Sunday, April 21, 2013

"Scrapped" and "Scrapbook of Secrets" ~~ Mollie Cox Bryan

Hi everyone!! :) 

It's not everyday that I talk about books on my bloggy (well... ok I never do!!) -- you all know primarily my passion on my blog is my scrapbooking -- but what you may NOT know about me is I am an AVID READER! :) I love to read :) 

I have a ton of genres I like to read. Romance, Mystery, etc.  I am a huge Patricia Cornwell fan (even got to meet her at a book signing once ... dream come true!!), and thanks to bloggy friends Sheree and Staci -- I have also gotten hooked on Kristan Higgins and Jill Shalvis -- and thanks to my Mom I am now hooked on Nicholas Sparks (if he would ONLY make me stop bawling in EVERY book of his I read -- just saying! lol! -- but I have to admit, and don't hate on me Nicholas Sparks fans, I did NOT like "The Notebook" -- that is all, end of discussion on that one! ha!) 

Anyhoo, so I am an avid reader :) 

So I was walking though Barnes and Noble a couple of months ago, I come across a book with the title of "Scrapbook of Secrets" - WHOA!!!  A book about scrappers?!!??  And not just a designing type book that I have seen in the past??? 

So I read the synopsis -- not only is the book about scrapbookers, it's a MYSTERY too!!! Score!!! :) 

I saw that this was book 2 of a series, but I couldn't find the first one at B&N, so I just bought it, because how could I pass it up??  :) 





As you can see by the cover, the author of these books is  Mollie Cox Bryan -- and as soon as I got home I dove into "Scrapbook of Secrets" -- and I have to say, I LOVED IT!! :) 

It was really fun, great flow to the whole book, and I loved that scrapbooking was involved through the entire book!! :) 

And as soon as I finished it, I went onto my Kindle and bought "Scrapped" - and I LOVED that one too! 



These books were great! I just loved the characters, the story lines, the scrapping in it! :)  One thing that I really loved about Mollie's books was at the end of the book she includes a glossary of scrapbook terms for those that might read these books and aren't scrappers, they will have all the 'scrappy' terms in the back :)


So if any of my friends out there are scrappers and readers too -- I truly recommend both of these books! :)

The opinions on these books are my own, I wasn't asked to write them, nor was I compensated for writing them, I just am sharing another side to myself with my bloggy friends! :) 

  Make sure to check out Mollie's site :) 



And before I head out -- I want to share a couple of cards that I have made for some co-workers :) 


Used some Fancy Pants from my stash :) -- still on a de-stashing mode this year :)

 








Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

52 comments:

Annmarie Pipa said...

well that sounds like a great book!! I am a reader too, and because I can't shake thoughts of Boston started a book today on the teachings of Islam.

Cathy said...

oh how cool, I want to see these.

karenw said...

I'll have to look these up - btw, I felt the same about 'the notebook'...

xx

yyam said...

Such sweet cards! Those are some happy co-workers!

P/s: I love to read too. Mostly non-fiction though. Yeah...nerd.

wendipooh13 said...

great cards and that book sounds super cool!!!!! I usually don't find as much time to read as I want to, but I might need to make some time for this book!!!

Annesphamily said...

Always fun to see what you are up too! I love Nicholas Sparks too! My oldest daughter is a Patricia Cornwell fan! I am trying to get this old book shelf from work. They want to dump it and I could use it in my garage for all the books I have stacked up in Nick's room while he is away at school! HaHa!Good to see you Julie! Have a terrific week!

Lynnda said...

WOW... those cards are sweet!!! Loving the pp used!...
P/s: I love to read too. I'm sucker for novels!...

have a great week ahead Julie... hugs.x

Tracey said...

Julie. I just wanted to take time out to thank you for all the lovely comments you leave on my blog. I am a bit slack in writing comments, but am trying to make a habit of it as it is always lovely to read them. I see you commenting everywhere and just wanted to say a huge thank you for your time and effort. Hugs Tracey

Sarah said...

I love reading too! My problem is that when I start a good book, everything else around me is neglected until it's finished! I get hooked and I do nothing else but read! My kids don't like it very much! lol These books sound great! I'll have to see if I can find them :) Love the cards! They're very cute!

alexandra s.m. said...

I love your cards Julie!
Thank you for the inspiration!!

Naomi Edwards said...

Great cards Julie!! I am an avid reader as well, I love mostly nonfiction but just finsihed reading The Host..loved it! hugs

Lizzy Hill said...

Oooh...I LOVE reading, too - especially Patricia Cornwell:):) Have to look into these ones...TFS & I love your cards, especially the 'flower' one...really cute!!!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

You can't go wrong with a book that has scrapbooking as a theme. :) Love your pretty collection of cards!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Sounds like a great book! I also love Patricia Cornwell - love a good mystery! Lovely cards!!! :D

Heather McMahon said...

Excellent cards and thanks for sharing about the books! Will have to try to find them here.

Audrey Pettit said...

Those books sound like fun. I've not heard of them before, but they remind me of some mysteries I read once that had a basis in cooking and shared recipes throughout. Really enjoyed those, so I should check out these. :)
Your cards are adorable! Great job on using up the old stash goodies!

sandi said...

Love to read too! Love your sweet cards.....so pretty!

Dora said...

SOunds really fun to me too those books, sure they won't sell them in the Netherlands lol:)
What an amazing work you show today!!! You have been a busy lady:):) Wonderful as always:)

Connie Mercer said...

super cute cards Julie!!! Glad to hear about the books~I love a good read especially about Sb'ing:):)

Angi Barrs said...

Your cards are super gorgeous! Love the colors!!!!!

Sue Lelli said...

How FUN! I'll have to get those books because i LOVE to read and they just sound so unique! THX for sharing~! LOVE your cards and LOVE that you are de-stashing.

Diana Waite said...

oh--I love to read too! I will have to check these out!! GREAT cards Julie!

Debbie P said...

Awesome cards Julie! Those books sound fun! I will have to check it out! tfs!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

thanks for sharing the author!
I am a huge fan of books, too, so I am going to order it from my library.
I also read a scrapbook mystery series by Joanna Campbell Slan that is pretty good. I like them because they are set in my hometown of St. Louis.
Also, Laura Childs has a scrapbook mystery series set in New Orleans!

Cindy deRosier said...

Thanks for the book review! I'm an avid reader as well and it's always fun to hear what books my friends have enjoyed.

Heather Landry said...

The first card is my favorite. It's absolutely elegant and beautiful. I love reading too and those books look interesting!

Carin McDonough said...

Fantastic cards Julie. The books definitely have me intrigued as I can't imagine how they would work :)

Danielle said...

TFS those books, I think I need to have these too :-)
Lovely cards you've made!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Looks fantastic!!!!

Ashley Horton said...

Love your cards Julie!! Those chipboard pieces are really cute!

Sherrie K. said...

Super cute card Julie! I love the papers:) Thanks for the info on the books...may have to check into them!
Have a great evening
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

~Tammy~ said...

Oh my goodness, your cards are awesome! I love seeing your cards! Fantastic makes no doubt! :-))))

Cheryl said...

LOVE your cards!!!

Thanks for the recommendation on the book. I'm an avid reader, too - I read as often as I can! Carry my Kindle with me everywhere I go. :)

Sharon Fritchman said...

Your three cards are so beautiful, Julie!!! And thank you so much for the wonderful book recommendation! I can't wait to find it! I love to read, too, and wish there were more hours in a day sometimes! I need to follow you around to find out how you do all that you do! You go girl!!!!!

Rachael Funnell said...

3 FAN FAB U LAS Cards Julie...

Mollie Cox Bryan said...

Ohmigoodness, Julie. I am so touched. Thanks so much! Oh--and I love your cards. ;-)

~amy~ said...

whoa whoa whoa...so you're a prolific scrapper, crafter, commenter that does a ton of stuff with your gorgeous family and you have time to read?
how
do
you
do
all
that?

seriously.

I'll have to find those books....your cards are super awesome....I really love that first one.

Rhonda Van Ginkel said...

Julie - we have SO much in common! I have these two books and just fell in love with them too.

I can't wait for the next in her series!!!

Teddyree said...

Woot Woot love that you're in the Higgins/Shalvis fan club lol. What a find with the scrappy mysteries, thanks for the recommendation, I'm going to see if they're available on kindle in Australia :))
You totally amaze me with your energy Julie, love the cards too!!

Leah Crowe said...

Ooh, I will have to see about grabbing these on my Nook soon. LOVE the cards, especially that last one.. swoon. love it!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! I love reading crafty books/etc. I might have to check these out!

OHHHHHHHHH! I love that first card--those papers are FABBBBBBY! I need to start de-stashing! That probably would help my crowded studio:) LOL!

LOVE the other cards-- FUN set of creations!! <3

Joni Parker said...

Cool info on the books!! Really cute cards Julie!!

carlies said...

so awesome card's luv it

oxox carla

Helen Tilbury said...

Beautiful cards Julie! I don't read books but Courtney from Webster's Pages is apparently a great writer & also has a series of books on scrapping too - just can't remember her surname offhand but it will be on their blog...

Heather Jacob said...

wow what a fabulous post, full of love and info xoxoo

Deana said...

If I ever find time to read...maybe on a trip or something.,,I'll keep that in mind! Love the cute cards! I just made 5 cards today while I was cleaning off my craft table!

Deana said...

If I ever find time to read...maybe on a trip or something.,,I'll keep that in mind! Love the cute cards! I just made 5 cards today while I was cleaning off my craft table!

Keren Tamir said...

lovely cards Julie!!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Pretty cards, Julie! I like the one with lots of flowers. :)

Katie said...

Your book encouragement made me giggle just a little bit. I will have to pick the first one up and take a gander at it next time I am in B&N.

These cards are simply fantastic. You just whipped them up, didn't you? ;)

Marjie Kemper said...

What fun! Love the cards, too... seriously cool makings!

Staci said...

Love those cards and will have to check out those cozy mysteries!