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Where my crafters at? Say, “heyyyy…heyyy.”
If you’re like me, you find explicit joy in crafting (and 90s pop). It doesn’t matter what the project is, you know how to get jiggy with it.
That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to the world of paper crafting.
I recently had the opportunity to try several paper crafting books from Atria Books, a Simon & Schuster company. The series of books is titled “Make It By Hand,” and, folks, they’re incredible.
Before this, I’d never tried paper crafting. Sure, I’ve scrapbooked and made greeting cards. And, I know my way around a pair of zig-zag scissors. But, an X-Acto knife? Hadn’t touched one!
So as a self-admitted newbie, I hurried to the crafting superstore across the street (YES, I said across the street, #takemymoney) and purchased the necessary supplies:
- Cutting mat (a self-healing mat was recommended, and I snagged mine for under $10)
- Knife (this bad boy was $4)
That’s it. A mat, a knife, and a book. How many projects can boast such a small amount of supplies?
The awesome thing about the “Make It By Hand” books is that the templates are already provided on thick, colored paper. Which means, you can either make copies and re-use to your heart’s delight, or do like I did and just cut them right out of the paper provided.
There are currently four books to choose from, with more coming in October:
I started with an easy project, on account of the whole new-to-using-a-knife situation. But by my second one, I already felt like a professional.
Let me tell you why these books are perfect:
- They’re quick. All my moms out there know we don’t have much time for ourselves, so being able to take a project from start to finish during the course of a Dateline episode is perfection. (For those who don’t measure time in Dateline episodes, think…child’s nap, morning coffee, lunch break, etc.)
- They’re relaxing. The repetitive cutting motion becomes sort of robotic, and I found it to be stress relieving. It’s unexpectedly therapeutic, and goodness knows we could all use some therapy.
- They’re functional. Each book is filled with ready-to-use templates, including frames, wall art, greetings cards, light covers, and more. The projects make perfect gifts, home décor, or office furnishings.
- They’re cross-craftable. Some invite you to color the templates before cutting them out, giving you both the adult coloring book and X-Acto knife fix you’ve been dreaming of.
If you can’t tell, I’m in love with these books. And, you should be too. They’re available wherever books are sold, but as an OakCityFolk reader, you can start your collection right now.
Atria Books is giving away one copy of Paperscapes New England, and it could be yours! To enter: