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Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking Paperback – February, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: PriMedia, Inc (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929180489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929180486
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,579,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris L. Sockman on October 17, 2005
It's short and sweet but packed full of creative sketches (hence the name) that anyone can scraplift for their own pages. It's well organized by # of photos and has a collection of all the skteches in mini form in the back (serving as an excellent index). It's paperback and not too large, so it fits nicely into your crop back for quick reference anytime. Happy Cropping!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dea Carey on March 10, 2007
When I first started scrapbooking, I went out and bought two or three idea books. Well, I quickly found that I never really used them. That's not the case with these!

I'm a graphic designer by profession, so I'm picky. I love that these books give you something more like a customizable template than a page to copy. So many books rely heavily on the trendiest of techniques to sell themselves; come the next trend, they're worthless and dated. And what if you don't actually LIKE the latest trend? It's not a problem with the Creative Sketches! Since Becky Higgins gives you page planning recipes, you can adjust them to fit your style and your photos, easily and effortlessly.

I don't use this book and volume 2 for all my pages, but I have a tendency to overplan. I'm a perfectionist; without these books, I would NEVER be able to sit down and get multiple spreads done in an afternoon. With Creative Sketches, I can save my energy for my really special pages. And I have never regretted buying THESE scrapbook idea books; that's the true test.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LP on July 5, 2007
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I was surprised to hear how many folks liked this magazine. I was disappointed that the book was actually a flimsy magazine and for the price I would have passed. Many of the pages are filled with advertisements. The layouts were uncreative and nothing exciting. The recipes were also not as descriptive and complete as others that I've seen. I also found that if you do not have children many of the ideas were not useful. I would not recommend this magazine. There are plenty of other choices that are better for the money. This magazine is not robust to sustain any tough handling. Although there are a couple of simple ideas to get started, I have to admit it wouldn't be the first book I would reach for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sue Barnett on July 13, 2006
If there is one book you ever buy for scrapbooking, this is the book. It is nothing short of incredible. It is organized by the number of photos that you would like to group and then it helps you arrange them. It works alot with color and paper designs. It introduces you to "sketching" your ideas so you can have a better plan before you sit down at a crop.

I have been "borrowing" this book from friends at crop parties for months, and I am so thrilled to finally have my own copy. It may be worth your money to buy the spiral bound version. Your really can't find a better book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Norris on June 30, 2006
This is the best scrapbooking layout book I've ever seen. I always have a hard time finding layouts for double spreads but this one has tons of them! I love the way that it is divided by the number of pictures that you need to put on the spread. The different interpretations of each sketch are great too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 30, 2008
The book has great examples of sketches but don't be fooled into thinking the sample layouts are going to show great ideas for using each sketch. You really need to be creative. If you are a beginner scrapper than the samples shown will help.
What I really like are the tips given on most pages called 'Idea to note' and 'Design Tip'. These have great suggestions and explanations of what and why certain products were used in a layout.
I gave this book one less star because of how many ads it contains. I have a subscription to CK magazine and pay a low annual price because of ads. This is a book that cost as much as a mag subscription so what's the need for all the ads??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tasra Dawson on January 20, 2007
Creative Sketches is one of my favorite tools in scrappin'. I like to keep it simple and maintain the focus on my photos. By using Becky's book, I'm able to complete pages faster and easier than when I start from scratch.

One of my favorite features is that she includes the sketches as well as real pages that show how women have used and altered the sketch to meet their needs. I really consider it a must-have for every scrapper, especially newbies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Johnson on March 26, 2008
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I knew from the reviews that this was essentially an ad-filled magazine, but I thought the layouts would make up for it.

All of the layouts in the book, with the exception of the cover layout, are for four or more photos. As someone who rarely scraps more than two photos to a page, and most likely one, I was very disappointed. I'm returning it immediately.
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