Clean & Simple Scrapbooking | Cathy Zielske

I started scrapping digitally in 2005-2006 & stopped shortly after because of a slow laptop which was making the whole process of putting pages together tedious and a real pain instead of being a freeing creative outlet. I didn’t scrap at all for a few years, until I got a brand new faster more powerful laptop in 2011.
That’s when I started scrapping again. Like crazy. I scrapped like I used to in my last pages from 2006-2007 : with few embellishments, no clusters, usually on a white background, focusing on the photos, the story, the people and not on the products used to make the page. Back then I remember I was feeling like I wasn’t really scrabooking because my pages were so different from what I could see in the galleries. But in 2011 I discovered that it’s ok to scrap like I did and loved to, that I wasn’t alone doing this and that it even had a name : clean & simple scrapbooking. How cool was that ?! That’s when I stumbled (among other things) upon Cathy Zielske’s blog and fell in love with her voice, her pages, her style. I tried to buy her books, but with the shipping costs from the US, there was no way I could afford them and I couldn’t find them on amazon.fr at the time.
Cathy Zielske just launched her new website, revamped her brand and I’ve enjoyed tremendously her series of blog posts Anatomy of a Rebrand in which she shares about her scrapbooking journey and how it led her to rebranding (part 1part 2part 3wrap up). These posts are probably the reason I checked her books again. I found used copies (but in good or even very good condition, I’m a bit OCD when it comes to books) and since the seller is located in the UK the shipping costs are not that bad (actually I think that I got a pretty good deal there since both used books + shipping was less than half the cost of one book new !!).
That’s why, as of this morning I am now the lucky owner of Clean & Simple Scrapbooking – The Sequel by Cathy Zielske. The other book, which is actually the first one she wrote, will soon be delivered.

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So far, I’ve just flipped through but I can already see that it’s full of everything I wanted, needed. It seems very inspirational and I have « no ragrets » *wink* about buying this book, naw what I’m sayin 🙂 ?!

Scrapper les vacances…

Allie et Megan de Document Life Workshop viennent tout juste de sortir ce très intéressant e-book : Inspiration Vacation. Rempli de bonnes idées, illustrées par les deux auteurs, il fait le point sur la question de scrapper les photos de vacances : pages traditionnelles ? Mini albums ? Façon Project Life ? Je ne regrette pas de l’avoir entre les mains (un des avantages de faire partie de la CT :D) et il me redonne le coup de pouce nécessaire pour m’attaquer à différents projets en retard / en cours (listés ici), quitte à changer d’approche pour arriver à finalement m’y mettre. Et je pense que les échanges sur le groupe privé FB seront très fructueux également.
Inspiration Vacation est en vente à prix réduit pour son lancement, n’hésitez pas !

Everyday Storyteller

Un ouvrage de 81 pages disponible en pdf aussi bien qu’en version papier et dans lequel je vais piocher pas mal d’idées, de pistes pour scrapper « autrement » : Everyday Storyteller de Jennifer S. Wilson (Simple Scrapper). Les suggestions sont utiles pour le scrap classique comme pour le digiscrap ou le scrap hybride. La table des matières est téléchargeable, ainsi qu’un « échantillon » pour se faire une idée.