I have been a longtime fan of the work of Celine Navarro. Her use of bright colors and mixed media techniques in scrapbooking are very inspirational, as are her topics. She is a fantastic technique scrapper, and I really admire the way she has been able to turn scrapping and her art into a career.
I've followed her work in the various books, magazines, and design teams she's been on, taken a few classes online from her, and actually, the day I went to a Parisian scrapbooking store, she was there teaching a class, so I saw her from a distance... not that I'm a stalker, just a fangirl. ;)
Anyway, when I learned that she had written her own book on scrapbooking techniques, I was intrigued to say the least.
I found this book to be very pretty, and more of a beginner's level book than I was expecting.
If you are a monolingual American (or you just don't speak French) don't let that deter you from liking this book. The language of scrapbooking, is in fact, pretty universal.
I was able to quite easily understand most of the words and concepts in the book, mostly using a combination of Google Translate, my lessons in French from the podcasts I studied before the Paris trip, and general knowledge of what scrapbooking products and tools are.
The artwork and the photographs are stunning, and the book is laid out in a very organized and logical fashion. There are tons of sample projects (though I don't feel that enough love was given to the minibook projects that were in the book).
The book goes from talking about the very basics (products), through a few different type of scrapping styles and projects, all the way to talking a little about digiscrapping and blogging.
The book is pretty much total eye candy, but doesn't show a lot of advanced techniques, which is what I feel Celine is very good at. Perhaps she will get to do another book down the road that would cover this information.
I really liked this book. If what you want is to see a lot of layouts (and products) in Celine's signature style, then I think this book is a good addition to your crafty library.- Price point is higher than most scrapping books sold in US