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     ° Scrapbooking & Cardmaking
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     ° Sewing: Quilting, Cross-Stitch & More
     ° Miscellaneous Crafts & Articles
     ° No Sew Fleece Projects
     ° Project of the Month
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Genealogy/Family History:

13 Steps to Preserve Your Family History by LeAnn Ralph
Have you wanted to write down those old family stories to share them with other family members and to preserve them for generations to come but don't how to go about it? LeAnn Ralph tells you how!

How to Get Started in Family History
Genealogy has become the number one hobby in the United States. For someone that is just beginning the journey into the past, the road can seem a bit confusing. Author Dale Lee helps us get started on the right foot.

Sewing: Quilting, Cross-Stitch & More

How To Buy Your First Sewing Machine
You have finally come to the conclusion that you need or want a sewing machine. Now, what is on the market and how do you make the right decision?

Discover How To Quilt
Learn the basics of how a quilt is made and what and how quilting is done.

Counted Cross Stitch: Mounting and Framing by Rachel Paxton
There are a number of ways you can mount and frame your finished cross stitch projects. Cost is always an issue. Frames and mounting accessories can be very expensive. Here are a couple of ways to cut corners that still produce pleasing results.

How Do You Know If You're Using The Right Needle? by Sarah J. Doyle
It can be a costly mistake to simply use the same needle for everything you sew until it breaks. The size of the needle you use depends upon the size of the fabric yarns in the fabric. Learn about needles in this informative article.

Organizing Your Craft and Sewing Supplies by Rachel Paxton
If you're a weekend crafter, you probably have a lot of crafting odds and ends laying around that get all jumbled together depending on what project you're working on at the moment. Rachel Paxton shows you how to organize everything easily and inexpensively.

8 Steps to Optimize Your Sewing Time by Sarah J. Doyle
Following these eight steps will help your sewing time be more enjoyable.

Photo Memory Quilts by Kim Noblin
Memory quilts are a wonderful way to express pride in your family history, commemorate a special occasion, or honor a special person. Kim Noblin shows you how to create these beautiful quilts.

Miscellaneous Crafts & Articles:

The Art of Paper Quilling
The art of paper quilling or paper filigree is a fascinating paper craft best defined as the rolling, scrolling, shaping, or fringing of narrow strips of paper. Learn how to do it from author Jill Black.

Flower Preservation Tips: Learn From Professional Florists How to Get the Most Life From Your Flowers
By utilizing these flower preservation tips, you will be able to get more life and more enjoyment from every set of flowers you grow or buy in the future.

Using Your Fabric Scraps
Everyone has fabric scraps, and there are many, many ways to use fabric. Here are some ideas to recycle it, and turn those fabric scraps into fabric assets!

No-Sew Fleece Projects - The Great Knot Debate
Do you enjoy no-sew fleece projects but have trouble with the knots? Are your projects falling apart in the washer? Learn how to make the perfect knot with our instructions for two types of basic knots - the traditional double knot and the quick knot.

Decorative Painting with Terracotta Pots by Jill Black
Painted pots make great gifts and are a fun way, especially for children as they make inexpensive gifts that are useful for plants or as a container for something else.

Use Your Coluzzle
The Coluzzle cutting system is one of the most versatile and innovative tools in the papercrafting industry. But some people find it downright intimidating. Susie Michelle Cortright helps take the mystery out of it with these fabulous tips.

7 Creative Ways to Make Time For Your Creative Hobby! by Kristine Lewis
A creative outlet is a great stress reliever, a self-esteem booster and a way socialize and make friends. Making the time to pursue your creative interest, however, can be a challenge in and of itself. Here are seven great ways to make time for your creative hobby.

A New Way to Use Old Snapshots by LeAnn Ralph
Collages are not only a good way to use your old snapshots, but the recipients also will cherish them for years to come as a special and thoughtful gift.

Easy Fabric-Covered Photo Album by Rachel Paxton
These thoughtful, inexpensive keepsakes are easy to make and personalize for any friend or family member.

How to Air-Dry Flowers by Monica Resinger
Air-drying flowers is a simple, fun hobby that can save you money by providing free material to make dried flower decorations for your home or to give as gifts.

Ten Easy Crafting How-To's and Tips
Here are ten easy crafting how-to's and tips with a little something for everyone written by Monica Resinger

Keepsake Christmas Album
Create an elegant but simple Christmas album with used cards and your Christmas letters with this craft project by Rachel Paxton.

Susan Branch was Here!
Susan Branch participated in an interview on our StorkNet site. If you haven't visited, do so and experience the fun and friendliness of this interesting discussion with Susan. We've done the page up in the Susan Branch style (lots of fun images, links to one of her favorite recipes, her newsletter and more!)and you can even download a piece of Susan's beautiful stationery! We've announced the winners of her contest there, as well, and you will see pictures of the beautiful prizes. Enjoy! Click Here.

Scrapbooking & Cardmaking:

Scrapbooking Organization 101
Organization is as important to your scrapbooking as the photographs, papers, embellishments, and albums. Learn more from Tara Hamilton.

Simple Scrapbooking Is Not An Oxymoron
Simple Scrapbooks don't have to be boring or uninspiring. Some of the most stunning pages created are very fast and easy to create.

How to Use Scrapbook Chalks
Simple instructions and tips for using decorator chalks in scrapbooking, cardmaking, and other papercrafting projects.

Add a Special Touch to Your Stamped Cards with Embellishments
By adding embellishments to your handcrafted cards, you will create cards that are more than just messages of greetings, but little pieces of art as well.

Caroler's Collage Card
Simple and elegant, this card is perfect for those who make homemade Christmas cards.

Beautify Your Stamped Cards with Creative Coloring
Coloring stamped images does not have to be difficult, and it does not require any special artistic skill. There are a number of different tools that you can use to color, and the most popular ones for stampers are pastels, or chalks, watercolor pencils, markers or ink pads.

Snow Fun Scrapbook Layout
Here's a great layout to celebrate and remember those snowy winter activities.

5 Scrapbooking Secrets for the Holiday Season
These 5 scrapbooking secrets are sure to bring out the best in all of your albums and pages. Though inexpensive, they are the wonderful ways to add memorable value to the pages you will cherish and love for many holiday seasons to come!

Vicki's Scrapbooking 101
Are you a beginner to scrapbooking? Vicki's article will get you started in the right direction including a list of all the materials you need and others you might want, choosing your work area and lots of great advice to make your scrapbook experience a wonderful one.

Vicki's Scrapbooking 101 ~ Favorite Companies and Products
Vicki discusses where to buy her favorite products and which companies make her favorite products and books.

Vicki's Scrapbooking 101 ~ Layout Design
Vicki gives you advice and examples on finding the perfect layout for your theme.

Vicki's Scrapbooking 101 ~ Basic Embossing
Embossing is a technique that's used to raise an image up above the actual paper surface. Vicki shows you how.

Vicki's Scrapbooking 101 ~ Dry Embossing
Dry Embossing is the practice of creating a raised shape onto paper, adding dimension. This is usually done for the purpose of scrapbooking or card making.

Saving Family Keepsakes for Scrapbooking by Rachel Paxton
Here are ideas to get you thinking of things you might have tucked away somewhere that would be a great addition to your scrapbooking projects.

The Art of Scrapbooking
With scrapbooking, not only are you creating artistic arrangements and layers of objects, but you are doing it around an evocative theme. Scrapbook art almost always includes: photos around which the theme is developed; and words or "journaling" which evoke, explain and expand on the theme. Learn more from Eileen Bergen.

Easter Scrapbooking Ideas
Easter is a great time to capture family photographs for scrapbooking. Even if you don't scrapbook, planning your picture taking ahead of time ensures you won't miss any of these great family memories. Here are some Easter photograph ideas for scrapbooking by Rachel Paxton.

Use Your Coluzzle
The Coluzzle cutting system is one of the most versatile and innovative tools in the papercrafting industry. But some people find it downright intimidating. Susie Michelle Cortright helps take the mystery out of it with these fabulous tips.

No Sew Fleece Projects

The Great Knot Debate
No-sew fleece projects have caught on like wild fire. If you love these simple and fun projects but have trouble with knots, we can help you. Here are two methods explained along with pictures to help you tie the perfect knot.

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