Book Review: Spellbinders Nestabilities Basics & Beyond

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I read a book or did a book review. So here is one that I recently read – Spellbinders Nestabilities Basics & Beyond.

This is really a project book created by Stacey Caron, CEO of Spellbinders. It’s a 62 page book – 9 pages of techniques and the rest projects. What I like about the book:

  • quite a few “outside the box” techniques on how to use your Spellbinders dies, beyond just running it through the machine as is.
  • very cool and amazingly pretty projects using these techniques. Awesome eye candy!

What I’m not so enthused about: I don’t really know when I would actually do these projects

  • like the candy bar wrapper on pg 28 – really … whomever I give candy to will just be ripping thru the wrapper before the candy actually leaves my hand!!
  • There were also a couple of table top Christmas tree projects – not my thing. I can see myself trying it once in my lifetime just for fun; then what – probably never go near that project again. I mean how many table top Christmas trees do I need or want – I already have a regular floor size one?

All in all, I like this book – but I’m not overly impressed. I like the techniques section best – all 9 pages of it. It gives me creative ideas on how to use my Spellbinders dies – the one I spend lots of money on. So the more I use it, the better I feel about it. Here are techniques they feature in the book:

  • regular die cutting (this one I do all the time)
  • selective die cutting
  • making a shaped card (this one I tried)
  • making windows (this one I tried)
  • making frames (this one I tried)
  • stenciling (this one I tried)
  • making tissue paper carnations (this one I tried)
  • box top technique
  • making a tree
  • pyramid-image technique
  • dimensional flowers

Bottom line – buy at your own risk if this is your thing. Oh and feel free to ask me more questions if you want to know more.



  1. Deedee says:

    I’m so glad you shared your review on this. I saw the book at the craft store yesterday when shopping for a gift, and was debating about going back for it.