Paperie - Book Review

Paperie - Book Review
Kirsty Neale
F&W Media International Ltd (2014)

Paperie by Kirsty Neale is a cool collection of 100 paper craft projects that range from home décor and fashion accessories to gifts and stationery, using techniques like decoupage, folding, cutting, papier mache, and stamping, to name a few.

A visual index groups the projects into ten categories – Stationery, Cards + Wrapping, Wearable, Re-used + Recycled, At Home, Fun Stuff, On the Wall, Gift Ideas, Weddings + Parties, and Instant Fix. Each project is assigned an icon or two that corresponds to these categories, making it easy to find a project if, for example, you’d like to craft some funky paper jewelry, or churn out some affordable décor for a birthday party or other celebration.

The projects are fun, colorful, and fresh. They are also quite easy to create, as the projects are explained through concise step by step instructions and the occasional diagram, plus tips and alternatives to make the project your own. Unlike other craft books that illustrate the steps, this one shows just the end product in a large photo that takes up half the page. Templates are provided at the back of the book, and as a bonus, full color cut-out sheets for some of the projects (like the finger puppets, paper dolls and merit badges) are also included – a great time saver for busy crafters.

Many of the projects seem to involve decoupage, though, so get ready to paper a whole range of objects such as beads, bottles, jar covers, eye glasses, buttons, cuff links, bangles, china ornaments, tea light candles and tile coasters. Nevertheless, there are some projects that stand out, like the street map paper cutting, the papier mache Frieda Kahlo decor, and a personal favorite, decoupaged canvas sneakers!

Paperie is a delightful book that gives paper crafting a whole new modern look. Not only do the crisp, clean layout and large photos make you want to pore over each and every page, the projects themselves make you go, “Now why didn’t I think of that before?” Go get the book.

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

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