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Paper Made!

Author Kayte Terry has a blog titled This is Love Forever, mostly devoted to crafts and art, but enhanced by whimsical side topics. Great title, isn’t it?

In Paper Made! her tone is young and inviting, the patterns accessible, and the emphasis on reuse should attract environmentally-minded teens. Workman shares fun photos of the book’s hands-on launch party in Brooklyn, co-sponsored by Etsy.

For more, take a listen to an interview with the author on Living on Earth (or read the transcript). To try one of Terry’s designs, give the Cardboard Chandelier a go.

TERRY, Kayte. Paper Made!: 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper. 288p. Workman. 2012. pap. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7611-5997-1. LC number unavailable.  Paper Made!

Adult/High School–This visually appealing book offers 101 projects, with an emphasis on the use of recycled or repurposed scrap paper. Papers include newspaper, books past their prime, paint chips, cardboard, maps, and mail order catalogs. The first two chapters provide clear information on techniques, tools, and materials, including suppliers and blogs for inspiration. The following chapters present projects for home, fashion, wrapping and writing, and parties. Each project has a level of difficulty, from 1 to 5, as well as a list of materials needed. The clear directions are enhanced by photos and drawings. Clever titles and witty text make this a fun book to read and pore over. There is much to appeal to teens, including “Ring Around the Rosy Vase,” which uses rolled strips of magazine pages to cover a vase, “(Not Exactly a) Full Deck Lamp Shade” made of playing cards sewn together, “That’s a Wrap Bangle,” which is one of the easiest projects, a “Signed, Sealed, Delivered Accordion Book,” made of envelopes to create a scrapbook, and “Do Me a Favor Box.” The author is great at creating hip and attractive products. A welcome addition to any collection.–Jane Ritter, Mill Valley School District, CA

Angela Carstensen About Angela Carstensen

Angela Carstensen is Head Librarian and an Upper School Librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City. Angela served on the Alex Awards committee for four years, chairing the 2008 committee, and chaired the first YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adult committee in 2009. Recently, she edited Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation (ALA Editions, 2011). Contact her via Twitter @AngeReads.