Making personal connections through the art of paper crafting is what Paper CraftsR magazine is all about, with greeting cards, keepsake paper creations, bags, tags, and other projects galore. This big 288-page book is the paper crafter's dream collection, compiling more than 500 of the best projects from recent years of the magazine and its special issues. Cards are a major focus, along with a bonus collection of paper crafted containers and keepsake treasures to accompany simple food gifts (recipes included!). Other projects include gift bags and tags, party invitations and decorations, banners, handmade jewelry, mini albums and journals, magnets, stationery, table place settings, and more. Cards of many shapes and sizes cover a wealth of topics, including birthdays, baby, weddings, mothers, fathers, teachers, teens, girlfriends, seasons, holidays, and all occasions.
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Representing the best designs from recent years of the magazine, these paper crafts are from numerous staff and contributing papercrafters all across the country, representing a wide range of interests and styles.From Publishers Weekly:
With this volume, the popular crafts magazine Papercrafts celebrates six years of publication. Bright, clear photos of hundreds of paper crafts, including cards, scrapbook pages and more, make the book a delight. An early section also includes simple, well-presented food recipes paired with a craft: "Grandma Betty's Pull-Aparts" go with a family reunion paper set, while "Sunday Pie" shares the stage with a Father's Day Card & Photo Cube. However, when it comes to the strength of instruction, some brief blurbs may leave inexperienced crafters unsure of how to proceed. All gluing and taping instructions are boiled down to "adhere ______ to ______," surely insufficient information given the wide variety of adhesives and adhesing techniques in the paper world. Also, as the editor points out, since the projects compiled here were taken from past issues, some of them may no longer be available; while she suggests readers use their creativity, some will be left scratching their heads. However, paper crafters looking for inspiration will find this a treasure trove. Photos.
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