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SCRAPBOOKING: CREAM OF THE CROP (article first published : 2005-09-8)

Scrapbooking Cream Of The Crop is based on the works of the 54 winners in the South African International Scrapbooking Exhibition 2004 Competition. It combines the art and talents of these leading scrappers into a “must-have” book of ideas for experts and novices of scrapbooking.

Louise Eichner made her mark as a celebrated florist and has now become well-known in scrapbooking circles. Many of her layouts have been published in local magazines. She initiated the International Scrapbook Exhibition in South Africa and has also coordinated hundreds of contributions from South African scrappers to produce an album for Nelson Mandela.

The 160 page book is well-presented with 250 full colour glossy pictures. The focus is on visual presentation with the text being kept to a minimum.

The scrapbooking techniques are superb. This book lends itself to being left on a coffee-table as a showpiece.

It would make an ideal gift for someone starting out as a scrapper as the ideas are endless and would definitely inspire would-be-scrappers. The more serious scrapper may be familiar with the styles and techniques used.

There are so many ideas, often mixing emotions into the practical. For example: Debbie Garret once put lipstick kisses all over the page and shed real tears onto some of her more emotional pages. Joanne Rasmussen has used blue extensively for the sea which is so calming. The red anorak worn by the little girl in the photographs is striking against the blue sea. Joanne Shirley preserved her son’s first stitch in a shaker box alongside the photos of him in hospital. The strangest thing Desirè Vorster did was to use the bristles from her kitchen broom for the whiskers of a paper-pierced lion.

The beginning of collage and decoupage enter into the world of poetry. Scrapbooking is not only a hobby, it has also become a business.

I would describe scrapbooking as a journal come-alive. Since reviewing this book, I’ve started my very own scrapbook.

Hey, what are you waiting for? Go on, get started so your “work-of-art” can feature in the next South African Scrapbooking Exhibition! Good luck, there’s no limit to the imagination.

Scrapbooking Cream Of The Crop is published in softcover by Struik and retails at R119.95. ISBN:1 77007 162 8. – Pauline Dalais




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