Scissors, Paper, Craft - Book Review

Scissors, Paper, Craft - Book Review
Scissors, Paper, Craft: 30 Pretty Projects All Cut, Folded and Crafted from Paper
By Christine Leech
2013, Quadrille Publishing Ltd

If you're looking for some fresh ideas in paper crafting, you should check out Christine Leech's Scissors, Paper, Craft. This book offers 30 projects, many of which are perfect for decorating your home, with the rest designed with gift-giving in mind.

While there are some classic projects here that seasoned paper crafters may not get really excited about – such as the paper garlands, basic hand-bound books, and a rococo frame – there are also projects that are fresh and inspired. A number of them, in fact, actually made me go, "Wow! Now why didn't I think of that?"

Worthy of note are the elegant birdcage popup card; the harebell and lotus lights; the paper sculpted owl gift boxes; and the "Colorado Critters", a set of animals made from cut and folded card. And that's just some of it. Most of the projects involve some form of paper sculpting, and if you appreciate the way cutting plus folding transforms a flat sheet of paper into a 3D masterpiece, you’re sure to love this book.

It helps that the book is chockfull of pretty pictures, so that even the classic, tried-and-true projects look quite appealing. Most of the steps are pictured and the instructions are easy to understand. The layout is neat and uncluttered, and the pages have a matte finish so it’s easy on the eyes – no glare to deal with.

Templates for the projects are provided, and individual sections are devoted to explaining the basic tools, the different kinds of paper, and various paper crafting techniques used to make the projects. Completing the book is a section on online resources, although these are mostly UK-based shops.

Scissors, Paper, Craft is for you if: (a) you’re a paper crafter looking to decorate your home with the things you love to make; (b) you can’t resist adding a special touch to the gifts you give; and (c) you think you've seen everything that paper crafting books and magazines have to offer and need something new to inspire you. Is it worth buying? Definitely.

Note: I bought this book with my own funds and have not been compensated for this review in any way.

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