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Craft Book: Cut Out + Keep

Craft Book - Cut Out + KeepCut Out + Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects

If Cut Out + Keep sounds familiar to you, that’s because it’s also a very popular craft community site.  Now the owners of the site (Cat Morley and Tom Waddington) have written their own craft book.  But it’s not just a craft book, it’s also a  journal of their travels through each of the 50 states!

Craft Book - Cut Out + Keep 3For each state there are pictures from the places Cat and Tom visited.  They also share about what they did and thought of each state.
Craft Book - Cut Out + Keep 4In Cut Out + Keep you will also find a craft project inspired by each state. The state of Wyoming was the inspiration for this Jackalope Jewelry Holder.

Craft Book - Cut Out + Keep 2Cut Out + Keep also includes a few recipes.  This recipe stood out to me because I’ve always wanted to try a pie shake.  Maybe I’ll make one now that I have a recipe for it.

Overall, this book has a good variety of projects including, crochet, jewelry, sewing,and more.  The tutorials are easy to understand and there’s a lot of step-by-step photos.  I could see this book really appealing to teenagers (high school age) for its more edgier crafts.  To learn more about Cut Out + Keep, you can visit Laurence King.

Mollie Makes Christmas Edition


Christmas CraftsHave you started crafting for Christmas?  The closest I’ve come to getting started is purchasing this Mollie Makes Christmas magazine.  And just between you and me, this might be as far as I get, *sigh*.

I found this Mollie Makes magazine at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I always like the holiday edition craft magazines because they usually include more projects.  This edition contains 156 ideas with a lot of templates and patterns.  Below, are a few of my favorite projects.

Christmas Crafts 3Christmas Collar by Samantha Stas

Christmas Crafts 4Sweedish Dala Horse by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Christmas Crafts 2Retro Ornaments by Samantha Stas

Christmas Crafts 5Woolly Words by Meredith Crawford

Craft Book Review: Travel Origami

Travel Origami BookTravel Origami by Cindy Ng

Tuttle offered to send me a review copy of Travel Origami by Cindy Ng and I gladly accepted for two reasons.  For one, origami is one of my favorite crafts.  And two, I liked the concept of making keepsakes out of collected ephemera from my vacations.

Travel Origami is compiled of 24 projects to fold from your keepsakes.  There’s also a two page section that introduces you to origami terms and symbols.  All the projects (except the money rings) give you the dimensions of paper you need to start out with.  That way, there’s no need to be concerned about finding a specific item to create a project. For most of the projects, Cindy suggests a variety of paper products to use for a project.  You can even make the projects out of any paper you have around the house.

Below are few of my favorite projects from the book.

Travel Origami Book 3I made this bookmark out of a postcard from Powell’s bookstore that I got in Oregon.  After testing out a couple of projects from Travel Origami, I found the directions to be brief.  I found myself wishing there were a few more steps to explain some of the projects.  For that reason, I would recommend this book for intermediate and advanced origami artists.  I recommend going to the bookstore and  looking at the book to see if it’s a good fit for you.

Travel Origami Book 4This envelope stood out to me for its style and purpose.  The author suggests sending it with a letter about your travels to a friend.  I personally love when people incorporate things they brought back from their travels into a letter.  Once I received a cherry blossom leaf from a blog friend who traveled to Japan and it really made me feel special.

Travel Origami Book 2This memory folder stood out to me because I thought it would look nice inside a scrapbook. I can imagine a scrapbook filled with pockets made out of maps, menus, and other fun things.

For more information about Travel Origami, click here where you can look inside the book.

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