Capture the moment

Find creative ways to savor your memories with scrapbooking.

Find creative ways to savor your memories with scrapbooking.

“Make Your Own Creative Scrapbook Pages,” by Alison Lindsay (paperback, Southwater, 2008, 160 pages, $18.99). Containing more than 65 step-by-step projects, this book gives an outstanding range of ideas, from album pages and covers and display boards to quilts, memory boxes and concertina books.

“Mixed-Media Nature Journals: New Techniques for Exploring Nature, Life, and Memories,” by L.K. Ludwig (paperback, Quarry Books, 2007, 128 pages, $24.99). This book offers artists and crafters a wide range of experimental techniques for creating beautiful nature journals that primarily use imagery and themes from the natural world, but go way beyond mere drawing and painting. Creative twists on leaf rubbings, plant pressings, colorful photo manipulations, and clever ways of incorporating 3-D natural objects are just a few of the techniques that are explored.

“Cookbooking: the Delicious New Way to Scrapbook,” by Barbara Winkler (hardcover, Sixth&Spring Books, 2008, 144 pages, $24.95). Cookbooking was born one recent Thanksgiving when the author decided she had had enough of digging through old file folders and desk drawers to find her recipes. Winkler, a former executive editor of Family Circle magazine, realized that when she assembled all those recipes, she had made more than a homemade cookbook — she also had created “an album that displays memories of the good times as well as the recipes that helped shape them.”

“The Practical Step-By-Step Guide to Scrapbooking,” by Alison Lindsay (paperback, Southwater, 2009, 96 pages, $16.99). Fun and fabulous scrapbook pages are easy to put together with the help of this colorful and comprehensive encyclopedia of techniques. This guide details all the materials and equipment that a beginner will need to get started. A section on design looks at colors and themes and how to combine them with your photographs. Then the fun begins with a host of ideas for embellishing the pages and the photographs with stamps, stencils and a wide array of craft techniques.

“Your Words,Your Story: Add Meaningful Journaling to Your Layouts,” by Michele Skinner (paperback, Memory Makers Books, 2008, 128 pages, $22.99). Find your voice — and use it! For many scrapbookers, simply recording names and dates is enough. For you, though, scrapbooking is so much more. It’s the story — your story. But how do you really capture it on a page? This book takes the fear and confusion out of journaling by guiding you through the writing process with clear explanations and more than 120 layouts featuring a variety of journaling styles.