The lack of inspiration (which leads to zero scrappy motivation) is a huge problem for me. It's the reason I have no less than 1000 printed photos and not so many completed albums.
When Stephanie told me that she was going to be putting the new Scrapbook Trends and Cards up for today's steals, I told her I wanted to take a look at one. I've seen other idea books, and even subscribe to two scrapbooking magazines, but I had never once picked up a Scrapbook Trends (mainly because it seemed so expensive and I didn't want to WANT it badly enough to pay $14.95 for it!). So I went over to the Crafty Steals headquarters and picked one up.
Let me tell you, I am really impressed! I love that the layouts are a full page! Not teeny-tiny pictures you see in some other idea books. And there are tons of them! Not even thirty pages in, (there are 130 pages in Scrapbook Trends), I was drawn to this layout:
Here's what I came up with:
the past steals page, added some of those famous Thickers letter stickers and journaling, and voila! An easy, quick layout (the thing that took the most time was finding the photos - note to self to organize those things!).
Beyond layouts, there are Valentine's card ideas, mini albums, and some really great instructions on how to use ink, and rub-ons on your pages. Truly, I was really suprised at the wealth of information this little book has! And thumbing through Cards and Simply Handmade, I am filled with so many ideas (well, I'm filled with other people's ideas) for not only scrapping, but cards, crafts for my kids, and even home decor! Go get yours before they're gone, you won't be sorry!