I'll admit, if it says "Heidi Swapp" on it, I will buy it! I ordered this book and got it as soon as it came out. But after leafing through the whole thing several times, it's still sitting on my shelf. It comes in a cute package and has some fun add-ons (a pencil, a ruler, a pad), but it kind of seems like a glorified magazine article. I was expecting more "how-to's" in terms of how Heidi gets her signature style and creates some of her unique looks. But there wasn't a ton of instruction (I'm still trying to figure out how she does the shadow effect). All in all, it's a fun book to have and to play around with, but it's not going to turn you into a creator of illuminated manuscripts overnight.Christina
This book wasn't what I expected. I guess I didn't read the packaging properly - I didn't realize that it was more about scrapbooking than actual handwriting. The back cover actually refers to journaling, which I do a lot of. I was hoping to make my journal more legible and pretty for when I refer to it later, but Heidi Swapp was really referring to a small, descriptive section of the scrapbook page. I guess she and I have different ideas about what "journaling" is.Swapp offers some decent tips on page layouts, if you enjoy scrapbooking, but her examples all looked the same to me after a while.The book claims to be able to help the reader improve her/his handwriting, but I didn't find anything that I found really helpful. I'm actually surprised that Swapp says people tell her they love her handwriting! I don't think it looks particularly nice, or easy to read. It's a very stylized way of writing, which probably works well as hand-lettering in a scrapbook, but I didn't find her example of a 'Thank you' note that impressive.Also, she has the annoying habit of ending most paragraphs with: Wink!Shouldn't it be *wink*, or (wink)? Written as it is, it seems like she's actually saying "Wink!", like it's part of the instruction.In summary, this might be a good book if you know what you are picking up. Because this book is sold as a kit (with pen, pencil, and workbook), it was sealed in plastic, and I didn't have the opportunity to browse the book's pages in the store. I've learned my lesson.Bonita Rose
Teaches one to be more comfy with their own style of printing/handwriting.. teaches us all how to journal more effectively, and show our artistic ability thru our handwriting! Loved it!Christel
Great exercises for improving your handwriting.