A Few Goodies for Your List

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One of my favorite sources of real life scrapbooking inspiration is an ever-growing stack of books by some amazingly talented women. So with Christmas right around the corner (yep… just 45 days to go!), I’d like to share a few of my favorites so you’ll have time to add them to your wish lists…

Life Artist by Ali Edwards

51HsS5BJgaL._SL160_This book is by far my all-time favorite real life scrapbooking idea book. I credit Ali for moving me past just calling myself a scrapbooker (but never actually doing it) to really practicing the art and getting my stories down on paper. I am a perfectionist by nature and like things nice and orderly. For a long time, that included my scrapbooking. So when faced with 13+ years of print photos taken since I first became a mom and a compulsive need to scrapbook them “perfectly” (in order, not leaving anything out, complete with perfectly designed layouts and lengthy journaling… you get the idea), the result was I didn’t scrap at all.

That all changed about this time last year when I got my hands on Ali’s book. She endorses simplicity, focusing on telling your story more than on making a perfect page (though her pages are beautiful!) and gives you permission to let go of all of those self-imposed rules.

As soon as I let go of the need to scrapbook a “certain way” and just started doing what I felt like doing, everything just started to click and I went on a scrapbooking frenzy. Seriously. Created something like 200 pages in the first three months of 2009! How’s that for inspiration?

The bad news is this book is a little hard to get your hands on because I believe it is currently out of print. But you might find it on a bookstore shelf … and there is always eBay! Well worth the effort to track it down…

That’s Life: Finding Scrapbook Inspiration in the Everyday by Nic Howard

51ZHFN324CL._SL160_This one is another fantastic book with a strong focus on “real life” scrapping. Nic shares tons of personal layouts, every one of which is gorgeous, as well as the stories behind them, most of which are also included within the journaling on the pages. The book’s categories include topics such as “The Essential Me,” “Everyday Moments in the Past,” “Life’s Little Lessons…” and the like. Every one of them makes me want to drop the book and run for my scrapbooking stuff.

The good news – this book’s a little easier to find. In fact, you can even order it through Amazon by clicking on the title here in this post (and yes, Log Your Memory would benefit from the referral…). Wherever you find it, though, it’s a great one for your scrapping bookshelf.

Real.Life.Scrapbooking. by Rebecca Cooper

51qqODZBvFL._SL160_I just fell in love with this book as soon as I picked it up. The layouts are great, the journaling is even better … and Rebecca has a great, conversational writing style that made me feel like I was sitting in her kitchen with a cup of coffee watching her adorable kiddos play at her feet.

If you are like a lot of scrapbookers who think their everyday life is too dull to scrap, the book’s very first sentence will pull you right in… “My life is sooooo boring,” she writes, and then goes on to tell you her reasons for scrapbooking. You will relate to probably all of them – I promise.

This book is also fairly easy to find and is available through Amazon right here from this site. (Yep, another one we’re happy to promote and would benefit from you purchasing through our link.)

Now it’s your turn!! I’m already getting asked by family members for MY holiday wish list. I already own the books I’ve mentioned above, so I want to know … what are YOUR favorite real life scrapbooking reads?

I’d love for you to reply with a few suggestions for my list!!!

Comments

  1. I love Scrapbook Page Maps: Sketches for Creative Layouts by Becky Fleck. Tons of good layouts, useful tips, and inspiration pieces.

  2. I love Scrapbook Page Maps: Sketches for Creative Layouts by Becky Fleck. Tons of good layouts, useful tips, and inspiration pieces.

  3. One of my all time favorites is: http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/1545/scrapbooking, this book “We dare you” will really get your juices flowing, scrapbooking about the not so pretty parts of your life… I was so inspired!

  4. One of my all time favorites is: http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/1545/scrapbooking, this book “We dare you” will really get your juices flowing, scrapbooking about the not so pretty parts of your life… I was so inspired!

  5. purplecrazymum says:

    i have those three books, and love them! I’m a bit of a book junkie, and also love Stacy Julian’s books (I have both), but “Big Picture Scrapbooking” is awesome! And Cathy Zielske’s books are great for design inspiration and page ideas. Think I need to revisit my bookshelves!

  6. purplecrazymum says:

    i have those three books, and love them! I’m a bit of a book junkie, and also love Stacy Julian’s books (I have both), but “Big Picture Scrapbooking” is awesome! And Cathy Zielske’s books are great for design inspiration and page ideas. Think I need to revisit my bookshelves!

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