mommy said...

Hmmm...seems like a cool book. Thanks for the great review and the chance to win.

Christine said...

That looks like a great mag. I'll have to go check it out but not til Friday!!! Maybe I'll win. hehe

Blessings
Christine

Robin O said...

Love your review - thanks for the chance to win.

Jenn said...

I've never tried that idea book, but it looks like it is FILLED with tons of GREAT ideas! I would love to win one. Love your layouts, especially the moods page

Cassi said...

I've had my eye on this issue for awhile, would love to win!

strent said...

ooo, ooo, ooo. Pick me!!! (picture yourself in 3rd grade, bouncing up and down in your desk chair because you finally know the answer to a question!!)

What a great chance!! thanks, Sandra

stinker said...

i keep seeing this mag at walmart but haven't picked it up. after reading your review, i'll definitely have to check it out! unless i win a copy, of course, lol!

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah..I'd be interested. I'm in such an emotional and creative block right now (my mom died recently) and I really need something to kickstart me.

Grammyscraps

Holly said...

Sounds like a great magazine. Who doesn't need a prompt every now and then ;)

Jennifer said...

no, I haven't seen this version yet. Yes I would love to get it - and even at $6.99 US that's a great price too! Love the prompts that you've shown!

Jenn in Vancouver

carpediem said...

Sounds like they are a lot of great ideas in this book! Thanks for sharing! laura j

Deanne said...

wow that looks like a huge help!! i would love to have all those hints and prompts!

StampingJan said...

I love Simple Scrapbooks! I don't have this particular book though. I'd love to see ideas I can use in school scrapbooks . As the kids get older there is less cutsie stuff for their scrapbooks. I need ideas! Thanks...

Christine said...

If it's from Simple Scrapbooks - I'm sure that its gotta be great! Thanks for the review :o)

Stephanie said...

I haven't seen this idea book yet...it looks great! I love the creative ideas you showed us...it really gets the ideas flowing!

williamanddina said...

I have Scrapbook Play, and I LOVE it. I imagine this one to be fantastic as well.

mary e said...

who isn't always open for new inspiration; it's so fun to see how clever other people are!

Nathalie said...

Oh, you make it sounds SO good now I want one!!! I love your examples! Thanks for the review!

Kimmie said...

so far i like what i see.

Penny Smith said...

Is the one pictured the original, or is the other, that is $14.99 but not pictured the orginal. It isn't clear to me which on is the sequeal on the site linked up... and though I would like to buy both, I want to buy the newest first.

Thanks for the great review!

Kim M said...

I don't have the book but after reading the review, I think it would be something I could definitely use.

Joy Pearcy said...

Love it and want it!!

Jenny said...

Looks like a great book!

mom of fab five said...

love things that get the creative juices flowing and give you a spring board to depart from--looks like fun

susan m said...

I love your review of the new book/mag. I would also love to win a copy! Thanks.

Julie McD said...

Thanks for the review! Now I'm anxious to get my hands on it. If I'm not lucky enough to win one, looks like I'll be heading out to the stores on Friday to find it!

JennV said...

I love this issue! My mom has a copy, which I got to briefly look at but I would really love to have my own. Thanks for the review, and great examples.

Jenny1254@juno.com

Meggan said...

What fun prompts - I'll have to check this book out. I hadn't seen it or the first book. Makes me sad all over again that the Simple Scrapbooks magazine is going away.....
M

Ginger's Camo Page said...

I think that photos are the most important base to all layouts - - and I love photographs!! Would LOVE to win this book that looks and sounds like it would be SOOOO inspirational - thanks for the chance! :-)

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Lynette said...

The fact that Simple Scrapbooks best reflected my style of scrapping will make it sorely missed. I hadn't looked at this book while the magazine was being published, but I certainly will do so now.

julieann said...

I was at the book store a few weeks ago and checked this out. I loved it, but decided to buy it at my lss. Went to the lss and they did not have any copies left! It was awesome, great ideas and even better awesome inspiration!! Now my only hope of owning this is to win it:) Thanks for the chance!!

Theresa said...

I love getting new books and magazines for inspiration - that new or different one can sure throw some "freshness" inot my style and get me motivated. This looks like a great addition to the arsenal!

melissa s said...

Always looking for more creative techniques and ideas! I would love to see what this magazine has to offer.

Mary F said...

oh another reason why Simple should still be publishing! This looks like a another must have with totally fun projects

kismet art said...

don't have this special issue, thanks for the chance to win it (I LOVED the idea of using an edge punch on a photo- I'm trying that soon!)

lovin2scrap (amy) said...

Definitely interested in this one! The example that caught my eye right away was using the border punch on the edge of the photo, rather than on paper! LOVE that idea! So if this book gives me more ideas like this ... I am all over it!

Mary said...

I do not have that idea book, but could desperately use some new inspiration! Thanks for your great reviews.

Just call me b said...

How fun! I would love to win!

Sammie said...

Sounds like a book I'd love to have! I need some good creative prompts! Thanks for the review and I love your layouts!

lisa g. said...

I'd love a chance to win...thanks :)

Kate Long said...

Love this idea. Thanks for the chance to win!

jill said...

I have this mag and ADORE it. There are more than the 146+ ideas in here, it inspires my LO every time I use it and it is just such a fun way to stretch the creative imagination...wish I didn't miss the 1st edition!!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I would love the opportunity to win! thanks for all you do!

Ute said...

I don't have the book - YET. This looks like a must-have - I love to play with photos and I love to scrapbook - so this seems to be perfect.
Thanks for the review !

Veronica said...

I've never seen it before! Looks very interesting. Even some of the digi, since I've begun to dabble in it! Would be very interested in buying! Thanks for the review!

Jennifer said...

I have not seen it yet. Would love to add it to my library.

cassie said...

I don't have this, but would love to win one!

Etta said...

I have been wanting to pick this up but haven't yet. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVED Scrapbook Play, so I sure would love to win this one!