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Scrap City: Scrapbooking for Urban Divas and Small Town Rebels Hardcover – April 28, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
The author, Paul Gambino, puts the spin of a film industry career into this book and from organization to creation, it's a unique, interesting & delightful take
on recording our adventures along the roads of life.
The book itself is gorgeous! Thick paperstock, hardcover, nearly square, brilliant color printing. The layouts vary from strikingly simple to crazy busy, with something to be gleaned from each. Studying these pages will help develop the eye of a beginning scrapper, please & inspire those already adept.
If I could have only 4 books on the subject, from what's available RIGHT NOW, I'd pick this one, The Scrapbooker's Color Palette, The Book Book and 7gypsies in Paris.
What I really like about this book is that the artists aren't concerned with being "on-trend". The lay-outs are cool and vary so much from artist to artist, it refreshes your brain after seeing the magazines where it's hard to distinuish one artist from another. The variety inspires me to do things my way and encourages me to shake things up a bit.
(Disclaimer: If in high school your main aim was to be exactly like everyone else, this might not be the book for you. But you should give it a try, you just might see something you like. :-)
Those other books have a lot to offer in the way of techniques and instruction, but this is where I'm going to look for actual inspiration.
Not knowing anything about scrapbooking, I went to YouTube for instructions. What I found was disheartening. It seems that a large number of scrapbookers use prepackaged kits to make their page. They use graphic elements that, for me, make no sense. And, the constant barrage of cliched affirmations made me nauseous. Soon, instead of trying to copy what these women were doing, I tried to imagine my own manner of telling my stories on a scrapbook page. I just didn't see anything worthwhile coming from a cookie cutter approach.
When I flipped through this book, I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of approaches I saw represented. The stories were personal and original, The artwork on the pages was fascinating to see. My stories are unique and personal. I have conquered that aspect. But, with this book, I now realize that it is all right not to follow the herd. I am not anywhere near as talented as the artists showcased in this book. But, just to see that others are as disenchanted with the scrapbooking community as I am really meant a lot. I intend of giving Scrap City a close scrutiny. I want to understand why these people told their stories the way they did. I want to gain inspiration from them to be able to improve my own storytelling pages. This is a really neat book!