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Snippets by Lain Ehmann

Reported by: Reyanna Klein

When I first read an excerpt from Lain Ehmann‘s book, Snippets, I must say… I was intrigued. It read like a witty blogpost. You know the ones I mean… you snicker or laugh out loud, nodding your head in agreement, and then make a mental note to check back for blog updates. I was definitely interested in taking a gander.

The official title, Snippets: Mostly True Tales from the Lighter Side of Scrapbooking, however, did make me raise an eyebrow. “Mostly true?” That made me giggle.

It’s true though… we all embellish (sure, pun intended). We all poke fun (light-heartedly) at this hobby we so much enjoy. Lain takes this to a *whole* new level: expanding our imaginary horizons and deepening our wonderings of what happens in other people’s scrappy lives. And she does it in a way that is humorous, and sometimes, even heart-warming. 🙂

The 114-page book contains 25 creatively-clever essays (each one being only a few pages long). A great book for reading a little bit at a time. I mean, I suppose you *could* read it in one sitting, but I think it’s best enjoyed a few short-stories at a time. Besides, who has time these days to sit down and read a whole book cover-to-cover? I mean, I can barely get through one chapter of Twilight before my dogs start crying for attention or my husband comes in asking to be fed. So this book? A breath of fresh air in that department. 🙂

I also really enjoy the smaller (more manageable) size of the book. It measures approximately 4″ x 6″, and I love that I can just stick it in my purse. Waiting at the doctor’s office? Getting your oil changed? Perfect! Whip out this book and read a chapter or two, and before you know it, you find yourself snickering along with Lain and daydreaming (even more…) about crafting!

So what exactly does Lain *write* about, you ask? Well, she pretty much covers every scrapbooking arena… and then some.

In Chapter 10, Scrap Couture: The Height of Fashion, she writes how maybe in the future, clothes will be tailored specifically for the scrapper. “I’d even settle for a reversible t-shirt that I could whip off and turn inside-out,” she jokes, “concealing any tell-tale glue smears, when the clock strikes 2:30, and I’m steaming out the door to pick the kids up from school.” Thinking of what a great idea that *would* be, I had to chuckle.

One of my other favorite chapters, Chapter 17: On the Run, offers “a list of sports that complement your scrapbook addiction.” Just reading that description makes me laugh. Lain’s imagination and creativity come together masterly in this chapter, and I found myself laughing out loud several times in just four, small pages.

From healthy scrapbooking habits “if your scrapbooking tote weighs more than 50 pounds, give yourself credit for strength training,” to maintaining a scrapbooking budget “items that include the words ‘As seen at winter CHA’ are exempt,” to creatively making time to scrap “Contract a debilitating disease,” she touches on it all with humor, wit and a fun bit of sarcasm (okay, a lot of sarcasm… tee hee).

Pros:

  • Small size.
  • Short essays perfect for reading when you only have a few minutes to spare.
  • Silly and fun.
  • This may sound weird, but I think it would be great as a bathroom book. It’s the perfect size, and the chapters are the perfect length to be read in just a minute or two.
  • The price is right for a book you can go back to and read… over and over.
  • A handy elastic strap to keep it closed.
  • An attached bookmark ribbon to save your place.

Cons:

  • Scrapbooking humor may not be for everybody.
  • If you don’t like fantastical stories about this hobby of ours, you probably wouldn’t like it.
  • Beginner scrapbookers may not appreciate it as much as “seasoned veterans.”

At $9.99, it’s reasonably priced and available at these retailers:

  1. Amazon
  2. Barnes and Noble
  3. Scrap and Paper Corner

Have you read this little gem? Leave us a comment and let us know!

**Edited to add:
Would you like to win a copy of Snippets?! Just leave a comment with a little snippet of your favorite crafty story. You have until Friday at Midnight to enter. Email subscribers click here to enter.**
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54 Responses to Snippets by Lain Ehmann

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    Bree April 30, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    How about this….

    On Monday I cut my hand deep, with a pair of scissors… i needed two stitches ( it easily could have been ten.. you know how sharp those babies are , right ladies?)…. so i “called in sick” the next day to heal.. which really ended up being a full day of crafting….. until the hubby walked in the door, thats when the water works came out, the whining… and then followed by being pampered and taken out for dinner that night… I didnt have any dishes to doi…..

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    Jennifer Larson April 30, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    Holy Week this year I had to go to urgent care to get a cut glued shut–I got it changing the blade on my puny Fiskars trimmer. It made for a good story…

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    Jen_in_Kansas April 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    I was at a crop two weeks ago and attended a 2 page layout class. I was piercing holes around a stamped image to be able to apply brads. When I lifted my 12 X 12 cardstock I realized I had left my second page under my first and had pierced that page as well. My mother sitting next to me laughed out loud so that the whole class knew what I had done. Luckily I was able to reverse the page and glue some designer paper over the wholes. My mother called out to the class our crafty mantra ‘Remember, there are no mistakes, just a chance to embelish’

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    Juliescrapbook April 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    I would love to get a copy of this book. My favorite thing : doing an activity for the sole purpose of using your scrapbooking stash. I was anxious to go fishing because I had great fishing ornaments and stickers. At least it pushes me to do new activities!

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    Dena Schnupp April 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    Nice review. Looks like a book I must get and read! My scrapbooking has come to a halt right now. Last time I looked at pages it was pages and pages of our family at the beach. I really like that and the vacation that goes along with the photos! I am eager to go again!

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    SS April 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    I spilled a 16 oz. jar of sparkle mod podge on my favorite jeans. They’re now my favorite crop jeans. They also have a hole in the thigh where I accidentally stabbed myself with a craft knife while trimming around the edges of a shaped album.

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    ms.cheryl April 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

    I’ve been scrapping for about 2-3 years and I must scrap in a sheltered world. I don’t really have any funny stories to tell. That makes me kinda sad.I guess I’ll have to read the book for some funny stories. ms.cheryl

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    scrapperkaren April 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    I think I sometimes take my scrapping too seriously, no funny stories that I can recall right now. So I really need this book to lighten me up!!! I was always trying to convert my friends to my addiction till I noticed a few were avoiding me!!! Now I only talk about it if they ask first!!

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    Amanda Sewell April 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    Haven’t read it, sounds pretty fun! Awesome!

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    Alijoy April 30, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

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    freddiefoofoo April 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    As I write this I catch a wee glimpse of precious things in the corner of my eye. The preshy things have been there for at least 3 years. They get a gentle rummage now & again for the dust to be flicked off the unopened packaging before they are returned to their home. After 5 years they qualify to lose their shiny preshinous enough to actually go on a page. Maybe.Except the ones that have dried up. I’m going to scrap my stash next, it deserves a whole album in its honour. A page for Sir Tim, one for fonts, oooo pass my scissors!! And if I win this book I will scrap that too!!! x

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    Betty April 30, 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    If I plan on using any type of ink pad I make sure I am wearing a color that will not scream INK PAD DROPPED HERE…

    Yeah I’m a klutz.

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    cameracrazychick April 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    Ohhh yes please, I’d LOVE to win this book, it looks like a real HOOT. The sad thing is that although it seems ridiculous, I can relate to some of the things mentioned! Oh dear. My name is Beck and I am a scrapaholic. Um, sometimes I buy a product that I love the look of, even though it won’t go with anything else I have in the way of photos etc, so I will then go and take photos to match the papers! Ha ha ha. Come on, you’ve all done that, right? Right? Oh well, maybe I’m the only nutter that does that 🙂

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    Lorraine April 30, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    Here’s some irony for you. The farthest I have ever traveled in my own country was to Scrapfest. I flew from Edmonton, Alberta to Kitchener, Ontario.

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    Kathy M April 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    I guess the only thing a little humorous that most scrapbookers, paper crafters can relate to is my obsession with paper. So much so, that I often have problems even bringing myself to use it. Now most sane people would think it’s just paper, right? Oh, be we scrapbookers know it’s WAY more than just paper.

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    Paula April 30, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    I think the oddest thing I have done while scrapping was when I got home found someone elses photo pages mixed in with mine. The phone calls were a riot until I found the rightful owner of the papges…..You just had to be there.

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    elderscrapper April 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    I have myself surrounded by scrap supplies and I always seem to be able to buy something more. It’s really bad when you buy a great scrapping book only to discover that you already own it. I don’t own this one and would love to.

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    Tina B. April 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    I would love to win a copy…I have been looking for it…but have not found it. I would have to say that my story is not a funny one but a warm hearted one. One of our high school boys on the wrestling team made it all the way to the state championship and he won…very exciting…well I decided to scrap his season this year for the mother and let me just say if felt AWESOME to give it to her and have her look through it and be happy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Crafty Math Chick April 30, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    One time when I was mounting some TAC stamps onto EZ Mount I accidentally stuck the set to the wrong side and ruined them. Luckly the set had not been retired and I reordered it. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ~Meredith

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    Kimberly S. April 30, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    I have a scrap outfit. It is covered in glitter, modge podge, glue, you name it, it’s on there. Whenever I scrap, I get stuff all over me and my scrap table.

    Who ever said being creative had to be a neat and tidy process?

    So now I have what was my favorite pair of jeans and a t-shirt that I put on whenever I’m feeling creative.

    I guess I should learn to start wearing an apron. He he he.

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    Christina April 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    After just reading about someone getting glue all over their projects, that same night I did the same even though as I was making my card, I remembered the blog & told myself I wouldn’t do the same thing. Of course, Murphy’s Law!

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    waldenbunch April 30, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    I love that my husband supported my scrapbooking “habit” by fixing our guest bedroom with everything I needed to store my stash and be happy. He painted and built all for me!

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    Rebecca Ednie April 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    While the book sounds otherwise delightful, I resent the advice to contract a debilitating disease to make time for scrapbooking. I have a debilitating disease and often I have time but no energy for crafting! While I might be able to overlook such obviously ignorance in an otherwise fun book, shame on you for choosing that small bit for your review. It shows a serious lack of understanding and caring for those of us who suffer everyday from illnesses, especially those, like mine, that have no lifestyle component! I can do nothing to help myself other than resting and taking my medication. Not funny!

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    Ami April 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    My favorite scrappy story…of mine…is when I actually found photo squares in my oldest dd’s diaper. Or when the doctor asked me if I wanted to scrapbook the ear tube that just came out of my middle dd’s ear…there are more!!!

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    Louise Dubord April 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    My, my – I have done activities only in order to be able to use a special paper or embellishment… I buy scrapbooking things only because they are pretty. Idon’t buy clothes, shoes or makeup anymore so I can go to the scrapbooking store… And WHO invented Internet shopping in the comfort of your home? Very dangerous indeed. I dare say only scrapbookers can understand what we have to go through…

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    Laurie T April 30, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    My favorite pro – “This book could easily be a bathroom book, read little snippets at a time”
    Have not read this but would love to win a copy!

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    Parker and Emma's Mom April 30, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    I honestly HATE to shop for anything (clothes, stuff for house etc). Except scrap stuff…then I could go all day long.

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    Sue April 30, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    I have had this book on my wish list since I heard about it. I am hoping I will get it for my birthday next month.

    Susan

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    Crafty P April 30, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    Lain is a hoot! I can’t wait to read this little gem!

    The memory that immediately comes to mind was the time I was scrapping and had a cup of tea sitting on my table and well, of course it spilled somehow. I ran off to get towels and what else? my camera! Of course I had to snap a picture of the ridiculous mess that I made and blog about it, too. A good scrapbooker always has her camera handy!

    ps. i salvaged that page and if I recall, covered the spot with some patterned paper and a sticker!

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    Vanessa April 30, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    hmm i dont really have much of a story other than i lose things ALL THE TIME…right now I am missing a few stamps, not sure how it is possible seeing as i have only pushed things around the desk a few times in the last few months!

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    Ginny April 30, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    I’ve been in a major rut, maybe this book will get me going again! I did cut myself with a box cutter once, needed stitches but just used a butterfly bandage to keep shut. Petrified of doctors, LOL

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    Christine April 30, 2009 at 9:51 pm #

    What a wonderful review of this book. I will definitely be picking it up. You have totally piqued my interest and I must have more. 🙂 Good Luck to everyone on winning a copy of the book.
    xoxo, Christine

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    Denise April 30, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    I love Lain and miss her wonderful podcasts. My only scrappy caution story is: don’t wear white, especially when you are using StazOn ink.

    I still have the (white) tank top that illustrates this lesson.

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    jules p April 30, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

    I have to say…scrapbooking saved my life. A new town, new state….and I did not know anyone. I went to a workshop, and as they say the rest is history!

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    Chrystabel April 30, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    My husband came into my craft room to ask me if I had a paper “cutter”…I looked at him like he was insane and asked “who are you talking to?” He said he just wanted to cut some paper, so I started laughing hysterically and pulled out trimmer after trimmer until he made me stop. He didn’t understand why I thought it was so funny…the man simply does not get scrapbooking humor!

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    Maureen May 1, 2009 at 6:41 am #

    when I am online checking out various blogs, stores, and scrap sites, if my husband strolls by he likes to toss out varied comments that always include the term ‘scrapmergency’ always makes me laugh and want to smack him.

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    Janet L. May 1, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    Great review! The only simi-funny thing I can think of is–watch out for glue dots that accidentally get stuck to certain body parts! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Alijoy May 1, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Looks like a great book to read – I can’t say I have too many grat stories to tell though. The craft keeps things interesting around our house – I often see a layout I like and try to get the kids to replicate it. Makes for great memories but sometimes an exasperatd kid or two.

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    Elaine May 1, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    Maybe not a favorite but one for the memory books…

    Several years ago my son who is hearing impaired got new hearing aids that allowed him to hear at new frequencies. He was fascinated with the Tombow adhesive because it made a clicking sound that he could now hear. Prior to that, he was never interested in the thing. Well one day he decides that he REALLY likes the clicking sound and proceeds to put tape runner stuff all over the table (my working table thank goodness)…and then decided to try it on the wall….up and down, sideways, and all around.. he loved that tape runner sound! Imagine my surprise when I walked into the room and it looked like friggin snail tracks on the wall! and I have a serious phobia with snails and slugs…ACK!!!!!

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    Anonymous May 1, 2009 at 12:32 pm #

    I love the statement: Scrapbooking humor may not be for everybody. How funny!

    Patty
    pattywin@hughes.net

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    isabel May 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    oh, love to read this book;..
    scrap for don’t make a nervous breakdown !!!

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    Heather May 1, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    I found a glue dot in my bra. Enough said!

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    lisaday May 1, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    I love Lain and have been wanting to get her book for awhile now. Thanks for doing a review!

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    asnow May 1, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Looks like a fun book and just the right size!

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    ellen s. May 1, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    i love the fact that whenever we have company, the scrubster makes sure he asks me –as the doorbell is ringing — if my scrap room door is closed. always a jokster.

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    Jen May 1, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    I love Lain so much. She’s so down to earth and her ideas are wonderful and she’s an inspiration. I can’t wait to read her “baby”!

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    Priscilla May 1, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    This book sounds interesting. I can definitely relate to funny stories. One of my adventures was when I drove 20 miles to “retreat” at a friend’s house to scrapbook all day. Only to discover (after I had set up my carload of “scrap crap” that I had left ALL of my photos back at home! I was so worried about my stuff that I forgot the main ingredient to scrapbook! =)

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    Suz May 1, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    Lain is so much fun. I’d love to win this book.

    When my son was 2 weeks old I was tired & sewing a quilt for him on the sewing machine. Well buzzing along at super speed something he did made me look away for a second & I ran right over my finger. We went to the ER with the needle thru my nail & finger. They said they see that at least once a month lol

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    Alison May 2, 2009 at 7:24 am #

    I remember when I first started scrapping (back in the dark ages!), I was buying up everything in sight — paper cutters, fancy paper, ten varieties of adhesives — you know what I mean. After a year or so of this spending spree my husband asks, “So are these still start-up costs?”

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    Beth G. May 2, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    I regularly load up embellishments to cover holes or mistakes. Lain makes me laugh on a regular basis on her blog so I’d love a chance to read more! XX’s

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    Delia W May 3, 2009 at 4:30 am #

    Im like many others that have commented here and can’t really remember a funny story they second. And my lack of writing skills will only make any story I want to tell less so 😉

    Well, still hoping I can win this book and bring some cheer into my scrapping room..

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    Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 12:30 am #

    I love Lain’s sense of humour and would love to win this book.
    My favourite scrapping story is when my friend Rosalie came to a crop at my house, bringing her surplus supplies to sell/share with the others who were coming (who also brought their surplus stuff). Rosalie had the biggest box by far – and still went home with more stuff than she came with!
    Margot/NZ

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    tess May 12, 2009 at 5:29 am #

    I teach scrapbooking and I was demonstrating a trimmer to some new customers and whipped out a photo of my husband’s ex-girlfriend and chopped her head off… we all had a good cackle about the decapitated ex-girlfriend, until one of the ladies said “What if she’s my cousin?” – deathly silence – until she laughed and said “Only kidding!” We all had a good chuckle, but I NEVER chopped up the ex-girlfriend photos again in a demonstration!

    Another funny thing that happened was at a workshop my friend was running that I decided to join. Her mom was working on the back of a page she had already done – but didn’t realise she had the page upside down. When she finished, we all laughed so much – she put it in her album just like that – and journalled at the bottom about the laugh we all had at her expense!

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    momto4greatkids May 17, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    Would love to win a book!! Have heard all good things about Lain!