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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA; 1st edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028636406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028636405
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

You're no idiot, of course! You know that, in the end, our lives are really just scrapbooks--bits and pieces of our past, lovingly stitched together to become an emotional archive of who we are. But when it comes to assembling your photos and mementos into a valuable heirloom, you feel like you'll never have anything more elaborate than a tacky photo album. Don't scrap the idea yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Scrapbooking shows you all you need to know to create a scrapbook you'll cherish forever... and that won't cut-and-paste away your time or money. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:

About the Author

Wendy Smedley is assistant editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine. She has published articles and layouts in such magazines as Creating Keepsakes and PaperKuts and teaches a variety of scrapbooking classes and workshops. She lives in Bountiful, Utah.


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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Julie Lovisa VINE VOICE on December 14, 2000
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There are many, many magazines and books that feature full-color, product-laden picures of layouts. This book, on the other hand is a detailed scrapbooking encyclopedia! If you are a beginner looking for basic instruction in layout, journaling, product selection, and even picture taking, then look no further!If you are a seasoned scrapper, then you will probably already know most of the information presented in this book...but it's for you, too! It is a treasure trove of organization, scrapping with kids, overcoming scrapper's block, and other uses for scrapbooking supplies ideas. It even contains a chapter dedicated to the color wheel and how to combine colors with your pictures in ways that please the eye. This book is for everyone, whether a novice or "pro", and will provide just about any answer you need to your scrapbooking questions.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Shorty on September 10, 2001
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I have been a scrapbooker now for a few years and everything I learned so far was pretty self taught. I have bought a lot of papers, scissors and other assorted items, but I have always looked for a book that could give me some tips I didn't know or couldn't figure out.
This is the first Idiot's guide that I have read and in my opinion it is the best guide for beginners and some more advanced scrapbookers alike. I thought that one of the best parts of the book were the little blurbs in the margins like "Anecdotes from the archives", "Shortcuts", "Sticky Points", and "Words for Posterity". They made it easy to skim through some sections of the book.
Smedley also includes some anecdotes from her personal experience which enhance the book. But as a more experienced scrapbooker who has discovered many of these techniques through trial and error, I found the chapter on Color and using the color wheel to your advantage to be of great use. Other chapters discuss and explain the language that is used, what supplies to purchase, getting started with journaling and saving souvenirs, creating scrapbooks with kids, capturing special moments in a special scrapbook, and shows a few examples of layouts.
One of the things I have discovered is that whatever layout or size scrapbook you choose to use, is that you find a way to personalize your pages. I sometimes feel like some of the scrapbook pages in the magazines and books are copies of each other and look somewhat mass manufactured. I like to take pride in doing my own lettering and making every page different.
All in all, this was the most helpful guide I have found for the person who wants to get into scrapbooking, but is not sure how to go about it.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By V. Hartman on October 25, 2000
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I'm only a few chapters into this book and I've already learned more about scrapbooking than I learned in any five other books. This book covers everything from basic supplies -- including how to select safe archival products -- to layout ideas. It doesn't assume you know anything about scrapbooking, which might be annoying to someone who is VERY experienced, but for the rest of us it's perfect. I'm sure this book will be my scrapbooking bible. The only thing I wish it had more of is color photos/graphics, but you don't really need them to get the points presented in this easy-to-read, informative book.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Latrice M on December 2, 1999
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This book helped me get started Scrapbooking. It is well organized, and fun to read! It gives shopping information, product reviews, and even ways to organize your gear without spending too much money. I'm very excited about scrapbooking after reading this book!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
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Scrapbooking is a colorful new hobby. To publish a book with no color images in it is a strange choice. Nonetheless, for "bookworm types" who don't care about seeing scrapbook page ideas, this compendium has loads of helpful information. I'm the colorful type, so, sorry, only 3 stars.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "jamijess" on May 13, 2003
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If you are truly a beginner at scrapbooking then this is a really great book. I would've given it 5 stars but there are no color pages, and that was a little disappointing to me.
This book is packed with tons of info. Everything you need to know to get started and then some. When you first start scrapbooking it can be so intimidating with all the lingo and products. After you read this book you'll know exactly what you need and exactly what everyone else is talking about!
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Heather Mansell on November 22, 1999
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I LOVED this book! It has become my scrapbooking "Bible". There is tons of information in it. I especially love all of the examples and inexpensive ideas it has. It also has a great section in the middle with lots of cute layouts.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By P Dalley on December 5, 1999
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I am a grandma in my fifties with loads of pictures from my children and grandchildren. I have been too overwhelmed before to start- after reading this book I am ready. I have sorted pictures as suggested in the book and I am ready to go. I love the illustartions and the interesting anecdotes from the archive.
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