I recently received a review copy of “Scrapbooking Digitally: The Ultimate Guide to Saving your Memories Digitally” by Kerry Arquette, Andrea Zocchi, Darlene D’Agostino, and Susha Roberts. Published in 2007, this 101-level book claims to provide “beginners with all the information they need to get started” as well great new tips for more experienced scrappers. In this post, I’ll give you some of the key facts on this book as well as my impressions.
This reference manual includes 208 organized and well-indexed pages as well as an accompanying CD containing 5 kits and a trial copy of PSE 5 for Windows. Main sections of the book include:
- Go Digital, Darlin’
- The Digital Craft Room
- Digital Layouts 101
- Working with Photos
- Letter-Perfect Text
- Digital Backgrounds and Accents
- The Digital Kit
One of my first impressions was the book is moderately dated. But, being published in 2007 (and therefore likely written in 2006) that is to be expected. The content is what is important, since new scrappers can get a sense of trends in digital scrapbooking from visiting the forums and galleries. Also, the basic how-to’s of using PSE and similar software has not changed in that time.
Overall, I’m impressed that the authors explored such a wide range of beginner information, ranging from camera selection to extractions and from newbie lingo to font management. Additionally, they not only covered practical skills but important elements of design such as color selection and composition. This book combines tips and tutorials in both technical and artistic aspects of digi. That alone makes it a worthy read for scrappers of all proficiency.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Would you recommend it to others?
I am not quite a very beginner digital scrapbooker, but I have been doing it for less than a year. I know there are many tips and tricks out there that will help immensely. I would love this book! PICK ME!
I am a next-to-novice, having done only 2 or 3 pages. I’ve had trouble using PSP and have been encouraged to try PSE. A very basic (but thorough) book should help me get started. This sounds great! I hope I get the chance to try it out.