Submitting Your Projects to FaveCrafts: Tips from the Editor

Last year, we launched a brand new program for our bloggers and designers to submit their projects to our site. Years ago when FaveCrafts first launched, our editorial staff had to manually upload every single project submitted to the site. That meant a lot of work on the editor’s end and a lot of waiting for the blogger. Luckily, we just keep getting smarter here at FaveCrafts.com and Prime Publishing LLC (our home!). In hopes of improving our speed, efficiency, and personalizing the process, we launched our Submit Your Craft program. Now our bloggers can upload all of the information for their craft. By providing the description, photos, and more for projects, our designers have delighted in this new process. So far 1,569 projects have been submitted to FaveCrafts alone. In total all of our crafting and cooking sites at Prime Publishing LLC have received 15,369 projects and recipes!

Submit Your Project

Now, we’re looking for even more projects!

Check out the tips below from the FaveCrafts editor (that’s me!) on how to submit your projects to FaveCrafts and starting sending your ideas our way!

How to Submit Projects to FaveCrafts.com

  1. In order to submit to FaveCrafts, you need to head on over to our Submit Your Project page and click the “Share Your Project” button!Submit Your Project
  2. You will be prompted to choose a type of craft, simply choose the craft project that fits your link best. If you are submitting a general crafting idea, select the “Craft Projects” button!
  3. Next you will be prompted to name your project. Name your project something that is easy to understand and relevant to our readers. We recommend names that are a max of 4 words long. You may also choose a category on the site to place your project. If you’re unsure, leave it blank. Our editors can do that part for you.
  4. Next, you will be prompted to upload an image.
    • You must upload at least one image for any and all projects with a minimum size of 500 x 200 pixels.
    • Please try and upload your best quality photo.
    • Additionally, we prefer photos without words or watermarks on them. This makes it much easier for us to feature these projects in our newsletter, blog posts, and collection pages.
    • You may upload multiple images. In fact, we encourage it!
    • The following are some examples of fantastic photos that have been submitted recently:
  5. Now you will be asked for a description of your project. This description must be at least 50 words long. Get creative here! Remember you are tempting people to click on over to your site or make your project. Sell your project!
  6. From here on out, the information will changes from project type to project type. Fill out these questions to the best of your abilities. If you don’t know, simply skip it!
    • Some fields (like difficulty level) are required. You will be prompted to fill it out if so.
  7. If you want us to link out to your project, insert your link into the HTML link section when it pops up.
    • This must be a direct link to your project and not to your home page.
    • We do not link out to company projects or links. Company projects should be submitted to us in full. When your project is added to the site, one of our editors will reach out in regards to creating a branded profile for your company.Your URL User Submission
  8. After this you will be asked for your materials list and instructions. If you prefer not to provide this information, you can skip these steps.
    • Hint: If you are looking for a link to your blog, we recommend still providing a materials list as many crafters are more likely to visit a link if they know what they need for a project.
  9. In the notes section, feel free to leave any additional information about your project. Additionally, you may leave any special instructions for the editor here.
  10. Before submitting, you will receive a preview of your submission. If anything is wrong, feel free to click on the section list to the left of the preview to return to a tab and fix the issue. Once everything looks okay, click “Save & Continue”.User Submission Menu
  11. Finally, you will be asked for your name and email address. The name you fill out here will be the name that shows up on your byline on the site, and the email address provided here will be the one we use to contact you when the project is posted. We recommend using the same information for all of your projects.

Submit Your ProjectSubmit Your Project FAQs

Find even more helpful tips and tricks on how to submit your project to FaveCrafts in our Submit Your Project FAQ. This helpful list of frequently asked questions offers helpful hints on the submission process as well as some fantastic tips on what type of projects, project names, and submissions do well on out site.

 


What kind of projects would you love to see submitted to FaveCrafts?

SNAP! Conference 2014: Unbelievable Products and Tons of New Friends

If you regularly keep up with the FaveCrafts blog, you’ve already seen a few of our posts about the amazing SNAP! Conference in Salt Lake City, but those were only a preview. The time has officially come for us to tell you all about our adventure at the SNAP! Conference! When the editors of FaveCrafts and AllFreeKidsCrafts flew out to Utah, we knew we were going to connect with a ton of people, but we had no idea we would have so much fun in the process.

What is SNAP!, you may ask? The SNAP! Conference can best be described as a creative haven for DIY bloggers to come learn new things, ignite their inspiration, and make long-lasting friendships as they laugh and smile their way through classes, seminars, 50+ company sponsor booths, and entertainment. To say that SNAP! is a big deal would be an understatement; this year’s conference saw over 500 attendees from 46 states and 4 countries! To visually track where everyone came from, SNAP! set up this awesome map for bloggers to pin their business cards. This was the board at the beginning of the conference- it was completely covered by the time we left!

SNAP! Conference

We found another map in the FloraCraft booth, and we were totally surprised when we went to mark FaveCrafts on the map…the board wasn’t made of wood, it was made of styrofoam!

FloraCrafts

As the editor of AllFreeKidsCrafts, I’m always on the lookout for fantastic new kids’ craft products, so I was incredibly excited to swing by Hasbro’s booth at the SNAP! Conference to check out the latest from PlayDoh. While I was there, I got to try out the new DohVinci line, which allows kids to create detailed artistic creations; think PlayDoh meets kid-friendly 3D printing. DohVinci won’t be officially released for a few more months, so I was thrilled that I got the chance to take it for a rest run. It turns out that using the styling tool is really similar to using a hot glue gun, so it’s easy to control. Once I had gotten the hang of it, I got to decorate a tile for the DohVinci art installation at SNAP!

dohvinci-preview

If you ask me, the coolest sponsor booth award goes to Cricut, who turned their space into a fabulous science lab. I had never experienced the magic of a Cricut machine before, so I was amazed to discover that it can be used on all kinds of materials, even leather! Cricut even showed us how to turn paper into custom jewelry. Yes, you read that correctly: paper jewelry. In just a few simple steps, we walked away with gorgeous molecule necklaces that looked like they were actually made of metal, ready to spread the word about the wonders of paper.

Cricut at SNAP!
Another awesome sponsor we chatted with was Duck Brand, who introduced us to their brand new glow-in-the-dark duct tape sheets and Duck Glitter® Crafting Tapes. If you’re anything like me, you know that using glitter can mean asking for trouble, but the amazing thing about the Duck Brand tape is that the glitter doesn’t come loose- it’s every crafter’s dream! We spent more time with Duck Brand during their 80’s Prom night, where we got to witness the epitome of duct tape brilliance. Tons of SNAP! bloggers had created 80’s-inspired outfits and accessories for the affair, and Duck Brand even displayed outfits that had been worn to actual high school proms. Who knew duct tape could be so high fashion?

Duct Tape Prom

While we did love chatting with all of the awesome conference sponsors and making new friends, one of the best parts of SNAP was finally meeting some of the fabulous bloggers we work with! We sat in on the Our Best Bites session and chatted with Kate and Sara…

Fabulous Bloggers

…met Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts….

Fabulous Bloggers

…posed with Kim from A Girl and a Glue Gun

Fabulous Bloggers…and got our 80’s prom on with Alexa from The Swell Life!

Fabulous Bloggers

We could probably write a novel and still not cover all the fascinating parts of SNAP!, but we had to share the coolest craft supplies (and the coolest new friends!) we discovered while we were away!

 

What’s the coolest craft supply in your stash?

 

Best Blogger Crafts of 2014

At the Craft and Hobby Trade Show in January, we hosted a networking event with some of the best craft bloggers. At this event, we announced that we would be hosting a huge blogger contest in search of the best crafts of 2014 and they all had a chance at winning a cash prize. Well, we had 39 bloggers take us up on the challenge and enter the contest.

Best Blogger Crafts 2014

If you voted and helped us pick the winners, thank you so much!
We are now so excited to announce the big winners in this blogger challenge:

GRAND PRIZE $1000
Michele Kovack from Thoughts of a Card Making Scrapbooker

SECOND PLACE $500
Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite

THIRD PLACE $250
Catherine Pooler from CatherinePooler.com

 

Visit all of the amazing bloggers and check out their craft projects with free tutorials on FaveCrafts.

Amy LattaMonogram Jewelry Box and Statement Necklace

Angie Holden3D Mixed Media Canvas

Betsy BurnettFinger Knitting Headband

Carmen Flores TanisRhinestone Valentine Hearts Favor Boxes, Beautiful Blue Birdhouses, In a Pinch Sewing Kit

Carolina MooreBeautiful Handmade Flower Bouquet

Catherine PoolerYou are my Favorite Handmade Card

Cristin FrankDIY Clay Ombre House Numbers

Dinah WulfDIY Mod Podgeable Necklace & Ring

Divya NLittle Birdy Rose House, Spring Bling Necklace

Gloria UhlerDaring DIY Wall Sconce

Helen BradleyStenciled Zipper Pouch

Jaime MaraiaQuirky Crochet Handbag

Jonathan FongMoroccan Palace Dollhouse

Kara GunzaMod Podge Letter Art

Kazan ClarkPretty in Pink Chevron Picture Frame

Keri SalleeFly Free…Create Freely DIY Picture Frame

Kerry GoulderDIY Duck Tape Doll House and Accessories

Laura KellyDIY Wall Message Flower

Laura RussellCat in the Hat Boutique Hair Bow

Maria Del PintoEclectic Style Fascinator

Marilyn GossettShabby Bookmark Wedding Favors

Marjolaine WalkerClassic Clay Necklace, Down To Earth Gift Bag, Where Flowers Bloom Canvas

Mary Kathryn Vaughn Precious Crochet Dress and Blanket

Megan DavesGrateful For You Handmade Card

Melony BradleyScrappy Flower Chalkboard

Michele KovackRetro Muffin Tin Altered Frame

Michelle Brown Mixed Media Pennant Banner, Decorated Notebook

Michelle Frae Cummings Painted Garden Pots

Pauline MolinariUpcycled Denim Shorts Chore Chart

Rita Barakat Love,Laugh, Share-Mixed Media Canvas, Stunning Decorative Mask

Sara CarnsAltered Vintage iPhone Case

Stacey WilliamsDIY Magnetic Chalkboard and Dry Erase Board

Stefanie GirardFor the love of Bling Zipper Bracelet

Susan DougillCreative Inspiration Board, All Year Round Bunting

Suzanne CannonYou Are Amazing Card

Tammy TutterowUpcylced Chalkboard Plaque

Tara NehilNo Sew Fabric Flowers

Tresa EdmundsQuilt Inspired Bib Necklace

Victoria GrantChalkboard Spring Banner

A special thanks to our sponsors of the CHA Blogger Event and this contest: Coats & Clark, Darice, Design Masters, Elmers, Fiskars, I Love To Create, Krylon, Leisure Arts, Lion Brand, Plaid, Polyform, Rit Dye, ShurTech – Duck Brand, Simplicity, Sizzix.

Behind the Scenes at Our CHA Blogger Event

More than a week later, bloggers are still singing the praises of our Blogger Event at the Craft and Hobby Association’s Winter Trade Show in Anaheim, CA. This was a chance for bloggers to step away from the computer and meet manufacturers and other craft industry representatives face-to-face. One blogger in particular, Maria Del Pinto, was struck by the networking possibilities provided at the event. In addition to speaking with representatives, Del Pinto was able to preview new products and discover exclusive details about items she already loves.

In a post on her blog Keep Calm and Craft On, Del Pinto recaps her experiences meeting craft celebrities and product representatives. For her, the event was important because, “it was a chance to ask each company some questions regarding particular products and product lines. I also wanted to find out what products they would be releasing in 2014, as well as to speak to some of their product designers.” That night, Del Pinto met brand reps from Elmers, Plaid Fiskars and more. She was able to preview new products and discover items that fit her interests. For example, she was able to meet with Sculpey representatives to discuss kids projects – it would be so hard to have this kind of casual conversation online!

For a peek inside the exclusive event and  the scoop on more brand previews, check out Craft & Hobby Show 2014: Prime Publishing CHA Blogger Networking Event.

 

For more coverage of our CHA Blogger Event, check out:

Making Friends at our 2014 CHA Blogger Event!

Hey crafters! For anyone who isn’t familiar, the Craft and Hobby Association puts on a giant winter trade show every year. Manufacturers, buyers, press, exhibitors, and more have the opportunity to network over the course of a four-day weekend. This year, the team at Prime Publishing (our company that hosts FaveCrafts, AllFreePaperCrafts, and 26 other cooking and crafting websites) not only attended the trade show, but we put on our second annual blogger and company networking event!

CHA 2014 Blogger Networking Event from FaveCrafts

(Click any of the photos to view a larger version)

The event itself took some preparation from team Prime Publishing. Perhaps the most important part was making mustache props for our beauteous photo booth:
CHA 2014 Blogger Event with FaveCrafts

Chris-Photo-Booth

Just kidding. This was absolutely not the most important part of preparing for the event, but it was necessary and good fun! We used our office Silhouette machine. . . .Making Mustaches with the Silhouette

. . . . and we produced these gorgeous creations, one type of mustache for each of the sponsors:Making Mustaches for the Blogger Event

The event opened with a mini cocktail hour (more like a cocktail fifteen minutes). Each blogger got free drinks and free food!CHA 2014 Blogger Event with FaveCrafts

The bloggers then filed inside the ballroom and filled their plates with hors d’oeuvres:CHA 2014 Blogger Event with FaveCrafts

  Simone Collins, the director of the craft sites as well as our social media director, gave a brief opening talk that introduced all of the sponsors and explained the speed-dating style that this event would take on. FaveCrafts, AllFreeCrochet, and each sponsor had a table, and the bloggers moved to the various tables each time a bell was rung. It was a great way for everyone to meet everyone!IMG_0089

For the next hour, bloggers networked with companies and we got to meet bloggers who already work on FaveCrafts and other Prime Publishing sites! It was a great way for bloggers to put a face to an email address!CHA 2014 Blogger Event with FaveCrafts

CHA 2014 Blogger Event with FaveCrafts

CHA 2014 Blogger Event with FaveCrafts

At the end of the event, the sponsors were extremely generous to supply not one, not two, not three, but FOUR swag bags to each individual blogger! The amount of swag literally filled this table:

CHA 2014 Blogger Event with FaveCrafts

 

And the bloggers needed to carry it all like this:

CHA 2014 Blogger Event with FaveCrafts

All in all, it was a HUGE success and we can’t thank our sponsors enough!

Coats & Clark

Darice

Design Masters

Elmers

Fiskars

I Love To Create

Krylon

Leisure Arts

Lion Brand

Plaid

Polyform

Rit Dye

ShurTech – Duck Brand

Simplicity

Sizzix

 

What would you make with all that swag?

 

July Blog Hop: Summer Craft Ideas

Welcome to the FaveCrafts Blog Hop, where you get to showcase your work! What did you make this month? Something summery and fun?  Show us your favorite summer themed craft blog post from the month, or make something and write it up just for the occasion! We want to see your crochet and knit projects, sewing ideas, holiday decorations and home decor, kids’ crafts, and more!

This month we’re going to pick our favorite 3 photos to feature in a newsletter! We’ll show off your beautiful summer project and link to your blog as a way of thanking you for contributing!  The linky list will be open for one week, until Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 11:59 PM. Get your links in by then for a chance to be featured. The winner will also be announced here on the FaveCrafts Blog and on Facebook.

How to Participate:

  1. Write a blog post on your own blog showcasing your summer projects. You can talk about the crafting process, write up a tutorial, or merely show off the finished project.
  2. Add your link to this post by clicking on “Add your link” at the bottom of the screen and following the instructions. Make sure you link to your specific blog post, not your homepage, and give it a caption.
  3. Remember to copy the FaveCrafts Blog Hop button from below and paste it into your blog post, linked to this FaveCrafts Blog Hop post, so that everyone who reads your blog can see that you’ve been featured on FaveCrafts!
  4. The Link List will close at 11:59 PM CST on July 8th, at which point no new links can be entered.

We’ll be hosting a blog hop right here every month, so be sure to return and link up each month.

**Don’t have a craft project for this Blog Hop but want to be notified via email about future events? Sign up for our blogger list and we will let you know when the next Blog Hop is up so you can join the fun!



April Blog Hop: What Did You Craft This Month?

Welcome to the FaveCrafts Blog Hop, where you get to showcase your work! What did you make this month? Show us your favorite craft blog post from the month, or make something and write it up just for the occasion! We want to see your crochet and knit projects, sewing ideas, holiday decorations and home decor, kids’ crafts, and more!

This month we’re going to pick our favorite photo to feature in a newsletter! The linky list will be open for one week, until Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 11:59 PM. Get your links in by then for a chance to be featured. The winner will also be announced here on the FaveCrafts Blog and on Facebook.

How to Participate:

  1. Write a blog post on your own blog showcasing your projects. You can talk about the crafting process, write up a tutorial, or merely show off the finished project.
  2. Add your link to this post by clicking on “Add your link” at the bottom of the screen and following the instructions. Make sure you link to your specific blog post, not your homepage, and give it a caption.
  3. Remember to copy the FaveCrafts Blog Hop button from below and paste it into your blog post, linked to this FaveCrafts Blog Hop post, so that everyone who reads your blog can see that you’ve been featured on FaveCrafts!
  4. The Link List will close at 11:59 PM CST on May 6, at which point no new links can be entered.

We’ll be hosting a blog hop right here every month, so be sure to return and link up each month. Check out last month’s hop too!

**Don’t have a craft project for this Blog Hop but want to be notified via email about future events? Sign up for our blogger list and we will let you know when the next Blog Hop is up so you can join the fun!



Blog We Love: Adventures in Dressmaking

Last week I put forth a little contest for bloggers–I asked you to add a link to FaveCrafts on your blog and enter our linky list, and one blogger would win a feature in our newsletter (and this blog post!). We got a lot of great entries, so make sure you check all of them out! Thank you to everyone who participated. We’ll definitely run this one again sometime.

Here’s what I posted in the newsletter. To see everyone who linked up, check out our blog post and linky list!

The winner of the linking contest was Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking! Congrats, Suzannah! Make sure to check out her blog to see all of the crafty things she posts.

Thanks again for all of the fabulous bloggers who participated!

Meet and Make: Carlene Eshelman

This week’s featured Meet and Make designer is Carlene Eshelman. Carlene has been crafting for over 17 years.  She’s dabbled in just about every craft, from beading to paper crafting. She especially loves altering old items and turning them back into treasures. She is a self-taught artist who loves teaching and inspiring people.

 

Carlene is a producer for the AllFreeHolidayCrafts YouTube channel.  She also writes a personal crafting blog and runs an online craft store.

Want to know more?  Keep reading!

10 Fun Facts About Carlene:

  1. I was an all-star softball player in Hawaii.
  2. I have a Business degree.
  3. I love cats.
  4. I have one granddaughter.
  5. I don’t like cooking.
  6. I love office supplies.
  7. I was born and raised in Hawaii.
  8. My favorite color is pink.
  9. I love to laugh.
  10. I love sleeping in late.


Here’s Carlene’s Featured Project:

Mini Lace Christmas Trees

Materials:

  • Black cardstock
  • 6” plate for template
  • Glue gun
  • Lace less than 1” wide
  • Embellishment for tree top
  • Embellishment for tree (pearls, miniature tree lights, etc.)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape or stapler


Instructions:

1. Trace 6” plate onto black cardstock.

2. Cut out with scissors.

3. Cut a line from outside circle to middle of circle.

4. Fold corners of circle into each other to form a cone. Keep twisting until you get the shape of tree you like.

5. Tape or staple loose edge of cone.

6. Put a dab of hot glue onto tree at bottom, and place lace onto glue.

7. Wind lace up the cone, dabbing glue where needed.

8. Cut lace when you reach the top of the cone. Glue loose end of lace down at top.

9. Glue tree topper embellishment to top of tree.

10. Embellish tree as desired.

 

 

Meet and Make: Latrice Murphy

Today’s Meet and Make designer is Latrice Murphy. Latrice is a busy crafter who loves to use bright colors and anything that’s unexpected! On her blog, Any Occasion, you will find a mix of photography, scrapbooking, card making, and cooking.

Ready to meet Latrice?

10 Fun Facts About Latrice Murphy

  1. I trained for the 2004 Olympics, but school took priority and so I made the VERY hard decision to give up that dream. I hope to get back into training shape one day.
  2. I have three tattoos, all of dragons. One resembles puff the magic dragon a little.
  3. I eat almost no vegetables. This makes it hard to get my kids to eat them too!
  4. I secretly love being a stay at home mom, but it’s seriously stressful at times.
  5. My dream job is to work in the scrapbooking industry creating yummy goodness for all to see.
  6. My family nickname is Tricie. Pronounced Tree-see (short for Latrice) and the “U” in my middle name stands for Unique. Seriously it does.
  7. I have three fabulous kiddos and plan to have one more. (Don’t tell my husband)
  8. I’m a baker extraordinaire and hope to have a bakery/craft store one day of my own.
  9. I’m an Architect and elementary school teacher. Weird I know. I love both fields so much.
  10. I’m a sports crazy wife who thinks her husband is so lucky because I could watch Sports Center 5 times in a row and not get tired of it.

Here’s Latrice’s Project:

Whimsical Tissue Poms

 

Materials:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tissue Paper (sheets for gift wrap)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon

Video:

Instructions:

  1. Accordion style fold the paper. Crease with each fold. Use about a 14″ piece of tissue paper and about 5 sheets stacked.
  2. Gather the folded tissue paper and bend in center.
  3. Fold a pipe cleaner in half, and slip wire over center of folded tissue; twist tightly. Tie ribbon or wire for hanging, if desired.
  4. If you want you pom pom to have the rounded edges like above trim the ends so the they are round before moving on to the next step.
  5. Separate each layer, pulling away from the center.
  6. For best results, pull away layers from the top and bottom of one side before moving on to the next side.
  7. The end result is a fluffy Tissue Paper Pom Pom Ball!