Wednesday, November 28, 2007

REVIEW: Real.Life.Scrapbooking by Rebecca Cooper

Real.Life.Scrapbooking.MY REVIEW:
Real.Life.Scrapbooking. by Rebecca Cooper was inspiring to me on many levels.

I am awed by Rebecca's ability to create simple layouts that are incredibly stunning using photos, color and text, yet avoid of all the extravagent embellishments that seem to be such the 'trend' in today's scrapbooking market.

She, too, is a busy mother who doesn't have the time for all the fuss and just wants to record family history and create family art to enjoy for years to come. Her style allows her photos, her words, and her memories take center stage on her layouts

Her book is divided into 5 sections:

1) Why - The Real Reasons
2) What - My Reality
3) How - Real Simple
4) Keeping it Real
5) Resources
There were many ideas that stood out to me in this book involving color schemes, layout designs, themes/topics to scrapbook, but here's just a few that I really liked:

* Creating a quick and easy mini book entitled "I want to remember this..." that I can continually add in tidbits on those little things that sometimes miss getting their own designated layout.
* Creating a layout around a grocery shopping list. I love the thought of what this can record about our daily life, what kinds of food we eat often, what the cost of food was in 2007, etc. It will reveal pretty quickly that I'm no gourmet chef, I'm afraid, but that's Real.Life., isn't it?
* Create a layout designed after a book cover or a product package. I've often used magazine ads for inspiration, but not it's a new challenge for me.
There is so much more in this book including ideas on how to create a 'To-Do' binder to keep your scrapbooking on task, numerous examples of how to stretch a small amount of coordinated supplies to make numerous items, and guides on creating layouts using building blocks (photos, a concept/theme, and design) and schemes (or sketches as many of us refer to them).

In all, there are 93 inspiring layouts in this book and over a dozen other projects including cards, tags, mini books, altered items and more. Most layouts are by Rebecca herself, but there are also 6 other contributors to this book that add in their own flare including Beth Proudfoot, Margaret Scarbrough, Melissa Deakin, Moon Ko, Sara Winnick, and Theresa Olier.

"You don't need a whole room full of products and an art degree to preserve your memories."Rebecca Cooper, Real.Life.Scrapbooking
This book is perfect for the scrapper who is short on time and/or supplies or simply LOVES the look of a clean, beautiful layout where photos and memories are most important to them in the process!


I am always curious and open to hearing the opinions of others. If you own or have read this book, please feel free to share your opinion of it in the comments below.

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