Do you know how the book Paper Made first caught my eye? I noticed that people were putting it in their cart on Amazon.com very frequently with my book Mod Podge Rocks, and I had to know more. 101 paper projects . . . that is a ton . . . and right up my alley! I love paper crafting (Mod Podge aside), so I wanted to review this book immediately. Thanks to Kayte Terry (the author), I got it in my hot little hands. I LOVE it. After you read my review, don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway!!
The back of the book says that these projects are outside the box, and I completely agree. I never thought there was so much you could do with paper – and I’m always trying to think of unique projects to make with this abundant craft supply. I have a huge stash of paper at all times, and a lot of scraps. For all you paper collectors, this book is the solution to the problem that I KNOW you have – too much paper and not sure what to do with it. Have I sold you yet? If not, read on. These are my five favorite things about Paper Made.
1. All the home decor items. I am always looking for unique home decor pieces. I wasn’t quite sure what kind of projects I’d get in the collection of 101, and it turns out there are a ton of home decor projects. I was pleasantly surprised. I think a lot of people are afraid to make paper home decor items because they are afraid that they won’t look nice. This book will show you that this is far from the truth – paper home decor can and does look upscale (thanks to Kayte).
2. The budget crafting aspect. I get especially proud of myself these days if I’m able to come up with a craft idea that doesn’t cost any money (or is really inexpensive). Kayte doesn’t just use scrapbook paper – she gets down to the nitty gritty with supplies like junk mail and cardboard. if you don’t want to spend a lot of money to make these craft ideas, then you really don’t have to.
3. The use of recycled items. Using paper scraps isn’t just good for your pocketbook; it’s good for the environment. It’s very fulfilling to turn items that would otherwise go into the recycling bin (or trash) into cool items like frames and baskets. Speaking of recycling materials, we have a boatload of cardboard here at my apartment in our recycling bins. It’s so cool that I can make a table!
4. The abundance of gift ideas. I don’t know about you, but I run out of ideas for things to get my friends and family. Because let’s face it, most of my friends and family can just buy what they want, when they want to. I like having options that are outside the box and unique for my crazy friends and family. I particularly like Kayte’s jewelry ideas. I know a lot of people who would love a necklace or two (or ten).
5. My favorite project: the book purse. I’m actually a huge book nerd – I love classic literature, and I love having real books on the shelf (no offense to e-readers). Give new life to an old broken book by turning it into a purse and make all your friends jealous with your “bookbag.” This book will teach you how.
Run, don’t walk, to buy Paper Made. If you are concerned you don’t have the skill set, don’t be – not only are there plenty of beginner crafts in the text, but there is an instructional section at the beginning to get you started. Paper Made is a must have for your crafty book collection!