Fabulous Finds Friday — Pinster Winster

A book featuring Pinterest pins?

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When I first saw the book Pinterest Perfect! (published by Walter Foster), I thought, “Why do I need a book? Why not go directly to the source?”

But have you ever gone down that rabbit hole, disappearing into a never-ending spiral of great ideas and fetching projects? Where one pin leads to another … and another … and before you know it, it’s Easter and you completely missed Valentine’s Day?

Anyway, this book is a wonderfully curated collection of inspiring ideas, complete with step-by-step projects, creative tips and techniques directly from the artists, and hints on how to use Pinterest as inspiration. The book is broken up into eight sections, from paper crafts and doodling to mixed media and “crafts.” There are also empty pages ripe for sketching, brainstorming, note taking, doodling, etc. Skim the book with sticky notes in hand for marking favorite pages. Read it order or sip and glide as you will, randomly selecting a project here and there.

Here’s a peek inside:

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Curious? Intrigued? You could win it! I have a copy of the book, donated by publisher Walter Foster, to give away! Just leave me a comment by July 28 on what you love about Pinterest and a random generator will pick a lucky winner. Sorry, you must be in the continental U.S. to win.

Have fun, and thanks for joining me today.

Crazy For This Booklet

I learned how to make this fast and easy booklet from a Paper Source workshop, and I’ve been going crazy all week making booklets from scrap cardstock. When I got the new Carte Postale papers from BasicGrey, well… it was a natural fit.

Here’s the front cover:

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… the back cover:

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…a detail of the spine:

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… and a decorated inside page:

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… a quick look at part of the process (made easy with a Stampin’ Up! scoring board):
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Come back tomorrow to see what I did with all those leftovers!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Earth Day Crafts

It’s almost Earth Day, so to celebrate I thought I’d share a new book that has lots of earth-friendly projects. The book, “Grow Your Own Tree Hugger,” by Wendy Rosenoff, is aimed at children, so the projects are not very sophisticated. However, some of the projects offer great ideas for crafty recycling, which is fun for everyone.

Sections in the book include food projects, crafts and even projects suitable for a school science fair. The food section, for instance, includes recipes for healthy treats, instructions for building a solar oven using a box and aluminum foil and making organic bath powder.

Crafts, all suitable for children of any level, include an air freshener made of cinammon sticks, a tie-dye t-shirt using natural dyes, a tote bag made from a bath towel and flowers created from plastic bags.

There is also a section with projects suitable for a science fair, such as making an eco-friendly cleaning solution, using ladybugs instead of insectisides in the garden and that science-fair staple: making a volcano using baking soda and vinegar. 

The book also has “chat points” that provide a jumping off place for discussions about the environment.

(“Grow Your Own Tree Hugger: 101 Activities to Teach Your Child How to Live Green,” by Wendy Rosenoff, provided by Krause Publications. www.krausebooks.com $19.99, ISBN 13: 978-1-4402-0367-1)

Happy Earth Day! And I’ll be back soon with a card.