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Creative Correspondence Paperback – 28 Aug 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 1 edition (28 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581803176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581803174
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.5 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,635,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael and Judy Jacobs run The Creative Zone, a papercraft kit business in America. Michael's sculpture and mixed media artwork has been shown in galleries across the States, and he's an experienced workshop instructor. Judy speaks to business groups about creativity in the workplace and has taught classes on rubber stamping and papercrafts.

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This book is truly creative and makes you want to drop it and CREATE mail art and correspondence. The projects are VERY well documented and stimulating. The colours and designs are innovative and it will be a good reference book when you need inspiration to do creative writing!
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This book is truly creative and makes you want to drop it and CREATE mail art and correspondence. The projects are VERY well documented and stimulating. The colours and designs are innovative and it will be a good reference book when you need inspiration to do creative writing!
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This book is truly creative and makes you want to drop it and CREATE mail art and correspondence. The projects are VERY well documented and stimulating. The colours and designs are innovative and it will be a good reference book when you need inspiration to do creative writing!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x937d01f8) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x936b1c3c) out of 5 stars Ideas that will find use beyond your post office 22 May 2004
By Gwyneth Calvetti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What does a person who has tired of the "same old, same old" in the world of scrapbooking do to keep things interesting? If you are like me, you might look at other paper arts and see how they might be used in scrapbook design. Always eager to find unique ideas for making my pages more interactive, CREATIVE CORRESPONDENCE caught my eye.
The cover promises 20 unique card and envelope projects, but each project offers a number of variations. I've had classes in book arts, so some of the information on folding techniques was familiar to me. Still, I felt the step by step photos of projects were very useful, and actually appreciated the fact that some of them used busily designed papers. In many cases, that is what I might use myself, so it gave me a sense of how that might work. I also appreciate the creative, artsy examples liberally pictured throughout the book, many of which use scraps and even junk mail in their creation.
I especially liked those projects that formed a small book of sorts, like the folded photo frame and the hinged envelope surprise. I can see making use of these designs to add interest to scrapbook pages, as well as creating interesting types of snail mail. Remember snail mail? If you still have occasion to find "real" mail in your mail box, this book's true gift might be the inspiration it provides you to pull out your art supplies and make a really cool mailing to surprise a distant friend.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x936b1c90) out of 5 stars creative correspondence 19 Feb. 2004
By Brenda Jo Mengeling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book truly has some creative ideas for fashioning folded notes and letter sleeves. The authors start by teaching the basics of measuring, scoring, creasing and cutting paper so that corners are true and lines straight and smoothly cut. Few tools are needed for this: a bone folder (<$5), a metal ruler, 2 exacto knives and a paperclip (one exacto knife handle is formed into a creasing tool with the paperclip). The authors give a couple of ways to decorate plain paper, give the post office's size regulations for not incurring extra postage (very handy!), and then it is on to the projects. I have tried several and the directions are quite clear and easy to follow, and there are several variations for each project depending upon what the purpose of the correspondence (ways to send pictures, booklets, inserts, etc.). For several projects you can make use of old mail and junkmail, transforming it into beautiful pieces of correspondence. This book teaches ways to make letters as artful and creative as greeting cards.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x938830e4) out of 5 stars Not quite as good as I'd hoped... 16 Nov. 2004
By maven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd been eyeing this book for sometime when a friend gave it to me as a birthday gift. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with it overall, as I've found much better books.

The book does offer some good tips on creative techniques that can be applied to a variety of paper crafts, including various forms of mail pieces. However, the actual finished pieces were really quite a turn-off for me, and all seemed reminiscent of graffiti or even colors and fashions from the 80s. While I was able to get at least a little bit from some of the concepts and ideas, the execution of the examples just looked really tacky and clunky.

I'd say that this might be worth buying if you can find it used or for very cheap, but I wouldn't waste your money on buying it new. Instead, I'd recommend looking into The Handcrafted Letter or The Envelope Mill instead; the former has some really nice projects and the latter (sadly out of print) was a great inspiration to me and comes with plastic templates.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x938834b0) out of 5 stars Better books out there.... 12 Mar. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this from the library, and was disappointed in a number of things:
First, good luck getting one of the white postal mail templates they talk about and picture near the the beginning of the book. The post office I went to wouldn't give you anything unless you were planning to do bulk mail, where everything has to be a certain size and fit in with certain guidelines (the uniformity and sheer numbers is why bulk mail is cheaper). The book states that your post office will give you one for free just for the asking--NOT!
Second, if you are going to demonstrate folds, use solid-colored paper for clarity's sake. The paper they used was so busy that it was difficult to see fold lines.
Third, I had seen just about all of their projects in other books before, so if you have done any reading on this subject at all you are likely to be disappointed.
Bottom line: wait 'til this one is remaindered.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93883240) out of 5 stars A must have for those who work with paper projects. 17 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A must have for anyone who works with paper. More than just a project book, the Jacobs have put together a complete explanation of so many aspects of working with paper that no other book covers. The photographs and directions are easily understood explaining tools, paper types, basic measuring, cutting, folding and decorating paper. All the projects are very very creative and offer variations on the ideas. From the postcards to the notecards and envelopes this book is a great source of ideas and inspiration.
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