- 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)
Creative Correspondence Paperback – 28 Aug 2003
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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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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.
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.
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.