Craft Books

A house without books is like a room without windows.” -Heinrich Mann

These are some of my favorite craft books.


Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker’s Soul: Stories to Remember
“If you love someone,  put their name in a circle, not a heart, because a heart can be broken, but a circle goes on forever.”
– Author: Brian Littrell

I recently read “Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker’s Soul: Stories to Remember . . . by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Allison Connors and Debbie Haas

If you have read any of the “Chicken Soup” series of books, you will love this book.
I found it inspiring, you laugh one moment and cry the next. It is beautifully illustrated, it will motivate you and explain why we scrapbook.

Allison Connor’s blog is Allisonswonderland.

Have you read the book and if so, what did you think ?



Photo Cropping

Cutting Edge Photo Cropping for scrapbooks




More images from the book here.
Please scroll down.

Family Scrapbooks

Customer Review
Look inside the book here


Out of Bounds

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

Out of Bounds: Scrapbooking Without Boundaries by Jodi Amidei (Author), Torrey Scott (Author)

There is a very good review at A matter of memories.
This book is all about letting go of the “rules” of scrapbooking and creating outside of the box.”


I found the book “Painted Scrapbook Pages” by Mylinda van Zee very inspiring.She also has a motivating Blog and website.

My “Scrapbook with Passion Tip of the Day”… Go “Do SOME scrapbooking today.”
-Mylinda van Zee

I found some interesting ideas to make background papers and clever hints.

The book is easy to read and well illustrated. The materials used are mostly inexpensive.

I tried the design concept ” magic of three”, painted some card-stock and it worked well.

Making Family Journals
by Linda Blinn

Look inside the book

Look inside the book

Illustrations and information for the book.
Paige Hill’s Blog


Scrapbooking Projects


Scrapbooking Your Faith: ” Layouts That Celebrate Your Spiritual Beliefs (Paperback) by Courtney Walsh (Author)

Courtney has a blog My seasons; where you can see some of her layouts.

Memory Makers has a review of the book.

At Real Read you can see pages from the book.

The book includes a few of Jodi Amidei‘s layouts which I love.

Scrapbooking Your Favorite Family Memories
Michele Gerbrandt


Review: I recently read the book Starting Points by Linda Harrison.
There is a very good Review of the book on “A Matter of Memories” by Jill.

Starting Points by Linda Harrison
I can recommend this book to any scrapbooker.

“Getting started can be the hardest part of scrapbooking–but it doesn’t have to be. Starting Points shows you that inspiration for creating a scrapbook page can come from anywhere: an old photo, a conversation, beautiful architecture or even a clever ad in a magazine.” – Amazon

There is another review at Scrapscene: “New Scrapbooking Book: Starting Points by Linda Harrison”

What is your starting point?


I bought the book, “Supply Savvy Scrapbooking” by Erin Lincoln.

It is full of inspiring layouts, good ideas and inspiration.
I love how she
distresses her edges.

Erin Lincoln’s blog.

Erin Lincoln is a regular contributor to “Creating Keepsakes”

Tantalizing textures

The Big picture

“Preserve a memory by illustrating it” Stacy Julian

Simple scrapbooks magazine’s “The Big Picture” by Stacy Julian

The book has envelopes with little scribbled notes and removable tags to use for planning.

One of the messages from the book is, not to be overwhelmed by all the photos you have, but to choose a memory and illustrate it.
There is also a good chapter on creativity.

Stacy has two Blogs The big picture Scrapbooking and Altogether too happy (Stacy’s big picture)

She discusses “About Type’ by Cathy Zielske, Cathy also has a blog, “Bits and pieces” with helpful information on typesetting.




Travel Scrapbooks: Creating Albums of Your Trips and Adventures:

I have just recently read the book “Travel Scrapbooks”: Creating Albums of Your Trips and Adventures by the Editors of Memory Makers Books.

There is a good revue at Memory Makers

View pages from inside this book.


Understanding Creativity

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” – Pablo Picasso

I recently read a very good book which I can recommend;
Understanding Creativity” by Jane Piirto. Ph.D.

“It’s personality that affects the most. Not test scores. Personality.” – Jane Piirto. Ph.D.

Understanding Creativity in Domains ” Keynote Speech at Australian Association for the Gifted, Melbourne, Australia, August 14, 2004 by Jane Piirto, Ph.D. Ashland
University, Ashland, OH USA 44805


Wedding Idea book from Memory Makers

Wedding Keepsakes


Have you read any of these book, what did you think? Do you have any books to recommend? I would love to hear from you

Please come back soon as I will be adding more books.

Scrapbooking your Travels.




    • These are just the tip of the iceberg.

      I am very fortunate, our library is fantastic and I buy many almost new books at the Thrift-store for a very good price.

      Our Dollar-stores’ craft supplies are amazing!
      It’s great!


  1. OMG what a feast of creative inspiration…you’re like a library yourself, Tok! What with photography, writing and blogging, I don’t have time for scrap-booking, but can imagine how enjoyable it can be 🙂


    • That’s good to hear 😉

      There are so many great ideas, the problem is to decide what to do next.

      I love it and I’m sure you will too, you should try it sometime, you so many have wonderful photos and you are a great storyteller.


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