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Book review — Delight in the Details

Reported by Susan Reidy

I first discovered Lisa M. Pace while I was blog hopping. I was immediately drawn to her shabby chic, vintage style. I even took one of her online classes (loved it!) to learn some of her techniques. So when I saw she had a book, Delight in the Details, I had to have it.

Every inch of this 128-page book is full of glittery, vintagey, mixed-media goodness. There’s more than 40 step-by-step directions, with photos, for creating unique embellishments. And Lisa shows you how to use the embellishments to create gorgeous layered scrapbook pages, tags, cards and home decor.

The book is divided into four main sections: Sparkle & Shine, Paint & Ink, Pattern & Texture, and Vintage Finds & Dimension.

Some of the tutorials were a little basic; I already know how to add glitter glue to edges and distress letters. But I love the projects she includes for using those embellishments, as well as the “More Beautiful Details” extras included with the step-by-step tutorials.

For example, where she teaches you how to add glitter glue to the edges, she includes a “more item” on creating a banner greeting from the margins of an old book page. She adds glitter to the banner’s edges and curls it slightly before adhering it to an ornament.

The eye candy in this book is amazing, and the photography is beautiful. In all her project examples, I love how she is able to create multiple layers, without making anything look too cluttered or busy.

Check out this expertly layered birdie below. Lisa includes step-by-step instructions for creating the button-wire spray. That’s next on my list; I need to buy some wire (I know, I can’t believe it wasn’t in my stash!).
For me, the most new and exciting tutorials were in the Pattern & Texture section. I learned several new techniques that I know will become a part of my regular crafting repertoire.

Take these crepe paper rosettes for instance — talk about affordable and easy. I found a roll of crepe paper left over from a birthday party and got busy.

I snipped off a 12-inch strip and used embroidery floss and a needle to make a running stitch down one side, as Lisa instructed.

I gathered the crepe paper into a circle, and then snipped the edges with my pinking shears for a decorative edge. I added a vintage image to the middle (after making it into a tag). I also did some of that glitter glue edging.

These would make great additions to just about any project. Imagine how many you could make from one 99 cent roll of crepe paper. Oh, and the color possibilities — love it!

I added mine to this card. I don’t quite have the layering down like Lisa, but I’m sure once I study this book some more, it will get easier!

Next up, I decided to try something a little more complicated — the felt bloom. Felt is so hot right now, and of course, I already had a good stash, very little of which has been used.


The photos and directions were easy to follow, plus Lisa included the pattern for the petals. She also included an example that she made from paper using the same directions.

Here’s my flower stack in process. Felt is wool felt from Papertrey Ink.

After the last petal was added, I shoved in some stamens and added some Stickles to the edges to bling it out. I’m not sure where this is going yet. Perhaps to top a keepsake box, or even on a headband for my girls.


Here’s another hot trend featured in the book — banners. These are miniature banners, just right for a card. I loved the simplicity of this idea, and the big impact it can make on a card.

It couldn’t be simpler — print or stamp your letters, cut them out, use decorative scissors to make the banner shape and adhere to twine. Don’t you just love tiny things?

I made a miniature banner for this Halloween card below.

I love this book. Every time I pick it up, I find something new to examine. There are so many more ideas I want to try, and I’m on the hunt for more vintage items to use in my crafting.


Pros:
  • Great project examples with bright, beautiful photographs.
  • Step-by-step tutorials with photos.
  • Bonus ideas included in “More Beautiful Details”

Cons:

  • Some of the tutorials are basic for the more advanced crafter, but it’s always nice to have a refresher.
  • Supplies used are listed in the back, so you have to do some flipping back and forth.

Delight in the Details has a suggested price of $22.99. It is available at major craft stores, and Amazon.com.

Are you a fan of Lisa M. Pace? Have you read this book? What’s your favorite project?

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2 Responses to Book review — Delight in the Details

  1. Lisa M. Pace November 9, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review of my book. And it is so nice to see you using some of the techniques. Your projects are super cute!

  2. rachel johnson November 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    Love that mini banner!!