I was so excited to see the first Christmas magazine in WH Smith a week or so ago. The Prima Makes Christmas Special with Create and Craft leapt out the shelf at me, and screamed buy me!
With a few free gifts, it was in a plastic wrapper so I couldn't take a look inside. At £12.99 this is a decent price - so is it worth it?
You get three free gifts with the magazine; 5m of 6mm white organza ribbon, and Embellishment Attic mini bow maker - a great gadget to help you make perfect bows and a Cake Crafting snowflake stencil, which is perfect for dusting icing sugar through to get a snowflake pattern.
These are lovely free gifts which add to the quality feel of the magazine. I can definitely see I'll use the bow maker on extra special gift wrapping and the snowflake stencil will look great on some Christmassy cup cakes.
The magazine itself is loads bigger than a standard mag. There are 252 pages to the entire book and so many Christmas craft ideas suitable for experienced crafters or enthusiastic novices like me. It's helpfully indexed by type of craft, from papercraft, die cuts, easy makes, stitching, through crochet, knits, baking - to name a few! In fact there's so much, the index goes over four pages!
I particularly love the kids' makes section whih has four lovely makes of its own. I can see our two making these lovely napkins and candy cane mouse decorations.
I also love this candle display, and will definitely use the idea of wrapping things up in music paper. This would be great for someone in our family who plays guitar and loves his music! The photography is top notch too - don't you think?
The magazine ends with all the templates you'll need for the makes and even some printed Christmas paper for use with card making or even some gift wrapping.
This is a lovely craft magazine that I have picked up almost every night so far since I've had it. It has loads of smaller ideas contained within each craft, and I really think there is something in here which would appeal to everyone. It has a lovely quality feel which is reflected in the paper stock used and photography throughout. At £12.99 it's quite a lot, but I think it's worth it and will definitely buy it again next year.
I am inspired by it and feeling very Christmassy.
I'd love to know which Christmas magazines you like, please let me know by leaving a comment.