Tuesday, February 12, 2008

REVIEW: 601 Great Scrapbook Ideas by Memory Makers Books

Definitely one of the largest collection of layouts I've ever seen, 601 Great Scrapbook Ideas by Memory Makers doesn't disappoint in the area of eye-candy!!

It's not too hard to guess how many layouts are featured in this book, but an even bigger asset to this book is the fact that there were nearly 200 contributing artists!

I was certainly very happy when I saw that several of my favorites, such as Susan Weinroth, Greta Hammond, Kay Rogers, and Hillary Heidelberg had creations included. I also found a new favorite in Michelle Coleman whose digatal creations are just amazing! I am not a digital scrapper scrapper, but still get much inspiration for digital scrappers like Michelle.

I was also excited to see a fellow South Dakotan with a beautiful layout featured in the book - Mary Palmer Chapman from Watertown, SD.

The book itself is divided into five chapters:

1) Everyday Life
2) Hard to Forget (consists of layouts about holidays, seasons, major events, etc.)
3) More than a Princess
4) More than Prince Charming
5) Open Heart
Another great thing about this idea book is that through the sheer number of layouts it includes pretty much every scrap style out there and at a variety of levels - from the beginning scrapbooker to the expert. The are one photo layouts and multi-photo layouts. There are one page layouts and 2-page spreads. There are 8 1/2 x 11's and 12 x 12's. So, in essence, there is something for every scrapbooker in this book.

About the only limitations that I found in this book are that the chapters did seem to somewhat focus the types of layouts included in the book a little too tightly. For example, if you looking for ideas on pet layouts, you won't find them in this book. In addition, the book is strictly layouts. If your looking for specific ideas for mini-books, cards, altered art or any other ways in which to create with your scrapping products or photos, you won't find that here either.

Also, as I said in the intro, this is pure eye-candy and that can be both good and not-so-good. There is definitely not much in the way of editorial content in this book (in other words - not much to read). There are short blurbs every couple of pages or so to point out a special technique or idea, but that's about it.

All that considered, this book is still really a great source for scrapbooking ideas (just like the title says)!



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