I have something super fun for you today. I got the opportunity to review a scrapbook magazine! I know right? I am seriously lucky and totally LOVING it!
The magazine is: Scrap 365! Isn't that clever? Scrapping 365 days a year? Yes, please! I got my hands on the current August/Sept issue. They are based in Britain, you can find their homepage here: Scrap365
As I pulled the magazine out of the envelope I was greeted with a wonderful mini book project! The photo of the project is excellent and the project looks good enough to grab and thumb through. I have to admit I was surprised that the magazine reached me so quickly and slightly frustrated that I wasn't able to sit right down and read it cover to cover. But I did take it along on our family trip and read whenever I had a second to spare.
I have to tell you, there is a lot of good ideas in this magazine! The tutorials were excellent, I especially enjoyed the project tutorial A Cut Above by Emilie Chamel. I will be trying out a few of those ideas very soon. I also enjoyed the challenges that they have. There are a couple of sketches shown on the editor's page and the CSI challenge on p.41 really caught my eye. There are some lovely layouts shown as examples for that and I thought the color scheme they used would have went right along with the view I had while reading along:
They also have a section for photography, which I love! I am always looking for ways to improve my photography and thus my pages as an extension. The tips mentioned are great and easy for anyone to use. I would love to see this section expand on itself with more wonderful but easy tips to follow.
The only thing that I found disappointing was the location of the tips for layouts. You know the, why we picked this layout or did you notice this in this layout, types of tips? I found a few tips here and there with layouts, at the end of one article and then the Delightful Details article near the end of the magazine. I thought the Delightful Details was a very clever way to deliver the tips, but I think I would have enjoyed it more to see these tips along side each layout. I just love when a tip points me to something I missed when I looked the first time or tells me why they found this particular project fantastic.
Advertising is a huge part of magazine and I have to say I love an advertisement that you *almost* don't realize is advertising. This ad was an excellent example of that and was fun to look at while we were camping.
They finished up with a delightfully, eye-catching project and a few hints at what's coming in the next issue of Scrap365. I'm excited to see what's next for the CSI challenge and On A Theme sections.
I thoroughly enjoyed this issue of Scrap365 and would suggest it to any scrapper or paper crafter for new and fun ideas. So whether you're at the beach, out camping or
in your own backyard, I think you will really enjoy this magazine.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)Ange
Scrap365 blog: http://scrap365.blogspot.com/