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Layers: Inspired Collage for Paper Projects with Meaning [Paperback]

Shari Carroll
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27 Oct 2006

Add Layers of Heartfelt Expression

Inspiration - it's all around you, from the feelings you hold in your heart to the tantalizing paper and embellishments you buy at the store. In Layers, you'll learn how to blend feelings with color, memories with texture, and personality with pattern. All of this in projects richly layered with personal meaning and beautiful materials.

With the help of step-by-step photographs, you'll create 25 clever collage-based projects. By using aging techniques to give your paper well-worn charm and exploring alternative materials (such as electrical outlet plates or a clipboard), you will learn how to create greeting cards, journals, books, scrapbook pages, gifts and frames. Next, with the help of author Shari Carroll's own stories and helpful ideas, you'll learn how to add your own layers of inspiration by incorporating your personal story into each beautiful piece.

With a touch of texture and fiber here, a bit of sweet nostalgia there, Layers invites you to make the most of what inspires you. So start adding layers to your paper projects today.

Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (27 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581807848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581807844
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 22.2 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Papercraft Inspirations We defy you not to be inspired by the projects inside this must read book! --Papercraft Inspirations

About the Author

A member of the design team for Hero Arts Rubber Stamps, Shari Carroll has also created projects for Polyform, My Sentiments Exactly, and Hanko Designs. Her work has been featured in such national magazines as Somerset Studio, Memory Makers, and The Rubber Stamper and the book Designing with Stamps.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 12 Sep 2010
I have wanted this book for a number of years. I'm very pleased to have purchased it. Although the projects in the book are gorgeous, I found that I would not recreate them but use the ideas to incorporate into my own artwork. It is a book of mixed projects based on scrapbooking, minibooks but incorporates "found" objects & rubber stamping, so sutiable to the mixed media artist too. The pages are pretty to look at & the instructions clear. With alternative ideas. All the projects have step by step methods to follow.

I would recommend it to any crafter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure Trove 27 Aug 2006
By Deborah Davis - Published on
Shari Carroll's book is a unique approach to collaging her life experiences. Rather than putting them all on pages in a scrapbook, she has chosen many creative objects to present them. There are so many, but some of them are chipboard made into a chalkboard, old electrical outlets to make accordian picture frames, matchstick boxes to make a collapsing case(template included), wire screen to make a booklet, a darling door hanging made out of chipboard circles, and brown paper bags to make a booklet. Of course, all of these are collaged with bought and found items.

As a crafter, I have the majority of the materials needed: papers, glues, brads, eyelets, stickers, all the tools except the Japanese screw punch(but I do have an awl), buttons, etc. Most people should have access to the found objects needed, such as brown paper bags, matchstick boxes, old electrical outlets, wire, old books, washers, old door knobs, etc. I do not have a wine case, but I do have some old wooden cannisters which would work for that project. With some creativity, many of these projects could be adapted to meet the artist's needs. I would have to buy the chalkboard spray but seldom do I start any new project without having to buy something.

As far as collaging with meaning, everything in this book that is collaged has deep meaning for the author. I love how she shares this meaning with the reader. Furthermore, many of the objects made can also be given as gifts to family and friends to honor them for being a part of her life. Kudos to Shari Carroll for a book well done.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 17 Aug 2006
By Lisa Spangler - Published on
This book is so amazing. You'll want to sit down and pour over every photograph and savor every little detail and LAYER of meaning. The author's love of life also shines through in the descriptions, making it a joy to read.

Best of all, the materials used to create the projects in the book are readily available.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! 28 Aug 2006
By Stampamelbie - Published on
Shari's book is simply amazing! She uses so many different elements to create wonderful pieces of art! I love how she has put so much of herself into this book. It's like I know her!

Many of the items in her book, I have in my craft room. ANd I just love how she uses found objects in her project to create that collagy look to them. Makes me want to go out now to find items to use on my own projects! Although, I bet I can find the found objects in our garage right now!

Thank you for creating such a wonderful book!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 26 Aug 2006
By Arana - Published on
I think this is a fantastic book for the beginning to above average crafter/artist. Of course if you are professional or very seasoned artist you probably already know the things in this book, so why would you be buying it? You'd be writing your own. For those of us budding artists that like or need inspiration and new ideas, this is the book to get!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool ideas with simple materials! 1 July 2009
By A. Brasser - Published on
I am an art teacher and though I am advanced with bookmaking and collage techniques, I'm always looking for new ideas (cheap ones!) to use with my students. I was impressed with the innovative artworks that are presented in this book. The projects are essentially "book" ideas, although she does present interesting frame and clipboard concepts. If you're looking for detailed info about collage, this probably isn't the book for you.

This book also has a short section in the beginning with some basic techniques. Not being a die hard scrapper, seeing her techniques of distressing was interesting. If you are a beginner, you would appreciate the details about attaching eyelets and such.

If you're looking for some new ideas, you really can't beat this book for the price. At the time of this posting, it's .98 NEW.
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