Inspired by vintage travel: 6 DIY projects

All this gloomy weather here in the UK is making us daydream of trips away to sunnier climates! If you're not going away at the mo, or you fancy taking your crafting with you, here are a few of our favourite travel-inspired projects to make on the move!

5 of the best summer papers

Make a splash with our round up of our five favourite papers for summer card making! We've rounded up our pick of the best, from beach themes to tropical florals in hot shades - they're also pretty nifty if you're looking to add a sizzling touch to your scrapbook layouts this month! Read more to discover our fave five of the best digi download sets for summer papercrafting - simply click, print and get crafting.

Lifes a beach printable papercraft paper

Get shrinking with Papercraft inspirations

The print edition of Papercraft inspirations 102 comes with a fantastic free gift - a sheet of shrink plastic shapes plus a brilliant ideas book. We love the shrink plastic how-to video that Creative Editor Angela Poole has made. You can watch as Angela colours, trims and shrinks a butterfly design.

Free project ideas from Sizzix

You'll love the latest free project downloads from Sizzix. Using the new Happi dies, Paula Pascual has created cute die-cut designs featuring quirky animals and bright flowers.

These ideas are perfect for brightening up children's bedrooms, just in time for the summer holidays. Read on to see more great ideas, then visit the Sizzix website and sign up to get your free project sheets now! 

6 nautical makes to float your boat!

Set sail into summer with our favourite sizzling seafaring cross stitch patterns & knitting patterns to get the nautical look! Read more...

Cross stitch nautical motifs

12 Wedding craft ideas

Love is in the air! Wedding season is in full swing, and whether you're a beautiful bride or an excited guest, we've got lots of great makes for you. Read on to see our favourite wedding craft projects, including some fun freebies. Be sure to check out The Making Spot for more cards, gifts and special occasion knits

Make stamps with Ginger & George

We've got a big craft-crush on Kirsty Neale - as well as creating fantastic projects for Papercraft inspirations, she writes some wonderfully inspiring posts on her website, Ginger & George. We loved Kirsty's tutorial on how to carve your own rubber stamps - you won't believe how easy it is!

7 DIY gift ideas for gardeners

 vintage seed packets

Grow your own gifts for green-fingered friends & family with our favourite projects to knit, stitch or craft for gardening lovers in your life! Read more to see our favourite handmade gift ideas, or sneak a peak at  our full range of gardening-themed craft projects.

Mostly making: wedding cards

Butterfly wedding card idea

These butterfly place names are one of my favourite card making projects over on our main site (see Get crafting for weddings) & they've inspired me to take a concept & try it on my cards. I happen to have 4 weddings of friends & family coming up this summer, &  I love the excuse to get together with everyone on the day almost as much as I love the excuse to reach for my craft stash! I've been inspired by these butterfly designs to come up with a simple card idea which shows off pretty papers, cut into stylish shapes. The goal was that I could create a few of (personalised of course!) for my summer of weddings. Read more...

10 makes for Father's Day!

We'll be celebrating Father's Day on 17th June! We've rounded up some of our favourite men's gift ideas, including some great freebies, so you can make something special for your dad this weekend...