Papercrafting In No Time by Clare Youngs Review

Papercrafting In No Time

Clare Youngs

Publication Date:
September 20, 2010

Cico Books

Paperback, 176 pages

CND $31.50

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Thank you 
Thomas Allen & Son for the book :)


Fold, cut, and glue 50 of the most amazing decorative paper creations you have ever seen. Here, Clare Youngs presents unique ways to make use of letters, labels, leaflets, and more to decorate your home in an elegant yet affordable fashion. All you need are a few simple tools—a scalpel, some glue, and a cutting mat—and you will soon be making stunning creations,such as a wreath made of paper leaves, a pretty butterfly curtain, and an intricate cutwork framed stencil. Every project has clear step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and the techniques section explains all the basics of papercrafting you will need, including transferring your sketches into stencils and working with negative space to give the right effect. Templates are provided, and you will also learn how to keep an eye out for great sources of paper, such as scraps of gift wrap and wallpaper or vintage maps and music scores.

Clear step-by-step instructions demonstrate in detail how to make stunning paper decorations.

Work with a wide range of paper—from magazine scraps and old maps to tissue and the finest Japanese Kyoseishi paper.

Part of the best-selling “In No Time” series: Sewing in No Time: 40,000 copies sold; Crochet in No Time: 26,500 copies; Knitting in No Time: 28,000 copies sold; Quilting in No Time: 30,000 copies sold; Beading in No Time: 20,000 copies sold.

About the Author

Clare Youngs has always loved making beautiful handcrafted objects. She is the author of Find It, Make It, Papercrafting In No Time, The Perfect Handmade Bag, and Scandinavian Needlecraft, all published by CICO Books. The author is based in Kent, UK.


The book was provided by the publisher Thomas Allen & Son for an honest review with no compensation provided.

Now this is my first time picking up a paper craft book and I didn’t know what to expect. How can one make something out of paper? Well you definitely can and this book shows you how. Seriously the pictures make the projects so much more fun.

Sure there were some tools that I had to google and find out what they were, but other than that, you really just need paper. I’m a scrapbooker at heart, so I definitley had some of the tools already like a cutting mat and a scalpel. The instructions are very clear, and anyone would be able to understand it. The pictures are all step-by-step photos.

The one project that caught my eye is the Vintage fold-out flower card just because I thought it would so much fun to create my own cards, and it seems more personalized. Also I really like the look of the Ribbon Tie Gift Bags..That would be wonderful to make and it would also save money on gift bags!

There’s also a page in the back where the author gives tips and tricks on papercrafting. A definite must-read for any paper crafter, beginner or advanced. There’s also a section where the templates are so you could scan and enlarge the templates. What a fun way to start my hobby in papercrafting!

Rating 4/5

Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.