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Love Your Handwriting (Creating Keepsakes) Spiral-bound – August 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Creating Keepsakes
  • Spiral-bound: 96 pages
  • Publisher: CK Media; Pck edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929180896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929180899
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It also makes you practice a lot - which is very fun, and gives a good result.
Zarah
It's smaller size makes it quite portable which is always a plus for a scrapbooker who goes to crops!
S. Schmidt
Heidi's book is a book I'd rather borrow from a library than have it in my personal inventory.
Patty

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Sandy B on November 10, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
This book has made scrapbooking fun for me again! Without realizing it, I had become obsessed with trying to make every layout look worthy of being published in a magazine.After spending two hours trying to create one perfect layout, I would get frustrated and quit.

Heidi's book has changed my approach. Writing in a lighthearted, conversational tone, Heidi gives several good reasons for using your own handwriting on your scrapbook pages to make them personal. The best part, though, is the workbook full of exercises designed to spark your creativity and build your confidence in using your own handwriting. All the tools you need to complete the exercises are included in the kit, so as soon as you finish reading a chapter you can turn to the workbook and immediately put what you've learned into practice.

The "book" shown above is actually a tri-fold kit, including the spiral bound book by Heidi, a spiral-bound workbook with exercises corresponding to each chapter, and a set of writing tools including a mechanical pencil, white eraser, .5mm black pigma pen, and a ruler. It folds up neatly, with an elastic band to hold it together.

I have rediscovered the joy of the creative process through reading and using Heidi's book!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Patty on January 26, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
This book was a disappointment for me because the author Heidi Swapp just doesn't deliver what I was hoping to get. I am a visual person and was hoping to see more examples of handwriting that would show how to execute and incorporate whimsical lettering styles into my regular handwriting. At the same time, I purchased Debra Beagle's Book on lettering and calligraphy and this was the great thrill. Her book is everything you'd ever want to be able to embellish and enhance your handwriting. She gives you pages of alphabets in different styles and encourages you to to trace lettering to get you more in the flow of writing in that style. Debra Beagle's book has been the book I've been looking for all my life. I loved it so much I had the binding cut off and a spiral binding put on it to make it easier to use and study.

Heidi's book is a book I'd rather borrow from a library than have it in my personal inventory. Its worth a look-see but not worth spending the $. Save that for Debra Beagle's book.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on February 14, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Yes, like the other reviewer mentioned, this is not a big list of possible handwritten fonts, but it IS a workbook to get you to put your pen-- well pencil really :-) -- to your scrapbook page. She shows you that it is more fun, creative, and just plain treasured to actually just write in your own handwriting to add that flair and personal touch to make pages that will mean something to you and your family / friends years down the road. So its for you if you have no lettering experience and are scared to just go ahead and write rather than laboring over stickers, computer fonts or die cuts. She wants you to use your personal handwriting which shows off your inner self, not a calligraphy manual example which could have been printed off a computer font coz it looks so perfect. She does have great page examples of creative ways to organize your words on the page -- as a title, sentiment word square etc mixing up your own handwritten fonts. Chapter 2 and I'm a believer...

The other reviewer covered all the structure of the book, whats included etc so I won't repeat myself. Love this Book!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lain VINE VOICE on February 22, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I'll admit, if it says "Heidi Swapp" on it, I will buy it! I ordered this book and got it as soon as it came out. But after leafing through the whole thing several times, it's still sitting on my shelf. It comes in a cute package and has some fun add-ons (a pencil, a ruler, a pad), but it kind of seems like a glorified magazine article. I was expecting more "how-to's" in terms of how Heidi gets her signature style and creates some of her unique looks. But there wasn't a ton of instruction (I'm still trying to figure out how she does the shadow effect).

All in all, it's a fun book to have and to play around with, but it's not going to turn you into a creator of illuminated manuscripts overnight.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By scrappergal on March 10, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
I've already gone through several of the exercises and I find that so far, the book is fun and very helpful in learning to "Love Your Handwriting"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonrisa on January 1, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
Bought this book online on clearance elsewhere, and regret spending even those few dollars on it.
It's a cute, feel-good guide to practicing and improving your own handwriting so that you feel more confident about it. It's NOT a guide on how to write in Heidi Swapp's style or any other style but your own.
I knew that from the title, so that isn't the problem. It just doesn't grab me or inspire me to use it. It's too school-girlish.
I tried using it a couple of times, was bored and now it just sits on my shelf. I've had more fun and inspiration just doodling on my own. Will try to sell it at my next rummage sale or donate it to my local library.
If you want guided practice with your own handwriting with lots of positive encouragement from afar, then get it if you can find it on sale cheap. It probably won't be worth the full price to most people.
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What can I say? I love Heidi Swapp, and love her handwriting. This is an excellent resource to help you make your own handwriting much nicer for not only your papercrafting, but also for when you just want to send a personal, old-fashioned, handwritten note. I like it a lot.
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