So, I mentioned Paperie here last week, and just wanted to share a little bit more about the book and the ethos behind it.
The basic premise is really straightforward - 100 contemporary, lifestyle-based projects, all made from or with paper. There are a range of different techniques, including origami, screenprinting, papercutting and papier maché, with projects ranging from home decor and jewellery to stationery and gifts. Some are quick and easy to make, while others are a little more involved.
One of the things I was keen to explore was the idea of using paper for projects beyond the more obvious scrapbooking and card-making. Not that there's anything wrong with either of those things - I make plenty of cards, and even managed to sneak a few into the book - but they often seem to define the idea of 'papercraft' these days, and when your basic material is so very versatile, it's a shame not to take advantage of the fact.
I also wanted to emphasise that making things from paper can be both eco and budget-friendly, especially if you're just starting out and don't want to invest in a hobby you're not yet sure about. So, there are plenty of ideas which use scraps or recycled and found items as a starting point or an option. If you have any type of paper lying around the house - leftover giftwrap, security envelopes, old magazines, even pretty sweet wrappers - there are projects you can make straight away, no shopping required. I'm not saying you won't end up shopping at some point . . . maybe even developing an unhealthy addiction to buying fancy papers, but it's not an immediate necessity.
For fans of instant gratification, there are also a handful of tear-out pages; ten projects you can cut out and make right away, including some fun hipster badges, wall art, a mobile and a light shade, plus eight pages of patterned paper, designed exclusively for the book.
My hope is that if you're already a scrapbooker or card-maker, the projects will inspire you to find new ways of using your existing supplies. If you’ve never explored papercraft before, I hope the book will inspire you to give it a try.
I'm planning to share a few extra projects here over the next month or so, too - a closer look at one or two of the ideas, some alternatives to the published versions, plus a couple of Paperie/Hoop-la crossover projects. And if that last one isn't the geekiest concept you've heard all week, then I'll eat my paper party hat (instructions, page 34).
All of the images in this post are quick reference shots I took as the projects were made. For a closer look at the finished book pages, you can use the 'look inside' feature here, or pre-order a copy from SCC, and get an instant download of the PDF e-book* for free.
*PDF = easy to open and read, even if you (like me) don't have a tablet, Kindle or similar e-reading device.