Lisa Pace is a well known name to those that love shabby chic, vintage style scrapbooking. In Delight in the Details: 40+ Techniques for Charming Embellishments and Accents, she shares her expertise with all of us and gives us time-tested tips in achieving a bit of vintage flair on our own pages.
"I wanted you to have something a bit unexpected with every turn of the page," wrote Pace in the introduction and she most certainly delivers.
Even the cover fits the theme. Not only are the featured projects stunning, but while most of the cover has a matte finish, the projects are featured in a glossy finish which highlights depth and texture before you even open the book!
The book is comprised of five chapters plus a gallery at the end.
Chapter 1 - A Delightful Place to Create
Pace showcases her own inspiring creative space and offers a few of her favorite storage and organizational tools - most of which gives you the sense of browsing through an up-scale antique shop.
Chapter 2 - Sparkle & Shine
These are two things that shabby chic, vintage scrapbooking cannot be without! Pace offers ideas for every level of scrapper from something as simple as edging elements with glitter glue to creating delicate wire sprays with beads and charms.
Chapter 3 - Paint & Ink
This chapter includes ideas such as accenting elements with chalk ink to add dimension, creating faux porcelain flowers and a simple technique that achieves the look of a ceramic tile mosaic.
Chapter 4 - Pattern & Texture
In this chapter, you'll learn how to create custom decorative edged papers which are all the rage right. There are also several techniques shared that have me looking at crepe paper in a whole new light. It's NOT just for birthday parties and kid's crafts! I also finally learned how to make those sweet little french knots!
Chapter 5 - Vintage Finds & Dimension
Techniques such as creating a vintage-style brooch or rosettes with paper and how to make pipe cleaners look elegant are shared in this chapter.
Gallery - It's All in the Details
Twelve more projects are shared featuring a combination of techniques from throughout the book.
In all, there are 22 layouts, 47 cards and tags, and 29 other projects (such as ornaments, album covers, home decor, gifts, etc) are featured in this idea book.
Plus, Pace doesn't present a technique and then leave you hanging. With each project, a complete supply list is included along with step-by-step instructions in both words and pictures to be sure that you know exactly how to master the technique.
There are also two different kinds of editorial extras scattered throughout the book:
More Delightful Details - These suggest additional ways to variate the techniques presented to make them your own or help you use them on more projects without it getting 'stale'.
Every Last Detail - These offer hints and tips for making the techniques easier or a little less messy.
Although I consider myself a fairly simple scrapper, even I found techniques in this book that I know that I just have to try.
In general, this book is best for those that LOVE depth and texture on their projects and aren't afraid of final projects that might not fit nicely into a page protector or envelope. The techniques presented in this book will make your creations a feast for the fingers as well as the eyes!!
If this sounds like your style - or a style you'd like to do some experimenting with - I encourage you to check out Delight in the Details: 40+ Techniques for Charming Embellishments and Accents by Lisa Pace today!