Not everyone is able to take their job on the road of course, but the concept worked brilliantly for these young website owners and intrepid travelers. As city dwellers, Cat and Tom had never learned to drive... no matter. Once they arrived in the U.S. they did just that, bought a car, and headed off on a 15,000 mile journey. They took advice from CO + K members as to what to see and where to go, all the while thinking up a corresponding DIY project for each state. How's that for a creative way of merging the online world with traditional publishing?
The hefty book is loaded with snapshots of their travels along with fun - and dare I say it - educational overviews of the states. I learned a lot and I live here! You'll also find a big beauty shot of each indie-style project along with step-by-step photos and concise text instructions.
Publisher Laurence King sent me a copy of the book and also two paper-themed projects to share with you: Nevada's Playing Card Bouquet, as seen on the book's cover, and California's Hollywood Lampshade. Just click on the links to download a PDF for each via Dropbox (there's no need to register) or click on the lampshade tutorial photos below to see them more clearly on Flickr.
Quite a few of the projects have a paper element. In addition to the lampshade and bouquet, there's a license plate notebook, passport holder, and even a way to jazz up your nails with text. I was impressed at how well the projects relate to each state and am positive I would have enjoyed eavesdropping on Tom and Cat's brainstorming sessions as they drove.