Thursday, March 19, 2015

Book Review: Cut Out + Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts

I was very excited to receive Cut Out + Keep's book: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects. So for this  month's craft night, I chose to do a project out of this book.

The book is broken up into regions of the United States with a project for each state. I'm pretty jealous of the obviously epic road trip the writers took to create the book. There are photos and anecdotes about each state. It's interesting to see the country through their eyes, maybe because they aren't Americans, but also because of their obvious delight with the strange and interesting.

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts

The projects themselves are a mixed bag. They are, for the most part, projects that could be completed in a few hours and don't require a lot of specialized tools or supplies that the average crafter wouldn't have on hand. But the aesthetic ranges across the board. There's likely to be at least one thing for most every crafter in the book, but probably not many who want to do every project.

So Monday night was craft night.

The Delaware project is a shrinky dink necklace, "The First State Necklace". We chose to forgo the cork backing and pin.

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts

It's a pretty simple project; it requires: clear shrink film, some maps you don't mind cutting up, double-sided adhesive, a jump ring, and a chain.

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts

The ladies who attended craft night hadn't played much with shrinky dink (or at all) so we had a lot of fun crowding around the oven to watch it shrink. It's seriously magic.

I think we could have finished the project in under an hour if we hadn't spent so much time talking and being distracted by my cat. But really what's the point of crafting together if we aren't going to distract ourselves?

The longest part of the whole endeavor was probably finding exactly the right piece of map to use.

There are definitely a few more projects I'm looking forward to from the book and I read all the way through for the travel anecdotes alone.

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for this review, but no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.

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