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Makers Creative Photo Cropping for Scrapbooks: Steps
for Turning Your Photos into Works of Art.
From the Editors of Memory Makers Books. Learn steps for turning your photos
into works of art. Open up those shoe boxes of photos and discover the joy and
excitement of cutting and cropping your pictures. This book will inspire you
to move beyond the fear of cutting photos by teaching you how to transform standard,
everyday snapshots into unique works of art for your scrapbook pages.
A great beginner's guide to the art of cropping (trimming) your photographs.
It is an easy to read book, with great ideas, tips and techniques for getting
the most out of your photographs.
As I don't like to cut my photographs, I did find some of the suggestions dated,
so have given it a lower rating!
Star Rating 5/10
Folding is a book for anyone who wants to add dimension
to their scrapbooking pages.
The large double page,
full colour format makes it easy to reproduce the illustrated layouts
while the instructions are clearly explained both with text and
diagrams, making it suitable for both the novice or experienced
Most projects have alternative ideas for each fold
and these could easily be adapted for cardmakers.
liked the 3D Christmas ideas. There are four pages of teabag papers
in the centre of the book to enable you to get started right away.
I did tend to find that some of the layouts were a bit too American
for my tastes but the ideas were sound. The other drawback was
that, as with many American craft publications, if you wanted to
reproduce the layouts exactly, the materials used are often hard
to get hold of. That said I'm sure that resourceful as we crafters
are, we will alwas find a substitute.
On the whole this book is good value for money and has given me
further folding ideas and inspired me to think of new ways to use
teabag folding. Recommended for anyone who is looking for a different
look for their scrapbooking pages but be warned - it is addictive!
Star Rating 7/10
overall layout of the book was very good!
There are 3 things which I found really useful...
* the Quick Tips found
throughout each section
* the Easy Reference Guide at the back (which enables
you to find a particular layout quickly - as it provides a photo
of each one)
* and the Colours and Emotions section ( I feel
that this would help me match colours with what I'm trying to portray
and not just match
colours with photos!)
The book gives you many
different techniques and lays these out
in chapters so you do not get confused! I feel this is important
to the beginner, as it also gives easy to follow instructions with
pictures so that you can see how it should look!
I would say the book is aimed at the beginner and those that have
been scrapping for a little longer, although the more experienced
scrapper may also gain from owning this book.
If I was to change anything it would be to include a more 'advanced
techniques' section. It's certainly value for money especially for
those starting out.
I would give it 8/10 being good value for money and a recommended
buy for those who wish to learn and try techniques which they can
follow with examples given.
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