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11.08.2010

Scrapbook Page Maps 2, Author: Becky Fleck








{reported by Karen Desmet}



"I hope the sketches and artwork in this book stir your imagination and empower your creativity"
~ Author Becky Fleck

Becky Fleck has done it again with a sequel to her book, Scrapbook Page Maps: Sketches for Creative Layouts, this time it is Scrapbook Page Maps 2: More Sketches for Creative Layouts and Cards! This book features 92 easy-to-use sketches for traditional and digital layouts, greeting cards, mini albums and home decor items. Readers will also find new artwork for over 140 layouts and projects.

As described in the F+W Media, Inc. press release, Scrapbook PageMaps 2 also features:
- Sketches to focus and coordinate ideas whenever readers are overwhelmed by materials, photos and journaling
- 64 travel-size sketch cards for easy planning wherever readers are inspired
- "Eye Spy" tips from Becky Fleck that point out the unique, unusual and unexpected elements to make any page even more special.

My thoughts and my 'likes':
I'll be the first to admit it - scrapbook layouts scare me. Over the past 10 years the majority of layouts I have done haven't been for myself, rather they were jobs for other people or companies. Seeing a pile of paper, embellishments and a picture makes me nervous and give me hives, probably because I never know where to start! Well, Page Maps 2 was like a knight in shining armor. Give me a sketch and I can scrapbook!

There are 119 pages of layouts, cards and projects, each with a sketch, tips and hints in creating your masterpiece. The nice part of these sketches is that there aren't rules. The sketches are just a blueprint of how to lay everything out. The scrapbooker doesn't NEED to use the exact size picture, type of embellishment or pattern paper. You just need to gather your supplies and your pictures and lay everything out!

The back of the spiral bound, hardcover book contains 16 pages of the sketches featured throughout the book. Each sketch is on a 3.75 x 5.25 perforated card and each card is hole punched in the top left hand corner. All the cards can be easily torn out of the book and assembled on a jump ring, ribbon, wire, etc. (As pictured above). These cards are wonderful, for I threw them in my bag and took them to the scrapbook store to use as a reference as I bought my supplies for this review.

On a personal level, the 30+ artists who contributed to this book share little tidbits of their life with us in a fun and comical way. We learn a little bits about each artist and knowing these things makes their projects featured in this book even more special!

My dislikes:
I don't know what to dislike!! I dislike the fact that I can't sit down and utilize every sketch right now!! I also want to know if there is another Page Maps book in the works!


What I Made:
Based on a 12x12 Single Layout Sketch:
Materials Used: 12x12 Single Sketch - PageMaps2 page 21,
paper: Zinnia by Little Yellow Bicycle; cardstock: Bazzill, embellishments: Pearls by Kaisercraft, Ribbon Doilies by Basic Grey



Based on an 8.5 x 11 layout sketch:
Materials Used: 8.5 x 11 Vertical Sketch - PageMaps2 Page 68
Paper: Transatlantique Collection by Graphic 45, Ambrosia by Basic Grey;
Embellishments: Polka Dot Brads by Bazzill, Thickers by American Crafts & misc cream colored brads



Based on a card sketch:
Materials Used: 3.5 x 8 Card Sketch - Pagemaps page 43
Paper: Jovial Collection, Basic Grey; Embellishments: White rik rack ribbon, Pops Layered Stickers by Basic Grey

Where and How Much:
Product: Scrapbook Page Maps 2 - More Sketches for Creative Layouts & Cards by Becky Fleck
Published By: Memory Makers Books, An imprint of F+W Media, Inc.
MSRP: $27.99
Available Online: Amazon.com, BN.com,


What do you think? Let us know! Leave a comment by midnight EST on Tuesday and 3 lucky winners will each receive a copy of this fabulous book!!

61 comments:

Ann Cicilie said...

How great - I'd love to win! Sketches is such a great start for making a layout, even though my finished results often ends up not looking like the sketch at all :D It's just an amazin creative kickstarter :)

Scrapbookdoll said...

I always use a sketch, just to get me started and then it the idea's burst out of me....
Love to win this one

Vicky said...

I have the first Pagemaps book and I think the second will be even better. In fact - I think I'll throw out the little cardboard box from the first book and punch holes in those cards as well... It looks so much handier!

PamS said...

I swore by her first book and was happy to hear that she was putting out a second book. I love that she puts those cards in the back of the book and you have everything you need to choose paper at the store.

Veronica said...

I love Becky Fleck! Would love to add this book to sit right next to her first one!

Lisa said...

This book is on both my birthday list and Christmas list! I love the first one so much that I just neeeed the second. Great prize!

Anonymous said...

Love Becky's page maps. Makes my scrapbooking much faster and looks better too. Thanks for a chance to win.
Kathy R

Angela Fehr said...

I'll be sitting down with some PageMaps tonight to create a layout to show my scrapbooking club tomorrow! Love how it speeds up the process!

Linh C. said...

I love sketches and Becky's sketches are fun to follow.

Sue Bone said...

I loved Becky's first book, so I'm sure I'm going to need this one too. The pop out cards are perfect for taking to crops.

mustangkayla said...

I'm a huge fan of sketches! Especially with two little ones running around, I need all the help I can get! Would LOVE to have this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

Melissa said...

I agree - the whole process is SO much simpler with a sketch! Thanks for the great giveaway!

nina said...

What a great book - looks full of inspiration! Especially love those portable sketch cards. I could definitely see myself using those...

Erica Hettwer said...

I love sketches more and more! I think this book looks fab!

vegetablog said...

I really like that those cards you can take with you!!! what a great idea. I really love sketches and use them frequently!
~natalie

Patchi said...

I love sketches, they make scrapping so much easier! I find cards to be the most challenging and I like that this book combines both cards and LOs. I have this book on my Amazon wish list and I hope Santa is paying attention!

Donna said...

Oh, I love her sketches...thanks for the chance to win :)

Lisa C. said...

Oh I love Becky's sketches so much and I would love to win this book!! Thanks for the chance!

Lisa G. said...

I would love to win this!! Everyone needs some new sources of inspiration now and then!!!

Joni Parker said...

I love sketches....I love PageMaps...I must have this book!! Your projects are BEA-U-TIFUL!!! Thanks for the review & chance to win it!!

Scrapycandy said...

Thank you so much! I tend to get stumped during scrapping sessions and I would love to try this technique...seems it would make things go faster!

Arjanne said...

I hope to collect one (well, win it here, and if it doesn't work out, get it for Christmas...). I have Pagemaps 1 and I love it!

Jennifer Moore said...

I have always LOVED Becky's sketches! I would be absolutely thrilled to have a copy of this book!! :)

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I have this wonderful book and I love it! It has so many great sketches and examples for all types of scrapbookers. I would love to win another copy so I can give this to a very close friend for Christmas . . . because I have a feeling if she doesn't get one soon, mine might go missing - LOL!

Amy said...

I loved her first book! I can't wait to get my hands on number 2!

smahrty said...

I will take all the help i can get! I need something to jump start my pages and cards, then can add my own twist. loved becky's book before and this looks just as promising.

scrapper al said...

I'm so happy Becky came out with another book. I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the review.

Christie said...

I loved the first Page Maps book and can't wait to get the second one!

Laura in CT said...

I would love to win a copy of this--it's getting such great reviews.

Kelly Massman said...

I'd be thrilled to win this--I loved the first one--imagine this one will be awesome, too! Thanks!

Kim said...

I have her first book and it is my go to for sketches. I would love to win a copy of her newest edition!

Zarna said...

I love Pagemaps sketches! the past few years I have supplied the link for the book to my husband with "In case you're stuck for ideas" instructions, but every year he seems to come up with something else and I miss out :( lol
If I don't win this, maybe I will have to lose the subtlety this year?

Steff said...

I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this book and I love Becky Fleck's sketches! I would sooo love to win one of these!!!

Yaritza said...

I've never been one to use sketches but lately I've found myself far behind on my books and have turned to using sketches. I have to admit that I actually love it. It's a great starting point cause you can always change a few things around to make it work. Thanks for the chance to win.

Brit Swiderski said...

I've wanted this book for a while. It looks so useful! This would be a great addition for my bookshelf. Thanks for the fab review! Love the layouts. :)

Created for this... said...

I use sketches often to get my pages started then create from that point. This would be so helpful.

Dixie Supler said...

I've been a Pagemaps fan for a couple years now. It makes scrapbooking so much easier to get a little creative boost from Becky Fleck's sketches. Great review! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jennifer said...

I love, love, love sketches. There my go-to fix when I don't know what to do with a page.

Scrapamum said...

I have the first one and LOVE it!!!!!

Theresa said...

I have the first Page Maps, and it has been a great source of ideas and inspiration. Looking forward to getting this new version for sure! Thanks for the opportunity, and for your review and sharing your sample projects!

Kate aka stinkydudette said...

I'm a huge fan! Thoroughly enjoyed the first book, and I know this will be as exciting and inspirational, if not more!!

Connie said...

I have her 1st book and love it. I was looking at this one last week and it looks amazing. I would love to add it to my collection. Thanks.

Melissa said...

I love Pagemaps! They always help me out of a rut and inspire me to take my time and create a work of art, instead of just getting the page done asap.

Lisa C. said...

I would love to win this awesome book!! I definitely need some help on my layouts:)

Rebecca Geile said...

Pagemaps are my absolute favorite way to scrap. I would be so excited to win this! Becky Fleck is the best.

Anne Thompson said...

I like the idea of a jumpstart for creating scrapbook layouts. This book sounds like it has something for everyone--the scrapbooker, cardmaker, home decorator...Love the things you created from the inspiration sketches/page maps. Would love to win this prize! Anne, yourmainestamper

Cindy d said...

I've never used PageMaps but I hear so many good things about it. Thanks for the chance to win!

Pegg S said...

This book sounds so helpful - been taking a break from crafting and am starting up again and need the help! The hardest part is I have all the goodies, but need that sketch to get me going!

Nancy L. said...

this will really make me want to scrapbook again! thanks for the review!!

~~Mia~~ said...

awesome! i'd love to get my hands on that book!!! the first lo you did is my fave, so awesome!!

marla said...

I love using sketches to give me some great inspiration in my scrapbook crafting!!

Joli said...

I love the first PageMaps book, I can't wait to get this one! I start 90% of my pages with one of Becky's sketches - she is amazing!

serena said...

I love Becky Fleck Sketches they are fantastic as a jumping off point to a layout.

Martine Labelle said...

I have the 1st book and I love it! I'd love to win the 2nd one!!

Hee Jin R. said...

The 2nd book is on my list of must haves! Would love to win this book and set it next to the first one!

Marie Pilgrim said...

I loved the first one; I'm sure I'd love the second one!

Irit Shalom said...

wow- love sketches and love this book
Please- let me win?

ScrapMomOf2 said...

This is the #1 item on my Christmas wishlist!! I love the first book, and I know I'll love this one too!!

*Suzy* said...

This is perfect. Instead of my binder & folders with sketches placed here & there ... this is organized. Maps/sketches help me to get motivated and get the 'brain' going.

Thanks for this opportunity!

Shawninaz said...

It's so great to have a sketch to start with for a layout or a card. Luv her sketches!

Melissa said...

This one is for sure on my Christmas list! Thanks for the giveaway!