Our top 10 crafters on Pinterest!

We love Pinterest - it's a great place to collect inspiring images, ideas and tutorials you've spotted online, and you can browse other people's 'pins' for hours. It's totally addictive!

We're pinning our favourite craft projects over at pinterest.com/the_making_spot - come and join us.

If you're just getting started with Pinterest, here are 10 of our favourite crafters to follow right now... 

Made in Paper - out now!

Don't miss Made in Paper, a special magazine from the makers of Papercraft inspirations. The mag is out in UK shops now, or you can order online and get it delivered to your door!

This gorgeous 132-page mag showcases a wealth of gorgeous paper craft projects to make at home. You'll discover pretty ideas for parties, home décor, cards and gifts, plus cute projects to make for kids. We especially love the gorgeous garlands and pretty party pom-poms!

Made in Paper includes handy templates and 12 beautiful patterned papers so you can start crafting straight away. You'll also find a special voucher code inside the mag, so you can also download a PDF version of the papers for free!

Get your copy of Made in Paper in UK shops now, order online at www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk, or buy a digital copy over on Apple Newsstand, through the Papercraft inspirations app. You can also visit the Made in Paper Facebook page to find out more and say hello to the mag team!

Craft along with Prima!

 A promotion from The Making Spot

Live with Prima is a series of live online scrapbooking classes by the papercraft experts at Prima. Watch for gorgeous scrapbook ideas, plus handy tips and tricks - and because the classes are streamed live, you can chat with the instructors online!

The Prima team are based in the USA, but they're creating some new classes to be broadcast at a handy time for us European crafters. Today you can watch Live with Prima at 7pm GMT; click over to www.ustream.tv/channel/primaflower now and bookmark the page! If you'd like to join in and chat to the instructors, just create a free Ustream.com account, then a chat box will appear next to the video window.

You can also catch up on shows that you've missed - there are classes on card making, stamping, mini albums and more. 

Happy scrapping!

Emily's favourite embellishments

Today we've got a guest post from Emily, our fab work experience student. Emily loves making cards, and has picked some of her favourite embellishments for quick crafting on a budget...

  

If you’re rushed for time and need some easy inspiration, why not try the girly Greeting Cards kit from The Works for just £1.49! The pack contains stick-on shoes, handbags and sweet birthday greetings.

Or if you're looking forward to summer sunshine, give your cards a beachy look or scrapbook last year's holiday memories with Jolee's Tropical Fish stickers. They’re available for £1.99 from Sunshine Scrapbooking.

Animals can make a beautiful addition to your card and scrapbook pages! This adorable Penny Black 'Seeing your face' stamp from The Glitter Pot costs £6.39, and it's really versatile for cards, gift tags and more. It’s easy to use and you can colour the daffodil bright yellow for a vibrant pop of colour.

Thanks, Emily! If you'd like to tell us about your favourite embellishments, leave a comment below, or share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook.

Win a pair of left-handed craft scissors!

We've got a great Valentine weekend lined up for you - come back each day for a free project download plus a crafty giveaway. Today's free project is this set of gorgeous valentine knitting patterns, and now here's a fun giveaway competition...

If you're a left-handed crafter, you know how tricky it can be to find a good pair of left-hand scissors for sewing projects and papercraft. We were really excited to see these funky new red scissors from Fiskars, designed especially for lovely lefties!

Fiskars left-handed general purpose scissors have both their handles and blades reversed, so you can see exactly where you're cutting. The sturdy blades are great for all kinds of crafty tasks, but we think they're especially useful for fabric projects and large-scale scrapbook layouts. Click over to the Fiskars website to find your local stockist.

We've got a pair of Fiskars left-hand scissors, worth £15.99, to give away to one lucky crafter. The winner will also receive a selection of gorgeous ribbons, including glitter and heart-printed designs, perfect for wrapping those Valentine's Day gifts!

Click here now to enter our Fiskars scissors comp. Good luck!

 

Crafting for Valentine's Day? Find loved-up craft ideas on The Making Spot now

 

January sale ends soon!

Don't miss your last chance to grab a bargain in our January sale - the sale's final day is this Sunday, 20th January! Click over to The Making Spot now to get up to 50% off selected knitting patterns, cross stitch charts, crochet projects, printable papers and more.

Don't miss it - check out The Making Spot's January sale today!

New year notebooks

We’re well into the new year now, and this could be the perfect time to start a diary or journal of all your creative ideas. We all find projects that inspire us to start making, but not all of us have the time to get started straight away. Here’s some examples of handmade notebooks to give you some ideas on how to make your own.  

This pretty floral design comes from Folksy. Sewing on buttons and lace patterns can give your notebook extra detail and make it more personal to you. 

Recipe for success

 

Fed up with searching for recipes on tiny scraps of paper? Then look no further than Shirley Toogood’s homemade recipe album. It’s a great excuse to get scrap booking with all of your favourite dinner and dessert ideas.

The design is free to download from The Making Spot and allows you to keep all of your recipes safe. Shirley helps you to make your creation personal by adding pictures of loved ones and culinary results. It's a brilliant family activity that's well worth a go! Wow your guests with both your cooking abilities AND your organisational skills. 

Don't miss our January sale!

My, what a big sale we've got! Don't miss The Making Spot's January sale, starting today! Save up to 50% on some of our favourite craft projects, including fantastic knitting patterns, cross stitch charts, printable papers, sewing ideas and lots more.

Scrapbook your year!

We love this free project from the Papercraft inspirations archives - Morag Cutts shares her ideas for creating a scrapbook celebration of your year! Click over to The Making Spot now to get your free download. Happy scrapping!