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Product Details

  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Memory Makers Books; 1 edition (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963022288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963022288
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Craft and office supply stores are filled with materials for memory scrapbooks. This book provides a much-needed guide for collecting and organizing the family information that is to form the text basis for the creatively decorated pages that are gathered together to form a family scrapbook. Slan gives pointers for interviewing family members, writing stories, selecting photographs, and putting it all together. Each chapter is well illustrated with sample pages. Certain to be popular in public libraries.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

She's not just an author, she's the woman next door. Joanna Slan is a small town girl who grew up loving to cut and paste and write stories. Today, more than six million people have read her work in the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Chocolate for a Woman's Soul book series. Now living in the big city of St. Louis, Joanna is a wife and mother who creates memorable moments every day.

More About the Author

Joanna Campbell Slan started storytelling - and winning awards for her writing - at an early age. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Joanna grew up in Vincennes, Indiana, and graduated cum laude from Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) where she majored in journalism. Today she's the author of eleven non-fiction books, a mystery series featuring Kiki Lowenstein, a spunky single mom who loves to scrapbook, and a new series featuring Charlotte Brontë's classic heroine Jane Eyre as an amateur sleuth. Joanna's first novel--Paper, Scissors, Death--was a 2009 Agatha Award finalist. The Kiki Lowenstein series has been praised by the Library Journal as "topically relevant and chock-full of side stories." Publisher's Weekly calls them, "a cut above the usual craft-themed cozy."
RT Book Review has said that Kiki Lowenstein is that she is "our best friend, our next-door neighbor and ourselves with just a touch of the outrageous." Once you've met Joanna, you can guess where the outrageous comes from. Ready, Scrap, Shoot, the fifth book in the Kiki Lowenstein series, has just been released along with short stories featuring Kiki. A sixth book in that popular series has been scheduled. In addition, Joanna is writing a new historical mystery series featuring Jane Eyre as an amateur sleuth. Death of a Schoolgirl (August 2012/ Berkley) marks the first entry in The Jane Eyre Chronicles. In her ongoing quest to never see snow again, Joanna lives with her two dogs and her husband on a nearly deserted island--Jupiter Island, Florida.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to anyone who creates scrapbooks.
Amy Samin
I also love the attitude that there is no rush to finish- enjoy the process!!
Linda Gatliff
I am currently writing the history of our family with stories and photos.
"delorfar"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Soozie4Him VINE VOICE on May 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is not just a book of great layouts, though it certainly has those! And it's not just tips on journaling either. Joanna Campbell Slan does an outstanding job of teaching you how to tell the stories behind your pictures.
The layouts are wonderful, and not as impossible-looking as so many layouts are in other books! But what's important is that she shows how scrapbooking can be used for SO many situations. It's not just a hobby for moms with young children.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and looking at her layouts. She shares a lot of her own scrapbook pages and by the end of the book, we get to know her son Michael and we feel better equipped to scrapbook the stories of OUR lives.
There was a poignant section about scrapbooking the not-so-good memories. Joanna uses her photos and journaling to create a memorial page for her nephew Josh who was killed just before his 5th birthday.
Probably the most helpful part of the book is all the journaling/storytelling tips! The author even includes questionnaires to fill out as you interview your family members. I enjoyed the fact that the layouts are graded by how easy/difficult they are. You can look that up in the index and also see what materials are necessary.
By the end of the book, I really feel that I had gotten to know Joanna quite well - and isn't that the goal of our scrapbooks, to share ourselves with future generations?
Also, Joanna has a website ... where you can download templates, access helpful hints, and link to other scrapbooking websites.
Happy Scrappin'!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pam Landolt on October 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book gets to the heart of scrapbooking. It not only has lovely visuals, but is full of stories that Ms. Slan tells so eloquently and guides you step by step to be able to do the same. I was so inspried by this book that I found myself effortlessly sitting down and doing page after page with my own family's memories - the ones other than your typical birthday, vacation, holiday, etc. Isn't this what we want our family to remember after all is said and done? A "must have" for any scrapbooker!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful guide for those of us that have trouble organizing our thoughts or that get stumped while trying to journal. I have found it to be a lifesaver when my creativity seems to be on vacation. I can take this book and after a little browsing come up with a new and fresh way to make my scrapbooking come alive. Ms. Slan has really shared alot of her life and times in this book and this causes you to feel like you could invite her over to share at one of your crops. For a beginning scrapbooker this is invaluable and for someone that has experience it's a must. My only negative is that I wish the pictures of her pages were larger so I could see more of the detail. Over all it's a fabulous book! Thank you Ms. Slan.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the most comprehensive book I can imagine on the subject. My creative juices were inspired with the turn of every page.
I have decided to take an understated approach to my scrapbooking. The only fault I find with many of the scrapbook pages that I see in magazines and such is that they are so overdone that you can barely see the photographs. This book offered many alternatives. I particularly enjoyed the spread on the house near Joanna's friend's office (page 22). So simple, so elegant.
The journaling is what is important to me and I tend to write full accounts of events, so I am always looking for ways to incorporate pockets, envelopes and hidden layers. Scrapbook Storytelling offers some fresh ideas in this area.
Thanks for producing a wonderful resource that I am sure will satisfy all kinds of scrapbookers.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
The text of this book is so wonderful with lots of hints and ideas and encouragement for writing in our scrapbooks and capturing our stories. HOWEVER, the author's pages don't match her advice -- they don't illustrate what she's preaching. A serious flaw, I think.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
This well-written and touching book shows how to make your scrapbooks more than just dressed-up photo albums. It's easy to forget that you won't always be around to explain the story behind every photo, and it's amazing how quickly we forget the little details. Slan has tons of great ideas for capturing it all and making the words look nice on the page, even if you're terrible at lettering!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Ludens on June 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a scrapbook professional, I meet many scrapbookers all over the country. One common thread I have found is that we all wish we had more time to do what we love. This lack of adequate time causes us to sometimes not give enough attention to the really important things. Scrapbook Storytelling, by Joanna Slan, offers the tips and techniques to get you started preserving the two most important parts of scrapbooking: Your Photos, and Your Stories. The ideas clearly delineated in this book, allow even those of you with a chronic case of writer's book to be able to start recording more of the story behind the pictures.
One of my favorite sections in the book, Preserving Family Values, encourages the reader not to go at scrapbooking from a position of "panic." This overwhelming need to be "caught up" is the persistant driving factor leading scrapbookers to neglect their journaling. Joanna says, "Start from a place of joy. What is important? What would you like to preserve? What seemingly ordinary parts of your life make each day extrodinary and beautiful?" These are the things to scrapbook and to use to tell your family's story.
If you are like most scrapbookers and just need a little more encouragment to add to the journaling side of your craft, then don't pass up this book!
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