Free Scrapbooking & Papercrafting Magazines? Yes Please!

I love magazines, especially scrapbooking and papercrafting magazines. I love the feeling of having a brand new issue in my hands, ready for me to browse through and be inspired. I used to have stacks and stacks of magazines, and every now and then I would go through them one more time, rip out the pages I wanted to keep, and then give them away.

About a year and a half ago, I got an iPad primarily for magazines. This way I wouldn’t have to deal with storing all those magazines nor would I have to give them away.  And then all the paper magazines slowly started going away. Digital publications started taking their place, and although I know some people would rather have the paper issue in their hands, I had already made the jump to digital so I was ok with it.

Cre8ive Cutz - My Favorite Free Scrapbooking and Papercrafting MagazinesLately a few new digital publications have sprung up that I’ve been enjoying, so I thought I’d share three of them with you. Best of all, all three are free! Yup, that’s right, absolutely free! You can’t beat that!

First up is Scrapbooks and Cards Today. This is actually not a new publication, they’ve been around for a few years, but they’ve always had a free digital version in addition to a print version that you can get for the cost of shipping. It is a quarterly magazine that has a nice mix of scrapbooking and cardmaking projects.

Next is Jot. This magazine just started up last summer, and I was hooked right from the very first issue. It is a beautiful publication that comes out six times per year and is filled with lots of traditional and pocket style scrapbooking inspiration.

Finally, I just discovered Create a few days ago. They just started up at the beginning of January and publish monthly. Sketches play a bit part in this magazine, and the designers do a great job of showing how one sketch can be used in so many ways.

So those are the three free magazines that are keeping my iPad lit up these days. What about you? Do you have any favorites you’d like to add to the list?

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with any of these magazines, nor was I compensated for writing this post, other than the fact that I get to enjoy the magazines absolutely free, and now so do you! :-)

Elegance Yellow & Gray Digital Scrapbooking Paper Pack

I just love the combination of mustard yellow and dark gray, something about it just screams class and elegance, don’t you think? Although I guess screaming isn’t very classy or elegant! LOL

Brand new in the store, this elegant combination of subtle patterns in yellow and gray is perfect for all sorts of occasions. Use the papers in your digital scrapbooking or print them out to use in traditional or hybrid papercrafting projects. The pack includes five 12″x12″ digital papers at 300dpi.

Click on the image to purchase the Elegance Digital Paper Pack in the 99 Cent Store.

Elegance Digital Paper Pack

Score Lines in our SVG Patterns

I occasionally get questions about score lines in my patterns, so I thought it might make sense to just clarify here why some patterns have them and some don’t.

When I first opened my store I did a survey of my customers and the majority said they preferred no machine cut score lines to be included, they would rather score manually to avoid the appearance of the little dashed lines. So that’s how I designed my files, and I positioned the tabs to give a visual guide as to where the scoring should be, in addition to marking them on the diagram in the assembly instructions.

However, I did another survey recently and this time the answer was the opposite, almost all said they preferred the score lines to be included. So, since that point I have included the little dotted score lines right in the cutting files. I have also evolved how I create the assembly instructions, as I have gathered feedback from my customers.

I am gradually going back through older files and making those same changes (adding the score lines and reformatting the instructions), but as you can imagine it does take a bit of time. You should receive a notice from the store whenever a file you have purchased has been updated. I also post on Facebook each time a file has been updated, and I plan to start including that information in the Cre8ive Cutz Newsletter as well. And if there’s a specific file you really, really can’t wait for, just let me know and I’ll see what I can do! :-)

3D Pirate Ship – SVG Paper Crafting Pattern

Aargh Matey! It was so much fun creating this replica Pirate Ship, complete with a wheel, cannons and a Jolly Roger. It makes the perfect centerpiece for a pirate party or even to help decorate a little boy’s pirate themed bedroom. Fill it up with gold wrapped chocolate coins for a sweet gift.

The finished ship is approximately 7″ long and 6 1/2″ tall. Click any of the images below to check out the 3D Pirate Ship in the store.

3D Pirate Ship Paper Crafting Pattern

3D Pirate Ship SVG Paper Crafting Pattern3D Pirate Ship SVG Paper Crafting Pattern

Hibiscus Pocket Scrapbooking Journalling Cards

I admit it, the Pocket Scrapbooking bug has bit me, I’ve started working on a couple albums using this style and I’m really enjoying it! So, I’ve decided to add a Pocket Scrapbooking category in the 99 Cent Store and will be adding new products over time. There will be two types of products:

  1. Sets of pocket cards in pdf sheets that can be printed and cut apart as well as individual jpg files of each card in the set for digital scrapbookers.
  2. Cutting files in sizes designed for pocket scrapbooking that can be used on their own in pockets or layered over other cards. They can even be used on traditional scrapbooking pages, there are no rules here! :-)

This week I released a the Hibiscus Pocket Scrapbooking Cards, a set of 9 cards that coordinate with the Hibiscus Digital Paper Pack. This set of pocket cards is all about having fun in the sun, something I love!

This is a layout I created using the set, of my daughter and I swimming with the dolphins in Honduras, definitely a day worth remembering!