Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in order to facilitate a review. I am a HUGE fan of this book and would gladly sing it from the rooftops! This post contains affiliate links. When I heard that my buddy Lisa Fulmer was coming out with a craft book, I’m pretty sure I squealed with delight. I’ve known Lisa for several years now and in that time, I’ve always been in awe of her creativity. My daughter has frequently exclaimed that she wishes she could have even just one day to sit beside Lisa and craft with her! So, I had really really really high expectations for her book, Craft Your Stash. And it did NOT disappoint. I’m so thrilled that Lisa sent me a copy to review and invited me to be a part of her book tour. As soon as the book arrived in the mail, I dove right into it, poring over each and every page. This 88 page book is divided into four main sections: Tools and Techniques, Organizing Your Stash, Design Basics, and Projects. To be honest, I was mostly just expecting a book of projects and the other sections were a pleasant and very welcome surprise. Even as an experienced crafter myself, I found the Tools and Techniques section quite helpful! Perhaps one of my favourite parts of Craft Your Stash is the Organizing Your Stash section (who am I kidding – every part is my favourite part!). Seriously – if you are a craft supply hoarder, you probably can use all the ideas you can get on how to get that stash organized, am I right? Lisa hits the nail on the head when she asks us to ask ourselves, “How does disorganization affect my creativity?” This book provides real, practical solutions for your craft supply organization problems and in true Lisa fashion, there are suggestions to fit a variety of styles and budgets.
As an art teacher, I appreciated the section on Design Basics. Many crafters are self-taught and have a natural affinity for good design but if they’re like me, there are times when they just get stuck on a project. It’s that moment when you’ve been rolling along in your creative groove and suddenly, BAM! You hit a creative block and just don’t know how to break through it. Just like Lisa says, knowing the basics of design can help you through those times and turn a craft fail into a craft success. Finally, the largest section of the book – THE PROJECTS! Recently I was going through and purging a portion of my stash of craft books – some of which I’ve had since the 70s. Sure, some of them are kind of cool and retro and kitschy but for the most part, many of the craft books I own are – well to put it bluntly, they’re dated. I can’t see myself ever wanting to do the projects again – they’re just TOO specific to a certain time period. Lisa’s projects are so refreshing and appealing because they are ones that will hold up to the test of time. Years from now you might want to change the colour scheme or the patterns used on the projects but the projects themselves will never go out of style. All in all, this book just makes me want to go through my stash, organize my stash, and once and for all, finally use my stash of crafting supplies. (And of course, then build the stash back up again – after all I AM a crafter!) If we can’t spend a day with Lisa by our sides, crafting along with us, this book is surely the next best thing! I bet you want your own copy now don’t you? You can purchase a signed copy here. Order one on Amazon here: Craft Your Stash: Transforming Craft Closet Treasures into Gifts, Home Décor & More Check your local craft and book stores for a copy. (To my fellow Canadian readers, it IS available at Chapters.) You can also enter to win a copy in the following not one, but TWO giveaways. First up, Lisa is giving away a copy here:
And I love this book (and my lovely readers!) so much, that I’ve purchased a copy to give away too! You can enter my giveaway here: a Rafflecopter giveaway
What will you create with YOUR stash?