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July 2016 BOOKLIST
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Tape It to Keep It
Of all the crafts, scrapbooking is the one most connected by heart to book lovers. It seems people who love to read also love to keep treasured things, especially small items that will forever remind them of past events and activities enjoyed. Rather than haphazardly sticking postcards, receipts, photos, invitations, a leaf from a tree, or other such mementos with fond associations into any old book and then forgetting where they are, why not formalize your scrapbooking? The following guides will help you keep safe the memories you have made.
The Decorated Page: Journals, Scrapbooks & Albums Made Simply Beautiful, by Gwen Diehn
With the popularity of journaling and self-expression through writing, Diehn opens up a new dimension—the artist’s vision of visual memories. Materials and techniques, of course, begin the narrative. Most of the book is devoted to how-tos, from customizing a blank book to avoiding an ordinary presentation by way of mandalas, diagonals, cutouts, or grids. Ten sample pages feature such methods as mapping, storytelling, and information gathering.
Designer Scrapbooks with Mrs. Grossman, by Andrea Grossman
Grossman owns Mrs. Grossman’s Paper Company, one of the largest designers and manufacturers of decorative stickers in the country. Formerly a professional graphic artist, she is now the queen of scrapbooking, and her positively absorbing—irrefutably irresistible—handbook takes readers by the hand as she shows them how to turn stacks of photographs into sensitive and personal scrapbooks offering memories of the good times.
Paper Cutting Techniques for Scrapbooks & Cards, by Sharyn Sowell
Both experienced and novice paper users will learn something from this beautifully illustrated volume, which is pretty enough to be an art book in its own right. Although not as generous with her tips and tricks as a beginner might like, Sowell more than makes up for it with interesting ideas, creative patterns, and imaginative uses for artistically cut paper. What’s strongest, though, are Sowell’s words, encouraging the reader to try different things.
The Scrapbook in American Life, edited by Susan Tucker and others
A wondrous, captivating book on a unique topic: the history of scrapbooking in the U.S. Obviously, this is not a how-to guide for the casual crafter; instead, it is a book requiring time for in-depth reading. Its audience, then, is dedicated crafters who want to go beyond simply the practice of their scrapbooking hobby, or even readers who don’t maintain scrapbooks themselves but are interested in what these artifacts say about American social life.
Scrapbooks: An American History, by Jessica Helfand
How to elevate the “happy homemaker” perception of scrapbooking? Ask an articulate and scholarly designer to collect, comment on, and illustrate a memorable, thoughtful history of American scrapbooks. The author investigates the principles of time, space, sentiment, nostalgia, and posterity, interweaving examples and commentary from her own research.
365 Days of Scrapbooking Ideas, by the Editors of Better Homes and Gardens
Just think: you can work on a completely different scrapbooking project every day for an entire year! More practically, you will want to spread these ideas out over a much longer time period. The editors cover all of life’s special occasions. The twelve chapters are based on each month of the year, highlighting holidays and other seasonal events upon which to base your scrapbooking.
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