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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. Joan Schonrock October 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    Thanks for a chance to win a Page Map book! Always enjoy the “info” on this site.

  2. Barbs October 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this book. I love the little cards in volume 1 and would love to explore the new features in volume 2.

  3. laurensmom22 October 3, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    I would love to get a copy of PageMaps 2. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. dorothy October 3, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    I’d love this book. Sketches are a great tool to help keep your layouts fresh.

  5. Ginny October 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    Thanks for the detailed review! I need to find my card pack to put them on a binder ring. What a great idea!

  6. ktkent99 October 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    I enjoyed the positive and negative thoughts of the reviewer. It sounds like an interesting book and one worth buying. However, it would be great to win it too! :)

  7. TerrieF October 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    I haven’t seen either book – would love to page through this one!

  8. Sharon October 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Would love a chance to win this book. Always looking for new ideas. Thanks!

  9. Jennifer October 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    I have been anxious for this second book! Love the
    first one and use it often!

  10. Mary F October 3, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Wow-thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book-this will be a must on my Christmas list this year!

  11. Nitasha J. October 3, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

    Would love to own a copy of this book! I really enjoy Becky’s sketches, especially the ones that she provides for Project 12 each month on Scrapbook and Cards Today’s blog! Thank you for the opportunity!

  12. Monique Fox October 3, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    Thanks for a opportunity to win. I loveeeee sketches.

    Monique Fox

  13. Suzy October 4, 2010 at 12:33 am #

    Wow I’d love to win the book, I’m soooo in love with the first book! I kept using the sketches from PageMaps for my scrapbook page. Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway :)

  14. Holly Denghel October 4, 2010 at 12:34 am #

    I haven’t gotten my own yet, but I’ve looked through a friends, and I really like it. I’m glad there are more sketches, though I’d prefer if every single one was on a card!! Kind of makes me wish they would redo the cards from book 1 to match these new and improved ones … but I’m OCD like that. :)

  15. RunRunMommy October 4, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    This looks like an awesome book! Would love to win a copy!

  16. bunnyfreak October 4, 2010 at 1:31 am #

    Loved the first book and would love to win the second.

  17. Kathy J October 4, 2010 at 2:23 am #

    I would love to own this book. I loved the first one and I love the idea of putting the cards on a ring! Thank you for the chance to win.

  18. Barbara Mc October 4, 2010 at 5:04 am #

    I would love to have this book. I enjoys these layouts and have used them in the past.

  19. Gloria R October 4, 2010 at 5:06 am #

    This book sounds like one that I would just love to have. Thank you for the chance of winning or knowing where to buy it

  20. Cyndy Recker October 4, 2010 at 6:52 am #

    I love Pagemaps!

  21. Karen Quinn October 4, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    Finally got a copy of Vol 1 for myself about 3 weeks ago, and I LOVE it! Love the cards too! I have already added mine to a binder ring! So convenient for carrying to crops. Sure would love to win Vol. 2, thanks for the chance!
    Karen

  22. Cindy d October 4, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    I’d love to have a copy of this book! It sounds like something I’d use a lot. Thanks for the review and the chance to win!

  23. Judy Cartwright October 4, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    Wow……I can’t wait to get hold of this book! I love Pagemaps Vol. 1.

  24. Celeste B. October 4, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    I love Becky’s sketches and can’t wait to get this book. Winning it would be awesome.

  25. Rhonda H. October 4, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    I had the opportunity to meet Becky Fleck at GASC -Chantilly. We used some of the sketches from PageMaps 2 in the class she taught. I’d love to own them all!

  26. Laura October 4, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Always in the mood for new things to inspire me. I’ve been so uninspired lately, maybe winning this will do the trick! Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. KristinaH October 4, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    I would LOVE to win this book, thank you for the chance!

  28. Debi D. October 4, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of PM2. Would love a chance to win it.

  29. ilene October 4, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Love Page Maps – the 1st one – I was at a CKC convention and one of the vendors employees suggested it as the best book on layouts ever- they had 1 copy left to sell and the woman behind me in line grabbed literally right out from under me as I was reaching for it- I went and bought it a few days later at Barnes and Noble. I was so pleased to see there was a new one coming out – i’ve been waiting for a few months. Would love to win it esp as I know I’ll end up with it soon anyway. Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Kinsey Lee October 4, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    I can’t wait to get a copy of PM2. Would love to win a copy.

  31. Rap October 4, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    I would love to win a copy of this. I love their maps.

  32. Sonia Vest October 4, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    I really appreciate the chance to win PageMaps 2! I would love to use this book in my next scrapbook project!

  33. Jena Baker October 4, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    I LOVE Page Maps and have this book on my Amazon.com wish list. However winning a copy would be great!

  34. Jan Norman October 4, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Thanks for the chance to win this great book of endless opportunites.

  35. susan October 4, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    I love page maps. Thanks for the chance to will the latest book.

  36. tam October 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    love ,love ,love , Page Maps!!!! Thanks for an awesome chance to win!

  37. Wendy Zeuli October 4, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Love, Love, LOVE Pagemaps! It would be great to win the new book!

  38. Tina M October 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    I’d love to win a copy of this book.

  39. Cynthia H October 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    thanks for the review – the cards in the back sound like a useful feature!

  40. Jill T October 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    Great review. I’d love to win the book…maybe it could unlock some creative mojo that I’ve been lacking lately.

  41. Mimi October 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    I really like her first book, and would love to win a copy of the second one!

  42. Izzy October 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    I would dearly dearly love to win this book! I have not had the opportunity to buy the first volume (seem to spend all my extra $ on supplies… go figure?) BUT I have been a subscriber to Becky’s blog and pagemaps since the very beginning and have kept EVERY single email from her! Love love love the pagemaps,cardmaps, halfmaps all of it!

  43. Vicky R October 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    I have the original Scrapbook PageMaps. It is one of a few scrapbook supplies that I paid full price for! The book was worth every penny and I love the opprtunity to win Volume 2.

  44. jody October 4, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    I love my copy of Vol. 1. I would be happy to win a copy of Vol. 2.

  45. Melissa Johnson October 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    I’ve been eagerly looking forward to this book for months now! Can’t wait to get it! I hole-punched those first set of cards and they are a permanent addition to my tool tote. Love them!

  46. MMarie October 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Thanks for the great review Nancy. I’d love to win!

  47. Lyn Onotsky October 4, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

    I have made great use of the first book and it was that first book that really helped me advance in my scrapping re ideas and creativity. I am so looking forward to getting the second book since I am sure that I will learn even more from it. My autistic son loves that book as well and he borrows it for his various projects and it has been a great tool for him as well. I know he will want the second book! And we both would love to win one! Thanks for the chance. Lyn

  48. Cecile Cann October 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    Thanks for letting us know about the upcoming book! I didnt know she was writing another one! Yea! Love the first one!

  49. Kathryn Whittaker October 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    I love Becky’s sketches. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Kathryn

  50. June October 4, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    I think PageMaps1 is a great book for layout inspirations. I can’t to see PageMaps 2. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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