March 19, 2015 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover


Inspired by What She ReadsPure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.

I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?

Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe) and discuss cover changes.

(A big special thanks to Georgie at What She Reads for bestowing me this fabulous name and to Charlotte at The Simple Tales for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)

It’s actually been over a month since I’ve last did a cover theme post, and I’ve come back, armed with gorgeous book covers with paper cut outs on it!

The book covers you will see in this post are decorated by gluing colored paper cut outs on it. You will see the different designs that can be made—landscape, animals, geometric shapes, and all. There’s nothing you can’t make with paper! It’s so awe-inspiring. Can you imagine the focus you must have to create all the intricate details?

I wish I could make something as gorgeous as these cut outs, but I’ll leave it to the professionals who can create gorgeous imagery.

THEME: Paper Cut Outs

Egg & Spoon | The Tax Inspector | The Flame Alphabet

Carnival | Vaclav & Lena | Dog Ear

Anne of Green Gables | The End Or Something Like That | Eva Luna

Journey to the Center of the Earth | Wandering Stars | Leaving the Sea

Best paper cut out cover? Eeeep. Again, this cover theme has soo many gorgeous paper cut-outs.

I love Egg & Spoon because of the layering and the bright colors, the Tax Inspector because it uses tissue paper instead of the regular construction paper we usually see, Vaclav & Lena because that ampersand looks absolutely gorgeous, Eva Luna because of the intricacy of the design, and the Brazilian cover of Journey to the Center of the Earth because of the different layers of the Earth, which is such an awesome look.

What about you? Which book cover do you think has the best paper cut out? Can you think of any other books with this theme? 


14 Responses to “HOLY, MOTHER COVER! | Theme: Paper Cut Outs”

  1. Wow these are beyond amazing! It’s honestly hard to choose between them. Hmm.. two that definitely stand out are Wandering Stars and Pater Carey’s The Tax Inspector.

  2. Kaitlyn A. says:

    All of these are so pretty! One by Sarah Crossan is gorgeous too!


  4. Bee says:

    I love all these covers. They looks so 3 dimensional I want to touch them haha <3 Bee @ Bee Reads Books

  5. Annie says:

    Oh my god, I think I’ve found my favourite cover trend because there is NO cover from this list I do not like. THEY ARE ALL DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. So intricate and sigh… I could look at these allll day long.

  6. Jessica says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this for obvious reasons, haha. I love making paper crafts and seeing a papercraft cover trend is so heartwarming. The covers for Journey to the Earth as well as the Isabel Allende one are just so intricate.

  7. I am loving this cover theme! They are so pretty! I am loving Leaving the Sea and The End, and well all of them! lol :D

  8. Rachel says:

    For some reason, I’m really drawn to the cover for Dog Ear. It might be the simplicity of it, but I’m not sure. All of these covers are gorgeous, though. I went through a stage where I was really obsessed with paper crafts when I was younger, but I never had the concentration to create pieces as beautiful as these covers.

  9. Shannelle C. says:

    What I love about paper cutouts is that the shadows brings all the different layers to life. Even if it’s simple, all it takes is a hint of shadow to make it look so much better. <3

  10. Oh my I’m in cover heaven right now. I love them all, Wandering Stars is just to die for. I want them ALL on my shelf <3.

  11. Ah, these are all so freaking gorgeous and I kind of want to just own each book so I can stare at the beauty of them.

    I really like DOG EAR, because it looks SO MUCH like you could just pick off those pieces of paper.

    I also really like the ANNE cover, because the green is really traditional, but the paper cut out theme is new and super pretty.

    I really just like them all *.*

  12. Sydney says:

    These are so cool! I definitely think I’ve found my new cover trend. I am SUCH a sucker for illustration covers, or covers that aren’t digitally done (does that make sense?). I think that’s why I love MG covers so much — they’re all pretty illustrations or paper cut-outs or just really COOL things we don’t see in YA as much as we should. I would probably read all of these books.

  13. Alexa S. says:

    Such a lovely post, Cee! I love seeing how creative people can get when designing a book cover, and this paper cutout idea is FABULOUS.

  14. Leaving the sea!! And Carnival! Those are my absolute favourites, and they’re so similar (damn I’m so specific LOL) The shades of blue just get me. I love it!

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