Sunday, 13 April 2014

Something for the Weekend - docrafts Creativity Review

I was sent a copy of Aprils docrafts Creativity magazine to review.

Now, let me start by explaining that I'm not very good at crafts, but it doesn't stop me trying, and I love having a go. My motto is, you don't have to be good so long as you are enjoying what you are doing.

I've had a go at loads...upcycling furniture, making cards, crochet, sewing, and many more, with little success. I still keep trying though because I find it fun.

The docrafts Creativity magazine is aimed at 'real' crafters rather than 'have a go' ones like me. However, I did find it really intriguing and I'm determined to try some of the crafts in this issue.

The magazine came with some lovely free gifts, two sheets of stickers, a sheet of 3D stickers for Father's Day an a lovely pair of glass crosses for jewellery making....oh, I've tried jewellery making before!

There is one thing I'm reasonably good at and that is decorating cakes, so imagine my joy on finding a section on making these gorgeous plant pot cakes. I'm most certainly going to give these a go. I'll post about my efforts later.

I will also use the free stickes provided to make Father's Day cards. There is a really nice guide in the magazine. I could also use the stickers to make a card for my nieces birthday next month. The main problem I've had in the past with card making is I never know where to put things. I  start off with a selection of lovely papers, stickers and embellishements and end up with...well, a bit of mess actually. I've never thought of using a template before. The magazine has a section on using templates to make your cards look pretty.

Now, this magazine is aimed at adults, and in particular adults who have some clue as to what they are doing. Atlhough the tutorials are pretty clear and easy to follow. I have bought magazines in the past that assume you know what you are doing and really don't give much detail in their instructions, so it was refreshing to find that Docrafts Creativity doesn't expect you to know everything.
There are some really good technique sections too which are really helfpul.

There is a section for children's crafts too, and I love these window kites. We'll have to have a go at these. In fact I already have a lot of tissue paper left over from the Easter Bonnet crafting we did recently.

I am not a dedicated crafter, most of my current crafting activities involve PVA glue, safety scissors and glitter as I keep the littlies entertained. However, I have always enjoyed crafting and I'm willing to give most things a go. So, I've browsed many a magazine in the newsagents dreaming of what I could make if I only had the skill. I find that most of them are really expensive, have lots of advertisements and assume you already know what to do. I have really enjoyed docrafts Creativity because it offers page after page of wonderful projects, many of them within the reach of someone with just a little knowledge and flair. It covers simple, quick projects as well as complicated ones and has all sorts of interests from card making to jewellery making and even upcycling furniture. At £4.99 I think it's really great value, and I probably will buy it again. If I keep practising maybe one day I will improve.
If I was skilled enough I'd love to make this box, I do love pretty boxes.

Don't forget to check out the docrafts Facebook page for more ideas and sharing.

I was sent a copy of docrafts Creativity April 2014 to review for the purpose of this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Stay tuned for my attempts at Father's Day cards and plant pot cakes.

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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