Cards, Other Crafts, Scrapbooking

Echo Park Idea Books – FREE

echo-park-ebooksRecently, following up on a new paper line at Echo Park, I found out they offer a number of Idea Books, no cost! You can find them on the Echo Park Blog.

I downloaded several of them, two Holiday ebooks, not just for Christmas, and two general themes.

  • Create and Celebrate
  • Happy Holidays (2011)
  • ‘Tis the Season (this year!)
  • This & That.

Those I’ve looked at tend to be more about cards and small craft projects with a few scrapbooking layouts, but there is a lot of inspiration packed into these 25-30 page books.

Of course, to make the projects as shown you need a LOT of Echo Park stuff. But the ideas in the ebooks are great, very useable. For example, the Mother’s Day card in Create and Celebrate (p. 8) is an attractive, adaptable idea with an embellishment cluster on top of a doily, several strips of prints (great way to use up scraps!) and three photos that could just as easily be more paper, one photo or…? I also like the Birthday card in the same ebook, on p. 20. Again, adaptable, with two hand-stitched ‘x’ and the 2×3 arrangement of circles could just as well be brads or punched paper prints. This card suggestion would work for either gender and any age with some changes in supplies.

Last I checked, there were ten free ebooks on the page listed above, all completely free!

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