Rosette Art book review

Rosette Art book coverIt’s a huge honor for me to review the book Rosette Art. You see, it’s written by my friend Cathe Holden, author of the fabulous blog Just Something I Made. This review might be a little biased because she’s one of my idols, but I promise you that I wouldn’t do it if I really didn’t love the book. And I do love it.

Part of the deal is that I really, really love rosettes. I call them “state fair ribbons,” but that’s a less sophisticated name for what they really are. And that is exactly what Cathe does in her book, actually – she embraces the beautiful and elegant side of rosettes with 14 step-by-step projects. But that is pretty much Cathe’s style – she makes everything beautiful, and that is why her blog is so popular. I wouldn’t expect this book to be any different. As I do for every book review on this blog, here are my five favorite things about this book.

Birthday_hero1. The format is super cool. This “book” is actually in an interesting folio (not sure if that is the right word?) with a booklet and papers included – and I love it. You get all of the same stuff you’d get with any other craft book, except with some extras. Which brings me to #2.

2. You get twenty papers designed by Cathe. Okay, this could be my absolute favorite part of Cathe’s book. She’s a graphic designer, and you see a lot of that on her blog with various freebies and printables. True to form, she’s given us twenty papers that we can use in creating our own rosettes. And half of them are already scored for easy folding. What more could you ask for?

Rosette Art banner3. A wide variety of ideas are included. One of the things holding me back from making tons of rosettes is that I’m not quite sure what to do with them. I’ve only ever been able to come up with decorating gift packages. This book encourages you to think outside the box and incorporate rosettes into a lot more including fashion and home decor. I love that. Instant conversation piece!

4. Anyone can create beautiful rosettes. I personally think that rosettes look intimidating, and honestly, that it what I love about them. Because then my friends and family will say “you MADE that??” With the careful instructions and supply lists provide by Cathe, you can make drool-worthy projects too, but they aren’t impossible. In fact, you don’t need a ton of craft skills to get started because Cathe has taken such time and care with the front of the book. Everything you need to know is provided so that you can make the projects without craftfail.

Family_Keepsake_v2_hero5. The photos are amazingly inspirational. I look at a lot of craft blogs, books and designs all the time. It’s part of what I do for a living now. And I have to say, sometimes it feels like I see the same stuff over and over. But with Rosette Art, I didn’t feel that way. Each project image got the wheels turning, about materials that I could use and ways that I could make the project my own. To me, that is the mark of a great craft book.

Rosette Art is a great craft book and I highly recommend it for yourself or for a gift. My mother’s birthday is coming up and I think this might be perfect for her! I hope she isn’t reading this . . .


  1. says

    I never imagined there would be other uses for rosettes than the typical state fair ribbon stand-alone. I love the garland and the ribbon rosette with the dog silhouettes is so classy. I’m ready to try them both!

  2. Angelina-JoJo and Eloise says

    What a FUN giveaway.. I TOTALLY hope I win. This would be such a Great book and Projects for the Sew-Crafty Kids to share the book and do a Video of the stuff they have made. Crossing my Fingers and Toes 😉

  3. Marie OSUNA says

    This book interests me for many reasons. The pictures shown are beautiful, and I have no expirence making rosettes, but I have plenty ideas on how to use them!

  4. amie ledesma says

    This is so cool! I love rosettes and feel they always bring great beauty to anything!

  5. Sarah says

    I’m such a fan of Cathe Holden. Anything she does interests me. These rosettes are beautiful.

  6. Sharlene Piscitelli says

    I never realized how really pretty rosettes are and how many different uses there are for them. This book sounds like it will make it easy to craft our own.

  7. Cath T says

    I love the variety of ideas I see presented here. As you say, it gets the creative juices flowing. Neat that Cathe puts extra goodies in the book, too.

  8. Sumbul says

    It sounds amazing! the hard work put into this project is pretty evident i would love to have a copy

  9. Angelique says

    I love this book and I love rosettes (and a lot of other paper crafts). What I like about making rosettes is that the kids can make these as well. But sometimes it’s hard to find inspiration. This book gives you exactly that…. and more. Never seen a book like this and I would love to have a copy of it!

  10. says

    I’ve always loved the look of rosettes and this book looks like it is filled with really inspiring ideas to make me not only want to make a load of all sorts of funky rosettes but cover my home in them also! The cover itself is so inspiring and the sneak peak pages you’ve posted merely whet my appetite and make me want to explore further and soak up all the inspiration this book has to offer me.

  11. Katherine says

    Is EVERYTHING a proper answer?? I think this could be the jumping off point for some really fantastic ideas!


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