Thursday, October 17, 2013

Instacraft - A Review

So I was contacted about reviewing a craft book. This book:

InstaCraft: Fun and Simple Projects for Adorable Gifts, Decor, and More [Paperback]  
Alison Caporimo , Meera Lee Patel

It's a cute book. The format is interesting. A full page, full bleed, photo on the left and simple supplies and directions on the right. There is nothing so complex in this book that it requires more than a single page of direction.

Projects are divided by categories: Spray, Cut & Hang, Write & Paint, Pin & Fold, Tape & Glue, Dip and Stamp.

There are some really cute projects in the book. The Checkmate Chess Jars above are adorable. Then again, there were a few projects that left me scratching my head. A ball of twine spray painted gold? Really?

The crafts included in InstaCraft were a little too simple for my crafty-self but I can see them appealing to those who just want to craft on a whim and have an hour to kill. The skill set for the projects in this book would be beginner level and many could be adapted for tween crafting. (Go! Go! Crafty kids!)

Overall, it's a pretty book with very simple crafts for people with limited time/skills. Those who are a little more skilled may find it more useful as an inspiration, to spark ideas and go on to create greater things than the projects within.

Now that I've given you the down and dirty, Ulysses Press was kind enough to send an extra copy for me to give away! Just leave a comment below and a winner will be randomly selected next Friday, October 25th!

International entries are welcome (just be aware that it could take AGES for your prize to arrive). ONE entry per person please AND please be sure that I can contact  you.

P.S. Another copy is available on the Pixie Hill facebook page, so hop over there for a second chance to win!


  1. Not only do I craft at home, but this would be a fantastic book to use in the Museum our Education Department for craft ideas for the child/adult programs.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. I love new ideas. I am sure it is a great book for any crafters library.

  3. Quite an honor to be asked to review a book...well done! And thanks for this opportunity to win a copy! These hands were made for crafting!

  4. I would love to win this book, and it will be worth the wait. I'm sure this will provide lots of inspiration for mummy-daughter crafting time.

  5. Sounds like a good read with some neat projects, would love to win it!

  6. Craft ideas for xmas .... isnt it the best thing ever?? :)

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  9. Quick and cute projects--ideal!!