Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Great Giveaway from All Things Paper

This week's featured giveaway is from one of my favorite bloggers Ann Martin. Ann is quite the quilling enthusiast and always has the most spectacular paper creations featured on her site. If you even "like" paper you owe it to yourself to follow her blog. You will be in for a real treat!

Creative Paper Cutting - Book Giveaway!

I bet you've heard the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover." Well, in this case, by all means judge away...

Lovely, isn't it?!

Creative Paper Cutting is the newest title in the Make Good Books series of craft titles released by Trumpeter, an imprint of Shambhala Publications. The cover image is the perfect enticement of what you'll find inside... very simple Japanese craft style paper folding and cutting projects that use few supplies. Novices are guided through basic paper cutting techniques with the help of tips, diagrams, and templates.

Included are ideas for using paper cuts as embellishments on cards, wrapping paper, mobiles, collages, and even lamp shades. Young crafters will be drawn to the birds, rabbits, hula dancers, and ballerinas. One of my favorite projects is paper figures (above) that have been cut from colored shopping bags by artist, Keiko Tsuji. So lively!

Many of the projects are scissor-friendly. Craft knife projects are included for adults and older kids. I was inspired to try my hand at cutting a few samples designs and found that lightweight paper (origami) is perfect for these designs, as they start out with a series of simple folds. With spring ever so slowly making its way to my neck of the woods this year, it's no wonder I was drawn to a flower, the pair of fluttering birds, and a windowsill with pots of leggy seedlings stretching for the sun.

One thing I might mention is that I would have preferred a spiral binding on this book (as well as all other craft titles!), simply because it's much easier to refer to a pattern book when it opens flat. I realize publishers rarely use spiral bindings so that the title will be clearly visible on a bookstore shelf, but with more and more books being purchased online, perhaps it's time to offer the more user-friendly option.

Trumpeter sent me a copy of Creative Paper Cutting for review purposes and is offering two All Things Paper readers anywhere in the world, the chance to win a copy. Just leave a comment to enter. If you would like additional entries, mention the giveaway via your blog, Facebook page, and/or Twitter, and tell me you've done so in your comment. The giveaway ends at the end of this Friday, April 15th, and winners will be selected by a random number generator and announced the next day. Good luck!

Disclosure: The book title is an affiliate link.

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