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Lifelines: Creating Memory Art to Chronicle Your Personal Connections Paperback – March 16, 2007
About the Author
Tena Sprenger is an instructor of memory and photo art who has contributed art to four Autumn Leaves publications. Tena has participated in product development for 7 gypsies and has represented them at trade shows, producing artwork and display samples. She is a 2004 inductee into the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame.
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One this occasion, the beautiful cover doesn't begin to do justice to the fabulous pages inside. In fact I am so pleased with this book that I am at risk of running out of superlatives. I own dozens and dozens of craft books, but this one is sure to take pride of place.
Four things really stand out for me. (1)The range of techniques is varied and extensive (2)The "how to" section on each technique is reasuringly clear and provides both pictures and text (3)The authors provide list of supplies required to achieve each technique AND supplies required to complete the actual project example in the book (4)This publication won't overwhelm the enthusiastic novice or disappoint the experienced memory artist.
The one word of warning is that some of the supply lists are longish.So, those with more stuff than they know what to do with will get to use alot of it. Having said that, the supplies aren't exotic, horribly expensive or hard to find.
Buy and enjoy!
Still, there are many ideas in this book for creating mini books, scrapbook pages, gifts and memory boxes for the important connections in your life. The layouts and projects provide lots of inspiration for art in general, and the techniques - including various ways of transferring image, photo tinting, creating textured backgrounds, stamping on metal, etc - can be applied to all sorts of other creative projects.
I really love Tena's mini book called It's a Blog World (pg 28). Most of the journaling for this project was complete because Tena printed her entries straight from her blog and added them to her scrapbook, giving a genuine and real diary-like quality to the project.
Carol's quirky altered torso, (pgs 48-49) where she applied map tissue paper and a skirt of transferred black-and-white images is a totally cool project that showcases how true paper arts is so much more than simple scrapbooks.
I found Lifelines chock-full of great altering techniques that once you learn, you can utilize again and again in your own work. What a lovely book! Thanks Carol and Tena for being so cool and cutting edge.