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The Paper Garden

Reported By Lauren Meader

My review today is on the book called The Paper Garden by Susan Tierney Cockburn.

The purpose of this book is to teach you how to make many different paper flowers, using various paper punches. You would not believe that you can make the most beautiful paper flowers from a snowflake, pear, balloon, and even heart shaped punches. Then there is of course the obvious different flower/leaf punches.


Here are a few details on the book:

  • The features in The Paper Garden are the Summer Blooms collection. You will find the step by step directions on how to make the following flowers: Buddlegja* Dahlia* Daisy* Geranium* Hydrangea* Lily* Magnolia* Nasturtium* Rose* Sunflower * Poppy You can view all the punches used to create everything in this book –>HERE
  • 24 pages of color photo’s
  • A list/visual guide for the punches/tools you will need
  • Clear and detailed step-by step photos and written instructions.

Here I have my page opened to create a paper Poppy. I want to create one for the cover of my Poppy Seed packet. You can see the visual list of punches needed at the top.

I assembled my supplies, I realized that I didn’t have all of the correct punches so I always attempt to use what I have on hand that is similar.

Now you can see this how the photo’s/directions make each step so easy to follow.

I begin to follow each step. The directions/photos guide me through the creative process.

In just a few steps I have a beautiful paper poppy that will embellish my Poppy Seed cover.

After using this book, I believe a crafter of any skill level can attempt these projects. They simplify each step to make it so easy. With the photographs, you can also see what your flower should look like after each step is completed.

You can view all the punches used to create everything in this book –>HERE

These paper flowers can be used on cards, boxes, bags, tags, frames, and all sorts of gifts. Another neat thing is, if you purchased some of the recommended punches, like I did, they are used in numerous flowers throughout the book! So that is really cool too. You would be surprised at the variety of looks you can get with some of the same punch shapes.

I am very happy with this book. I feel that for me it was a truly great buy. It allowed me to branch out into another area of paper crafting, as well as add some great things to my projects.

If you are interested in purchasing it, you may find it in the following places:

The Punch Bunch site recommends Scrappily Ever After. You can also find this online at All That Scraps which will be carrying this book with punches/tools as well. This book retails for $15.25. If you enjoyed this review you may also like to view my review on the Punch Bunch HERE.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope you are as excited about this book as I am! I would love to hear what you think, and if you have, or plan to purchase this book.

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5 Responses to The Paper Garden

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    Lynn Mercurio May 23, 2008 at 9:04 am #

    I just got this book last week and I’m in the process of getting the punches, some of which I already had. The creations look easy to make and have such a WOW effect…as evidenced by samples on Lauren’s blog, which was my true inspiration for getting into paper flower making!

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    Terrie B x May 23, 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    Wow what a great blog:)TFS!!! must pop over more often….:)

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    Sara in WI May 26, 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    Hmmm. Sounds like a book that I should put on my wishlist! Thanks for the cool review!

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    Savor the Journey * TexasGrammy May 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm #

    Wow! Love this review, particularly after seeing your paper flowers on your blog!

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    Danielle May 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    I have bought the book, I do really like it. I don’t have all the punches, so I wish it came with patterns to create the flowers without the punches, but I hope to find a way to make them with out having to buy all the punches. But it is a beauitful book and I can’t wait to try some out.