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Book Review: Paper + Craft

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 paper 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.

Have you read Paper + Craft? What did you think? Leave a comment and let us know!

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11 Responses to Book Review: Paper + Craft

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    emarci July 8, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    I love all things paper and have this book on my wish list! Glad to hear it is worth the wait! <3

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    Susan Elliott July 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Great photos! I can’t wait to get this book!

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    Lori July 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    This book is on my short list. I’ve seen so many projects that I know I could handle in a fairly short amount of time and they look fabulous.

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    Lori July 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    This book is on my short list. I’ve seen so many projects that I know I could handle in a fairly short amount of time and they look fabulous.

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    Ann July 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Haven’t read it yet, but would love to! Sounds like it’s right up my alley.

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    Deb July 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Love this book. So many things to make gonna put this on my list.

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    Deb July 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Love this book. So many things to make gonna put this on my list.

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    Cyndi - Dreams Unltd July 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    This book is on my wish list, too. I love some of the ideas shown in the pics on the blog. Would love to win!

    dreamsunltd at equestrimin.com

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    Maya July 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    This book looks very cute, step-by-step instructions are always helpful as well. Thanks for the review

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    funkycrafter July 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    i don’t have the book but will definitely consider it next time i hit the bookstore. like the mobile project.

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    Kayla and Samuel July 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    I have not read Paper + Craft, I am loving all of the cute ideas I see come from it though! I’m always looking for fun things to do with my young kids and paper is always a good choice.