Craft Making Magazines


Card making and Papercraft Magazine

One thing that surprised me when I first came to England was how many handicraft magazines there were. You don’t even need to go to a bookstore, as you would in Japan. The supermarket magazine shelves are overflowing with them! There are at least ten magazines related to paper crafting alone and probably 40 or 50 covering everything from quilting, cross-stitching, knitting, sewing and so on.

The great thing is that these magazines are fairly cheap, around £5.00 – £8.00 (¥750 ~ ¥1200) and astonishingly include some kind of free gift in every issue! (They are even cheaper if you go for an annual subscription.) These are often good quality and I have used them in my own crafting. Of course, the contents are full of ideas and techniques and it is tough to read, especially because they are in English!

The first craft magazine I bought in England was the April 2016 issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine. At that time I had never done card making, but I am ashamed to admit that I was attracted to the free gift! It was a very luxurious set that included a stamp, embossing folder and design paper by one of my favourite British artists, Cicely Mary Barker. I was happy to just to look at it and didn’t even want to use it for a long time! This is how I got started with card making.



私がイギリスに来て初めて購入したのは去年、2016年4月号 “Cardmaking & Papercraft” でした。その頃はカードメイキングなんてしたことなかったのですが、恥ずかしながらこの”付録”に惹かれたからです。それは私の好きなイギリスのアーティスト Cicely Mary Barker のスタンプとエンボッシングフォルダー、デザインペーパーまでセットになったとても豪華なもので、もう眺めているだけで幸せでした。

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