Paper + Craft book review

Since I work daily with paper (it just goes so well with Mod Podge), I was excited at the opportunity of reviewing Paper + Craft, published by Chronicle Books.  It was written by Minhee and Truman Cho of Paper + Cup, a unique stationary company you should visit if you haven’t already.  Not only do I love their goodies, I love their cute little baby Jr.  You can see him on their blog.

As papercrafting experts, the Chos bring a different perspective to the crafting world – they even admit in the introduction that their initial impression of the world of crafting was “yarn-spun doilies and Grandma’s needlepoint.”  Crafts didn’t equal art.  Their impression changed as they realized how deeply meaningful and heartfelt the process of crafting really is.  I like the Chos, and I like their book.  Here are my five favorite things about it.

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1.  The wide variety of projects.  I don’t just mean the number (25), but there are many different types: home decor, gifts and party as a few examples.  I have SO much paper you wouldn’t believe it.  You probably do too.  It’s great to have a lot of different project options so I can use up that stash more often.


2.  Step-by-steps for each project.  Each project step has illustrations underneath the photo that are almost as cute as the projects themselves.  I love mini-drawn pushpins and pinwheels.  Who doesn’t?  I’m definitely visual, as most crafters are, so these really help.

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3.  Additional project ideas.  I’m going to be honest my friends.  I get blown out when it comes to crafting.  I need help sometimes; every crafter does.  After every project, there are some additional ideas, and I’m very thankful.

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4.  Downloadable templates.  When you purchase the book (or win it, as the case may be), you get a web address to download templates for all of the projects that require them.  This means that you can print extras in case you mess up (guilty as charged), change the size if you need . . . and if you are really fancy, can add graphics before you print.  Yay!

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5.  The mommy and me shoe toppers.  I always choose a favorite project, and this one definitely rocks.  I know you will also be fond of these floral shoe toppers and want to decorate every pair you have.

I know you are going to enjoy this book, so I’m pleased to be giving a copy away to one of you.  Here are the rules.

1. Comment on THIS blog entry. Why would you like to win this book?
2. Only one entry per person.
3. Contest will close this Wednesday, January 5th at midnight (EST).
4. PLEASE leave your e-mail address if it’s not attached in Blogger – I need some way to reach you.

Full contest disclosure here.


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  8. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    I’m always looking for new craft idea and I love working with pretty paper!

  9. Amanda says

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  11. Renee says

    I’m new to paper crafts and feel excited about the book just based on your description! I make a lot of crafts as gifts and couldn’t agree more about what the authors realized – each craft is truly infused with the love of the person who made it. Would be so excited to win this book and share the beautiful creations with others.

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  16. elisekayem says

    I’ve always been more of a bead and fabric and such crafter but just recently been getting into paper and would LOVE to win this book!!

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

  17. Anne Marie@Married to the Empire says

    I would want to win this because I have oodles of paper that needs to be made into something! I like paper WAY too much, and I don’t have enough ideas for it all!

  18. Carly says

    I would love to win this book! I have SO much paper – I’m a scrapbooker (though I think I like to buy pretty paper more than I actually like to scrapbook) and I have lots of excess paper after doing a few sets of wedding invitations for friends. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Lady Dorothy says

    Oh, because I’ve been having a lot of fun with paper lately and I’d like to expand that fun!

  20. ShirleyC says

  21. Debbi says

    I have a fondness for paper but would like to expand my skills! Would love to win this wonderful book!

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  23. Michelle says

    I would love to win! Sounds like there are some wonderful projects and I’ve got a lot to learn when it comes to paper crafting.

  24. Jacki says

    I have a whole bunch of paper as well! This would be great to have as a source to get some ideas from! Love your blog!

  25. brendaj says

    I have been a paper addict for 20 years! I get all giddy about some beautiful new pattern or texture! And I love crafting unusual things. This book looks like a wonderful way to put the two together. I’d love to win it!

  26. Stacey says

    What a great giveaway. I need SOMETHING to do with all my scrapbook paper I’m not using :):)

  27. Diane45 says

    What a great time to win this book! Leftover Christmas paper + Mod Podge = Creative Crafts for the year!!

  28. gina says

    Well obviously I would love to win the book because you made it sound so inviting! No, I love to do all kinds of crafts, and really haven’t tried my hand at paper yet. So….well, this may just be it!


  29. Sarah S says

    I would love to win this because I need lots of step-by-step instructions to make fabulous crafts. sarah2405 at hotmail dot com.

  30. Jenn Erickson says

    I love Chronicle Books, and if this book is anything like any of their other publications or products, this book is sure to be a treasure! Looks like I could cull a tremendous amount of knowledge and inspiration from this book, and sounds like the projects and style are right up my alley!

  31. Clare G says

    Any book that includes paper and crafts in it’s title has to be terrific. This sounds like a great book to have-winning would be good too.

  32. Sami says

    Sounds like a great book! Especially when you have tons lying around just waiting to be crafted :)

  33. Ms. Cheryl says

  34. Callie Callender says

    I’d love to have this book.. even the cover of it jumps out and says look at me please! I love paper crafts and checking out new ones is always fun… so I’m sure I could put it to good use!

  35. Jen says

    I would love this book because as much as I hinted, it didn’t find its way under the tree this year! It looks like an amazing book! Thanks for the review!

  36. ——>Katie Bolinger says

    This looks like a cool book with projects I would actually do. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  38. Arathi says

    I love origamy and making new interesting crafts and this book will surely help! Thanks for the giveaway!


  39. Christine says

    I think I may have as much paper as you so I’d like this book so maybe I could use some of stash as well. Then I could buy even more! *giggle*

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  42. Doreen says

    Happy New Year Amy! So one of my resolutions is to start crafting “outside of my comfort zone” and expand my altered art creativity forces. I would love to use the templates from this book. To quote Meredith on Grey’s Anatomy, “Pick me. Choose me. Love me.” :)

  43. Laura and Kelly Allen says

    I adore those paper balls above the crib. I so need to make those.


  44. Kathy says

    I would love to win this book. I would like to learn more about paper crafting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. jengd says

    Sounds like a great book and the pix are fab! One of my goals for this year is to try new crafty things and this looks like it would be a great source for some of that.

  46. Gina says

  47. Breeanna says

    I would love this book! It will help my creativity and make my house look pretty with paper!

  48. Caity says

    I have too much paper and my resolution for 2011 is to USE STUFF UP! Thanks for the chance to win this book – CaityATcaitmakesDOTcom

  49. Laura says

    This year for Christmas, I made all my Christmas presents. I would love some new ideas of things to make for people …. and myself!

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  51. crazydaisy says

    It’s only been 3 months of being snowed in ‘interior alaska’ and already I am dreaming of this book! I NEED things to do! (er, constructive crafts, not deconstruction amddemolition, which i’m ready to do at any moment!). In fact, if I was chosen, not only would I win this awesome set of crafts (that will probably show up on MY blog, but you would have given me the gift of going outdoors, finding my way through the snow to the mailbox, and getting in some exercise to do so! Thank you for this opportunity, ahead of time!

    [email protected]

  52. says

    Of course I need more ideas of what to do with my excess paper (besides building a bunker and hiding behind it). I would love some more modern ideas!

    almostneverclever [at] gmail [dot] com

  53. LoRrAiNE says

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    This would be a fantastic book to have. I made some little decorations for Christmas this year and ran out of ideas pretty quickly. I would love this book for inspiration!


  57. Andrea P. says

    I am new to paper crafting and this book looks like it would give me tons of great ideas!

  58. Dawn Newsome says

    I love paper craft but haven’t done any lately. This book will inspire me to get back into it. Thanks.
    dawnnewsome at yahoo dot com.

  59. Kelly Lynn says

    This looks like a wonderful book! I love paper and am always looking for a new way to use it to make something beautiful!! Thank you for the chance to win such an awesome book!!!

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  61. Donna says

    I love paper, as evidenced by my stash of it. LOL! So this book would be right up my alley. I’m intrigued by your description of the shoe toppers. Can’t wait to see them!

  62. The Crafteelaydee says

    I have been stocking up supplies to get back to my paper crafting. I had even chosen this particular book recently from Chronicle as a book I was hoping for. It would be so cool to finally win that very book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  63. Lesley says

  64. dora maria says

    I need to get more paper to add to my “too much fabric” then I really will need this book!

  65. Kris @ says

    I would love to win because i heart working with paper. and those paper mobiles in that picture have me inspired!!!

  66. says

    One of my goals for 2011 is to increase my craft/arts books collection and bring them all together into one place in my home. This book would be a great addition.

  67. Gloria Westerman says

    WOW! This would be so awesome to have….and I’m sure so helpful step by step illustrations…thank you for the chance…..

  68. - - Sheryl - - says

    I would love to win this book – my family enjoys getting homemade items from me and look forward to these little creations. It also fills my time creatively instead of watching TV. My kids are older and soon to be off to college (twins) and my oldest has been away for three years. I often look to creativity to fill my time. Thanks Sheryl
    luv2scrap44 at yahoo dot com

  69. Paula says

    Paper, the material I know so little about! I love mod podge and am just starting to find out how much fun it can be. I’m an illustrator so I paint ON paper. I’m setting up an art class for kids from my home so I need to have more ideas about paper. And I’m getting certified to teach in the schools, so I should know more.
    But as much as I want the book to get ideas for working with kids, in honestly I just want it because it looks like SOOO much fun. Who wouldn’t want to use paper to make the world a more beautiful place?
    [email protected]

  70. Reflections from Granny says

    I would love to win this book for new ideas and more things to Mod Podge.
    My husband said I can’t Mod Podge all the walls and furniture so I must adapt!

    Lori m

  71. burlap+blue says

    I too have a large paper stash and would love new, creative uses for it! Thanks so much!

  72. catnap says

    Why I want this book: I can’t get enough of banners and I want to see the details on their design. I love the tissue paper “stars” and I want to craft them and the cute baby that goes with them (hope the instructions are included for the baby – so realistic). I love their blog, so the book must be terrific.

  73. Kristy says

  74. Leah Belle says

    i would love to win this, because i need some inspiration….i have a lot of paper to use!

  75. Monica Y. Gaffney says

  76. Amber Maddux says

    I’ve always loved Modge Podge and never knew what to do with it!!! Ever since I came across your website you have given me so much inspiration and I have ideas just swarming around my head. This book would help them become organized and make me ooooo ssssoooo happy :)

  77. Carrie G says

    I would be late to dinner if I had this book. Just in the few pictures you’ve shown…I’m smitten. Just tried a paper star this holiday and am becoming a paper addict…I can feel the urge to buy pretty paper.Thanks! great blog, I’m a new reader.

  78. Pat K says

    This new paper craft books looks
    really interesting. The sneek peek shows some really clever projects

  79. Nancy says

    I’m looking for inspiration to help with my sister’s upcoming July wedding!

    woolin dot

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  81. Elena says

    I would love to win this book! Papercrafting is new to me, but I’ve just acquired a ton of supplies and I’m ready!

  82. Melanie says

    I need a way to use all my paper! I am a paper hoarder … so please let me win this book!

  83. Katherine says

    I am just getting into lots of crafting in my spare time and would love to win this book!!

  84. AisleyFaith says

    I am new to paper crafting and this book looks like it would give me tons of great ideas!

    *I can’t figure out how to delete my previous comment and it didn’t post with Blogger name for some reason!!

  85. Elisha Dew says

    I would love to win this book because I am just getting into crafting and would love a place to start. Paper seems a good place (cheap, endless variety). :)

  86. Renee says

  87. Sangeetha says

    the projects htat you have shown are downright gorgeous – need this book just for that. Looks liek there are some cute ideas for kids as well and I am decorating right now, so would love some inspiration

  88. Judy says

    This book has so many unique projects. What fun it would be to win. Again, thank you for sharing your ideas. I have love them. agent3547ataoldotcom

  89. Marlene says

    I’d like to win this book because I am always looking for new crafty ideas… and I especially love working with paper:)

    onlyjustine at yahoo dot com

  90. jhitomi says

    I would love to win this because I’ve been reading brilliant bloggers like you do such wonderful things, and have been feeling pretty inadequate and uncreative; maybe this will help me.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

  91. pyesquire says

    I am a paper artist and this sounds like a great book with lots of fun projects and new ideas I hope i win

  92. Scrapycandy says

    Clever! I would use the ideas for a birthday party and I think a scrapping party for the local moms. Great stuff!

  93. jules p says

    I would love this book..because I love love love crafts that do not cost a fortune to make. And with paper…it would not cost too much. Plus it looks like it would be fun to do with my kids and nieces.

    imisstx at comcast dot net

  94. Vicki says

    Looks like a great book!! I have so much paper and a few bottles of Mod Podge laying around I would love to try a new project or two!I am really looking for some home decor ideas

  95. Debbie/StudioBeeCreations says

    wow!!! what an awesome opportunity…LOVELOVE paper can never have too many ideas…your blog is ROCK-o-licious!

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  98. Katie@a mom, a wife, and a me says

    Did you see those gardening tools?! I need those almost more then I need coffee!!
    simplelilcowgirl @ yahoo . com

  99. Sandy says

    I have a lovely new (and my first) granddaughter – and I’d sure love to make her that mobile! I’d like to win…please. Happy New Year!

  100. says

    I want to win because I need to put more things on my to-make list….actually, there’s already a ton of things on this list, so what’s 25 more?

    leylafolsom at gmail dot com

  101. she wears flowers says

    I’d love to win this book–it looks amazing! I’d love to win so I can try new things!

  102. Erin says

    I just started dabbling in paper crafts more regularly and I’d love the added inspiration!!

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  104. Cory says

    i would love to win this book so that i can download the super cool templates and make fun things
    mychancetowin at gmail dot com

  105. Leah Claire says

    Oh, I so need a little help using up all the beautiful paper I’ve collected over the years–this book would be perfect! Thanks for the giveaway. leahclaireh(at)gmail(dot)com

  106. Natalie says

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    I would love to win this book so my girls and I can get more crafty inspiration. I love the pics you shared this book looks so fun.
    Thank you for the chance to win one : )

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  110. susan says

    I love all paper crafts! This book looks like it is full of inspiration! Thanks for a chance to win!

  111. Katelyn says

    I would looove to win this book because I love new crafts :) Even though my boyfriend and I are up to our ears in my supplies as it is…I could always use more!

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  113. renee d says

    we have just had a new paper shop open in the neighbourhood, i fell in love with the store but have never crafted much with paper before, so winning this book would:

    1. make my day
    2. make my children’s day with the things i would make for them as well as the things we could make together
    3. help out a local business with the increased sales they would have through my new desire to craft with paper.

    thanks for the opportunity to win

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  117. LillyxxGal says

    I would LOVE to win this book because I LOVE paper crafts and would LOVE to try the template for the adorable pinwheels. I would use them as cupcake toppers for my daughters upcoming birthday party! Who am I kidding, I would make everything in that book! Please choose me! Thanks for a great review and fun giveaway! Cheers! XOX

  118. Jacobs Family says

    I’m addicted to new crafty ideas! And this looks like a great book I could work through with my daughter!

  119. Kelly says

    I love to collect craftbooks to use for inspiration. I dont have a paper craft book in my collection so this would help round out my set. I would love to make the baby mobile for my son’s room.

  120. swoodsonshoeclips says

    So cute! I’d love to win because I don’t do a ton of paper crafts and would love to try!

  121. aj says

    I love new crafts! I collect new projects to do when I have the time and money. But I think I’d be doing several of the crafts in this book right away!

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  124. Lindy says

    I would like to start making my own gifts for people. This book would really help. thanks for the chance.

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  126. Marguerite says

    I would LOVE to win this book because it has step-by-step instructions as well as downloadable templates. I love the be inspired, but just have to have a template or pattern to make crafts worth looking at happen! Thanks for the chance to win.
    marguerito at comcast dot net

  127. Carrie says

    I would be beyond excited if I won this contest. I just moved more than 4000 miles from home, and since I don’t know a lot of people here yet I NEED a hobby! I love the images in the post, especially the giant flowers. I recently saw some like them for sale, and would love to be able to have those gorgeous decorations without paying the HUGE pricetag…

    Oh my gosh. I’m going to be crossing my fingers for the rest of the day. Excitement!

    [email protected]

  128. Mareike says

    I would love to win this book, because I’m in love with paper crafts. My best friend is getting married soon and she asked me to do the decoration for her reception… I think this book would be perfect for it!!! Thanks!

  129. 2sisters says

    First off…totally unrealated to the contest, I’ve missed you! Micki & I have been out of contact with the blogosphere for months now due to other obligations, that I’ve missed me some Mod Podge Rocks! Second, I would love to win this book because I need to get my crafting mojo back on, I’m having some serious withdrawl here. I’m sure you can find my email, but just in case it’s [email protected].

  130. Ree says

    I would LOVE to win this book. Love all the projects you featured, and while I started with paper, I’ve spent a lot more time lately with other things. I’d love the inspiration to return to my first craft love! (and use up my stash making cute things…)