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Thinking about what I fancied reviewing I realised that I haven't written a single review on anything craft based. This suprised me because craft is a huge part of my life, it's a big love of mine and I've not shared that with any of you!
I've been 'crafty' all my life and did art all through school to persue something that really gave me an outlet to deal with things I went through. However painting, drawing etc is not my thing. I sadly cannot produce works of art that people think 'wow' to when they see them. My style is what I call freestyle creative, not typical 'art'. I like to create dimensional pictures, I've been through card making phases and I've always had a diary/scrapbook which holds the key to my heart.
I don't really like to say I'm a scrapbooker because quite frankly it sounds boring and people assume I'm a bit of an anorac! What I do is keep a large bound pad which I use as a diary, (not regularly though) to document things that affect me like song lyrics, pictures, words, etc. It's something I've done since my early teens after a counciller told me to put my feelings down on paper and this is my way of doing it-it's my therapy!
This website is my alladins cave of inspiration, and opportunities! I literally have to avoid it at times because it can demand a huge amount of my time to appreciate everything it offers and I don't like interupting that creative flow! OK, so what I mean is that every time I go on this website I spend a fortune so I have to avoid it when my pockets are empty!
Scarpbook.com is one of the largest website I've found that encorporates every element of scrapbooking in one place. It's got the largest online shop offering products of practically every brand and range possible. It's 'superstore' as it's reffered to is unmatched, no where else can offer the size and range of products that is held here-not even Hobbycraft comes close. The site itself is ndeed an american site so the prices are in dollars but I've found that the prices are a lot lower on there, which I know is often the case with transatlantic purchases. The best way to utilise the superstore is to save your money and do one large shop to stock up at once. The shipping costs can be debilitating and very off-putting if you only want one or two products. In fact if you were only after one or two products it's not worth the shipping costs even with the lower prices so it's best to source your scrapbooking products elsewhere. However if you save your money and really stock up then you can mazimise your value for money. You will pay approzimately one third of the total cost of the products on a larger shipment. By larger I mean approximately £200-£300 pounds. Which sounds like a lot but considering this is my passion and my way of keeping sane I am always happy to invest in it! It is a lot of money to spend on beautiful flowers, pressed papers, stickers etc but for that money you can get double the amount of things you could purchase here in the shops or even on the best scrapbooking UK websites. Thats why it's best to use the superstore in this way. You get the most for your money and plus it'a like christmas when you open that box of goodies!
The ranges carried in the superstore are brands like Bo Bunny which is unavialble over here. You may find the odd item on ebay or a specialist website but this is the only place I've found that ships Bo Bunny products to the UK and also offers their entire range. And for those of you who don't know Bo Bunny epitomises the reasons I love scrapbooking-they provide the most beautiful ranges complete with patterned and themed paper, stickers, flowers, brads, accents, ribbons etc. You wont find a range in the world that competes with theirs. The superstore also carries the full Martha Stewart Ranges, The full EK SUCCESS and K &Co Ranges, Disney, Prima and thousands more! The great thing is they always have a clearance section to that is pretty well stocked and offers some great bargains. They also usually have coupon codes that get you a little discount at the checkout.
Another great feature besides it's superstore is it's gallery. Their are member only sections to this website but this isn't one of them so anyone can use it and view it which is fantastic for all beginner scrapbookers and creative minds. The gallery gives members the opportunity to upload their page layouts from their own scrapbooks to inspire others. It's a way of sharing your wonderful work with the world but also a way of providing inspiration to others and many members list what ranges and products they have used on their layout so you can buy them for yourself to either copy the layout of create one that's inspired by theirs. I could forever trail through the layouts on their, they are all beautiful and all done by people who take so much pride in their scrapbooks as a way of restoring and keeping memories or presenting their thoughts. I've never once come across a poor layout, they are all amazing and it's well worth a visit even if your not the scrapbooking type. You can browse the library of added layouts by colour and theme too if your looking for particular inspiration. There is also a section to view photo's of peoples 'scraprooms'. This scares the life out of my partner because some of these rooms are made only for the purpose of scrapbooking and are furnished to accomodate this! They look amzing and I keep saying I want one but my partner knows the amount of 'stuff' I would then buy to fill this said scrapbook room would bankrupt us! That said, the gallery feature of scrapbook.com is an absolute gem-check it out.
Another fabulous feature of this website is the forum. The fact that this webiste is unparralleled by any other means it's got a huge following in the scrapbooking community and has a huge list of loyal members who regularly use the forums to communicate with each other. It provides new members the opportunity to discuss ideas and research the best start up brands, it gives experienced scrapbookers the opoortunity to help beginners, discuss new ranges and recommend ideas to each other too. Any problems with products or reviews on specialist scrapbooking products are found here and there is always a huge wealth of knowledge shared between members in order to help others make the correct buying decesions. It's a great resource to use and always very useful. It's nice to feel part of a wider community who have the same passion too.
A further fabulous section of the website is the resources section. As if the gallery wasn't enough to inspire you, there is a whole tailor made part of the website designed solely to provide you with inspiration! Under the resources section you will find sub-sections for quotes and poems to use in your scrapbook and a section that provides titles. These are all separtated by theme for example-love, freedom, adoption, relationships, heartbreak etc. It makes it really easy to use and always throws up some thought provoking and inspiring ideas to use on your pages. You will also find a specialised tips section here that provides ideas and tips on how to get the most from your products and your scrapbook. I always find the suggested techniques here are good for trying out even if I don't always like or use them for my own scrapbook projects. There are also tonnes of e-books to read here that will give you a great basis to scrapbooking, cardmaking etc and provide step by step guides on techniques, ways to scrapbook on low budgets, how to match themes and colours etc. Another section in the resource area is the article archive. The good folks at scrapbook.com have compiled a huge archive full of scrapbooking articles for you to view and read. This is very usefull because I find specialist magazines too expensive for their volume and the ones that do reach the market here in the UK are a bit...naff! Thats why I get my editorial fix for all things scrapbook here. This is another section thats free to use whether you are a member or not which is fabulous for you newbies too! However if you do join as a member you can create your own 'resource' section and keep a folder with all the bits you want to regularly reference, it's really useful.
A hugely fantatsic section of this website is the 'classes' section. I've often looked out for scrapbooking classes in the colleges I live near but never find any at all. It's such a shame because I would love nothing more than to attend a once monthly class and spend the day learning new techniques, looking at new brands and getting to know like minded people. With none of these being around my way I've learnt to use this 'classes' section and although I don't very often use it now, a beginning would do so well to start here. Their video and email tutorial classes are total free when you join as a member. They used to charge nearly $25 dollars for their 'learn to scrapbook' online class but now it's free so I would advice anyone who's even remotely interested in starting this up for themselves to go for the classes-they are emailed to you for you to do at home. Take full advantage of the free price tag because you get all 24 lessons free! Their isn't just classes for beginners though, there are some for middle road scrapbookers and some for experienced scrapbookers which is nice too. But it's a tool best used for beginners I find.
This section also joins with the 'videos' section. This is another resource for inspiration. Members upload guide to producing identical layouts to their own, they show product demos and also show new techniques. It's really great for learning new things and really easy to use, it's almost a 'you-tube' style lay out and is sub-categorised for ease of navigation.
Finally is the 'MY PLACE' section which you get when your a member. You can consolidate all your chosen layouts as favourites, all your useful classes and videos can be marked and shown here in a library style format and you can keep a list of 'friends' made from the scrapbooking community. It also provides messaging facilities and access to the latest newsletters and you will ofetn get group voucher codes etc if you access this area. The great thing is that membership is free! Yes free! So you get to use the website whether you are a member or not but you get the option to participate once you join rather than just view which is great if you ever feel a bit lonley in your love for scrapbooking like I do!
Overall this website gets a full 5 stars out of 5. No other website in this field comes close at all, not just for the huge superstore which is totally unmatched but for the amount of wisdom, inspiration and knowledge that is on each page. I use this website a lot and just writing this review has given me a kick in to using it even more, to use it for it's maximum potential!
Something I appreciate about this website is although it's an American website it doesn't rule out us englishmen and women. They still ship here and there are absolutely no features only available for American residents-it's all equally obtainable and viewable. So it's fair for all!
This website is one of the most comprehensive of it's kind and I for one can not rate it highly enough!
please visit www.scrapbook.com to experience it for yourself!
Scrapbook.com is a scrapbooking related website which is extremely easy to navigate around and find everything you could possibly need.
There are several sections there, including a gallery of pictures of layouts and scrapbook pages, a forum to talk to other scrappers from around the world and even a store where you can buy things to add to your scrapbooking collection.
The people there are extrmely friendly and are always more than willing to help you out. If you ever need anything, just ask in the forum and people will give you loads of helpful and friendly advice.
In the gallery, you can see the work of other people there and find out all about their projects. This can often be very inspiring and providing feedback on the work of others can help them greatly with improving their future projects.
There is also a section called "My Place" which is like a page on a social networking site that you can add photos to, send comments to your friends from and even keep a blog to keep everyone updated on what you've been doing lately.
From the home page, you can get to almost every other part of the site which makes it an extremely easy site to use. Just a click of a button and you're already at your desired page.
I would highly recommend this site for all who like crafts as it's one of the best out there in my opinion!
I have been a scrapbooker for many years now. I think I am what some people would call a cheeky scrap lifter and I really enjoy getting ideas from other peoples layouts. More recently I have taken to making cards and I also enjoy looking at other people's work.
I discovered this site when I had a scrabookers block and was looking for some inspiration. It is an American based site which means that layouts on here tend to be more detailed and frankly excellent. They use so many magical things to make such wonderful layouts.
The site is so easy to navigate around with many menus and sub menus to choose from. My particular favorite is obviously the gallery where you can see all these lovely layouts and cards. It is really pretty and exciting when you enter the site. They have layouts on the front page to give you a taster of things to come throughout the site.
I am yet to upload any of my own layouts as they arnt anwhere near as good as the ones found on here and I think I would be a little embarassed but it looks easy and you can upload as many as you want.
Everyone on this site is so friendly and helpful with tips and hints and this is why I use it so often. Everyone here is obviously very very creative and clever and its a lovely little community.
There is a place where you can keep all your favorite layouts if you are a member and there is also many forums where you can discuss anything craft related. A great area is also the resourse area where you can find quotes, poems and helpful hints.
I have been a member now for over 2 years and I use this site every day. You can find layouts for every ocassion which is really helpful for inspiration.
I cannot tell you how much i wish I lived in America when I visit the online superstore of Scrapbook.com. They have hundres and hundres of great products not avaliable here ad at really cheap America prices. They do ship to england but delivery charges are obviously going to be huge!!
I know scrapbookig is not as popular here as it is in America but I would really suggest taking it up as a hobby and this site would be a great place to start for some inspiration.