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Docrafts Creativity magazine is packed full of helpful projects, mainly for card making or scrap-booking, but sometimes for other items also.
Docrafts themselves make a number of craft products and the magazine focuses on those, as you would expect. Having said this, because they have so many products, the articles are varied and use many different things so that I would imagine most people could find something they'd enjoy having a go at.
The projects they show are easy to make (and some are for children to make) so that you can end up with something that looks very professional that has taken almost no time at all to do.
My biggest interest is in the card making and I was pleased to find that the cards do not all have the same 'look' about them, and nor do they all use the same materials. Some use just card, or ribbons, or fun foam, or other embellishments. It is a great magazine to spark the imagination.
I have just bought the newest magazine from Docrafts and thought it was about time I wrote a review about it.
Docrafts Creativity is a craft magazine, primarily focusing on cardmaking but also featuring scrapbooking, jewellery making and other paper crafts.
The magazine comes out bi-monthly and it currently costs £2.50. It used to only cost £1 but the magazine seems to have recently doubled in size and therefore the price has been increased. To some it seems to be a big hike in price however I think it is justified as so much more work seems to be going into the magazine now. Most other card making magazines cost around £3.99 so this is still the cheapest one I have found and, in my opinion, it is still the best.
The magazine is made by Docrafts, a company that makes many different craft products such as card blanks, stickers, ribbons etc. As a result it features many of the Docrafts crafting products. The first few pages of the magazine always seem to be dedicated to introducing new products that Docrafts have brought out. However, this is not done like an advertisement but rather like an informing article telling you all about the new products and how much they cost. I like these pages as I love trying new craft goodies and these pages are far more interesting than endless adverts.
After the new products section there are many different articles giving inspiration and ideas for card making as well as scrapbooking and occasionally other crafts. These articles contain many big, colourful photos showing the cards they have designed in good detail. This is really important as if you want to copy the design it really helps to be able to see it clearly! Each card then has instructions for how to make it. These instructions are clear but I personally would find it easier to read if they were done in a step-by-step way using bullet points or numbers.
The projects vary in difficulty so there will be plenty that people new to crafting could try, but also enough to keep more accomplished crafters happy.
At the end of each article is a categorised product list giving the item product code and the price. I especially like the fact that it gives the price. Many times I have seen something in other magazines and it gives no idea of the price however Creativity always does and it actually makes me more likely to buy the product as I see straight away that it is a reasonable price.
One of my favourite sections in the magazine is the 'Quick makes' part. It features around 10 projects (usually cards) that can be made very quickly. I don't get much time for my hobbies so I find this section a really good way to maximise what I can make in what little time I have.
Another big feature of Creativity magazine is the free cover gift given away with every issue. These gifts are always of a high quality and are a very good way to try out different products. The free gifts are very often samples of new products that Docrafts are releasing. The free gift with the magazine I just bought was a set of three border stamps. Previous gifts have included sticky ribbon, peel offs, rubber stamps, stickers and fabric flowers.
One final thing to notice about this magazine is the distinct lack of adverts. Although there are a couple, there are nowhere near as many as in the other card making magazines. I think this is because Docrafts make their own range of card making products and therefore they are advertising those by using them in their projects. However, this is subtle advertising and is done in an interesting way that actually informs and helps the reader. Much better than 1/3 of the magazine being taken over by full page adverts.
In conclusion, I really would recommend this magazine to anyone interested in card making. I feel it is very good value for money and provides me with lots of inspiration. I also really like the good quality free gift! I just wish the magazine came out monthly instead of bi-monthly as it seems to take too long until the new one!
Docrafts Creativity magazine is a must have if you are a cardmaker or scrapbooker.
Docrafts is a major brand in the crafting world that makes a whole host of products, from stickers, to card blanks, to craft tools etc. It also makes a magazine that is one of, if not the best priced craft magazine of its kind around today. There is a new issue every other month and it is priced at only £1. When you consider other well known popular craft/card making magazines sell at around the £3.75 mark, this is outstanding value. Each issue also comes with some sort of a free gift - whether this is a sheet of stickers, a rubber stamp, or some ribbon. The free gift changes each time and in my opinion makes this magazine even more worth buying. I've yet to receive a free gift on an issue that I haven't wanted or been able to use and they always include ideas in the magazine of what you can make with them. Occasionally, they will release a 'bumper' issue which has about 3 times as many pages as a standard issue and a higher quality free gift. This is usually priced at £2.50 which is still an amazing price. The magazine itself is bright, colourful and easy to read. I love that they always give card ideas and clearly show you how to reproduce them yourself, step by step, and include all the materials that have been used, their prices, and where you can buy them. They feature a lot of new products to the market, telling you what the latest trends are and must haves. They have reader's pages where you can see other peoples cards they've sent it or even see your own published! There are prize draws to win craft products, interviews with people from the 'craft world', a puzzles page, a very useful craft companies index, and so much inspiration for making cards for all occasions. Certain months of the year the magazine tends to have sections that focus on certain events - for example, November's issue would feature a lot of articles on Christmas cards, and the month before Easter would see ideas for spring and Easter cards.
I buy quite a few craft magazines and it is my favourite of them all. I cannot understand how they manage to price it so low but am very glad that they do! It has a very friendly feel and online you will find a Docrafts forum where you can meet other readers. They cover all ranges of ability - there are 'easy' makes and then card ideas for more advanced readers to tackle. I look forward to getting my issue every time and I know I will always learn something new or see new products I want to buy and try out myself. I keep my back issues and I often pick them up again months later and see something I didn't get round to trying that I then attempt doing. I think that if you are new to crafting then this is one of the best magazines you can get to start you off and if you are a seasoned crafter, then the chances are you already buy this! ;o)
The downside to this magazine is that it is not available everywhere. If you go to your supermarket and look at the craft magazine section, it won't be there. It is only available in craft shops and if you don't have a local one of those, you have to get it online. This of course means you have to pay P&P charges which are annoying when the magazine itself is such a good price. Unless... you are like me and buy from an online store that offers free P&P!! This is hard to find because most insist on a minimum order of £5 to qualify for free shipping. I usually combine buying my magazine with stocking up on other goodies too and so go over the £5 mark. Sometimes though, this isn't always the case and I buy from an online store that offers free P&P with no minimum spend. There are sites like this around and I can always be messaged if you want to know more on this.
... not in this case. Docrafts Creativity! magazine is a gem of an idea, at an unbelievable price.
I'm sure, like many others starting in the hobby of cardmaking, I'd looked at the range of magazines available in my local newsagent but been put off purchasing one. For me, it came down to one thing - the price. This was compounded by the fact that the magazines tended to be sealed (to keep the free goodies intact), so I couldn't even get an idea of what my £3.50+ (up to £7 something in some cases) was going to buy me.
Then a friend mentioned the Docrafts Creativity! magazine she'd spotted in her local stockist - only £1 she said, would I like one? I jumped at the chance, even before she'd had the chance to tell me that it also came with a sample-sized sheet of stickers.
I now have 5 of these magazines (starting with Issue 4), and I'm confident that I'll keep getting them for the foreseeable future, as I find them a great source of inspiration. The freebie - a sample-sized sheet (maybe 2/3rds the size of a regular sheet, which normally retails for around 99p) of either stickers or peel-offs continues to be an added bonus. In my view, the magazine in its own right is worth £1.
As a bi-monthly publication, Docrafts Creativity! always seems fresh and easily incorporates seasonal occasions and trends. The first 3 issues I bought were mainly devoted to Christmas (I've discovered that you can never start your Christmas cards too early!). The first edition of 2008 was all things spring-like, including Easter, Valentines Day, and Mothers Day. The latest issue primarily focuses on Weddings/romance, with a fair amount of birthday coverage as well.
To get an idea of what's covered in the magazine (which, so far, has consistently been 66 pages per issue), I've looked at Issues 4 and 8. Around half is dedicated to card making ideas, with 12 pages for scrapbooking, and a couple of pages on jewellery making. Another dozen pages or so cover reader's letters and stories, competitions, giveaways, contents, and editorials. Anyone keeping up with the maths will have worked out that we're left with just a handful of pages dedicated to advertising, which makes a refreshing change for a glossy magazine such as this.
While there is an abundance of cardmaking ideas, with step-by-step instructions, some of the designs direct you to the website - www.docrafts.co.uk - for further details. This is definitely worth looking at, as the website is excellent in its own right, with further competitions and giveaways.
Well, its all been positive so far - what's the catch? For me, that has to be the range of stockists. Up here in the North-East of Scotland - my nearest stockist is over 30 miles away. Despite this, I'm still awarding it 5 stars - its so good, I'm prepared to wait to get my hands on a copy!
'do crafts Creativity is a glossy craft magazine produced by the company do crafts and sold by stockists of their products. For the most part it is aimed at the card-making and scrap-booking markets which are so popular at the moment, but this month they have also included some jewellery making as well.
Inside you will find information about new products and suggestions on how they can be used for the best effect. As with most craft magazines there are many card and scrapbook designs complete with step-by-step instructions rubber-stamping, embossing, decoupage, quilling and beadwork - but plenty more besides.
For instance there are give away pages; the current magazine has over £900s worth including: Rubber Stamps, Papermania Embellishment Sets, Die-cut shapes and Outline Stickers, Embossing Powders and Paper Packs to name but a few. This is the usual send your name on a postcard type of giveaway. There are also competitions one prize this month being a two night spa break in the Peak District worth £500.
The latest issue of this magazine (issue 4 - out this week) has a big focus on making Christmas cards. What! In July? I hear you say. Well, to card makers it is never too early and we are always on the look out for something new to try. This is a magazine that showcases for the do crafts range with the latest products from such places as: Papermania, See Ds, Craft Planet, Anitas Art Stamps and more. In here you will see them before they reach the local shops and also find out which have special offers BOGOF or Introductory Price for example.
There is a lot of emphasis on card making in this magazine although scrap-booking and other crafts are also featured. This year they ran a Create a Card for Cancer campaign in which readers sent in their hand made efforts in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. These were then passed on to the Charity for sale in their shops. They received 75,000 cards which were expected to sell for about £1 each which would, of course, go directly to the charity. This was quite an achievement as the campaign only ran for about four months. Im sure it will be repeated next year.
Also included in this magazine is a childrens page Kids Club. This is for the small children and we all know how they like to make things too. Some fun ideas for the younger crafters!
There are many of the usual items to be found in magazines such as readers letters and questions, a gallery of readers cards and another of scrap-book pages. All will give you idea for your own projects. Incidentally, there is also a prize for the best letter.
Page 35 announces that the search is on for the do crafts Crafter of the Year Im sure there are crafters among you that would fancy their chances why not? I KNOW there are some superb card makers out there.
In my opinion, this is one of the best of the craft magazines and, considering its price of £1 yes, ONE pound (or 1.50) it is fantastic value for money. They even give a free gift of stickers or stencils usually that would normally cost this amount on its own! The only draw back is that you have to find the do crafts stockist to buy it. This isnt usually difficult though and can be found through their website: www.docrafts.co.uk. This is a very useful site too and always lets you know (if you subscribe to their newsletter) when the magazine is in the shops.
Do I recommend this magazine? Oh yes! In fact, I cancelled a subscription to another magazine (costing three times the amount) in favour of this one. With the more expensive one I would look through it once and forget it with this one I actually have two within reach at this moment and keep finding further things of interest each time I look through.
I hope that you will find this of interest and thank you for reading it Happy Crafting!