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Crafts ‘N Things Magazine

Reported by Lauren Meader

I decided to do my report on the April Issue of Crafts ‘n Things.

It’s what I like to call a well-rounded magazine. It offers a little something for everyone.

Crafts ‘n Things has quickly become one of my top 2 favorites in magazines these days. They had recently taken over Paper Trends, as well as The Rubber Stamper. No fear-each issue is packed with many rubber stamping projects to spark your creativity.

Since taking over those 2 companies, they have re-vamped their magazine so much.

More about the changes they made in their own words: (from the Crafts ‘n Things website)

“What has changed?
Crafts ‘n Things will undergo a complete interior re-design. The new look is very clean and sophisticated with an updated color palette.
The focus of the projects in Crafts ‘n Things will be home decorating and gift giving.
With the popularity of paper crafting ever on the rise, we are increasing the size of our paper crafting section to 50+ projects. The emphasis will be on card making however, we will also include memory crafting, home decorating with paper and much more.
Each issue will include multiple projects in all craft areas such as sewing, yarn crafts, needlework, polymer clay, rubber stamping, painting, etc. We need more room for all the projects so, Crafts ‘n Things will increase from 84 pages to 132 pages (minimum). Every issue of Crafts ‘n Things will have holiday projects, with the focus on Christmas and Halloween.
We will be constantly looking for techniques to introduce to our readers. Whenever possible, these will be stepped-out to insure successful completion of the project. We of course, will still offer you the tried and true techniques that remain popular. Beautiful photography will showcase each project.”

This magazine publishes 7 issue’s a year, each retails for only $5.99 US. You can subscribe for year for $21.97 US.

You can visit their site here-http://www.craftsnthings.com/

In every issue your will find the following:
Editor’s Note * Contributors * Letters to the Editor * Rubber Stamper’s Studio * The Creative Spirit * Product Spotlight * Ask Sara * Great Finds * Design Focus * Reader Gallery * Turn Your Passion into Profit * Patterns * Buyer’s Guide * Techniques Tools Supplies * Bragging Writes-Coming Next

In the April Issue-
This month was their Home Decor Special issue! Full of sewing, needle arts & more.
I am honored to actually have a few item’s featured in this issue as well.

You will also find-
200+ Spring ideas, 100+ Rubber Stamping Ideas, Creative Gifts for UNDER $10, Everything you need to know about embossing powder, a NEW! Reader Gallery, and there is even an exclusive Paint with Donna Dewberry’s Tea Set!!

As you browse their page’s you will notice, as they stated, they have really stepped up their photographs, page layouts, and content. Each issue is full of amazing project’s and ideas, using a variety of crafts (hence the name!).

Behind the cover you will find project’s that go from stamping, to using photos in projects, then product spotlights to home decor. One skein knitting/crocheting projects, to sewing, cross stitch, needle felt, and quilting. There is even a beading feature! It is then onto recipes, and other gift ideas. In the back you can find many of the templates for the projects featured, as well as a more explicit directory of products used, listed by page.

I personally love this magazine because as a stamper/paper crafter, I find ways to get inspired to include these other crafts in with my stamping! It also gives me the incentive to actually try it out, without having to buy ANOTHER book, that is usually full of directions that are too complicated for me to even want to consider another hobby!

I hope you take the time to browse this magazine.
It won’t be one that you just sort through while waiting in line at the checkout. You will want to bring it home. And be sure to let us know what you think of Crafts ‘n Things magazine!

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5 Responses to Crafts ‘N Things Magazine

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    Phyllis April 9, 2008 at 6:54 am #

    This is just my humble opinion. I received a free subscription to this magazine a few years ago. I thought most of the projects were so tacky and some were ridiculous. After about 5 or 6 issues, I wrote a long letter to let them know specifics and asked them to cancel my free subscription. I didn’t even want to waste my time to get rid of it. I did check out the issue when they added rubber stamping, and some of that was ok but not great. The craft projects had improved somewhat, but not enough to make it worth buying again.

    I guess I will have to take another look, maybe they have improved it a lot recently.

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    stampin_melissa April 9, 2008 at 3:55 pm #

    I had been receiving a subscription to The Rubber Stamper for probably about 4 years when it became Crafts ‘N Things. I canceled my subscription after I received the first magazine. I hated it! I am into stamping, not quilting, crocheting, and 4-5 other crafting hobbies NOT related to stamping. (Really, I think only about 25 pages related to stamping.)

    I think this mag is only for those that enjoy crafts that are diverse and not all stamp related. Not my kind of magazine at all.

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    Heidi April 11, 2008 at 6:21 am #

    Thank you both for sharing your input! We truly appreciate hearing everyone’s opinions!

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    Kerry April 11, 2008 at 4:07 pm #

    Although I was bitterly disappointed when I learned that The Rubber Stamper had been sold, I did my best to keep an open mind and give the new mag a fair shake. I knew it would not be the same and sometimes it’s just the fact that something has changed that is upsetting.

    However, I am sorry to say for me, that is not the case this time. In the few issues of Craft ‘N Things I have received, I enjoyed the non-stamping related projects more than the stamped projects. Fortunately I do like lots of crafts so it hasn’t been a total waste.

    In terms of what contructive criticism I can give, I am greatly underwhelmed by the quality of the stamp/stamp-related projects. They seem very simple, unchallenging and almost childish. I know that there needs to be projects for various level but they all seem to be at a novice level (and I’m by no means at an advanced level). Given the names associated with the stamping parts of the mag, I would have expected far better. I do like the variety of vendors used for both stamps and supplies. It’s nice to see some of the newer companies’ stamps being featured.

    I haven’t canceled my subscription….yet. I think I need to give it a few more issues. Here’s hoping that things will improve.

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    mimihas5 April 12, 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    I too was very dissapointed when The Rubber Stamper was sold. However, I saw this latest issue and I enjoyed it. I love simplicity so I truly enjoyed looking at all of the cards and other projects. I will be buying this magazine again. Thank you for your thoughts about this magazine Lauren.

    Mary