Card. Paper. Ribbon, by Kristin Roach

Card. Paper. Ribbon
Price: $10.00

It's lovely to give gifts, no matter the occasion. It's also lovely to receive them. What's less lovely is the waste material left over from the average gift: crumpled wrapping paper, knotted, kinked ribbon, and used greeting cards. What do you do with all that stuff?


Card. Paper. Ribbon offers up truly creative ways to make use of these giftwrap leftovers:

  • Turn old greeting cards into gorgeous handmade paper, and then bind it into a beautiful fabric-covered journal. What a great way to make next year's gifts from this year's cards!
  • Transform torn and crumpled gift wrap into an oilcloth-like fabric, and then use it to sew yourself a wallet or a handy zipper pouch. Make your accessories 100% yours!
  • Save all that used curling ribbon and incorporate it into your knitting and crochet. It adds strength and sparkle to a crocheted market bag and a useful knitted basket.

"Kudos to Kristin, of Craft Leftovers, for practicing what she preaches. She's invented uses for items that the rest of the population wouldn't bat an eye at throwing away... old greeting cards, crinkled wrapping paper, and used curling ribbon."

- Ann Martin, All Things Paper


Card. Paper. Ribbon offers step-by-step photo instructions for six giftwrap leftover crafts, along with lots of book, magazine, and web resources to help you look at all your leftover materials more creatively. Some of these projects involve machine sewing, knitting, or crochet. Others require no special knowledge at all.


"Divided into 3 sections (greeting cards, wrapping paper, and ribbon, naturally), each project goes into great detail, and also has tons of room for creative personalization. I love the horizontal format – more friendly to computer screen viewing – and the whole thing is beautifully designed."

- Lee Meredith, Do Stuff!

Card. Paper. Ribbon is 63 pages, formatted to read easily on your computer screen. The ebook also comes with printer-friendly pages for each project, so you can print all the instructions without using too much printer ink.

Table of Contents:

Greeting Card Crafts

  • Making your own paper-making equipment
  • How to make handmade paper
  • Project: Stab n' Stitch Sketchbook

Wrapping Paper Crafts

  • Making cloth from paper
  • Project: Paper + Cloth Wallet
  • Project: Zipper Clutch

Curling Ribbon Crafts

  • Adding Ribbon to Yarn
  • Project: Crochet Market Bag
  • Project: Knit Project Basket

"One of my main objections for spending money on any ebook would be that the prettier the e-book design, the more ink and paper it would take to print it at home - if you chose to do that. ...When I started reading this crafty ebook I got a happy surprise: each chapter has a shorter, more condensed section made for printing, including the instructions to each project (without background images and photo illustrations). These black and white text pages make it easy and cheap to print, and they are a great way to put together a both pretty and useful ebook if you ask me."

- Hanna Andersson, iHanna's Blog

About the Author:

Kristin Roach started in 2005 as a way to keep herself accountable to using up the craft supplies she had leftover from other projects. Since then, she's grown the website into a thriving online community, offering free PDF projects, a monthly print zine, and an online store featuring craft kits. She's currently working on a book about mending techniques.

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