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Scrapbook Page Maps: Sketches For Creative Layouts Spiral-bound – April 1, 2008
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The sketch idea's are shown in double page spreads, single page spreads, 8 1/2 X 11 spreads and even some examples adapting them to cards. The layouts show you how to rotate the sketch, how to subsitute picture sizes and how to even elimanate pictures. They use enlargements as well as standard 4X6 pic's. Just about any inspiration you need you will find within these pages.
The added (and priceless) bonus is the cards at the back of the book. You can pop out cards that have not only the sketch on them but also a completed page idea using the sketch and carry them in the box (also provided)to your crops. To me these cards were WELL worth the price of the book!
Don't hesitate on this book. Chances are your other sketch books will become obsolete.
The layouts are beautful and well-balanced. As another reviewer mentioned, they are very doable as opposed to many ideas that I would NEVER take the time to do. On the other hand, I suppose if you enjoy extremely elaborate LOs, you could do that too. The embellishments are given a spot on the map, but it is never spelled out what they have to be, so you could get as intricate as you want. There is plenty of creative freedom available. The sketches are also very versatile. I scrap 12x12, and for most of the 8-1/2 x 11 LOs I was immediately able to see how to translate them into the larger size. The book shows variations for each sketch, which gives you many ways to use them. They show rotation, inversion, direct copies and looser "interpretations" of the sketches. My head was all abuzz with ideas after I read this book.
Of course... the cards! They are beautiful and compact, including a full-color copy of the LO, the sketch, a shopping list, and titled by the number of photos in that LO. They come with their own carrying box that will keep them coralled and slip easily into your scrapbooking tote. Finally, they are heavyweight cardstock and they are laminated, so they should be very hardy. I organized my cards according to the number of photos on that LO. When I have pictures to scrap, I can flip immediately to the corresponding sketches, choose a LO and get working!
Also, this has not been mentioned, but this book is bound by a hidden spiral binding. This means that it fits perfectly on your shelf, with the title easily visible. It also means that it lays flat, which is invaluable when you are working with a sketch. I love this style of binding, and it is not easy to find.Read more ›
The cons: The biggest con for me is that Becky Fleck mostly does one page designs. Most scrappers I know, myself included, tend to work on two page spreads. So this is a major disappointment for me. And I know the one page sketches can be carried over into a 2 page spread, but I'd rather just see the whole double page spread all sketched out for me. That's why I buy these books! Fleck shows examples of 8 1/2 x 11" layouts with single pages, double pages and pages that have the layout turned to be 11" x 8.5". But I would not have bought it if I'd known it was 80% single page sketches.
But the bright side is that on Amazon.com, the list price is an affordable $14.99 (unlike me, who paid full list price of $24.99 to get it NOW). So it isn't much of a budget breaker. But for me, I wish I'd have spent the money on scrapbooking supplies.
Hard outside cover is very durable, inner spiral allows the book to lay flat on a table so it's EASY to use and the cards and box in the back are alone worth the cost of the book. Layouts are easy to interpret, great for beginnier or advanced and it can be used endlessly for years to come. Make a page from a sketch, wait a week, make another one, they will look nothing alike! Way to go Becky, Hurry up I can't wait for the next one! The tips and pointers on each page are interesting and easy to incorpoate in everyday scrapping. Just a fantastic book and you can tell right away, done by a seriously great scrapper herself, that's where all the little extra's conveniences come in to play, would only be thought of if you actually are a true scrapper!
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Page Maps are great! They help give you ideas to create all different types of pages for your scrapbook.Published 13 months ago by Kirstan Schmidt
Thank you. I am enjoying my purchase very much. fast shipping. I would buy from them again.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought Scrapbook Page Maps: Sketches For Creative Layouts and I ordered a used copy in good condition. It arrived in great condition and on time. Read morePublished 19 months ago by quackerfan1
I have used quite a few of these layouts, some more than once. Helps a lot when I can't think of ideas on my own.Published 21 months ago by Scrapbooking wife
I have not had the time to look through it as of yet but it was just as I expected.Published on June 18, 2014 by nita
I first saw this book in our local book store, but it was so expensive that I passed it by. I went back to visit it every time I went to the bookstore, but the price never came... Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Diane
So glad to get book one of the "series" I hope. I have given them both to friends and then ended up "borrowing" the maps from them. Great formats.Published on June 2, 2014 by Lynne Ewen