Monday, June 20, 2011

Tea Bag Folding Through The Seasons

So I have to let you in on a little secret...I'm not good at folding. Even as a kid, I just couldn't get my origami projects to look anything like they should have. It's literally been a life-long affliction, and as a paper crafter, it's always been my Achille's Heel...or I should say UNTIL NOW. ;)

The great people at Annie's Attic Paper Crafts asked me if I would review their new book Tea Bag Folding Through The Seasons by Sharon M. Reinhart. You can imagine the anxiety I had reading the email! How could I possibly review a book that would undoubtedly challenge me? Well, it just took a second for that little voice in my head to go "Duh, Jenn. That's the point of the book - to teach people a new skill!". Thanks to that little voice, I happily accepted the challenge, even telling them that I was a little, hmm, 'excited', to try this technique.

Once the book arrived, I sat down and was really drawn in! What a completely underrated technique! And now with all the great scoring products on the market, it's even easier to create a crisp, beautiful fold. Sharon's instructions are well-written and easy to follow along with - she has even created a folder out of me! There are projects that are photographed clearly, diagrams to show the steps clearly (great for a visual learner like me) and just enough variations to keep it from being overwhelming. The card above is my very first try at tea bag folding (which, by the way, isn't necessarily done with tea bags...Sharon explains it all in the introduction of the book). Here's a closer look at the folds I created for this:

I used papers (Everyday Blessings) and dies (Limitless Layers in both sizes and Doily Details)  from Papertrey Ink. I'd tell you how I did it, but Sharon does it SO much better! ;)
If you are looking to learn a new technique, or revisiting an old one to you, you should consider picking up this book! You can create the most beautiful, unique medallions - the recipients of your cards will be amazed!

The kind folks at Annie's Attic sent me a copy to share, so I thought it would be fun to hear about your childhood attempts at origami! Leave me a comment telling me that you were the kid who had a thousand swans around the house, or join me in commiserating over how fold-challenged you were! I will draw a random poster next Monday (June 27th) to receive this beautiful book.

Be well! ~ Jenn


Kelly G said...

What a great prize...thanks for the chance. I honestly never thought about it. I don't remember doing any oragami as a child. I know when I first tried maybe 10 years ago, it was no problem....although now that I think about it, I did make those little things you folded up and worked with your fingers as a kid. I think I did ok with them. Interesting question you pose!!

Ted said...

Jenn, your card turned out beautiful! I can hardly believe you had problems. Thankfully, when I was told I'd have to read Sadako and the Thousand Cranes with my class, it fell through... because I was nervous that I'd have to learn how to fold cranes! I enjoy folding, but not entirely sure how good I am at it. ;) This seems like a neat book. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Sue Ann said...

I STINK AT FOLDING!!! When I use my scor board and the line is perfect there are times it is still not right ..... I blame it on my kids all the time but that will not work much longer. I do love the look of folding so maybe I will venture into the deep water like a big girl and try something ....... BECAUSE that card is BEAUTIFUL!!! And you picked the perfect paper for the design ..... another beautiful creation from Jenn.

Betty Sue said...

What a great book! Thanks for a chance to win!

liannallama said...

I love your pretty card! The folding is beautiful! I had an oragami book when I was very little and my mom would always let me pick which animal we were going to fold. For some reason whichever animal I chose we always ended up with a frog! (it was the only one she could make, LOL!)

I learned how to fold cranes when we went to Japan a few years ago so we could put them on Sadako's monument at Hiroshima but I think I've forgotten how.

Tricia said...

I was never great at folding so I am a great fan of scoring tools! Looks like a fun book!

resmith said...

I love your card! I was one of those that just couldn't quite get the folds to look like they should. They would look similar but of course not like the sample. I still feel that way and would love to be able to get things to look like they should. Maybe a book like this would help me out quite a bit. Thanks for the chance to win it.

carpediem said...

yes, I made lots of paper cranes when I was a child, but don't think that I reached a thousand! lol
laura j

Barb said...

Oh yes...I had origami books and beautiful papers...and... everything that I made looked awful.. The folds were never crisp and not very neat either. I would love to read this book and be inspired to include teabag folding in my projects.

Sharon said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful review! Your first tea bag folded project turned out beautifully! I think you have proven that YES you are a folder!
Sharon Reinhart