Cakes, cards and crafting professionally – MFM heads to Creative Park

MFM gets a crash course in paper crafting with Canon’s new card-creation website

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It even comes with its own envelope (hand made by me too!)

A few weeks ago, MFM dug out its Pritt Stick and safety scissors and headed to The Make Lounge to get crafty with Canon’s Creative Park.

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A perfect introduction to the fun of homemade cards and an easy way to encourage children to get into craft, Creative Park is a free website packed full of printable kits that can be cut out and and folded into cards for any occasion. If you’re feeling particularly nifty with your hands, you can also make scrapbooks, origami, photo frames and albums.

Now here at MFM aren’t we’re not so crafty – we’re a dab hand at making a sandwich, but when it comes to cards, we’re more likely to pop into Paperchase and rustle up something homemade and beautiful. But that is all set to change…!

Greeted at the London Islington’s Make Lounge by a table full of scones and trifles, we immediately started getting into the homemade ethos. Several scones later, we felt ready to get in on this crafting craze, as directed by a Crafting Professional, (how do you get to be one of those, then?) Sarah Beaman. We plumped for a design that seemed to be within our skill range but that would be suitably impressive to return to the office with.

Our chosen design beautiful pop-up  – oh yes – card, into which you can insert a photo. Other options were more basic cards or if you’re feeling brave, even fiddlier options that pop out in all directions. The most impressive was a two-inch high, incredibly complex birdcage that MFM could not fathom how to do.

If you have a Canon printer, when you log into the website, it will recognise that you’re a customer and allow you into a special members-own section. But even if you’re not, you still have access to an incredible number of patterns and printouts for free.

Pick your design, then download and print your PDF pack, which contains instructions and the various pieces you need to cut out to stick together and become your finished masterpiece.

Canon recommends using good quality (Canon) photo paper or card when you print out the designs so the colours and patterns you see on your screen, translate well to the finished product. Then, get out the scissors and cut out, following the instructions, before folding along the dashed lines and getting out your glue. You’ll be creating fabulous works Blue Peter stylee in no time.

Et voila! After letting all the glue dry and resisting the urge to pop up my card, close it and pop it up again repeatedly, you’d never even know I made it, it is that good. With easy options for children and beginners and more complicated options that would make beautiful nursery designs, including The Very Hungry Catterpiller and other storybook faves, it’s a fab resource and best of all, it’s free! Dust off those ink cartridges and get your little workforce creating handmade cards for all your friends!

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Pick out your Creative Park design here and don’t forget to check out Sarah Beaman’s tips for successful crafting before you get your little ones covered in glue and glitter!

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