Thursday, January 5, 2012

Review: Re-Bound by Jeannine Stein

Re-Bound shows readers how to take every day materials from around the house, flea markets and thrift stores, and hardware and office supply stores, and turn them into fabulous books. Instead of saying, "What can I make a book out of," readers will be thinking, "What can't I make a book out of?" 

In Re-Bound, a vintage souvenir wallet becomes a photo album. Last year's trendy sweater becomes a take-along journal. Even potato chip bags get a second life as a handy pocket notebook. 

This fun pursuit is economical as well as ecological. A variety of attractive, uncomplicated bindings, how-to instructions, and step-outs bring each project to life.

From the library.

When I first saw this at the library I was immediate intrigued but as soon as I cracked it open I was sorely disappointed.  Unless you are an actual Martha Stewart clone and have all the specialty tools required this book is essentially a collection of pretty pictures.  The "patterns" are virtually unusable for 99.9% of the population.  What could have been a nice, fun craft book was instead a waste of time.

Unless you are a very specialized artist give this a pass.  It's not even worth the two minutes it takes to flip through the project photographs.

☆☆ = Didn't Like It


Harvee said...

Too bad about this. It sounded promising.

Ryan said...

That's too bad. It does sound like a lot of fun, but if you need a whole bunch of extra equipment, who wants to spend that much money or have that much time.

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