When I reactivated with Creative Memories in early January, I was happy to see some new partnerships with companies such as ProvoCraft and Pixels 2 Pages. I was also pleased to learn more about another partner new to CM – Nancy O’Dell. I didn’t know much about Nancy, except that she was an entertainment reporter and had been on one of my favorite reality shows, Dancing with the Stars. I ordered her first book written in conjunction with Creative Memories, “Full of Love”, and now that I have read it I have to say there is lots in to love about this book!
I was surprised to learn that Nancy’s family has been scrapbooking for four generations and that her mother created 52 albums about Nancy and her family! As a result, Nancy is an avid scrapbooker and creates albums for her own young daughter, stepsons and husband. She also documents the interesting celebrities she has met and interviewed on the red carpet and on her TV show, Entertainment Tonight. It was interesting to read about Nancy’s background, her family life, her values and ideals, and to see photos of her growing up.
The first part of the book also includes an interview with Dr. Kenneth Condrell (a noted child psychologist) that explores the importance of a family photo history, as well as some wonderful tips for getting better family photos from Ulrica Wihlborg.
In the second half of the book, Nancy shares her suggestions for essential tools and techniques as well as the shortcuts she uses as a busy working mom. Finally, more than 60 pages of great layouts finish off the book, along with a username and password to access instructions to exclusive layouts – like the one below – online!
I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would, and I took away some fresh ideas and a new appreciation for a celebrity I knew little about. I would recommend the book to any mom who scrapbooks! I am looking forward to reading Nancy’s second book with Creative Memories, “Secret Ingredients”, which gives ideas and “recipes” for gifts ideas made from the heart.