Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fold Your Own Book for Christmas

It's early November, but you've still got time to create your own folded book to set on your Christmas shelf. Yes, you, too, can create folded books, and Reading with Scissors is here to help!

I've added five new Christmas-themed kits to my Etsy store. Each kit comes with a pattern, instructions, a Reader's Digest Condensed Book to fold, and a couple of pieces of cardstock to re-cover the endpapers. And they all ship free. Choose from these designs:






As mentioned, these kits all include a Reader's Digest Condensed Book, but if you already have a book on hand, I'm selling the patterns and instructions by themselves, too. Purchase a pattern, and you can download it immediately and get folding right away.

And if the thought of making anything for Christmas sends you over the edge, I'll fold a book for you, just get your order in early to ensure delivery before Christmas!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Shop 'Til You Drop 2017

Houston is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, so holiday shopping may not be the first thing on everyone's mind, but Reading With Scissors will be at the Shop 'Til You Drop Market at the Berry Center on Sept 9, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

I'll be featuring some of my new book-based art.

And of course, holiday themed folded books will be available. And you can order customized folded books before the holiday rush starts.

Shop 'Til You Drop features over 250 vendors (you read that right), so drop by and see what all the buzz is about. See you there!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Boxing Match

If you have been following my blog from the beginning--or if you have been around me for a nanosecond or two--it will come as no surprise to you that I am a clutter magnet. Wherever I go there is usually a collection of stuff that remains after I have left. I leave it there not because I am lazy. 

OK, maybe it's a little bit because I'm lazy.

But more than that it's because deep down inside I am convinced that if I leave something out on a counter or a table, it will remind me to do something with it later. That usually works out like this:

Oh, this wine cork would make a beautiful flower. I'll leave it here on the table and make that flower sometime this week. Then a year later I find the cork under a pile of other saved treasures and ask myself, I wonder why I kept this wine cork??

And it's not like I can help being a clutterer. It has been scientifically proven. Many, many years ago, I went into a job interview and I had to take this personality test. When it was over the test administrator went over the results with me and said, "I think you're like me. Your desk is probably pretty messy most of the time, but every now and then you just get this itch to clean everything up."


Occasionally the urge hits me to get organized. (If Captain America tells you otherwise, do not believe him.) Recently I walked into my craft room and got that urge big time. So I bought myself a Workbox 3.0 from the Original Scrapbox.

It's not like you can just go out and get one of these things at the furniture store. (Please don't tell me I could have gone out and got one of these at a furniture store.) They are so popular, that you have to put down a deposit and then get in line for the actual delivery--which usually happens a couple of months later. Then you have to be there for the delivery because it comes in a collection of boxes so big, I had to park my car outside my garage for about a week. 

Once at my house Captain America and I had to carry it piece by piece up those stairs you see against the wall.

Then we had to put it together. That took a couple of evenings. Putting one part together...

and then others...

...and finally snapping all the pieces together.

So what's it look like now with all my stuff in it? Check it out...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I love bumpy names

I love bumpy names. Like this one...

...and this one.

All those lumps and humps make for beautiful folding.