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Scrapbook Storytelling

By Joanna Campbell Slan

      In my loft I have some beautiful Victorian family albums crammed with sepia photographs of my ancestors. The trouble is, I don't know who any of them are! If you think that making a good scrapbook is solely about taking good pictures and composing pleasing layouts then stop and read this book, or repeat the mistake of so many people's families. Journalizing is all about getting it down on your page who, where, what, and when, and here is a whole useful book about it.

      This truly is a neglected topic, and a keen scrapbooker like me devoured every useful word. There are helpful lists of questions to ask yourself in here, ideas to get you started, and reasons why everybody can write whatever you were told in school. How to scrapbook the wonderful things that children (or anybody) say, ways of getting it across with more punch, and lots of full color examples make this a keeper. I particularly liked the way photos commemorated not just the extraordinary and the special, but the sad, and those everyday events that are more evocative of life than a dozen well-scrubbed holiday and vacation shots. From getting over writer's block, to getting the family involved in making an album, to how to write up those precious heritage photos this will soon have scrapbooks bursting with useful words. Very inspiring and user-friendly.

The Book

EFG Inc (distributed in UK by Search Press)
April 2005
How-To Books/Scrapbooking
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2005

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