Cut and Fold: Book Review and Giveaway

Congratulations to Garlands, winner of this giveaway.

Ohh, now here's something I think you paper enthusiasts will really like. Paul Jackson's newest book, Cut and Fold Techniques for Promotional Materials, was recently released by Laurence King Publishing, a British publisher of creative and visual arts books.

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The 128 page paperback refreshes a variety of designs that have been nearly forgotten with the passage of time. Paul shows how to create more than forty dimensional attention-getters that can be printed with your contact info and sent to potential customers. Or perhaps you need a secure, but clever box to package the small, fragile pieces you sell via an online shop... you're bound to find an idea within these pages that will be just the ticket.

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Paul has had a long career as a professional paper engineer. He's authored thirty books, teaches university courses on various types of design, and leads workshops for museums, art centers, and festivals in North America and Europe. Needless to say, you're in good hands!

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Having spent enjoyable time perusing the copy I was sent, I can say without hesitation that there is something fun for everyone in this book - novelties and interactive toys, for example, but many of the intriguing ideas have practical applications... such as folded letters, envelopes, brochures, and posters. Some of the projects will be a challenge, but instructions are clearly relayed via a mix of text, diagrams, and photographs.The only thing that could improve it would be an accompanying DVD with Paul demonstrating the folds.

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If you're a marketing professional, a design student, or simply a lover of paper folding, it's safe to say you'll turn to this book again and again.

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So who's up for a giveaway? The Laurence King publicist is ready to send a copy to one winner anywhere in the world. Just leave a comment as your entry. The giveaway will end this Friday, May 3rd, and the winner will be announced on this page as soon as he/she has been contacted. Good luck!


Ann Martin
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Comments

  1. What a beautiful book. I'm intrigued by the puzzles section.

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  2. amazing book, paper folding may be an old technique but it is still relevant

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  3. What a great idea for packaging the necklaces I make!

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  4. Such an exciting twist on paper folding...I would love to share these ideas with my students. Maybe we could use some of the ideas to raise money for the school. I hope I win!

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  5. I like the sound of this book! I hope I win :)

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  6. I would love to win this book. Please count me in!

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  7. It seems to be really great! I can not wait to watch it

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  8. I would love to have this book

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  9. The book looks very interesting. I'd love to get one ;-))

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  10. This would be a great addition to my collection! I ordered his last book (on your suggestion!) and loved it! I find myself reaching for it anytime I'm stumped on a box design or just needing some inspiration!

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  11. Wow, what a great book! Enter my name please in the draw.

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  12. Looks like a great book. I would love a copy!

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  13. Oh my word this is such an AMAZING book!! I'm a designer and illustrator by trade and am always so intrigued by the innovative use of folding techniques with paper! I would be so beyond thrilled to win a copy!! Thanks for a fantastic competition!

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  14. It would be amazing to learn these techniques. I guess it would be so much more satisfying to learn them. Very inspiring. Would love to win it.

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  15. Would love to add this to my collection--Paul's books really get my creative juices flowing.

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  16. I love paper so much... and i would be super happy to have this amazing book!!! Thank you for the chance!!!
    Lix

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  17. Looks like a fun thing to try out, thanks for the opportunity!

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  18. Would love to get this for my collection and for teaching. My students love all aspects of paper engineering.

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  19. Count me in :) I'd love to try my hand at paper, as well as being a +1 for my Laurence King collection :)

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  20. This looks like it would be very fun to explore.

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  21. I've just started a book making course and this would give ideas for new designs.

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  22. i LOVE this book series, i am so excited that there is a new one!

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  23. great book...i'd like to have this =)

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  24. Wow, this book looks amazing! Thank ypu for sharing it.

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  25. I have long admired Paul Jackson's books and would love to have one...so pick me! ;o)

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  26. It looks like some of the ideas in this book would make excellent attention grabbing Direct Mail pieces!

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  27. I used to run a craft shop & some of the ideas in this book look like they would have been excellent for use in our paper crafting workshops!

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  28. I love every time you announce a Worldwide Giveaway, But this... Its just great!! thanks a lot
    sra_de_romero(at)yahoo.com.mx

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  29. wow!!! couldnt get any better...what a giveaway :))

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  30. Would love to win this book---it looks totally amazing. Thank you for sharing.
    ---Kirby

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  31. Wow! You know what, this paper folding guide can feed my OCD (I often fold paper-any kind of paper-into something: bird, plane, unknown object). I can show some new tricks that might be useful for decoration or gift wrapping.

    You're so cool to keep it as a worldwide giveway! :))

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  32. Great idea and awesome book design. Love the infographic tutorials! I would love to learn more about this functional origami-type work!


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  33. This book sounds awesome!

    dream.facade@yahoo.com

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  34. This is amazing..I'd like to take part in the draw

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  35. The book looks amazing n interesting !Lots to learn ...Thanks for the chance !

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  36. Fantastic book, one for my wish list!

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  37. I love origami and all paper crafts, so this book seems to be a real treat !

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  38. The puzzles and illusions look intriguing. Count me in!

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  39. This book and the ideas within are what make design memorable. I have so much respect for the minds behind this book!

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  40. Lovely - I just "turned my back" on photography in order to get more time for paper folding and quilling. This would certainly be an inspiration!

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  41. What a cool book! I teach 6th grade, and after our state testing, we usually have to remain silent until the official testing time is finished. Some kids, however, need to fidget, and tackling a more challenging paper folding project (they are masters of the "cootie catcher") could be exactly what I need.

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  42. I need to add folding to my repertoire :-)

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  43. The endless possibilities of geometry and paper - it makes my heart race! Thankyou for this opportunity

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  44. I have been discovering PAPER for the last few months - yet I see I really have no idea of it's possibilities! Thanks for sharing

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  45. Wow such a lovely art..would love to have the book for my son who likes cut and fold technique a lot..thanks.

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  46. Amazing book, great giveaway!

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  47. Count me in for wanting this book! Fabulous!

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  48. This book looks really exciting!
    Erinloeppert@yahoo.com

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  49. Looks fabulous . Thanks for the opportunity

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  50. ann...you have sold me....i am off to see if our local library can add another paul jackson to their collection.
    thanks for another fabulous giveaway!
    cheers licia politis

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  51. I love your blog and all the interesting topics you share.

    Thanks for allowing us to participate in your giveaway!

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  52. After a lifetime of trying other crafts (pottery, stamping, crochet & knitting), paper crafts are now my absolute favorite. I've been experimenting with origami and this sounds right up my alley ... I will look for this book!

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  53. Well, I don't know if I really want this book. Let's see great photos and diagrams, concepts ... Hmmm .... not sure. Wait ... I'm kidding. I want it. Seriously. :-D

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  54. I love papercrafting and this would definitely help me enhance my skill set and boost creativity.

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  55. What a wonderful topic for a giveaway! Thanks, Ann - throw my hat in the ring! - Karren

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  56. I love the idea of new applications of papercrafting in the workplace. go paper engineers!

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  57. Wow.. what a wonderful giveaway! :)

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  58. This book looks like a ton of fun! Thanks!

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  59. Wow, what a great giveaway!! perfect for paper lovers!!!

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  60. Gorgeous! I'd love to win this, it looks so fun!

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  61. This looks like a fabulous book, please count me in.

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  62. Wow! This book looks amazing! I love making things with paper! :D

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  63. I love paper crafting and this book looks like something that belongs on my craft bookshelf!

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  64. Love reading your blog.
    Also love paperfolding!
    Please enter me into the draw.
    juno
    xx

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  65. there's no harm trying a different technique with paper right? haha. thanks for the chance to win!

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  66. Thanks for this chance. Diane G Love your blog too!!

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  67. I'm always amazed by paper

    ksukeena(at)yahoo.com

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  68. What a great book. So many uses.
    aussie29@rogers.com

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  69. This looks wonderful, a definite for the paper lover's shelves
    Carolyn

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  70. Such a great book! I am very intrigued by the puzzles and illusions section - would love to try those out. Crossing my fingers! Thanks for the opportunity, Ann.

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  71. His first book totally changed the way i work with paper. it can only get better.

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  72. What a great giveaway. Would love to win this book.

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  73. Looks like a fab book! When I was still at college, I would sit and read a HOW TO FOLD book full of nets of cool products. Geek. I know. I still love that book!

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  74. Holy cow - I can't imagine a book more suited to a paper artist. I would love to win this book. Thanks Ann, for the great review!

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  75. What could be better than a book about paper folding! This is going on my wish list! Thanks for the heads up. :)

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  76. I would love to own one of the "Cut and Fold Techniques" book. Enjoy your blog.

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  77. This looks like a paper lover's dream book! Would love to be selected for the giveaway!

    Nupur, Thrilling Quilling

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  78. I enjoy folding. This looks like a great book.

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  79. I'd love to have this book! Thank you. You're site is just so exceptionally collected and displayed. It's just a paper-gem!

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  80. my mind is being blown by this book! love this site too!

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  81. I would love this book. I can see ideas crossing over to my porcelain sculpture work!

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  82. this book looks like its chock full of inspiration, would love to own it.

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  83. That book looks awesome!

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  84. Needless to say, I would LOVE to win this book!!! Thanks for the chance!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  85. Looks like a fabulous and intriguing book -- would love to throw my hat into the ring.

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  86. Wow. This looks like scads of fun! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  87. Ooooh I would LOVE this book. I've loved and done paper artistry for 20+ years. It would be so cool to try these...

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  88. My students are obsessed with the earlier Paul Jackson books, so I would be so excited to have a new one to share with them,especially as we have been looking at ways to promote your work only this week! Here's hoping....

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  89. Wow. I'd love to win and learn some new paper art. They do look very attention-getting! How generous of the publicist!

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  90. This book looks intriguing, would love to own it and fold some of the designs in it, it would look so good in my collection! Carolyn A.

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  91. I'd love to win this book, looks like there are lots of great ideas.

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  92. Fiquei curiosa a respeito do Puzzles and ilusions, deve ser interessante como tudo que este autor publica. Adoraria ganhar este livro.
    Vanda Albuquerque

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  93. Thanks for sharing this book, i will love to have one copy, i will means a lot of fun hours!!
    Noelani@onelinkpr,net

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  94. What an interesting concept for a book. I agree, it looks like a real page turner and is sure to spark many creative ideas. Thanks for this opportunity to win a copy. My email address is 123beulahbee@gmail.com

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  95. Wow, I've been a fan of Paul Jackson well, forever..
    This book would be magic for my collection.

    Thank you for the Opportunity and good Luck to everyone.

    Btw, love your blog...

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  96. Ooh, clever and functional paper folding? Count me in!

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  97. thanx for the opportunity.. i just would like to know if it would be easy for a beginner to try out the techniques given.. Got slightly apprehensive since u mentioned the dvd idea..

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    1. EsVee, some of the projects are quite simple and would be fine for beginners. The directions are clear and with practice, I'm sure you would build your skills to tackle the more complicated ones. Hope this helps.

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  98. I am great fan of Paul Jackson.
    I love his book on pop up that is "The Pop-Up Book" and "folding for designers". I always wonder if he can write something on Paper engineering.
    Cut n Fold is different subject but still I like to know his new techniques through it.
    let me have my copy. Thanks

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  99. Looks like a great read! Thanks for sharing.

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  100. Wow - would love to share this book with my artsy daughter!

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  101. This book looks like a lot of fun. I would love to win it.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  102. Wow! The book looks fantastic and I would enjoy learning some paper engineering techniques. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  103. Packaging makes any product more interesting and approachable. This book gives you creative ways to stand out in an already crowded field. Love it.

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  104. Love paper and anything paper in books
    SSF

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  105. I just love the chance to win this wonderful book. It certainly is amazing, there are some really creative people willing to show their work for others to understand.

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  106. I need this book so much for my portfolio to create such a unforgettable interview and other projects. Plus, I've been so interested in paper folding and origami. please please please. Would love to win this soooooo much. thank you :)

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  107. This looks a great book - I'd love to win a copy!

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  108. I'd love a copy! It looks like a great book!

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  109. i too would love to look at and try some of the designs!!!

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  110. This giveaway has ended. Thanks for taking the time to enter. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and announced as soon as he/she has been contacted.

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