The Book of Us:
A Guide to Scrapbooking About Relationships

by Angie Pedersen

EFG, 2005. ISBN 1930500173.
Reviewed by Lee Ambrose
Posted on 04/25/2005

Nonfiction: Creative Life

Angie Pedersen has done it again! This wife, mother of two and successful author of two previous books (The Book of Me and Growing Up Me) has given her readers yet one more fantastic book about scrapbooking.

Having been a fan of Angie's cozy writing style and her picture-perfect examples from the day I read her first book, The Book of Me, I was delighted to learn that she had a new release — The Book of Us. When I read that it was about relationships, I immediately assumed it was written for those who wanted to scrapbook about their marriages. I was not wrong, but I also was far from being entirely correct. This book is so much more than I first assumed!

The author takes the concept of relationship into its deepest levels by exploring how two people (not necessarily husband and wife) view the same topic. She scrapbooks about the relationships between girlfriends and group members and co-workers. She shows us in her words and her sample pages the way in which relationships cultivate certain traditions and celebrations.

What always has struck me about Angie's books is the way she uses her own journaling along with keepsakes and photos to tell her story. The Book of Us is no exception to this now familiar format. Each medium could be saved in a particular place and remain important. But together, these three elements (along with the author's own blend of wisdom and whimsy) become so much more than the sum of each individual aspect. Her pages reach out and tug at your heartstrings as you experience them. In doing so, they call upon the creative in each of us to do the same.

As with her two other books, The Book of Us encourages the reader to stretch her imagination and her memory a wee bit further. It calls upon readers to dare to journal a bit more in depth and to find an artful way to display the things that are important in their own lives. For me, it has generated new thoughts on how to go about crafting several personal projects that have been sitting on my desk for some time now. Thanks for the gentle nudge to get back to those projects, Angie!

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