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I have to confess I don't buy this magazine on a regular basis but when I have no inspiration to scrap. I always find at least one great idea in this magazine to have a go at. The designs vary in difficulty and some do use expensive or hard to find embellishments but I find that I can adapt what I have easily enough and my pages come out looking almost as good.
This is a wonderfully inspiring magazine which provides lots of ideas and for beginners and old-hands alike. The regular contributors are very skilful and help encourage readers to try new things all the time and offering scrapping advice. The magazine is very good quality with lovely colourful photographs throughout and interesting and relevent advertisments. It also give lists of helpful websites worth visiting and real shops in order of county. Readers can send in their creations to be displayed on the "Reader's Gallery" in the magazine which is a great way to get even more ideas.
The letters page is entertaining and informative, I alway like reading what other crafters are getting up to. The one thing that I think would enhance this magazine is having a free gift on the cover. For £3.99 - most craft magazines of this price range give great gifts every month and I have to confess I am one of those shoppers who usually make a magazine choice based on the cover gift! I still recommend this magazine to anyone starting off or experienced scrapbookers - it is a very addictive hobby!
I have been scrapbooking for three years but sometimes I come up against "Scrappers Block" like everyone else! Having Scrapbook Inspirations to hand is often all that is needed to get the creative juices flowing again.
The magazine has a bright friendly style which I thinks appeals to novices and experienced scrappers alike. There a regular features such as the challenges using sketches, a particular collection of products or a price restriction on a layout. The readers contributions fill several pages and are of such high qualityand so there is usually something to inspire a scraplift. The regular writers contribute pages using different techniques and these are presented with clear step-by-step photographs and instructions making them easy to attempt on your own. The product round-ups are useful as they cover products that are currently available in the UK.
The main down side to this publication is that there are too few regular features writers so some of the pages get to be a bit samey. If you take the magazine regularly it doesn't take long to spot who has produced which page. As I said the large readers contribution conteracts this. The magazine no longer comes with free gifts as standard but if you have a subscription you occasionally get a surprise free gift of ribbons or embellishments which is a nice extra but these are few and far between!
Scrapbooking has been a favourite in my life for the last few years. Ever since my auntie bought me a subscription of this magazine for christmas I have just fallen in love with scrapbooking and this magazine. Whenever i'm stuck for an idea or need help on storing all my supplies, I just take a look in this magazine and ideas just come flooding. It honestly is such a shame it only comes out once a month because I could read it everyday and would actually be prepared to pay for it. There are so many different tecniques and ideas with everything you will need to make that page. Its not filled with adverts which is so nice as many magazines these days are. When it comes through my letter box every month I put the kettle on make myself a cup of tea and sit with my feet up and read my magazine whatever jobs I need to do around the house I just forget about and concentrate on my magazine and once i've started I just can't put it down.It's only £3.99 a month from all good stores and well worth the money for the amazing range of articles in it.
Scrapbooking used to be a favourite pastime of the Victorians.
My Grandmother was an avid Scrapbooker and I still have two of her albums,filled with cuttings from postcards,greetings card and any wrapping paper or snippet that she thought was colourful enough to keep.
In years gone by I have Scrapbooked with my own children,an inexpensive hobby that can while away the most miserable of winters day.
The magazine is exactly as it describes itself..Inspirational !
Very individual ideas pop up,how to make table place setting names,customised napkin rings.
A recent feature has been about making a home theatre and the characters..in readiness to put on a show.
This idea has gone down a storm with my Granddaughter,and we are sharing the project .
Another very novel idea has been how to display family photo`s in a fun way..I bought a mini metal bucket from Wilkinson's and my Granddaughter cut the smiling faces from a few holiday snaps.
She then cut out some stars and stuck the photo`s onto the cardboard stars,these were then stuck to long sticks,making lollipop photographs!The mini metal bucket was filled with glass pebbles..again from Wilkinson's ! and the lollipop photo`s were then stuck into the bucket,what a lovely idea for her bedside table !
The magazine holds workshops and day courses and if you were to be interested then all of the dates and venues are detailed in the magazine.
A monthly competition runs,usually the prize will be tickets to a show or a book.
In a general section different Scrapbookers talk about their ideas for use of colour ,often saying that bold and gaudy colour schemes work really well.
But I have to be honest rather than buy Scrapbooking materials we generally use what we have collected ourselves..postcards,greetings cards and glossy magazines.
National Scrapbooking day is on May 3rd.and many avid Scrapbookers hold get together on their special day.
If you have ever done a piece of Scrapbooking that you are very proud of then you can take photo`s of it and send it into the magazine...they welcome the idea.
At the moment a yearly subscription (13 issues) costs £36.31, if you buy the magazine every four weeks then each cover will cost £3.99.
With each subscription comes a free gift,at the moment its a pack of Scrapbooking paper and stickers by Cosmo Cricket,a well known supplier to the trade.
Ooodles of inspiration and many ideas,tips from the experts and hints for beginners,projects that can be enjoyed by all age groups.
I really look forward to looking through each new issue,the featured projects often give me good ideas of my own.
Definitely a good interesting magazine.
If any of you are looking for Scrapbook supplies then just surf the Internet,there are hundreds of suppliers there,and don't forget to take a look on E Bay either !
Ever since starting a family almost four years ago we seem to have taken an inordinate amount of photos! (Well you do when they are so little and cute, don't you?) As these were all taken with a digital camera, they were all tending to languish on files on the computer, and I really wanted to do something with the best ones and put them in an album. But, the question was, what to do in order to present them at their best.
Then last summer, my neighbour showed me some of her photo albums and told me she was in to scrapbooking in a big way. My definition of scrapbooking is that it's all about storing and saving your photographic memories in a creative way (much more than just a straight forward photo album). The scrapbooking phenononom started in America but it's now quite big business over here too.
So I decided that I was going to scrapbook my memories too so I have now subscribed to 'Scrapbook Inspirations' which I think is both a helpful and inspirational magazine. As I am a novice at this, I do think that I need a lot of inspiration so it is lovely to see projects and scrapbook pages that other people have created. Also, I need to know about basic techniques which this magazine is very good at too!
The most recent publication is the Spring 2007 one so I will describe in more detail what you will find in this one. The contents are divided into different sections - projects, inspiration, know-how and challenges are the main four!
There are three different projects that are shown in this issue - two featuring children and the other a wedding. In each of these the person who created it talks about their thinking behind it, describe step by step one of the techniques they used and provide a list of the materials needed to complete the project. I like looking at this because it's useful to see how they have laid out their photos on the page, and also to see the different materials and embellishments they have used (and believe me, if you don't know much about this, there are a huge array of different materials to be used!) Some of the ideas I like more than others, so I tend to pick and choose things that I might include in my albums.
In some ways these are similar to the projects, but tend more to explore themes. In this issue, I particularly liked a feature called 'Paper Patchwork' which showed how you can use lots of different backing papers in order to create the effect of a patchwork quilt. These then had some gorgeous baby photos and lettering to make some truly cute pages. I'm definitely going to be trying this one out! There is another great feature which shows how to make an exploding box which seems to have loads of layers of photos folding out! This one looks quite complicated but could be very effective if done well! I might possibly give it a try.
Obviously, for a beginner like me these pages are very interesting. In this issue, you can find out about how to photograph babies effectively and use felt among other things. These give lots of really useful suggestions for example using felt to make a fancy border or stitching on the felt in order to create patterns of words. Over the issues, all of these can build up into a very useful reference library.
This is an interesting section too! One of the ones that particularly interest me is where three people create pages on a budget. There are some very clever ideas showing that you do not need to spend a fortune on this hobby.
Each issue also comes with a free gift in order to help get you going with your projects. In this one there was a lovely little ribbon tied album with coordinating stickers. I think this is very useful and will probably will use it to make a little mini albumfor the grandparents!
I am really pleased I discovered this magazine. It is full of so many ideas and techniques to use all presented in a very easy to follow way. I particularly like to see how other people have designed their page layouts as this is probably where I struggle the most. It's also helpful though in suggesting different combinations of colours, patterns and materials that you might not have thought of putting together. There are also a huge number of adverts for stockists of supplies which is useful especially as most have website addresses.
The magazine has a RRP of £3.99 but you can take out a subscription where you pay £10.99 every three months but get thirteen issues in the year which is a lot better value as it is apparently a 15% saving!