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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:
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