Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A Review of Out of Bounds: Scrapbooking Without Boundaries

A review of Out of Bounds: Scrapbooking Without Boundaries by Jodi Amidei and Torrey Scott.

Is it over-the-top intimidating or out-of-the-box inspiring? Read on to find out...
Amazon Description:
*Full of prompts and challenges to get the reader thinking in a different way, Out of Bounds is the first creativity-centered, how-to book on this topic.
*Features 60 stunning sample pages to instruct and inspire scrapbookers.
*In a 2006 survey at one of the premiere U.S. scrapbooking conventions, 41% of attendees surveyed said that the main reason they scrapbook is for the artistic/creative outlet. Many scrapbookers see scrapbooking as their sole creative outlet--their chance to explore, grow and have fun. But these same people may feel confined by the rules of what scrapbooking is supposed to be, whether it's the shape of the page, the materials used or even the reasons why they scrapbook. In this book, two leading scrapbook designers show readers how to shake off these notions and create scrapbook pages and memory art that are free of rules and full of creative inspiration. Sixty unique and exceptional scrapbook pages are featured, each accompanied by the artists' challenge to the reader. Topics include playing with techniques, breaking rules, finding new motivation, and pushing the boundaries.
This book is absolutely gorgeous. The layouts are amazingly unique, inspiring...and a little bit intimidating - for my, anyway. You see, I am mainly what you would call a fairly 'simple scrapper'. I've never gotten into a whole lot of elaborate techniques largely due to timeas a working mom (as well as money for more supplies and the space to store them!). Some of these layouts look as if they could have spent an entire day (if not more) constructing the intricate details and unfortunately, I just don't have that kind of time. HOWEVER, with that said, I WAS inspired greatly by this book...it got me thinking outside the box (way outside) in terms of what one can really do with their scrapbook pages and I really do hope to try out many of the ideas I found in this book, even if it is on a much smaller scale - perhaps a tag or homemade embellishment using some of their amazing techiques. If you're looking for some amazing 'eye-candy' and unique and inspiring techniques, this book is definitely for you!


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