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Artful Blogging: Magazine Review

11 Sep

I decided to review this blogging magazine instead of a crafty magazine this week. Don’t worry though – it’s just as crafty! 😉 For those of us who blog this is a perfect magazine to keep up inspiration and see how others got where they are now. Whether it’s crafting, photography, art, or just writing in general – this magazine has it all.

Each page is filled with inspiring words and pictures about the blogging life of others. Each one has their own story of what got them started, what they write about, and how it’s affected their lives. There’s even a section about being artful on your blog! Looking for advice and tips on how to keep your blog attractive? It’s got that too!

Because this blog is a Somerset magazine – you know that the picture quality is going to be amazing as well as the paper quality of the entire magazine. The back of the magazine is also filled with loads of information about blogging, other magazines that might interest you, as well as their online marketplace that sells and show cases items found in the magazine. The back of the magazine itself is so full of information about blogging that if you are interested but haven’t started one – you can get a little insight on it all.

Artful Blogging comes out four times a year. Each magazine is $14.99 which is a little pricey to me. The deal for a subscription is $59.99 for a year with free shipping and a bonus magazine. Which isn’t much of a deal if you ask me – but that’s just my opinion!

  • 5 points for ideas & inspiration
  • 3 points for easy how to and guide steps
  • 5 points for exciting pictures & fun reads
  • 2 points for the amount of issues
  • 2 points for price (14.99 for one issue)

Three out five stars for this one since the cost is high and there are only four issues a year with no real deal for subscribing!

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Love Always,

J

 

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Fresh Style: The Holiday Issue – Magazine Review

4 Sep

This magazine grabbed my attention for multiple reasons. 20 DIY gifts under $20 dollars -HECK YES. Easy decor – Yes Please. Quick Projects – WIN! I love all of those things 😉

When it comes to gift giving for my family I love to go out and buy things that they really want (with a budget in mind) and then on top of that I like to make something that’s more personal as well as budget friendly. Whether it’s an ornament, home decor, or just something fun I couldn’t resist – it makes Christmas over here a lot easier to handle. When you have a large family like mine it’s even more difficult to give a lot of gifts when there’s just way to many people to buy for!

So when I saw this magazine, I instantly picked it up, didn’t look at the price, and trucked it to the check out counter! You can never have too many cute, small, budget friendly gift ideas!

After one quick flip my heart was already racing and ready to go. They have enough choice options to make sure there would be something for everyone in here. From buttons, to books, to personalized pieces; this magazine really makes you feel like you could be a gift giving queen! Another plus? If you don’t feel like making these things – you can easily purchase them from their directory in the back.

Not sure where to pick up all the pieces for these crafts? Oh they got you covered there too! Under Resources for Readers in the back they list where they got what pieces and how much certain things cost (decorative things). Talk about getting your homework done for you? Right!?

Now I didn’t forget – the how to’s, pictures, and descriptions. Icing on the cake people. Their pictures are fantastic – for those who see instructions better through pictures; they give you a taste here and there so you aren’t lost. Their descriptions are easy to read and not so long-winded to keep the attention of those easily distracted people like me 😉 Lastly: How to’s! If the descriptions don’t give you enough details in the back they have Step by Step instructions. Ahh what a life. This magazine beats anything I’ve ever seen so far and I am so in love with it that I’m not willing to let it go!

Since Fresh Style only comes out once a year they don’t do subscriptions but since it’s only $7.99 a magazine – it’s totally worth it. I’m adding this magazine to my yearly inspiration 🙂

  • 5 points for ideas & inspiration
  • 5 points for easy how to and guide steps
  • 5 points for exciting pictures & fun reads
  • 2 points for the amount of issues
  • 5 points for price (7.99 for one issue)

Four out five stars for this one!

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Love Always,

J

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Better Homes: Holiday Crafts! Magazine Review

21 Aug

Better Homes: Holiday Crafts!

Magazine Review Time 🙂

Well let’s see here. It didn’t take much for me to want this magazine the second I saw it on the rack. Just the front cover had me giddy for multiple reasons. 1) I love making Christmas presents 2) I love the holidays in general 3) It’s Better Homes and Gardens

Since this is a special interest magazine they only have four a year but between this one and DIY together. I may have found my perfect match in inspirational magazines. Like I said in my last post about Better Homes and Gardens: I love their pictures, their how to pictures, their supply lists, and they way they give instructions but what I also love..

Is that this particular magazine comes with PATTERNS! Not only do they tell you how to make it – they give you all the pattern pieces to make it NOW! I am resisting the urge to quit blogging so that I can go make Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas presents right now.

So while I’m sitting here impatiently waiting to go get crafty crazy I’ll go ahead and finish this post for you 😉

Sadly I can’t find where I can just subscribe to this particular magazine 😦 I’ve looked all over the Better Homes and Gardens Magazine website and it got me no where. This magazine by itself costs a whopping $5.99 for loads of amazing inspiration and How To’s. It’s totally worth the buy and if I can ever find the subscription page I’ll update it for the total cost for a year or two or whatever they offer 😉

  • 5 points for ideas & inspiration
  • 5 points for easy how to and guide steps
  • 5 points for exciting pictures & fun reads
  • 2 points for the amount of issues
  • 5 points for price (5.99 for one issue)

Four out five stars for this one!

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Love Always,

J

 

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Green Craft Magazine Review

14 Aug

Green Craft Magazine is also published by Somerset but it is much more the inspiration I was looking for! If you like re-used, recycled, and refashioned things this magazine is right up your ally. I’m all about finding ways to make thrift store finds into something usable in my home but this magazine goes beyond that and really gives you ideas of things you can make that you may already have laying around in your home! That’s what I like to call budget friendly 😉

Now like the previous magazine this one has very wordy explanations and even though it has amazing quality photo’s it never really shows you HOW to make anything. Sure the list of materials is nice and the explanation is fun to read but being a visual person that I am you are really on your own to figuring out how to make these items. So I wouldn’t call this magazine a DIY magazine. More if a way to perk your interest and make you look at the materials around your house in a different light – as a well as a showcase to some pretty awesome etsy shops 🙂

All in all I really liked this magazine. There’s pro’s and con’s for sure but some things I’m willing to look past. What I really wanted out of these magazine reviews was to figure out which magazine I wanted to use as my inspiration and if that’s all it was being judged on then I’d say this one was a top winner, but because I factor in other things like how to’s, pictures, price, and how many magazines come out in a year – it makes this one probably less than higher on my list. Let’s see how it measure up in the numbers:

One magazine is $14.99 but for $79.99 you can get 5 semi-annual or annual magazines and receive a $20 gift card. So basically take away the $20 gift card from the price and you are paying $59.99 a year for 5 different magazines which comes to about $12.00 a year for one magazine subscription. It’s not too bad if you break it down but that’s the only option you get unless you want to buy one magazine at a time.

I give this magazine a 4 out of 5 stars although this one is definitely my second runner up so far!

  • 5 points for ideas & inspiration
  • 3 points for easy how to and guide steps
  • 5 points for exciting pictures & fun reads
  • 2 points for the amount of issues
  • 2 points for price.

If you are just looking for some inspiration and not really how to’s or care about the price this one is a winner for you!

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Love Always,

J

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Somerset Home Magazine Review

7 Aug

 

I picked up this magazine thinking about how much I love making my own home decor – that this magazine may just be the inspiration I need to keep my creative brain going. My first moment of weakness towards this magazine was when I saw the price: $14.99

I bought it anyways thinking this may be just what I need and I can’t even think about the price right now – I just need to find the perfet inspiration.

The cover that this magazine is made out of feels amazing, the amount of pages are almost book worthy! The pictures are large, bright, and give you a good sense of detail about the items they are showing.

Unfortunately this particular magazine didn’t really grab me when I opened it. I found myself just quickly flipping through it and not finding many things that intrigued me enough to keep reading. I did find one or two projects that I wanted to try but more in my own style then the way they had shown on.

 

The way that they explain how to do the projects isn’t nearly as well laid out as Better Homes does theirs. For those of us who are more visual – this book leaves you wanting more pictures and easier to read explanations!

I was overall a little disappointing by this magazine but also a little hopeful. Every couple of pages they have a page of 100s of more magazines! So while this one didn’t find a home in my list to consider subscribing to – I now have a larger list of magazines I’m ready to review 🙂

For $79.99 you can get 5 semi-annual or annual magazines and receive a $20 gift card. So basically $59.99 a year 5 different magazines which comes to about $12.00 a year for one magazine subscription. It’s not too bad if you break it down but that’s the only option you get unless you want to buy one magazine at a time and save $3.00

I give this magazine a 2.5 out of 5 stars although I’m not giving up on this magazine yet. I think this company might have different magazines that I’d love.

  • 3 points for ideas & inspiration
  • 3 points for easy how to and guide steps
  • 3 points for exciting pictures & fun reads
  • 2 points for the amount of issues
  • 1 points for price.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Do It Yourself

31 Jul

This past weekend I picked up a Better Homes and Gardens Special interest Publication called Do It Yourself and it got me way excited!

Sometimes as a crafter all you need is a little inspiration. I find my best motivation and inspiration when I want to adjust something in my home. I’ll look around and think hmm.. wouldn’t it be nice to have some bright new curtains? OOOH! Or what about some fun new pillows – and then it’s off to the fabric store I go. Other ways I like to find inspiration are pinterest, other bloggers, friends & family’s homes, but lately I’ve been missing that feel of a quick little inspiration in a few pages kind of way. Complete with pictures, examples, tool lists, and how to’s!

What better way than a magazine or crafty book to keep me on my toes and get me motivated?! So for the next few months I’m going to be reviewing magazines and books for all those crafty people out there 😉 I’m ready to make a commitment and get a subscription with one of these magazines and follow a couple of new authors but I have to find the perfect ones first. After all – I only want the best inspiration right?

This Do It Yourself magazine was one of the first ones I picked up. Needless to say my first judgement was perfect. It didn’t take me long to open up this magazine and be completely lost in it in seconds. I was making notes – writing in the edges – things I want to try, things I want to buy, things I can’t wait make now!

With it’s easy to understand how to’s and great guidelines on tools you’ll want to buy, I feel like I can just jump right in and knock these projects out of the park! It also helps they have A TON of pictures along with the how to’s – I’m a person who needs to see what they heck I’m supposed to do. They even have a Q&A with one of my favorite blogs: YoungHouseLove! Another plus (not like they really need anymore 😉 haha) I already have a list of websites and places to check out.

If you can’t tell by the multiple LOVE’s up at the top of this page – I absolutely love this set up and want to use this in my studio room. The ideas and inspiration in this magazine is more than a dream come true for my first magazine find! To subscribe to this magazine it only costs about $20.00 for two years – which is 8 magazines. As much as I love this magazine, I’m going to have to find another one because I don’t know if I can wait every three months for a new issue!

I give this magazine a 4 out of 5 stars.

  • 5 points for ideas & inspiration
  • 5 points for easy how to and guide steps
  • 5 points for exciting pictures & fun reads
  • 2 points for the amount of issues
  • 5 points for price (4.99 for one issue – you can’t beat that!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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