I am like a kid in a sweet shop with this review!
I stumbled across a fabulous publication called ‘Green Craft” magazine. Published by Stampington and Company, this magazine is all about turning your trash into treasure!
The magazine plopped through my letterbox in a cardboard mailing envelope without an ounce of plastic in sight. Many magazines these days come in ploythene, which although can be recycled, many people throw it in the bin. With cardboard you’re more likely to reuse or recycle it.
The magazine has thick pages which are made from 100% recycled paper – yay! Despite being recycled paper, the magazine oozes quality and the colours are bright. Many companies who use eco friendly inks on recycled paper end up with dull or greyish images – these are lovely and bright.
Oh my, where to start!
If you want practical, you’ve got it. Want beautiful? It’s there. Want fun? How about edging your favourite sweater with carrier bag ruffles! Need inspiration? It drips off every page. Are you eco chic? So is this magazine.
As you know I am not at all crafty or artistic, but this makes me want to learn and create straight away. I want to liberate my Liberty prints, rummage through my recycling, turn trash into teddies and make jumpers from jam jars.
Without giving everything away, the first edition is packed with ideas. There is a ‘From the bin’ section which rather excites me! which will cover ideas about reusing items you might otherwise recycle. This edition covers paper – from magazines to newspapers you’ll find ideas for paper bowls, bags, vases (yes really!) and jewellery.
Some projects are simple such as using pretty bottles for vases, while others require more dexterity and talent such as erm, using knitting needles or cutting things in a straight line.
There are ideas for updating your clothes a la Green Gal or for turning old jumpers into bags or purses. You’ll find uses from glass, tin, paper, textiles and plastic.
Value for money
The cover price $14.99 seems expensive, but when you consider what you are getting, buying Green Craft magazine is just like buying a book. There are 142 glorious pages stuffed full of ideas, inspiration, suggestions and seductive photographs to whet your creative appetite. As it is only available for February and August it isn’t going to break the bank.
I would be happy to pay this to encourage people to keep things from the landfill and as a source of inspiration for myself.
It’s the sort of magazine you want to curl up in the bath with or luxuriate with in bed.
Ok for me, it might provide more inspiration, ideas and ‘if only’ dreaming than anything grounded in reality but for serious crafters who care about the environment this is undoubtedly the magazine for you!
Oh, this is tricky. I’m taking off half a point because I think the magazine should be quarterly, not half yearly. But I guess if you are seriously going to have a go at all the projects suggested it may well take 6 months to get through them all. I’m just greedy and would want a quicker fix!
But with regards to the content itself, the packaging and quality of production, I can’t fault it.
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