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8.03.2009

Idea Book: Easier-Than-Ever Scrapbooking 2 + a giveaway!











{Reported by Aly Dosdall}




Overall I would call myself a “simple scrapper”. I do like to venture out of my simple box on occasion, but for the most part a simple and easy approach really appeals to me. This is part of why I love this special issue by Creating Keepsakes. The layout designs are beautiful and easy to replicate. It is filled with pages that can be scraplifted in 30 minutes or less. And if you like to create multiphoto pages with space for journaling, you’ll love Easier-Than-Ever Scrapbooking 2.

Let me share with you the format of this special issue. It’s genius! It starts off by listing “stock items” that every scrapbooker’s "pantry" ought to have. For example: cardstock, patterned paper, a computer, letter stickers, ribbon/trims, brads, pens, stamps, etc. The first section includes pages made by using “pantry only” items—things that most scrapbookers would already have in their stash. The next section displays pages made using “the pantry + 1”—in other words using just the basics plus one special item you may not have on hand. The third section showcases pages made by using “the pantry + 2 or 3”. These pages include 2 or 3 extra items adding a little more pizzaz. Each section also includes time needed plus instructions on how to create the pages, bonus projects made with leftover product, suggestions to simplify elements on some pages, and how-to’s on cool techniques used.

What I liked:

1) Beautiful, easy-to-scraplift, multiphoto designs that include journaling
2) Focuses on making scrapbooking easier
3) Pages use minimal product—saves time and money

What I didn’t like:

1) The only thing I might have liked to see in addition to what was already included would be sketches of the pages.

What I made:


*This layout was made using only “pantry” items I had on hand in my stash.

Pantry items:
patterned paper (Basic Grey)
glitter thickers (American Crafts)
ribbon (Offray)
brads (The Paper Company)
border punch (Fiskars)

*This was layout made using “pantry + 1”.

Pantry items:
patterned paper (Basic Grey)
letter stickers (American Crafts)
chipboard stars (The Paper Studio)
buttons (The Paper Studio)
brad (The Paper Studio)
custom wordle (wordle.net)
Photoshop CS2

Plus:
journaling die cuts (Jillibean Soup)




*These baby thank you cards were made using “pantry + 2”.

Pantry items:
patterned papers (Black River Designs)
cardstock (Core’dinations)
acrylic stamp (Hero Arts)
stamping ink (Stampcraft)
diaper template (Aly Dosdall)

Plus:
gingham bows (Martha Stewart for EK Success)
scalloped oval punch (Fiskars)

Where and how much:
Product name: Easier-Than-Ever Scrapbooking 2
Publisher: Creating Keepsakes
MSRP: $14.99
Available at: scrapandpapercorner.com, *amazon.com, capturethemagic.biz

What do YOU think + a giveaway!
Have you read this idea book? If so what do you think? If not, does it seem appealing to you? Well, if it does, then you’re in luck! We’ve got 2 free copies to give away, so leave a comment before Thursday 12:00 NOON EST and your name will be entered in the drawing.

100 comments:

heather skye said...

Since I am still mourning the loss of Simple Scrapbooks, this looks like I will be grabbing a copy for me and my sis (who just had twins;)

Karidan Kaye said...

I am also morning the loss of Simple Scrapbooks so I would love to get this idea book in the mail one day!!

Kim M said...

I haven't read this but I think it would give lots of great inspiration.

charmi said...

I havent read these...but would love to have 1 in my hands..the idea of using "pantry" items is intriguing..but yes i would have too appreciated if they would have had sketches of their layouts !! it would have made scraplifting much easier !!

lacyc said...

I peeked through this book at the bookstore and would love to have it! It's a great concept.

How did you make the baby cards? They are precious!

Heather in AZ said...

I have not seen this idea book yet but it sounds great. I've been scrapping for years but even I love a good step by step once in awhile.

Also I love the idea of a scrapbooking pantry. Most of us have tons of stuff but do we have what we need to create? I bet this book will help with that.

Catherine said...

I have been interested in reading this magazine but just havn't gotten around to buying one yet. Soooo would luv to be the lucky winner...
Thanks,
Catherine

GEL-Oh said...

I love to scrap but I can never use the word Easy & Scrap in the same sentence. Fun yes but not easy.

ArlaMo said...

Would love to take a peak at this. Loved (and now miss!) Simple, so a simple approach sounds great.

Melissa said...

I'm a simple scrapper too, so this looks like the perfect book for me! I really like to focus on the pictures and story and am always looking for new ways to do that.

Deb said...

Have been trying to "shop my stash" lately and simplify my scrapping so I spend less time (as well as money) on planning and more time playing and creating. Would LOVE to be a lucky winner of this great book to help me do both!

Steff said...

I have been really interested in this idea book! Saw it once, browsed, didn't buy---wish I had! Now I'm keeping my eye out for it again. Love the concept and the way this book is put together!

marla said...

I have NEVER heard of this book before but I would TOTALLY be interested because I would LOVE to be able to make simple but gorgeous scrapbook layouts!!

Amanda Profumo said...

I would LOVE a copy of this book! Looks awesomess... ;)

Vicky said...

I have not read this book. But I love getting my inspiration from books and yes....it does apeal to me. Hope I win!
Thanks for the opportunity.

The Lonely Scrapbooker said...

I would like a copy of this book! I have the first volume and have used it A LOT.

Jennifer said...

I think I have seen (o nthe shelf) this one, but did not pick it up to look through. However, from your review and samples, I think I just might have to have another look! Maybe need to get back to 'basics' to more forward!

Jenn in Vancouver

Mel said...

I have a friend who was published in this book. I'm all about simple and would love to get a copy of this--not only for inspiration but to see Amy's layouts :) :)

Jingle said...

This looks like a great book with really useable ideas! I love the butterfly page above!!!

Jenn said...

I haven't read this book, but it sounds wonderful. I'm SOO behind in scraping it's not even funny. Thanks for the chance to win and get "caught up".

Courtney ;-) said...

This book sounds fabulous! I seem to have lost my scrappin' mojo in the last couple of weeks and a book like this could possibly get it back!!! I must get my hands on one soon! :)

Lisa Cutler said...

The idea of sketches is right on the money. I am a big 'lifter' and love to get dimensions of photos so I can use as a starting point. Thanks!

Jenny said...

I have NOT read this, but it may be just what I need to get out of my funk!! It's been way too long since I've actually scrapped and I LOVE the idea of using my stash to produce some LOs!

susan m said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I haven't seen it yet.

Sue Bone said...

I haven't seen or purchased this idea book, but it souds like one that would suit my style of scrapbooking.

Thank you fo the review

joniparker said...

This mag looks great. Thanks for the review.

ShellyJ said...

I haven't read this one yet... I just might have to run out and see if I can find it!

Danielle said...

i too am a simple scrapper.. i would love to get a copy!

Rita said...

I love these books - they have a lot of great ideas in them. I have the first edition.

Amie said...

That's my type of scrapbooking too!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I would love to have this idea book because I produce more layouts when I have samples to go by!

mustangkayla said...

I really like the sounds of this magazine! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

williamanddina said...

This sounds like a great magazine!

Lazytown said...

This sounds like a great resource! I'd love to win a copy!

Candace said...

This magazine sounds amazing! I ALWAYS get inspiration from different magazines. Esp if it's easy and quick!

Erika M. said...

Very cool - I've flipped through this issue at Joanns several times but just haven't bought it!

Penny Smith said...

I would LOVE to win this! I ahve the first one, and haven't picked this one up yet!!

Thanks for offering it!
YAY! Fingers and toes crossed! :)

Tracy Lavoie said...
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Dettao said...

pick me! pick me! I love simple scrapbooking

Kelly said...

I've not read it, but if I can make great layouts like yours I want it!

stinker said...

great projects aly :)

i have this book and have to say i like it very very much. i sat down one night and scraplifted two of the LOs and loved they were so quick and easy.

i will say, though, that since the majority of the LOs have typewritten journaling, i don't really believe they can be completed in the times given. unless you have it all typed, where all you need to do is format it, that journaling will take forever. anyway, just MHO and i do love the book for the great, easy LOs it showcases.

and i agree; sketches would have been a great addition :)

Kelli said...

Sounds highly appealing -- the word easy jumps sky high today.

jaspertoes said...

How cool! I am also simple, but like to go outside the box with altered things.
I love the thanks cards. How cute!

Erica Hettwer said...

I would love to have a copy of this. I soooooooo miss Simple Scrapbooks!

Barb said...

This looks absolutely great. I just love to read and scraplift!

DeniseHunter said...

I love simple ideas! I hope I win!!

Stefanie said...

Sounds like a great book - I love the idea of the "pantry" items.

~Tami said...

I am a newby when it comes to scrapbooking. This looks great, and I'd love to have a copy.

mom of fab five said...

love books like this--great resource especially like the idea of the list to use up what you already have

edugator said...

I haven't seen the magazine yet, but would love to read one. The diaper thank you notes were super cute.

julieann said...

It sounds awesome and just what I need to get back to the basics of scrapbooking:)

Amy said...

Looks good...could use some fresh and easy ideas! :-)
Amy in CA

Anonymous said...

Would love to get one of these. It looks like it has some simple layouts and steps.

Susan O.

Hope said...

Sounds like a great issue! Would love a copy.

sandra m. said...

I havent read this, but would love to. The easier the better! I am a total scraplifter so this really appeals to me.

LisaW said...

Great layouts Aly! I'd love to get my hands on a copy of that book!!

Kelly said...

This book sounds like just what I need right now.

Rebecca W said...

The book sounds great although I hadn't heard of it before.

Donna said...

I've always been more of a rubber stamper than a scrapbooker so the idea of an idea book with simple and easy-to-follow ideas and projects is very appealing. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I so miss Simple Scrapbooks so this would be a great read. Fingers crossed. EJ

Durquia said...

I'm excited to read it.

Vicki said...

I have not seen this magazine yet but looks very interesting. I love your first page, the butterflies are awesome. Love the diaper cards as well.

Angela said...

I've been interested in this publication since it came out. While I love the look of many different kinds of layouts, I seem to lean toward clean and simple most.

The Scrapbooker's Bag said...

I have not seen this issue, but it looks like a great one to get. I love scrapbooking books so this is now on my wish list for purchasing. Thanks for the review!!

Cynthia B. said...

I Nhave limited windows of time when I can scrap, so the tips here sound like they could really help me get those pages done! Thanks for the chance to win.

scrapbookobsession said...

I don't have this book but it seems right up my alley, as I'm a simple scrapper who uses lots of photos. Thanks for the opportunity to win :)
~Erika

Mary F said...

I might have to look at this again. So many of the books either show such compicated designs or don't break things down like this does! Would love to have a chance to have it!

Karen F said...

I've just realized that I am more a simple scrapbooker so it would be wonderful to get a copy of this book. Multiphoto layouts are also the best since I have so many photos to scrap.

Kathy said...

I love the "simple" idea, as well as using things from my overstocked "pantry." Thanks for the chance to win.

AScrappersDelight said...

I haven't read this but I am all about simple! This seems perfect for me! Thanks for the chance.

Arjanne said...

Looks great! I really like the CK magazines.

Lynette said...

This book likes like one I would really use. The sample pages are very appealing to me. I would love to have a copy. I miss Simple Scrapbooks too.

jill said...

I am definitely a simple scrapper, but I am not very good at keeping my supplies simple...this book looks like it has some good tips on just that!

Holly said...

I have not read this idea book, but sure would like to!! I like the idea of using what is in your "pantry" and then adding one more thing and then two more things. It's always fun to see how adding just a simple embellishment can change a layout.

Sharon Peters said...

Would love something to give me some inspiration - keeping everything crossed. Thank you.

Julie O. said...

Great projects! I think it looks like it has a lot of fun ideas and inspiration. Thanks for the chance!

tinascrapbooking said...

haven't read the book but looks great!!

Skeletor's Mommy said...

Looks cool! I love the pages you made.

Linda said...

This book looks great and I would love to have one to study. Lots of great ideas for using what you have on hand. I like that.

kez said...

This looks great! I'd love to spend an hour or two devouring this! Thanks for the chance to win!

Michelle said...

I have not read this, but looks like something I would LOVE! I too am still in mourning from the loss of Simple Scrapbooks so this looks like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win!

~shellbell78

Nicole said...

Sounds interesting. I would be interested in this book. Thanks.

Nicole

Suz said...

I've glanced at this at borders but need to buy it. thanks for the chance to win

andyjay said...

I haven't read this, yet, but I absolutely love idea books. They are a great kick-start for me when I'm having a creative block. Thanks for the chance to win!

jill marie barrett said...

great book. thanks

Keesha said...

I would love love love a chance to check this out!

missmammamurphy31@yahoo.com said...

What a cool giveaway. Count me in!

hockeygurl1979@aol.com said...

What a cool mag! I would love to check it out.

SmartandSassy said...

I too consider myself to be a "simple scrap booker". Although I have not read this book yet, I am now on the lookout for it. Simple layouts can become redundant and sometimes I fall into a rut. I rely on books like this one to keep my projects fresh.

Kimberly Crawford said...

LOVE the layout! Thanks for the review...might have to pick this up now! :)

Brandi said...

I loved the first edition of this book and was so excited to see a second edition! Thanks!

Paul, Kim and Luke said...

Haven't seen the book but it looks like it would help solve those "I have heaps to scrap, but just not enough time" issues... just what I need! :)

Kris said...

This book looks great...the fact that pages can be made quickly and mostly from one's stash make it doubly awesome!

Amy Bender said...

Cute baby thank you cards! I would LOVE to have this Book to read and work with.

Etta said...

This looks wonderful. I love your inspired layouts. I'd love to win!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a book that I could use. I enjoyed reading your review and seeing your layouts.
Teresa B. tbcrops@yahoo.com

Adriana P said...

I have had my eye on this book for a long time. It really appeals to me for the easy-to-emulate layouts. There's times I want to be artsy and times I just want to be simple...this is for the latter. Thanks for the giveaway!

Paula... said...

I am missing Simple Scrapbooks terribly - it was my staple, my one true love for many years! This idea book however, sounds like it's right up my alley - multi-photo with room for journaling (I'm big on journaling), simple pages and minimal product - my middle name is "simple" (um that didn't sound right did it!!).

I would seriously love a peek at this book to satisfy the hole left by SS.

Cheers Paula

S said...

Looks like a great publication. Since I have a ton of product, I like the idea of using items from the "pantry". Even more than saving money, I'd love to save some time and get more layouts done. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

Ms. Cheryl said...

this looks like a must-have!! thanks, ms.cheryl