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
, 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.