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my book: Paper Chains & Garlands

FINALLY! I can give you a sneak preview of my papercraft book, Paper Chains and Garlands. After months of waiting, it’s wonderful to see how my projects, text and illustrations have been transformed into a thing of beauty… And it’s not only a book, it’s a kit!

Paper Chains & Garlands by June Gilbank (planetjune)
Front of box

Paper Chains & Garlands by June Gilbank (planetjune)
Back of box with pictures of all the projects down the left hand side

For those of you without a magnifying glass, the back of the box reads:

Paper chains and garlands make everything more festive! Turn your next celebration into a creatively crafted occation to remember. Create delightful decorations on themes that range from the seasonal (snowflakes, autumn leaves, cherry blossoms) to the decorative (pleated flowers, pinwheels, elephants). The illustrated instruction book by expert crafter June Gilbank shows you how to fold, cut, unfurl, and string chains and garlands like a pro. With tips on how to cut simple paper dolls as well as elegant Chinese lanterns, Paper Chains and Garlands is the perfect craft kit for expert crafters as well as beginners.

Paper Chains & Garlands by June Gilbank (planetjune)
Inside the box: the book, 4 rolls of paper chain paper and 10 sheets of double-sided garland paper

The book has full illustrated instructions for all 14 projects and includes full-size templates.

Paper Chains & Garlands by June Gilbank (planetjune)
Inside the box: the book, 4 rolls of paper chain paper and 10 sheets of double-sided garland paper

Drawing all the step-by-step illustrations took me sooo long, but I’m really happy with how clear and colourful it all looks. The inside of the book isn’t all purple, by the way – the instructions and illustrations for each project match the colours in the actual project – it’s so pretty!

Paper Chains & Garlands will be available in Barnes and Noble stores and from from September 30th 2009 – that’s just over a week from now!

I was hoping to be able to sell signed copies from my shop, but sadly due to the box being over 2cm thick, Canada Post would charge me $8 (Canada), $9 (US) and $16 (International) just to ship the book, which I doubt any of you guys would be willing to pay for a $10 book, right?! 🙁

I think it’s a really cute kit and I hope it’ll do well. Now I just have to wait until the 30th and see what people think of it!


  1. Jen said

    Hello June, I sort of do what you do except I do it differently. I have actually made a piggy bank for my younger cousin. Can I send pictures on this website?

  2. Ann said

    Hi June, I’m sorry to be late to the party, but just want to say congratulations on all your hard work and best success to you! The book looks really enticing!

  3. Christy said

    Wow! This is going on my wish list!

  4. futuregirl said

    Expert crafter!!! Add that one to your resume! 🙂 This is a beautiful kit. I can’t wait to take a peek inside. Congratulations!

  5. Erin said

    June, It’s Awesome! I love the concept behind it and to make it a kit is fantastic! Congrats!!

  6. June said

    Thank you all for your enthusiasm about my book!

    I’ll see about setting up a pre-order in my shop for signed copies for anyone who’s interested! I’ll probably have to add an additional dollar to the costs I quoted in the post (to cover bubble wrap etc – I don’t want your beautiful books to arrive all scuffed up). I’ll let you all know in a few days when I’ve sorted out the details 🙂

    Thank you all for your support – it means so much to me! ♥

  7. Sonya said

    Congratulations June! It’s obvious that you work really, really hard and put so much into everything you do. Your success is well deserved and I’m so excited for you. I also would like to have a signed copy of your book and am willing to pay the extra postage to do so. I think that an additional $9 is a small price to pay to have an autographed copy. I’ve turned to your blog and website so many times for information and inspiration, and I’m sure many others do the same. Should I contact you via email for more information?
    Best of luck!

  8. Sister Diane said

    OMG, June!! This looks fantastic! What an excellent concept for a book/kit. I cannot wait to see it “in person.” Congratulations!!

  9. Michal said

    Congratulations!! It looks great!

  10. Puglette said

    june, that’s just lovely! congratulations!! you are so very talented and creative. i am sure this will be a huge hit!

  11. melissa said

    oh my gosh june!

    it is a work of art! what a fabulous book and kit! i cannot wait to buy mine!

    congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your talents and passions with the world!


  12. June said

    Well, of course, if anyone WANTS to pay the postage costs, you’re more than welcome to request a signed copy from me! 😀

  13. Jana said

    Hey, June! I will pay for the book and the postage to have your autograph! 😀

  14. June said

    Caroline: sadly the postage costs mean I won’t be able to sell it from my shop 🙁

    EDITED TO ADD: I may be able to sell signed copies if you can afford the shipping costs through dear Canada Post… I’ll update with details when I figure it all out.

    Otherwise, look out for it in Barnes & Noble from the 30th!

  15. Caroline said

    Love it!! I will be getting this! Can I buy at your shop or bookstore? Congrats!!

  16. Lindy said

    Many congratulations and all the very best!

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