Monday, November 3, 2008

:REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Get it Scrapped: Organize, Visualize, Create by Debbie Hodge

UPDATE: The lucky winner has been announced! Check it out here.

Get It Scrapped!: Organize, Visualize, Create by Debbie Hodge is a book that addresses the issue of how to create a effective system for organizing your photos and how to analyze the photos to determine how to create memorable layouts.

Debbie Hodge is a regular contributor to Memory Makers Magazine, but has also had work featured in Scrapbooks Etc, Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Scrapbook Trends and several idea books.

For this book, she included to work of three other very talented scrapbook artist including Kim Kesti, Betsy Veldman and Sharyn Tormanen.

The book includes seven chapters:

Chapter 1 - Get Organized
This chapter includes great tips for storing and organizing your photos - either digitally or in print form - which is the key ti being an efficient scrapper.

Chapter 2 - Get Events Scrapped
Obviously, this chapter focuses on the big events of life like birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc. which generally get the most attention from the average scrapper. The chapter also has some wonderful tip for constructing layouts based on the number of photos you wish to scrap - 1, 2, several or many.

Chapter 3 - Get Everyday Life Scrapped
Everyday life scrapping can be a challenge for some and in this chapter Hodge offers advice on how to organize your these types of photos - especially those that don't lend themselves to chronological order - so that you can more easily find themes to build layout on.

Chapter 4 - Get Collections Scrapped
In one way or another, collections are a part of every one's life. Tips are offered for collecting photos for these types of layouts as they are often related photos taken at different times. They can be literal collections (such as shoes, dolls, model cars, etc.) or figurative collections (such as a grouping of photos taken of a particular person or group of people taken over time).

Chapter 5 - Get Moments Scrapped
Perhaps one of my favorite things to scrap, Debbie describes the 'moments' as being able to identify your 'stunners' or best photos and using them to visually express your deepest sentiments through your layouts.

Chapter 6 - Get Yourself Scrapped
Perhaps the hardest one for me (as well as many other scrappers, I'm sure) to achieve, Debbie offers ideas for themes to cover that will record the essence of you and that your loved ones will cherish.

Chapter 7 - Get Your World Scrapped
Again, Debbie offers easy way to approach the task of recording your world and documenting the significance of the things, people and events that shape your life and those of your loved ones.

Within the book, there is a one-page spotlight on each of the contributors that addresses how they handle the task highlighted in the chapter in which their spotlight appears.

If you like the book and want even more, Debbie also has a website where she offers online classes based on the topics of the book as well as others. The current offerings include Art Journaling 101, Scrap Your Travel & Vacation, and Sweet Treats Fall.


??? 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.

Visit the Get It Scrapped!: Organize, Visualize, Create page at You can also read more of my reviews for other recommendations.

Another giveaway for you ladies!! Simply leave your FULL NAME AND EMAIL in a comment to this post by Wednesday, November 5th, 11:59 PM (CST) in order to be considered to win a FREE copy of Get It Scrapped! I will announce and contact the random winner via email on Thursday.
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