Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Review - Papercrafting In No Time by Clare Youngs

Over the past six months I have broadened my fabric addiction to patterned paper and this in turn has led to a new interest in papercrafting.  I am always amazed at how a few pieces of pattrned or plain paper can be trnasformed into amazing decorations or cards, so I was thrilled to have the chance to review Papercrafting In No Time by Clare Youngs.

With 50 projects all crafted from paper in this book I was keen to see exactly what delights lay inside the inspiring cover.  Papercrafting In No Time offers projects for the novice papercrafter through to the more seasoned designer.  Starting with ideas and projects for our living spaces Clare shows us papercutting, the traditional art of Poland alongside creating an origami fan lampshade. Yet my favourite project in this first chapter is the wreath, offering so many potential colour and pattern combinations, which means this wreath becomes very versatile as a decoration for many occassions, or just because!

The second chapter offers ten fabulous projects for the little ones in our lives.  Boats, birds and bird boxes feature alongside sausage dogs, butterfiles and monkeys, which are all perfect deocrations for bedrooms or parties. The next ten projects found in the 'Gifts' chapter which of course includes beautiful gift boxes and bags, aswell as paper beads and dragonfly clothespins. 

The fourth chapter offers fabulous inspiration for card making.  Clare shows us how to create a tiered Russian doll card, fold out vintage flower card, beautiful patterned envelopes, bunting and owls, that all would be perfect cards for numerous occassions. Actually I have made a set of envelopes just to store receipts in, well I need pretty things on my desk! The final chapter of Papercrafting In No Time is 'Party Time' with clear instructions for projects to make including a vintage floral cakestand, cupcake toppers, paper roses and decoupage eggs. 

Papercrafting In No time offers 50 fabulous projects to inspire some beautiful works of art and more practical ideas aswell as a comprehensive list of tools and materials and templates.  For each project the clearly written step by step instructions, complete with photographs make every project accessible to everyone.  I highly recommend Papercrafting In No Time, whether you are looking for beautiful ideas to decorate your home, cards to make for friends or inspiring ideas for decoration your next celebration.

Papercrafting In No Time by Clare Youngs
ISBN 978-1-907030-81-9

1 comment:

Loulabelle said...

I LOVE books like this, thanks for the recommendation. Wish I had more time to do stuff like this (I need to keep working on Garry to let me give up work hehe).

The butterflies sound fab xx

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