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Petit Collage: 25 easy craft and decor projects for a playful home by Loren Siminovich #grow4christ #bookreview

on August 7, 2014

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About the Book:

From the beloved design brand for nurseries, playrooms, and every space in between, Petit Collage shows you how to make 25 of their bestselling paper and wooden accessories for your home. Customize toy chests, create cheerful name plaques, build bunny clocks, and more, with artist and owner Lorena Siminovich. Breaking down each project with simple, illustrated step-by-step instructions, Siminovich presents easy tips on how to personalize the Petit Collage signature style with your child’s favorite colors and patterns. All you need are rubber stamps, paper, scissors, and the provided project templates to create a contemporary space filled with bright and distinctive décor.

Whether you’re looking for unique paper toys or vibrant namesake prints, Petit Collage’s whimsical craft projects will inspire your children to put their little touch and big imagination into your family home.


You can visit Random House or Amazon to purchase your own copy!




About the Author:  Lorena Siminovich, a designer, artist, and author who has written and illustrated more than twenty children’s books, is the founder of Petit Collage, a line of modern wall décor and accessories with a vintage sensibility. Her work is now sold in more than 1,000 stores and boutiques worldwide. Siminovich lives with her husband and their daughter in a recently renovated, art-filled home on a hill in San Francisco.


My Opinion:


I initially found this at my local library and when it came up to review, I knew I wanted my own copy – so I returned the library’s copy and waited eagerly for my own copy to arrive and I am so excited when it finally made it to my front door!  This is a beautiful hard cover book that contains 25 easy to make projects for the children in your life – whether they are your children, nieces or nephews or grandchildren or maybe even a friend’s child.  I’ve already marked up my copy as to what I’d like to make for some Christmas gifts for the children in my life using this book – and best of all almost all the projects with the exception of a few you probably already have the supplies on hand!  Lorena takes you through an introduction like where one can find their inspiration, how to use this book (she’s denoted what projects are for the beginner, intermediate and advanced crafter), and then the tools of the trade such as papers, tapes/adhesives, and more.  I think my favorite idea is the book ledges, which I’d love to have my hubby make me some and then I’ll decorate to fit my taste, but the ‘once upon a time’ theme is cute if they’ll be going into a child’s room.


Of course that is only one project out of 25 there are also a mobile, baby plaque (the idea could be good for an older child too but updating the babyish image), custom baby blocks, rolling toy cart, family mail box and much more – all to get your house into a playful mode and encourage learning, fun and play through being creative.  Most of the projects in this book could also be completed by an older child with some supervision – I wouldn’t let a child cut wood – but an older child could definitely make the dry erase dinner planner (something else I think I’ll be making for Christmas presents).  As I said most of the projects need items that I have on hand so there isn’t a huge expense, and the other items could be picked up at yard sales or thrift stores.  This is going to be my go-to book for the times when a friend welcomes a new baby and I want to do some easy crafting, or as I said even for the older child, I’m thinking the name plaque with a big blue box on it……


If you’re not sure where to buy a needed supply Lorena has included a list of resources to make it easy to find the supplies you don’t have on hand, she also gives some basic techniques for things like cutting, working with decoupage and using wood and metal – great for the beginner crafter.  Also include are the templates needed for the projects and while most are the size you’ll need, Lorena has also noted when they will need to be blown up bigger – this is one thing I haven’t figured out how to do on the copier at the store or on my home printer.  So if you like to craft – all you’ll need is this book, some simple supplies and your imagination and then get started!  If you’re not a crafter, no worries, Lorena walks you through step by step through each project and with full color illustrations you’ll be crafting quickly and you’ll see how much fun creating fun and playful things for the child in your life can be.



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