"If you're interested in adding an international perspective to your scrapbooking, this book is a great starting point."—Memorymakersmagazine.com
About the Author
Kristy Harris is the founder and managing director of Far Flung Craft, a company that specializes in Asian-inspired papers and embellishments for scrapbookers and paper crafters. She lives in Singapore with her husband and children.
I think those other reviews must be from relatives!I got this book and it was VERY disappointing. I think it looks like someone who doesn't have much artistic skill made the pages. About all that makes it "Asian" are the papers (you can buy that at any craft store)a few Chinese coins (who can't come up with that idea) and the kids in the pictures. The layouts are extremely low level and have hardly any creativity.I was so looking forward to this, too bad. It's amazing to me that this book even got published when the layouts are so weak with all the good books on scrap booking that are out there. Glad I only paid 3.99 for it. I hope I can return it!
I apologize for this being such so harsh, but I truly feel this is a fair review. It's too low level, and even if you aren't artistic, you can do better than this!
I don't normally write reviews online, but I just had to praise this book and author. First, it is visually stunning... like eye candy. Nearly EVERY page is gorgeous and that's rare even for scrapbooking or papercrafting books. Second, it's not just crammed with great ideas, tips, and layouts but it also is chocked full of very interesting information about Asian design, culture, the history of paper, Asian fabric designs, etc. There is a great resources section as well. If you've been on a trip to Asia and want to scrapbook it, this is a must-have.
The book is very well organized and written. You can tell the author, editor and publisher nurtured and invested in this publication. I own several books on card making and scrapbooking (around 30 or so) and among those are two other books on Asian papercrafting... but they all pale in comparison to this book.
I first saw Scrapbook Asian Style in a bookstore while on vacation in Singapore. I was so tempted to buy it, but it was a bit pricey (it was listed at more than three times the Amazon price and I was still tempted). As soon as I got home though (and that was weeks later, after visiting several other Asian countries) I took a chance and went online in search of Scrapbook Asian Style. That it stayed on my mind that long is testament to how great a book it is. I was delighted to find it on Amazon. It's one of my favorite treasures from my vacation and also one of my favorite books on the subject. I can stare at pages in this book over and over and it never gets old. Yes, I love it that much.
I highly recommend it-- even if you aren't scrapbooking an Asian trip. The layouts are universal. There is a simplicity and yet a boldness of color and design that is very intoxicating. I've had this book for several months and I'm glad I purchased it every time I flip it open. I'm certain you will be too.
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