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Book Page Prints into Greeting Cards from Spooky and Bright

August 26th, 2013 | by Julie Finn

How to make your own greeting cards that aren't super cutesy and twee? Include something vintage! I made these DIY greeting cards not with rubber stamps of teddy bears or foam stickers of ducks in bonnets, but with vintage book pages. Pages trimmed from a ratty, torn copy of The Turn of the Screw and an old dictionary, embellished with paint, compose the front images of a set of all-purpose blank cards, suitable for either the kids or the adults in the family to use


Crafty Book Review: Knits for Dolls, by Nicky Epstein

July 2nd, 2013 | by Julie Finn

Got some yarn leftover after your last knitting project? Wondering if you should stuff it back in your stash for perhaps forever? Pass it on? Trash it? Instead, how about you thrill your favorite little kid by using that stash to knit him or her the most awesome, clever, modern doll outfits ever


Crafty Book Review: Side by Side, by Tsia Carson

July 1st, 2013 | by Julie Finn

It's no problem to find crafts for kids to do. It's no problem to find crafts to do for kids. Crafts that you can do along with your kids, however? Collaborative crafts that work well even when one participant is young and one is old? Projects that an adult doesn't have be bored by or bossy about, that a kid can contribute meaningfully to, that they'll both enjoy just as well? Yeah, those are a little harder to come by


Review of The Ultimate Guide to Smash Books, by Mahe Zehra Husain–and a Giveaway!

July 31st, 2012 | by Julie Finn

If you can't get enough of smash books, check out my review of Mahe Zehra Husain's newest e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Smash Books, Smashing and Making Your Own Upcycled Smash Books, then read to the end to learn how to receive your own free copy, as well as The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling and a series of video classes on upcycling paint chips into greeting cards


CAGW Writer Quoted in a New Book

April 15th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Even for the greenest crafter, it's hard to keep plastic out of our processes, isn't it? You can do your best to cut back or choose recycled plastic materials, but at the end of the day it's really tough to create craft projects without using plastic. That struggle is why I'm super excited about Plastic Free, a new book from Beth Terry of My Plastic Free Life. The book is all about kicking the plastic habit in all aspects of your life, and crafting is no exception. We're all about finding ways to get plastic out of our lives here at Crafting a Green World, so we're super proud that one of our former writers--Karen Lee--is quoted in the book.


Project Show-and-Tell: An Upcycled Smash Book for My Anniversary

February 21st, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Smash books are quicker, easier, and more creatively amenable to recycled components than traditional scrapbooks can be, and frankly I much prefer the look of a smash book to that of your typical carefully engineered scrapbook. If you'd like some more examples, then please feel free to take a look below at my own upcycled smash book--it's by no means perfect, but the beauty of a smash book is that it isn't meant to be perfect. Instead, it's meant to be meaningful, fun, crafted with lots of upcycled materials and stash components, and beloved by its recipient


Star Gazing: Nuno Magazine’s Fall Issue

November 6th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

Nuno Magazine is published seasonally, with all its projects tied together under one theme, yet with a broad variety of crafts to choose from. The fall Star Gazing issue includes cool weather projects, such as the hat and a crocheted cowl, autumn crafts, such as sweater pumpkins and a bat mask, and crafts that use everything from felted wool to newspaper to tin cans to mimic the stars in the night sky


ReSew Giveaway and Tutorial!

March 3rd, 2011 | by Kelly Rand

I always seem to accumulate a stash of unloved clothes picked over from my closet. This pile consists of clothes that are no longer fit, or need heavy mending, or have acquired an unbeatable stain. I keep this pile with dreams of swapping with friends or donating to Goodwill. But now ReSew, a new book out by Jenny Wilding Cardon has me eyeing my discard pile with a new eye



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