Simply Caligraphy

Description from Amazon:

This little guide to hand lettering proves that calligraphy is as easy as picking up pen and paper. Focused on calligraphy’s most popular alphabet—italic—this delightful manual introduces basic capital and small letters and numbers, plus all the creative flourishes you need to customize your unique script for every project and occasion. With quick and easy instruction from calligraphy teacher and designer Judy Detrick, Simply Calligraphy will have you whipping up elegant invitations, pleasing place cards, and personalized thank-you notes in no time.


My Thoughts:

I am glad I received this book for free in exchange for a review, because I do not feel that it was really worth buying.  I have always been interested in calligraphy, because I have very poor handwriting. I have several pen pals, who get sloppily written letters, so when this book came available for review, I was very excited to get it.  The book does not lay flat when you are practicing your handwriting, which is unfortunate, so you have to find something to hold it open to the page that you are on.  The instructions are easy to follow, but there are not many photos of the writing.  It would have been better to include more visuals, since calligraphy is so beautiful.


PS: Have you ever done calligraphy?  What other crafts are you into?

Collage This Journal

Goodreads Summary:

This irresistibly interactive journal is filled with dozens of clever ideas for recording your life, such as “Make balloons out of photos from special and happy occasions” or “Fill the genie’s lamp with wishes.” The author/illustrator’s wonderfully layered photo-illustration montages invite readers to mix media, too, and make this keepsake truly their own.

My Thoughts:

I loved the Q&A a Day: 5 Year Journal by Potter Style and have been using it every day for over a year.  So, when I saw this was available for free in exchange for a review on Blogging for Books, I knew I had to request it.  This journal is very interesting, and in the sort of style of Wreck This Journal, but with a more collage focused theme.  With beautiful pages, and interesting prompts such as “Do you ever wish you could bottle a moment?” and “Redesign the cover of your favorite book.” it is sure to keep you entertained for hours.  The pages are a lovely earth tone, which I think will look great when you add colorful photos and clippings.

8PS: Do you have any unusual journals that you like to use?

I made a charm bracelet!

I made a thingSometimes I like to get a little artsy fartsy and make some crafts. (You can see the other things I have made here.)
Recently I made this awesome bookish charm bracelet!

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Present, Present, Present Time!

This year I used plain brown craft paper to wrap all of my Christmas gifts.  I think they came out pretty well, if  I do say so myself. 🙂  Here are just a few of the packages I have wrapped so far.