CRAFT THE RAINBOW BOOK
Do you follow The House That Lars Built? The creator behind the brand is my talented friend Brittany Watson Jepsen. When I was living in France, she was living in Denmark, and we met for the first time in person at a social media conference in Berlin. : )
Brittany’s new book Craft the Rainbow, was published this week, and it has me totally inspired. As I flipped through the gorgeous pages, bookmarking paper projects I’d love to try, and making notes of how I might use certain ideas in future photoshoots, I started thinking of the last time I sat down and crafted.
Holy cow, it’s been awhile.
I could think of projects I’ve done with the kids recently — often related to sign-making or t-shirt making for protest events and marches. But I couldn’t think of the last time I sat down to cut and fold and glue and paint and work with my hands to make a pretty project from simple paper, just because I wanted to.
I know not everyone is a crafter, and I definitely go through crafting/making phases myself. But seeing the colorful projects in this new Craft the Rainbow book reminded me that I really enjoy it when I get the chance to sit and make something beautiful.
In the book, Brittany does a great job of showcasing a mix of projects — some practical, some wearable, and some decorative. A few ideas that I think you’ll love:
1) Printable Botanical Wallpaper on page 98. I love this. It’s not expensive because it uses free prints from the public domain, it doesn’t take much in the way of crafting skills, and it looks really sophisticated and interesting.
2) Dip-dyed paper flower garlands on page 87. These are made from simple household papergoods — think coffee filters, soufflé cups, and medicine cups. The way she groups and hangs them, looks so elegant and dreamy. She suggests it for a wedding backdrop, which would be gorgeous, but I think it would also be really pretty as a photo backdrop or even on a stage at a conference.
3) Orange Swedish Garlands on page 53. It’s made from cardstock and crepe paper and has such big impact. Wouldn’t it be gorgeous on the mantel during the holidays? And it’s sturdy enough that you can reuse it year after year.