Reported by: Tami Bayer
This is a publication from PaperCrafts Magazine that I gave to my mom. She is a crafty person who scrapbooks and enjoys my cards, but doesn’t make cards herself. I thought the book would be a great way to get her interested in making cards. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this book as well.
The book is set up in a spiral bound system inside of a hard cover. The inside reminds me of the bind-it-all binding. I like that the book lays flat, making it easier to leave open for creative inspiration on the work table. The list price on this book is $19.95, and it is 148 pages in length. In several of the chapters there are pages which fold out to give even more samples of layouts and cards. The whole idea of this book is to help scrapbookers adapt the elements of scrapbook pages into cards.
Scrapbook to Cards is divided into 5 sections, each with lots of examples. The first section shows how to use photos in cards. There are many ideas here that I hadn’t considered. I especially enjoy how they used cute captions with the photos like I see so often in photo stamps.
The second section shows how to create cards using the design and colors of a scrapbook page as a starting point. A scrapbook page is shown and then several designers use it as inspiration to make some pretty amazing cards. Some use the layout design, while others use the color scheme.
The third section is just plain fun. It shows how to make a scrapbook page and then take any left over supplies to make cards. I know that I always have leftover supplies on any project. I really appreciate the clever and thrifty ideas in this section.
The fourth section starts focusing on the smaller details like words and embellishments. It shows how to take those small details from a page and translate them into cards and tags.
In the final section, the book features fancy interactive elements such as hinges and pockets. It shows you how you can take those more complex elements and use them for your cards.
I don’t consider myself a scrapbooker or even one who uses printed papers much. I tend to lean toward using stamps and ink for my cards and tags. I have lots of gorgeous printed papers, pre-made embellishment packs, and rub-ons that I honestly hardly ever use. They are so hard to resist in the store, but I have difficulty using these traditional scrapbook supplies in my cardmaking. Scrapbook to Cards was enjoyable because it made me want to use those beautiful elements and papers from my stash in my card designs.