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Art of the Scrapbook: A Guide to Handbinding and Decorating Memory Books, Albums, and Art Journals Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823010198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823010196
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,692,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Volumes abound on creating scrapbooks, but few possess the elegance and depth of Diane Maurer-Mathison's Art of the Scrapbook. Other books show how to arrange photos and decorative accents on a page; this one goes a step further by exploring ways to create the actual scrapbook itself.

The author, an accomplished paper artist, expertly teaches the basics of bookbinding, from simple tied, stitched, and accordion-fold techniques to the more advanced hinge-and-post and edge-sewn bindings. She explains various methods for decorating papers (including marbling, sponging, and stamping), and outlines the essential steps of making your own paper. A brief chapter on working with photos discusses the practicalities of mounting and working with decorative accents like borders and mats.

This stylish volume is not for people looking for simple, fast ways to gussy up photo album pages; it's a guide for creatively adventurous souls seeking more aesthetic control over the whole scrapbook process, to render the vessel itself as artful as its contents--perhaps even more so. --Amy Handy

About the Author

Diane Maurer-Mathison, whose decorative papers are in museum collections around the world and whose designs have been commissioned by Godiva Chocolatier, Lenox, and other fine firms, is the author of The Ultimate Marbling Handbook and Paper Art. She lives in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania.

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A must have for any scrapbook or book artist!
Beverly Norton
This book is a beautiful, artistic work on book making/binding.
yarden
I found the instructions easy to follow and well detailed.
Jennifer M. Mills

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Norton on June 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
A must have for any scrapbook or book artist! Beautiful illustrations which inspire creativity, and easy to follow instructions for the beginner. I can't stop looking through it! The art work is exceptional, and all the designs are inspiring. I have completed some of the examples and am planning my next project. I loved this book, since it brings scrapbooking to an artist level which was, I believe, needed.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By yarden on February 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a beautiful, artistic work on book making/binding. It's thorough, beginner-friendly, and has attractive projects. I only have one problem with it: the title. I would think that the title would more prominently announce something about bookmaking, and not use the word scrapbook (since these days, scrapbooking has grown in popularity, and is a completely different hobby).
That said, this book is an excellent introduction work to bookbinding. It has instructions on many different types of book bindings (from simple to more challenging), as well as much info on decorations for your book covers (marbling, quilling, and more). The book is written in an encouraging, informative tone, with the emphasis on craftsmanship and artistic expression. The text is accompanied by full-color pictures of handmade books by various artists around the country.
This book is an excellent introduction to bookbinding, and will certainly whet your appetite for all sorts of exciting artistic expression.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gwyneth Calvetti VINE VOICE on November 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
For those who wish to take the hobby of scrapbooking to the level of fine art, this book will provide plenty of inspiration. Covering everything from numerous ways to create and bind a scrapbook from "scratch" to techniques for making your own decorative paper, it's all within the covers of the book.
Many different methods of bookbinding are presented in thorough detail moving from simple to more complex. Paper making and decorative paper techniques, such as batik and various print or collage techniques are presented as well.
Very innovative ideas for ways to display your special photos are shown as well. Samples of pages are unlike any I've seen elsewhere, and are always eye-catching. This book is not one for those who wish to speed scrap, but if you want to create a one-of-a-kind album, or a unique layout for special photos, look to "The Art of the Scrapbook" for ideas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
I own quite a few scrapbooking and bookmaking books, and this is the one that got me hooked. I absolutely love this book. The tools and materials needed lists were extremely helpful in getting me started. The author also shows some terrific and easy techniques that I haven't seen in other books. The gallery sections are incredible -- beautiful without being completely way out there. Lots of practical ideas for projects. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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