Paperie for Inspired Living Book Review and Giveaway

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No matter what your fiber of choice, you will stockpile inspiration from Karen Bartolomei’s “Paperie for Inspired Living”.  First off this book is a beautiful hard covered addition for your library and brilliantly illustrated.  Each page holds divine designs from stunning invitations, awesome decorations, gift tags, place holders and so many ideas even for the budget conscious crafter.  If you have never created a card this book will force you to make one or several and you will never want to buy a card or invitation again.  Karen shows us how to customize and coordinate fabulous paper products for any occasion from the most elegant event to your most casual outdoor picnic.     Each chapter contains several projects, from the all important invitation to smaller touches like labels, tags, and keepsakes. How unforgettable your personal stationary be when Karen demonstrates step-by-step how to make a monogrammed, Thank-You cards, Mailing Labels, Business Cards, Letterhead, and Note Cards. The chapter on New Year’s Eve projects includes Invitations, Menus, Resolution Sign-in/Postcards and Drink Signs.

Karen also offers us vital advice for invitation wording and etiquette, and provides tips for throwing unforgettable parties, like choosing a color scheme and ideas for breaking the ice.  She has also thoughtfully included several useful templates and source ideas as to where we can purchase your materials for these paper fiber creations.  I am sure you all have some of the materials needed for many of her projects in your craft areas.  Have this book on hand as the summer fades and fall explodes into radiant colors signifying holiday parties are close at hand and the gifts and cards desired that will bring you back to this book over and over for ideas.  Maybe you saw something in the book and stored it in your mind for a special occasion and you know just where to find it and put your own spin on Karen’s idea.

Are you getting married in the near future and need invitation and planning ideas?  Well, you do not have to spend a fortune using ideas from Karen’s book.  “Paperie for Inspired Living” can be pre-ordered today at or nay of the favorite book stores.  The release date is July 7th 2009 so put your order in today. 

Karen Bartolomei’s 

Here is a lovely video by Karen Bartolomei of Grapevine, she designs elegant and expensive wedding invitations. This video will offer a little about Karen and above is also the link to her site.  Now you can reproduce some of her stunning ideas by using this book.

For this giveaway, in the comment area, tell what event you are planning and why this book would be a money saver for you.  This giveaway will begin July 1, 2009 through July 12, 2009.  Good luck!


  1. Cassandra Berholtz says

    I am planning a big party for my daughter who will be turning 13. Everyday she reminds me of that. I always said when she is 13 we will have a big party. She can not wait.

  2. says

    My life is a myriad of planning – maybe nothing special to the outsider, but in our lives all the little things matter. This book seems it would be so inspiring for even the everyday events – which is EXACTLY what I am looking for. Thanks for this opportunity!

  3. Tanya Barrett says

    Well I have 4 kids, so lots of birthdays, I have friends who will be getting married soon, friends who will be having children soon and I’m always the one to volunteer and throw a party!

  4. says

    I am planning my brothers wedding and it would greatly help us with the invites. His bride to be works so much its like I am doing all the planning. I am trying to save them as much money as possible. So this would be a great help.

  5. Deb says

    My younger daughter is turning two soon and my older one is turning four. Both are having birthday parties and since their birthdays are close together, I need all the help I can get to organise two parties with totally different invitations and decorations.

  6. meaghan says

    my husband and i entertain all the time. we are getting ready to move and will have no money but will want to throw a housewarming party… this book sure would come in handy!

  7. says

    I am just starting working on a World Wide Spin in Public Day at a small local museum where I am a docent. I have been given the freedom to do what I want with the event and am making it into a celebration of the needle arts/domestic arts from Colonial times to the present.

    I would use the projects in this book to help me with sending out personalized invitations to needle artists plus thank you cards to everyone who participates. Hand written invitations and thank yous have fallen out of vogue but given the theme of from Colonial times to the present, it would be nice to remind everyone of how we used to do things.

  8. dorothy l says

    I am planning to write some personal notes to people in my life and this book would help me make them special. con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. wendy wallach says

    I am planning a Sweet 16 for my daughter and need to do it on a very small budget.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  10. says

    I am not planning any parties at the moment. But, I do LOVE crafting and recycling.

    I have two aunts in their 80’s who do not have computers, so I send them snail mail all the time. It would be wonderful to send them things I’ve created too! :)

  11. says

    I am planning and designing the invitations and stationary for a dear friend’s wedding in September. :) This would be great!

  12. Janet says

    Now that our little ones are getting bigger, we are anxious to get back to having parties more often and often for no reason other than just to get together. It’s going to be fun!

  13. says

    There is always something going on around here, with three kids they are often off to a party or asking to have one here. From Birthdays to casual movie nights. I love to help them do the planning and it is great to get them involved in the making of invitations and goodie bags.

  14. NnitaBugg says

    I’m looking a special way to let my family know my feelings for them. I think this book will have some wonderful ways to showcase those feelings. Thanks for sharing the review. I look forward to the book coming out.

  15. says

    My father and mother wedding anniversary!!!!! That’ll be so wonderful!!!! And it’ll be a surprise!!!

  16. says

    I’m planning my son’s first birthday party and need some ideas for fun invitations and paper goods!

  17. mandy says

    I’m making wedding invitations for a friend, and this would help me save money so I can give her really amazing invitations! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. says

    I’m always planning something!
    Most of all I am HOPING that someday SOON I will be able to help plan my brother’s wedding – he’s finally found a keeper!!! :o)

  19. says

    one of my friends just had a baby, and that warrants celebration! i haven’t seen her in a long time, so i’d like to learn how to make beautiful, professional looking cards to add to the excitement of it all.

  20. Barb says

    I love being a Grandma and planning lots of little family events. With another grandchild on the way, I am planning a shower and more special events. I would love to display my unique “craftiness” rather than just purchasing the same ready made paper products as everyone else. The book seems like it is designed for a paper crafter like me.

  21. says

    This would be a money saver because I wouldn’t have to buy these paper goods and instead I could have a blast making them! I love having parties for no reason and I think this could spur some cool party invite ideas.

    Thanks for the contest!

  22. says

    This would be a money saver because I wouldn’t have to buy these paper goods and instead I could have a blast making them! I love having parties for no reason and I think this could spur some cool party invite ideas.

    Thanks for the contest!

  23. says

    I am lauching a new business and I would love to be able to send personal notes and lables with my handmade items. This would save me major start-up capital, and that would be a huge help!

  24. Lisa says

    I’m planning my best girlfriend’s wedding, but she wants it to be really artsy and handmade-esque. It’s going to be a fairly small wedding, but definitely a challenge to do the invites and everything! This would definitely save me a lot!

  25. Barbara Price says

    I am craft instructor for the Mandarin Garden Club Thursday Crafty Ladies group. We meet every Thursday and we are always looking for new ideas. Our garden club (200 plus members) will be celebrating it’s 65th anniversary in November 2010. Thursday Crafty Ladies will be making the invitations, envelopes, favors and decorations for this event and I sure could utilize the ideas in this book to make it a spectacular event!

  26. says

    I’m trying to expand the work that I’ve been doing with my craft company FP Wear, and it would be great to be able to show my creativity with a professional paper product. Fiber’s usually more my thing!

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