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Self-Made Stationery: Handmade Goods Designed for Me [Paperback]

Kazumi Udagawa
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15 Dec 2009
Stationery and other paper products have become not only valuable necessities, but also fashionable goods for artists, designers, students and all enthusiasts who love paper. Self-made Stationery presents a wonderful array of unique and attractive design ideas for creating your own special stationery and paper products. This book is filled with many photographs and step-by-step illustrations that will guide you in making your stationery craft. You will be surprised by how your creative skills can be enhanced.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (15 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592535445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592535446
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 19.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1970, Udagawa Kazumi graduated from Musashino Art University, Tokyo. As a designer, she has worked for a sundry goods maker, and focused on product planning and development to start up a goods store. Currently, she is a freelance designer for various home products, supplies, and design projects. She also creates illustrations for books and magazines.

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I love this book - it is full of amazingly simple ideas to make your own stationery using ordinary, everyday things, as well as recycled & found things. There are lots of projects that are cool at their most basic level but also ripe for adaptation by anyone with an ounce of artistic flair.

You don't need to be skilled with a paintbrush, or a sewing machine, or follow complex origami folds to succeed with this book: these are everyday projects for everyday people (who love stationery). Learn how to make easy notebooks, travel journals, wallets, organisers, gift bags, noticeboards, bookmarks and more. You'll be amazed you never thought of these things before.

The author has a friendly, personal style - and the occasional stilted translation just adds to this book's quirky charm. The projects themselves are unbeatable in terms of ingenuity and are easy to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creating Your Own Personal Inexpensive Stationery 11 Dec 2009
By A. Borloz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This practical book shows different and clever ways to improvise your own stationery items from supermarket/food packaging, discarded travel ephemera, tickets, junk mail envelopes, and loose paper. There are only four chapters on how the following items can be created from scratch: notebook, memo accessories, files, folders, cases, small stationery items, and decorative gift items. This may not sound much, however each chapter is loaded with many different ideas, demos, and examples.

In the first chapter, she customized her store bought organizers by using the coffer filter as a ticket or card holder; by inserting small mini booklets; and by adhering small maps or clippings next to the notes on the pages. In this same chapter, she shows how you can create your own tear off memo board with the perforated sheets of paper.

In other chapters, she also showed different methods for organizing and storing the small paper pieces, and ephemera. For example, instead of putting them in boxes, she used plastic page sheets for business cards to store her personal "knickknack" collection of small paper pieces - packaging logos, postal & parcel items, travel items, character items.
I have created my own travel notebooks with storage for the receipts, but the book gave me more ideas to make the travel notebook more interesting and effective.

The last two chapters are focused on creating the small stationery and decorative gift items with recycled/repurposed materials. At the end of the book are fourteen (14) pages of templates - corner bookmarks, message tags and greeting card pictures.

It is a great reference book for those who want to reuse/recycle junk mail, catalogs, discarded food wrappers and paper goods. Each time I opened this book, I found new ways or came up with new ideas. I would recommend that you look in this book for any stationery needs or gift before going to the store - you might end up making your own as most of them will take less than 10 minutes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 28 Mar 2014
By Sabrina A. Griffin - Published on Amazon.com
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Easily accessible and inspiring ideas that can be accomplished even by the "artistically challenged." I have found this to be a wonderful resource and needed addition to my "how to" library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 1 Dec 2010
By S. Barton - Published on Amazon.com
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This has lots of ideas that are different than your traditional U.S. ideas. Would highly recommend for any any paper crafter.
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