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Step Up Your Scrapbooking Paperback – Unabridged, October 1, 2005
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This one actually seemed to want to inspire you to actually use what you have! (Caveney's story of her early scrapping life as a pennypinching student lent the claim some credence.) Nice examples of simple design using only cardstock and a pen, then one embellishment (yes, patterned paper counts!), two, three, and so on. Includes pages by some of my favorite designers, like Shelly Laming, Allison Kimball, and others. It includes some design tips sections on color, taking great photos, and other topics, which I found useful, as well as "assignments" in each section to spur you to actually create something.
It's not exactly a book on scrapping on a budget (for example, some of the cardstock-only and one-embellishment pages leaned toward using extremely large photos - not really the most cost-effective choice), but overall very encouraging for those who like simple and effective design, who are on a budget, or who may want to avoid crowding their pages with too many goodies.
Actual design instruction is limited. Helpful little tips are scattered throughout the book, but that little bit is not enough to justify purchasing this book. Instead I stongly recommend Clean And Simple Designs for Scrapbooking: Ideas for Design, Photography, Journaling & Typography by Cathy Zielske and Scrapbooking Made Easy (Simple Scrapbooks).
This is a fabulous addition to my scrapbooking library, better than most!!!