I am an avid scrapbooking fan (as my husband can tell you.) I currently am doing a few gift albums and the library has been the greatest asset to my (minor) addiction. It gives me great ideas for new layouts/designs/embellishments while I don't have to spend a lot of money. Here is my philosophy: Scrapbooking can become monotonous if you always do the same thing - so try as many different ideas as you can and you will (pleasantly) surprised with the results.
*A big thanks to RKeeling for our latest
This is four of the Memory Makers books in one: Basic Scrapbooking, Creative Cropping, Scrapbooking for Babies and Scrapbooking School Years. The cropping book is by far my favorite! There are so many cool ideas in there and there are lots of examples to inspire! I seriously refer to this book as the Scrapbooker's Bible.
This has a lot of references to inspire any scrapbooker. I look in this book if I am out of ideas on what to do with a layout. This book is also by Memory Makers.
This was a breath of fresh air for scrapbooking weddings. There is a previous book with a similar title, but it is the older version (which is stuck in the eighties/early nineties.) I liked this book much better because it gives you a lot of different ideas in a more contemporary style. Also a Memory Makers book.
This a great book for beginner and intermediate scrapbookers alike. It is also by Memory Makers and a nice addition to any scrapbooker's resource collection. It discusses how to improve scrapbook pages by changing colors, patterns, and layout designs to make the most impact. My favorite is the "Before and After" examples which help illustrate their idea and also explains why the changes were suggested.
An aspect of scrapbooking that is often overlooked is journaling or the words of a page. This book offers a way for the reader to find their own voice in their writing. No one is perfect with their words, but the important emphasis of this book is finding your own words to make your scrapbooks truly yours.