Make Your Own Idea book with Arne & Carlos Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison

61FfkJPX5fL._AC_US160_Pub:  Search Press Ltd

An ideabook can be many things: a keepsake; a work of art; a source of inspiration; a method of organisation; a collection of memories; a way to store recipes or patterns; a genealogical journal; a wedding planner or just a peek inside the chaos and creativity of our own mind!

With Arne and Carlos’s wit, style and trademark handcrafting genius to guide you, this book will show you how to make and enjoy your own ideabook. There is guidance on the materials and tools you need and detailed, step-by-step demonstrations showing you everything from sewing the pages together to gluing the spine and creating the cover. There are numerous examples of different types of ideabook, including Christmas, Children’s, Cooking, Garden, Sewing and Travel Ideabooks, providing all the ideas and inspiration you need to make your own special keepsake

My review

If you follow my reviews you will know I am a MASSIVE paper addict. I love nothing more than a handmade book and think that personal creativity can add an eclectic and beautiful look.

This is one amazing book. Arne and Carlos are masters of what they do.

The ideas that these two fabulous creators give us are simply divine. They make book making and journaling easy for everyone. The ideas included are both inspiring and fun.  Almost every type of paper can be used and recycling is heavily encouraged.

It is incredibly unique and each page is beautifully photographed with an array of colour and stunning artwork.

The book includes a double sided inspiration sheet, that can be photocopied, or used as it is, to be coloured in, stamped and inked to give a impression of who you are as crafter.

I absolutely love this book, it is the perfect ‘go to’ and of course will make an excellent gift for every papercrafter.



My Make

Of course I had to have a go, and a wet windy weekend was perfect for to just enjoy making an Idea Book.

I loved the first page, as a paper addict I do not need any encouragement, and the double sided inspiration sheet was full of graphics to be used.

For my project I used an A2 sized sheet of white paper, a 12 x 12 sheet of construction board, some Brusho powder and a water spritzer.


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I wanted a multi coloured page insert for my ideas Book so I sprinkled my Brusho micro powder onto my white paper and spritzed with water. If you have not used this technique before….YOU MUST.. it’s fabulous and kids will love the effect.

I used three colours.


Just sprinkle the powder on your paper and then spritz with water, to get your effect. It changes immediately so you will know when to stop.

Amazing!!  🙂


I cut my construction board to the front and back size I wanted my finished book to be, and covered it in patterned paper.


Looking good so far !!

I used some ribbon to make a hinge for my book.. I used double sided tape and glue to stick these and they need to be strong.

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I then cut my A2 sheet in half lengthways, and folded it concertina to get the pages. These were then stuck to the front and back of my book.


I am happy with my finished book.. now to decorate the front and fill it with fabulous ideas ..


Happy crafting x


The Authors

Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison, Norwegian and Swedish respectively, established their design company ARNE & CARLOS in 2002. Drawing on traditional Scandinavian influences and the natural environment, they create original and striking knitwear, and work with such prestigious fashion designers as Comme des Garcons. Arne and Carlos’s creative base is their eclectic farm in Norway, where they absorb the rich tradition of Scandinavian arts and crafts while exploring their own knitwear inspirations.



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