23 June 2021
09 June 2021
I've been interested in digital crafting for a couple of years. I first came across the concept via Create and Craft TV, which introduced me to digikits - a digital graphics set consisting of clipart embellishments and digital backing papers. The digikits were used in a graphics program to create greetings cards and scrapbook pages, which were then printed out.
- What is Creative Fabrica?
Creative Fabrica is a marketplace website where you can buy graphics resources for a variety of applications. There are literally millions of resources including:
- digital paper
- cut files
- and even sewing, embroidery and crochet patterns.
- Why use digital resources?
I love patterned paper and die cutting and as a result I have a significant collection of the two. However, buying paper pads and cutting dies can be expensive. A 6x6 paper pad with around 8 different designs would cost £5-£10. A 12x12 paper pad would be in the £15-£20 range. Plus once the paper has been used up you have to buy more and the particular set that you like may have sold out or been discontinued.
With digital paper the files are yours to keep, so you can print as many sheets as you want and never run out. If you are tech-savvy you can also adjust colours or resize the pattern without having to buy a new set as you would with a physical paper pad. With digital paper sets of around 10 different designs generally costing less than £5, the savings and value for money are clear.
Where a cutting die could cost in the region of £10-20+, a digital cut file of the same design would generally be less than £5. And because the files can be resized, you are essentially buying the equivalent of a die set rather than a single die.
Most digital files will come with a Commercial Licence, which means that you can sell whatever you make - both digitally and physically - with fewer restrictions compared to branded craft supplies.
- Resources never run out
- Graphics can be resized and recoloured at no extra cost
- Cost-effective (much cheaper in comparison to physical items)
- Create your own designs using the resources
- Commercial licences available (so you can sell your makes)