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.
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.
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.
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!
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.