Book Review and Giveaway – Paperplay


Despite having an entire Pinterest board dedicated to paper crafts, I usually shy away from actually making things with paper. Papercrafts from Shannon Miller is an amazing collection of projects and I have a couple that I’ve added to my to do list!


There is an extremely detailed introduction going through the different materials and tools. The whole section is littered with tips and tricks that are definitely worth reading, the information is really valuable.


The projects are split into seven different categories – fold, cut, sculpt, quill, stitch, draw + paint, and collage. As you would expect from a paper book, there are quite a few card projects. (though one tip does suggest framing them if you like the design but don’t really need to send anyone a card!) However, there are so many more projects that go beyond the typical greeting card.


There are several absolutely gorgeous flower bouquets that I love. I don’t really like receiving flowers because they die, but I would love to keep a vase full of paper flowers around the house!


I have always really loved quilling but I’ve only ever done some basic monograms. Shannon’s instructions are extremely detailed and easy to follow, and it’s made me want to try out some more intricate projects, she even has instructions for making quilled earrings.

Paperplay has a really great selection of projects and a lot of variety. Each project has extremely detailed instructions and clear photos. It is extremely valuable to me as a beginner paper crafter, it has so many different techniques, but I believe that more experienced paper crafters will enjoy it as well!

The best part is that the publisher has provided an extra copy of the book to giveaway to one of my readers! It is open internationally and you have until October 16 to enter. Simply leave a comment telling me which technique from Paperplay you are most interested in trying.

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Paperplay: 40+ Projects to Fold, Cut, Curl and More is available on Amazon.

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  1. says

    Oh wow, talk about perfect timing! I’d been admiring some quilled work on a fb page I like, and was thinking of starting some(after the Christmas presents)! I would definitely love to try quilling, But having seen this review, I would also try stitching (I mean, I already stitch cards…)

    • says

      Quilling is deceptive to me. I feel like it looks really, really difficult but it’s totally not! My first project was a monogram E and I had some issues getting the edges crisp for the outline, but the curls are really fun to do. I did a G next and that one was a lot easier without all the straight lines.

  2. lesley says

    quilling has been on my “to learn” list for over a year now but i have been intimidated to try it – plus i am also teaching myself to crochet and sew/quilt and knit right now so i am overwhelmed!

  3. says

    What an exciting looking book! I think I would like to try sculpting: those flowers look beautiful and I will be celebrating my first wedding anniversary soon: the traditional gift is paper so I’m on the lookout for good ideas.

  4. says

    I’ve always wanted to learn quilling! My mind is flooded with ideas and a book like this would help me learn how to actually apply those designs 😀

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