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I’ve been into crafting and digital image enhancing for a long time, and it’s a hobby that has only grown during and since lockdown. I’ve tried a variety of crafts – a few years ago I posted about making images for greetings cards using clipart purchased from a digital site, and last year I posted about using digital images and downloads to create templates for social media , and also about making and selling my own digital planner.
I’m completely no good at drawing and painting but I love using other people’s artwork in interesting ways. You can buy fonts, graphics, digital papers, procreate stamps, and even knitting, crochet, quilting and cross stitch patterns (these could be my next projects!!)
Things I have made recently using Creative Fabrica Products
So what have I been up to recently in the crafting space? Well, last time I wrote, I said I was thinking of getting a Cricut cutting machine, and I treated myself for my birthday in 2021 (we normally go away somewhere for my birthday but Covid put a stop to that!)
I’ve mainly used the Cricut machine for cardmaking so far, although I would like to do some cutting of wood or maybe faux leather in the near future – watch this space.
I made most of my own Christmas cards, and have treated some friends to lovely birthday cards too.
Christmas cards made using the Cricut Joy Christmas Bundle
Birthday card made with Lighthouse Paper Cut design
Digital Gems Birthday card design cut and printed on Cricut with homemade envelope to match
Then at Christmas, my son asked for a Skillshare subscription so he could learn about his music software and synthesiser package. I managed to get two Skillshare subscriptions for the price of one, so I have been working through courses on digital art this year using Procreate on my iPad.
One of the great things that you can do on Procreate is import digital images and then either use them as stamps or trace around them and use them as inspiration for your artworks.
My two favourite courses so far have been these ones
Making seamless repeating patterns.
I made this pattern using flowers from a bundle like this Flower Procreate Brush Stamps
Drawing images to look like paper cut patterns.
I took this course just when the Ukraine war was starting. I drew this image on Procreate using sunflower images from Creative Fabrica. I’m using this as my Facebook cover image right now. I really enjoyed learning how to draw and make it look like the pieces were lifting off from the page.
The Creative Fabrica All-Access Subscription
As I’ve been preparing this article, I’ve been looking through my downloads, and realise that I have downloaded nearly 150 different craft items since I signed up with Creative Fabrica in 2020. Digital crafting becomes really addictive after a while!
There’s quite a few things I have downloaded and haven’t even used yet so look out for more crafty stuff very soon!
I find Creative Fabrica really good because they send regular emails offering lots of freebies, and quite often the individual designers run sales on their entire catalogue, so each product is reasonably priced.
But if you are a habitual crafter or a collector of shiny things like me, then it would definitely be worthwhile having a monthly subscription to Creative Fabrica.
You can try out the All-Access subscription, which allows you to download as many items as you like with a commercial licence (so you can resell items you make with the products) for just $1 for the first month. So you could, in theory, just do a smash and grab raid on the site and pick up enough products in a month to last you a lifetime.
However, if you do that, you won’t be able to try out all the new products that come out every month, and you may become addicted and need to feed your addiction like me. And here’s the thing – the regular subscription is only $19 a month, if you buy using my link below (at the time of writing this, that is just over £14.50).
If you do a lot of crafting or if you use Canva and like templates, or you want some planners, forms, or other decorative bits and pieces, then this is an absolute bargain. The subscription is normally $29 per month, and I think that is amazing for what you get, but my link will get you a recurring subscription of $19/month after the initial month’s $1 trial.
Full disclosure again – this is an affiliate link – I will also receive some compensation if you choose to purchase a Creative Fabrica subscription using my link. I am also aware that this is not the only place where you can get the ongoing subscription for $19. But if you are reading this and you know that you want this – then why not just sign on the dotted line and buy it now.
I intend to keep writing about my crafting trials and successes – I’m also thinking of starting a crafty peeps Facebook group. If you are a crafter too, I’d love to have you along