Scrapbooking books?

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Scrapbooking books?

Do any of you use scrapbooking books for ideas?

I am thinking about getting Scrapbook Page Maps because I feel like all my pages always look the same. Has anyone used this? Do you like it?

Also I would maybe like a book on different techniques. I would like to try stamping, embossing, chalk, etc, but don't really have a clue where to do! Any suggestions?

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http://www.layoutblueprints.com/

I have both of these and they really help give me a jumping off point. I LOVE them.

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I've personally never heard of the book. For really good ideas, I used to subscribe to Creating Keepsakes . I absolutely love it and need to resubscribe as I let it lapse for the past year. Awesome ideas for both the paper and digiscrapping at a very reasonable price. You can also get great tips on their website and get free downloads.

For stamping, I'd recommend starting out with acryllic stamps. You can see where you're stamping and make sure it's lined where you want. MUCH easier to use than rubber stamping as well as cheaper. I almost always only buy the little pads of ink because I also use them for aging the edges of paper by hand, so much more versatile and cheaper for bigger selection of colors.

But basically, what you really need to do is just buy the basic supplies and tools of what you're interested in and just dive in. You learn best by trial and error by getting a feeling for the medium. You can also utube what technique you want to learn and you should find a video to walk you through it. DIY used to offer great scrapbooking techniques as well, but I don't know if they still do. Have fun!

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I subscribe to Scrapbooks, Etc. It's a magazine that comes once a month. They have TONS of LOs in it to look at, many sketches, paper piecings, digital LOs, comments on new products and how to use them. It's a great magazine and I've gotten a TON of ideas from it. And this board really is a great source of help too. If I ever have a question about something, someone on here can help me out. GL!!

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"zoe08" wrote:

Do any of you use scrapbooking books for ideas?

I am thinking about getting Scrapbook Page Maps because I feel like all my pages always look the same. Has anyone used this? Do you like it?

Also I would maybe like a book on different techniques. I would like to try stamping, embossing, chalk, etc, but don't really have a clue where to do! Any suggestions?

I have a ton of books but one is all on embossing, stamping, chalk, and painting. Let me find out what it is called for you.

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I always just look at sites online for inspiration. pagemaps.com has good sketches (for LOs and cards) also stuck on us sketches http://stuckonusketches.blogspot.com/

I know there are others out there, but those are the two I frequent.

ETA: I think stuck on us sketches actually uses page maps sketches too, so those might be duplicates if you look in both places. Sorry, I just noticed that!

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I do look online some, but I really like to have something that I can look at anywhere and something I can hold in my hands. I love the internet, but it will never replace actually holding books!