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Book Review: Scrapbook PageMaps 2 by Becky Fleck [Giveaway]

One of the most successful scrapbooking books of the past few years was Scrapbook PageMaps [Amazon.com - $16.49], a sketch guide to scrapbooking by Becky Fleck. (If Fleck’s name sounds familiar, it may be because she was just named Editor of Scrapbook & Cards Today, where she has been a longtime contributor.) Fans of the original volume will now be happy to learn of the publication of Scrapbook PageMaps 2 [Amazon.com - $18.47], which is now available.

Scrapbook PageMaps 2 is very similar in format to its predecessor. The book contains 92 sketches and 64 of those are also included in the form of punch out cards in the back of the book. (By comparison, volume had only 60 sketches and cards.) A nice new feature of volume 2 is the 5 pages at the back of the book devoted to mini-profiles of the artists who contributed to the book.

The new PageMaps volume is divided into five chapters. Two of the chapters are devoted to layouts. One of these chapters is intended to be more “traditional” in style and one chapter is supposedly of more “creative”-styled layouts, but there seemed very little distinction between the two to me. In the end it doesn’t matter how they are categorized, though, since all the sketches are excellent and the sample layouts are lovely.

A third chapter of layouts is devoted to ideas for digital or hybrid layouts. The examples in this section aren’t so heavily digital in style, however, that they will turn off traditional paper scrapbookers or be useless to them as a creative starting point.

Several of the chapters are completely new concepts from the previous volume of PageMaps. One chapter contains sketches for various sizes of cards. This new section was full of wonderful ideas (based on 16 sketches, 5 of which are available in the card section) that I look forward to trying out. Another new section is called “Beyond the Page” and contains sketches intended for items like mini-albums and decor items. This was my least favorite section of the book because I found many of the items to be barely recognizable from the sketches they were based on, and the projects shown were very complex and busy.

Besides just the sketches and the accompanying samples with supply lists, PageMaps 2 has plenty to offer. The descriptive text that accompanies the samples is often quite informative about the item’s construction or design modifications from the base sketch. There are also nice tips and mini-tutorials scattered throughout the book that will have a little bit of something to offer for scrapbookers of every level. (Even after my 12 years of experience, they taught me a few cool things!)

Probably the item that most people will continue to use after reading Scrapbook PageMaps 2 are the punch out reference cards in the back of the book containing 64 of the sketches. A popular feature of the first book, the cards have actually been improved for the second book. Instead of providing an assemble-it-yourself box for holding the cards, that punch-out page has been converted into four more cards than were provided with the last volume (64 instead of 60). The cards now have a hole punched in the corner of them for mounting and storing them on a binder ring, instead. It’s such an excellent idea that upon seeing it, I immediately knew I had to get out my hole punch and put similar holes in my cards from volume one, allowing them all to be stored together on a single ring.

The new cards are almost the same size as the original volume’s cards, just slightly wider and without the rounded corners. Simplicity rules on the volume 2 cards, to very usable effect. Instead of patterned banners to denote which type of sketch is on a card, the card simply has a text header in colored type that announces the type of sketch (for instance, 12×12 Double is printed in green). This avoids distracting from the sample layout or the sketch. But perhaps the best improvement is the use of landscape orientation on the cards containing double paged layouts. In the previous volume’s card set, those layouts had been squeezed onto a portrait orientation card, making them incredibly cramped and tiny.

With 92 sketches in the book but only 64 cards, about a third of the book’s content is left off of the cards. Here’s how the cards break down by sketch type:

  • 12 x 12 single layouts – 24
  • 12 x 12 double layouts – 9
  • 8.5 x 11 vertical layouts – 10
  • 8.5 x 11 horizontal layouts – 9
  • 8.5 x 11 double layouts – 7
  • cards – 5

All in all, if you are a sketch user or would like to try them, I highly recommend Scrapbook PageMaps 2 [Amazon.com - $18.47] as an addition to your scrapbooking library. It not only lives up to the reputation of volume one but exceeds it – a difficult task for a sequel.

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235 Responses to Book Review: Scrapbook PageMaps 2 by Becky Fleck [Giveaway]

  1. Candace O. October 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    I love Sketches and would love to add PageMaps 2 to my library!!

  2. Sue Johnson October 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    I enjoyed the first PageMaps, and look forward to checking out volume 2!

  3. Sheila K October 4, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    Would love to know if the sketches in the book include a wide variety in number of pictures. I found PageMaps 1 most useful only when using one focal picture or just a few. Would love to see more sketches using a few more pictures. Thanks for a great review so we can “try” before we buy.

  4. Melanie October 4, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

    I love Becky Fleck’s Page Maps and would love the opportunity to review Volume 2 and add it to my library. Thanks Scrapbook Update!!!

  5. Linda M October 5, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    I received the first volume as a birthday present and have found it to be a great source of inspiration. I would the to add this edition to my library. Your thorough review of the book makes it sound great. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. MichelleGB October 5, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    Thanks for the review! I loved the first one and will be adding this one to my library. Thank you for the chance to win one!

  7. Stephanne S October 5, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    I am a sketch addict and haven’t had a chance to pick up my copy of Page Maps 2 yet. I would love the opportunity to win it–thank you!

  8. Linh C October 5, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    I love pagemaps. I use their sketches ALL the time to kick start my layouts.

  9. Beth in OK October 5, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    Loved the first volume, and I still refer to it. Good luck, everyone!

  10. Betsy Burnett October 5, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    Oh I’m going to have to pick this up! I love page maps 1 Thanks for the review!

  11. Laura October 5, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    Sure would love to win a copy!

  12. Linda E October 5, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    Great review! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  13. Candy October 5, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Sketches may be the way to go…sometimes I just get stuck!

  14. Giny Cortés-Rosario October 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    I LOVE PageMaps! Thanks for a change to win! Good luck everyone!

  15. Beth Schmit October 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    The first PageMaps book is great and sure helps my scrapbooking. Can’t wait to get the next volume. Should enjoy the new improved features of the cards, too!

  16. Dawn W October 5, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    Great review! Would love to win #2. Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Suz Gray October 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    I like the original book so I’m sure the 2nd would be well used too. Thanks for the chance to win

  18. Keitha October 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    I still use and love my original PageMaps book, and can’t wait to buy the sequel!

  19. Kelly Boyden October 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    I loved the first book, so I am so happy that there is a Vol. 2! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  20. Danielle_nl October 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Got the first Pagemaps book and loved it. Now I really woud like to win volume 2!

  21. Carolyn R October 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

    ooh, ooh! What a great prize! I would love to own Page Maps 2. Nancy, I love the idea of punching a hole in the cards from book 1. Thanks.

  22. Bobbi Jacobs October 5, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    I have never used a sketch but am always looking for something new to try

  23. Tyuana Bailey October 5, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    I have had a lot of fun with the first book…let’s see if I can win the second! hugs!

  24. Liz S. October 5, 2010 at 11:25 pm #

    I loved the FIRST one so I know I will LOVE the second one as well!

  25. Cathy P. October 6, 2010 at 2:44 am #

    Oh how I have been waiting for this book to be released! PageMaps is a book I refer to over and over. It never fails to inspire!

  26. Jenny McGee October 6, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    Sketches are a fun jump off point to scrapbooking. I love to use them. Thanks for a chance to win this book.

  27. KayTee L. October 6, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    Just learning about sketches, they are such a great idea for scrapbook “block”. I would love a chance to peruse this book. This is my first time seeing these. We apparently don’t have them in our neck of the woods. Thank you for sharing!!

  28. Jodee October 6, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    Would love to have this! I can always use a new source of inspiration!

  29. Neysa October 6, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    Scrapbook Page Maps 2 looks fabulous. Would love to win it!

  30. Amy October 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    I would love to add this to my library!!

  31. Maria October 6, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    This looks like a great book!

  32. Debby Hamilton October 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    OMG!!When my mojo is not working i reach for my page map book. I use it so much that it has come apart. Can’t wait to see what awesome sketches are in volume 2. Would love to win.

  33. Amelia October 6, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    I would LOVE this book! Thanks for the chance!

  34. karenz October 7, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    would love to see it!

  35. lynne October 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    Thanks for the review. I’d LOVE a chance to win the book! Thanks for the opportunity…

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