Time for a festive book review! Christmas feels like it’s approaching with alarming speed right now, in fact it feels like that most years. But if you embrace the idea of a homemade Christmas what better than a book to help you along the way. I recently received a copy of Memories Of A Lifetime: Christmas by Nancy Rosin from GMC Publications.
This book has the unusual advantage that you are instructed to cut into it’s pages! The book offers 57 pages of scrapbook prints that you can cut out or photocopy. Or if the idea of cutting up your new book doesn’t sit well with you, all the images are also provided on an enclosed CD so you can print them off at your leisure.
Most of the pictures have a vintage and somewhat Victorian feel to them. There is a gallery at the front of the book with suggested uses of the images. One such use is to make a bookmark. Here I mounted an image of St Nicholas onto card and added a gold tassel.
Next I decided to make a present tag. I used a luggage label as the base and a gorgeous snowy scene as the image.
Finally I made a Christmas card using an image of a snowman. I think he looks a very jolly fellow and perfect for the season.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would. It isn’t filled with writing or bogged down with ideas so some people might long for a tutorial or two more. But if ideas and images are enough to inspire you then you really can’t go far wrong with this book.
Could it be improved in anyway? Not really. As I said some people may prefer more detailed step by step instructions of projects. But there are plenty of books on the market that already offer this. What this book offers is a no nonsense library of beautiful images ready to be turned into beautiful creations.
Author: Nancy Rosin
Publication Date: Spring 2006.