Encyclopedia of Inspiration is a series of books by Janine Vangool, who is also the creator of the, among artists and crafters much beloved, magazine Uppercase. I wish I could’ve afforded to be a subscriber of that magazine from the beginning, since all I’ve ever seen of it online tells me it would be a magazine I’d love both learning from, reading, owning and cutting out images for my Art Journals from… But alas, it’s produced in Canada and I am here in Sweden and I have never felt rich enough to splurge on a subscription.
But all that dreaming aside, I did actually splurge on pre-ordering two books from the Encyclopedia of Inspiration series about a year ago, and now I’ve finally edited the video together to show you what I bought!
Video Book Review & flip-through
If you can’t see the embedded video go to youtube or the blog to watch it.
I’d love to know if you think video book reviews are something I should do more of next year? I just remembered how much I loved talking about books, so to me it would be fun but only if you guys enjoy them too of course! I once did one about a book called Collage Carnival cut and paste your way to Creative Heaven… I should cut into that one, as it’s been sitting on a shelf since I talked myself warm about it…
I didn’t talk enough about the layout of the books in the video, but let me correct that now. I love beautiful book design, and yummy photography, and even though these books are created with photos sent in by so many different people as submissions from all over the world (as far as I know), they’re all super crisp, beautiful and mouth watering for us creatives. It’s totally thanks to the editor that the selection in each book is so good.
And the book jacket / wrap around paper that can be folded to show four different design is simply genius, right?
Maybe I should go ahead and use it in collage? Would you?
It’s like having Pinterest in your bookshelf! If you don’t own the books (yet) yourself, feel free to go check out my boards on quilts and retro living – to be inspired by these two yummy topics… And let me know if I should check out any of your boards?
Truth be told, I do wish I’d made these books myself, but don’t tell anyone, okay? I’m working on a little something-something too and I can only hope it will be half as inspiring and beautiful…
By the way, I once won a Uppercase mag, but that was a long, long time ago. I wish for a bag full of second-hand, already read Uppercase magazines that I can browse through and cut up for journaling. That would be such a joy. I see “Dear Santa letters” (asking for a Uppercase subscription I’m sure) coming up in a near future. :-)
In the series Encyclopedia of Inspiration (don’t you just love that title too?!) there are more volumes to check out, a few still available via Uppercase’s site. I wish I’d splurged on the book all about Ephemera or the yummy Stitch*Illo that was about embroidery, but that one is currently sold out. I’m also pretty sure I would love Botanica and that one is available by popular demand as a re-print! Maybe you’ll add them to your own Christmas wish list?
** Previous book reviews by iHanna.