Clean & Simple Designs for Scrapbooking by Simple Scrapbooks (2004-10-02) Paperback – 1696
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A great book with excellent ideas but not much on technique.
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I loved this book for many reasons. One, it showed designs that were graphically clean, and put the emphasis on your photographs. Two, the journaling tips are great. Just reading the author's journaling blocks gave me great ideas for my own, and I have done so much more journaling since reading this book. Three, the book lets you into secrets for doing great color combos. Four, I got my start in digital scrapping from this book. Now instead of buying stickers, I print my titles and journaling directly on the page. Five, Not only does the book show you great layouts, it gives you the mental tools to create your OWN great layouts. Which, to me, is key. Who wants to copy all the time? Who wants to shop for this or that "perfect" element all the time? Not me! I'd rather know how to use my computer, my paper and my photos to create great looking pages. I have done many terrific pages with basically solid colored cardstock, my photos, and some thought about the design and type font. For the beginner or intermediate scrapper who likes a clean, simple look, this book is indispensable.
Two years later, desperate for basic design principles that you can't learn on YouTube, I finally READ the books and I'm so glad I didn't give these gems away.
She shares timeless design principles, and her stories are raw and totally relatable. I really like her down-to-earth style. Clean & simple may not be my scrapbooking style, but I can utilize some of the concepts to make better layouts that stand the test of time.
Through this book Cathy shows us the tried and true methods of creating clean and simple magazine style layouts. By magazine style I mean they are clear and striking, graphic looking but so fresh.
Loved this book, and look at it time and time again for inspiration!
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