Capture memories with these minibook ideas

From weddings to holidays - papercrafting mini albums is a great way to try scrapbooking and treasure happy memories of milestone moments in life! Not only are minibooks much less daunting than gazing at 12x12in pages of a full-on scrapbook, they're a perfect way to make the most of photos - making sure you treasure them and look back fondly rather than losing them forever to digital folders on your computer! We've got five lovely ideas for minibooks to get you started....

How to make a wedding minibook

Scrapbook your summer holiday memories

We all love a summer holiday - but since digital cameras & camera phones took over the world, my photos are most often last seen floating around in folders on my laptop, hard drive or Drop box! I'm rubbish at printing them out and savouring them. So my resolution this summer is to show them off in a minibook or album so I can remember my holiday earlier this summer in St Ives, Cornwall. Why not join me in this plan of action?! Here are a few of my favourite ideas for scrapbooking your summer holiday snaps... read more to be inspired!

Make a scrapbook from paper bags

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!

New projects from CrossStitcher!

We're so excited to bring you the latest cross stitch projects from CrossStitcher issue 255. Read on for links to each project on The Making Spot, and for more info on how you can join our stitch-along!

Dreaming of a crafty holiday

Woah - we've just discovered that our newest knitwear designer Debbie Orr (aka The Skein Queen) is organising a knitting holiday later this year. Debbie's taking a band of knitters over to South West France to stay in a French Gite for a few days of knitting workshops, culture, food and (of course!) the odd glass of wine or two. Tempted much?

The Skein Queen's Dyeing to Unwind minibreak for yarn lovers is taking place on May 16th and just reading about it over on The Skein Queen blog has got us itching to flee the country in search of craft adventures overseas!

There's still a couple of places left on the Gite Retreat, so if you fancy it, hop on over to The Skein Queen's blog to find out more.

What with this, and our recent discovery of Cath Kidston sewing breaks in Cornwall, we have SO resolved to go on a crafty holiday this year!

How to make a scrap map!

Oh wow - just stumbled upon this feat of fabric genius over at See Kate Sew. A map featuring all the states of America - stitched up using left-over fabric scraps!

It's a nifty way to use up bits and bobs from your stash and you could easily adapt to anywhere in the world! Hop on over to the Scrap Map tutorial for Katy's step-by-step guide to how to make your own fabric map.