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Interactive Mini Scrapbooks (Annie's Paper Crafts) Paperback – September 1, 2013
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Kathy Orta Files is a paper craft teacher and blogger. She gives workshops on scrapbooking, creating 3-D paper projects, and making home décor pieces, and she has designed for Cricut at Provo Craft events. She lives in Pensacola, Florida.
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Now to the readability. I found it to be very jumbled and disorienting to read. The pages have a lot of images and compacted information which makes it a bit disjointed to follow. Others wrote that it was simple directions and easy to follow which is not really true as I found myself sometimes filling in the blanks because I felt some information was missing or edited out. For example: Page 22 talks about adding an optional cord closure. I then found myself asking...for what? It might have helped to reference back to page 15 where there was a photo of the cord closure. By the time I got to page 22 I had no idea what the author was talking about as we were just going over folds for the album pages and making pockets. I found myself having to flip back until I could figure out what I missed and it took me all the way back to page 15 to find it. The very last instruction for the cord closure was to adhere it to the cover which was the last step #6. A headline statement at the beginning of the instructional would have avoided a lot of confusion. This is just one example of some of the disjointed things that I found. For a beginner this could be very perplexing.
You really MUST read it from front to back to understand how a lot of it works as the beginning pages set the scope for projects ahead. Consider reading the entire piece all the way through before attempting any of the projects as it may help for clarity.
I would have also liked to have seen some more info on where to find cool materials to work with. I am not a personal fan of Martha Stuart we won't go into why and don't consider ever buying anything made for/by/referencing her. There were only 10 references of where to get things from and a lot of it was brand names. If you are on a budget you will be looking for less expensive alternatives. One reference was for Tim Hotlz his stuff is fantastic really but can be expensive. Best to buy his stuff from Michaels when they have a sale coupon and or when his items are on sale. Stock up then.
Would I buy further work from the author Kathy Orta? Yes. I feel she has fresh ideas and has something to bring to the table however I will heftily consider the price first in the future as again I do not feel this warrants a twelve dollar price. Funny enough the backside ISBN says its $14.95 in the US. If I had come across it in a book store for that price and were able to flip through it and handle how flimsy this booklet is I definitely would have passed on it. You can find a lot of similar information out there including people who are building digital journaling kits that you can buy to print out AND watch their videos on how to put them together which will give you so much more for your money. For those of you who are better visual learners this may be a a great way to go.
Not factored into my review: Amazon crushed my booklet.
Factored into review: Material 5 Stars. Easy to follow 3 Stars. Cost 1 Star. Amount of material 2 Stars. Overall slightly better than average.
OK sorry for dragging on I have now probably written more info than you will find in the book. Just kidding...maybe.
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