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Idea Book - Snippets

{Reported by Paula Gilarde}

Snippets is not your typical idea book - it's actually a compilation of 25 essays by Lain Ehmann on the topic of scrapbooking, covering the lighter side of that hobby that we all know and love. I found myself nodding, laughing out loud and occasionally acting very silly. Essays like "coming out of the closet " {#22} struck a chord -- who among us hasn't been on the receiving end of the "huh" response when you mention that you scrapbook? Lain explains that phenomenon better than anyone I know and give ideas on how to win the unconverted over!

What I liked:
1. It's pocket sized -- great for tossing in your bag for reading when you get a spare moment. It's also the perfect size to fit in a Christmas stocking!
2. It has 21 good reasons/loopholes for purchasing scrapbooking supplies when you are on a spending freeze. :D I mean who can argue with:
"Items that are pink or polka-dotted are exempt" or even
"Items purchased with PayPal funds are exempt". I'm not ashamed to admit that I've already used both of these excuses!
3. Where else can you read a mind-reading exchange between husband and wife that you can totally relate to - for example when Lain brought home more patterned paper and her husband gives her the "did you need more paper" look:
Lain's brain: That's OLD paper. I needed the NEW stuff.
Hubby's brain: It all looks the same to me
LB: All the football games you watch look the same to me, too, but you don't see me giving you a hard time about it.
HB: Whatever
LB: Exactly.

What I disliked:
1. I need more!
2. I'd love to have seen some humorous layouts in here. I know I was inspired to make some after reading it!
3. I want even more stories!

What I made:
Inspired by essay #14, A Scrapper's Purse. Although my purse doesn't contain quite as many items as Lain's, I thought it would be fun to record what I carry around right now. It's a little glimpse into where my life is at, for example I still carry raisins/snacks for the kids, but diapers are a thing of the past.Credits: Caught on Film layered template, Black chipboard alpha and Alphabet strips by Katie Pertiet; Ghouls night kit by Andrea Victoria. All from

Inspired by # 23, Those Poor Kids. It's true, sometime scrapbooker's kids never get a moment to themselves. I've got the photos to prove it! :o

Credits: Spot Dots no 13, Notebook Journalers, Around Words brushes and Photo Clusters no 24 by Katie Pertiet; Stitched by Anna Baby Blue, Work Hard Play Hard elements, Dripped Stains brushes 1 and 4, Grumpy Word Art no 1 and Scratched Overlay no 2 by Anna Aspnes; Journaling Spots by Lynn Grieveson; Text Byte no 26 by Pattie Knox; Spookable Kit by Mindy Teresawa. All from

And finally I added my own list to all the lists/reasons/excuses that Lain had in the book -- 10 ways in which my life has been improved by scrapbooking.

Credits: 10 things layered template by Ali Edwards; Roughed up alpha dots red and Photo Cuts no 4 by Katie Pertiet; Upcycled Art no 4 by Anna Aspnes; Esryn by Michelle Martin; Everyday Basics Green by Mindy Teresawa. All from

Where and How Much:
Product Name: Snippets (Mostly True Tales from the Lighter Side of Scrapbooking)
Manufacturer: CK Media
MSRP: $9.99
Available at:, Barnes and Noble, Tower Books*

What do you think?
Have you read Snippets? Could you relate to the stories?


Lynette said...

This sounds like a great gift book as well as one for me. Thanks for the review.

Beedubya said...

Paula, you're my fave scrapbooker EVAH! LOL! I love your style, lady.


Lain said...


Jewel said...

I love your layouts. You have definitely got me interested in checking this book out!

SmartandSassy said...

I am putting this on my list and maybe one of Santa's elves will think of me! If not, I am going to buy it for myself... just like scrapbook paper. LOL!
Sounds like a fun little book and I have been busy and scrapping as much so this will help getme going again.

Erica T.

Barb said...

I bought this when it very first came out, and I loved every story... every page... every word. Lain's hilarious, and the book is so darned CUTE. And yes, it left me wanting more.

Paula, I love the LOs you created after reading the book. I'm definitely going to reread it and see what inspiration strikes. :)

Celeste said...

great book and your review was wonderful. love the layouts you made!

Emily said...

I haven't read it. Sounds interesting though.

Jodee said...

I've been wanting this book since it came out! Lain is hilarious! I have to order it online though because our local store never has it on hand. Maybe today would be a good day to do that! LOL! Thanks for the review and I love your pages!

Anonymous said...

I bought this book when it 1st came out and read it cover to cover in no time flat!!! I hope she writes another book soon but in the meantime I plan to reread this one as soon as i can find it in my messy scrapbooking room :)

Bethany Kartchner said...

Oh, I LOVE your pages girl! :)

Passing Fancies said...

I loved your review. I haven't read it but I think I should add it to my Christmas wish list.

Carla said...

Been dying to get me some of that line!!! I love your mini book and notebook and having 4 boys between me and my husband I sure could use it! I just love Cosmo Cricket and everything they come out with, one of my favs!!

Aly D said...

how did i miss this one?? love your article and your layouts are genius! awesome job paula!