I've been a big fan of Becky Fleck's PageMaps for years, so I was very excited to see this book released. It does not disappoint. It is full of the great sketches you've come to expect from Becky along with several page ideas per sketch. Also scattered throughout the book are scrapping and technique tips. Perhaps one of the best features of the book is the set of punch-out cards in the back. Each card contains a sketch and an example layout from the book, giving you all that information in a compact and portable format.
The only thing that might detract from the book for some people is the number of "oddly sized" photos that are used in the sketches. There are very few regular 4x6 photos used.
I feel that it is time for my eight year old daughter to graduate from the albums I let her decorate with her own stickers and crayons and my cast off photos. She received her first digital camera for her birthday, and really takes excellent photos. I am now letting her use all of my (serious) supplies with my instruction. This book is a great way for her to become more independent with page layouts. They are easy to understand and to replicate. The example pages in the book are vibrant and meaningful. It is generating a lot of neat ideas for her!! What a great bonding experience for us! Fantastic book for fresh little beginners, and seasoned pros alike!
I was at a crop this weekend and used it on every layout. I may not make exactly what the sketch shows, but it gives me a starting point. We brought the book and the cards to the crop. Next time we'll just bring the cards, we never even opened the book while cropping. Fantatic book, highly recommend!