I really cannot praise Paper Transformed: A Handbook of Surface-design Recipes and Creative Paper Projects
highly enough. We all know that some books don't live up to the hype, or the cover picture, for that matter. This book will spend more time off the shelf and in use, than any other, I guarantee. I did a review of this on my blog, including some pictures, so if you want an idea of what to expect, please go have a look:
All the effects in the book are shown as tags, and there are a huge number.The instructions for each are simple, usually no more than 4 or 5 steps. They do not require you go out and buy a certain brand of products either, which is something that always annoys me.For most papercrafters/cardmakers, you will have 90% of the stuff already. There are then a number of projects using the techniques, and again they are well put together, a minimum number of steps, and are really do-able. Unlike a lot of books, this does not have all the best stuff on the cover, then the rest of the book is just 'filler'- every project is good. I find so many books have stuff that I know I will never use, or do, and just one or two items I like. This book does not( for me) have a single thing in it that held little or no interest.
I like altered art, and altered items, but equally, I know I have too little space to keep them, too few people to pass them on to, and too little time to devote to them. I make cards, because I can achieve an artistic piece, given my time restraints, that friends & family will enjoy receiving as much as I enjoyed making. This book has so much inspiration within its pages, it is amazing value.
If you are only going to buy one Papercrafting book, I heartily recommend that you make it this one.