How to Use Crafting as a Way to Connect with Others and Build Relationships

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Last Updated: November 27, 2023

Paper crafting influencer Jennifer McGuire with the Altenew family at the Altenew retreat

Crafting is not only a creative outlet but also a powerful tool for connecting with others and building meaningful relationships. Whether it's paper crafting, knitting, sewing, painting, or any other form of arts and crafts, there's an entire crafting community out there waiting to welcome you with open arms.

In this blog post, we will explore how crafting helps people, the purpose of making crafts, and how arts and crafts can enrich your life.

How does crafting help people?

Crafting is like therapy for the soul. It allows people to express themselves creatively and

escape from the stresses of everyday life. When you immerse yourself in a craft project, whether it's cardmaking, scrapbooking, journaling, drawing, or even building something from scratch, you enter a state of flow where time seems to stand still. This meditative state helps reduce anxiety and promotes mental well-being.

Journaling enthusiasts having fun at the Altenew table at Go Wild Planner Conference 2023

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Here are more ways in which crafting helps people:

  1. Stress Relief. Engaging in crafting activities can be incredibly therapeutic, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. The rhythmic motions involved in activities like knitting or paper crafting can promote relaxation and a sense of calm.
  1. Self-Expression. Crafting allows individuals to express their creativity and individuality. It provides a platform for personal expression, enabling people to showcase their unique style and perspective.
A cardmaker showing off her floral handmade card, made with Altenew stamps and dies
  1. Sense of Accomplishment. Completing a craft project brings a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. It boosts self-confidence and provides a tangible representation of your skills and creativity.
  1. Problem-Solving Skills. Crafting often involves overcoming challenges and finding creative solutions. This process enhances problem-solving skills and encourages critical thinking.
  1. Mental Stimulation. Engaging in crafting activities stimulates the brain, promoting cognitive function and improving memory. It can also enhance focus and concentration.
Avid card makers trying out new Altenew products at Creativation 2023

What is the purpose of making crafts?

The purpose of making crafts goes beyond just creating pretty things. It's about connecting with others and building relationships. When you join an arts and crafts community, you become part of a supportive network of like-minded individuals who share your passion for creating. You can exchange ideas, learn new techniques, and inspire each other to push the boundaries of your creativity.


Why do people make crafts?

Card makers and paper crafters creating handmade cards at an Altenew Meet and Greet card making workshop
  1. Personal Enjoyment. Making handmade crafts is a source of personal enjoyment and satisfaction. It allows individuals to immerse themselves in a creative process that brings joy and fulfillment.
  1. Gifting and Sharing. DIY Crafts are often made with the intention of gifting them to others. Handmade gifts carry a personal touch and show thoughtfulness, strengthening bonds between individuals.
  1. Preserving Traditions. Many crafts have deep cultural or historical significance. By engaging in traditional crafts, individuals contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage and pass on valuable skills to future generations.
Altenew President Tasnim Ahmed and designer Teri Wilson showing off the new Stampwheel at Creativation 2023
  1. Building Connections. Crafting provides an avenue for connecting with like-minded individuals. Joining a craft community or participating in crafting events fosters a sense of belonging and facilitates the formation of meaningful relationships.
Altenew Product Development Lead Jen Rzasa building connections at Creativation 2023

Crafting also allows you to give back to your community. You can use your skills to make handmade gifts for loved ones or even donate your creations to charity. The act of giving not only brings joy to others but also gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Learn more about Altenew Cares in the video below.


How can arts and crafts enrich your life?

Planner enthusiasts trying out Altenew products at the Altenew table at Go Wild Planner Conference 2023

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Arts and crafts have the power to enrich your life in countless ways. Firstly, it provides an avenue for self-expression. Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, crafting allows you to communicate your thoughts and emotions in a unique and personal way. It's a form of storytelling without words.

Did you know that crafting helps improve cognitive function? When you engage in complex tasks such as knitting intricate patterns or solving design problems, you're exercising your brain and enhancing your problem-solving skills. It's like giving your mind a workout!

Two crafty friends showing off their handmade cards at an Altenew card making workshop

Furthermore, arts and crafts can be a gateway to new friendships and social connections. Joining an arts and crafts community opens doors to meeting people who share your interests and values. You can attend workshops, join online forums, or even start your own crafting group. The possibilities are endless!

How does crafting impact your life?

Altenew's May Park and Scrapbook & Cards Today's Meghann Andrew at Altenew's card making workshop at Creativation 2023
  1. Community Engagement. Joining an arts and crafts community opens doors to new friendships, collaborations, and networking opportunities. It creates a sense of belonging and provides a support system of individuals who share similar interests.
  1. Personal Growth. Crafting challenges individuals to step out of their comfort zones, try new techniques, and explore their creativity. This journey of self-discovery fosters personal growth and self-improvement.
  1. Mindfulness and Relaxation. The process of creating crafts encourages mindfulness, allowing individuals to be fully present in the moment. It serves as a form of meditation, promoting relaxation and reducing stress.
An attendee at Go Wild Planner Conference 2023 hand-lettering and coloring using Altenew Water-based Dual-Tip Pens
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  1. Enhanced Well-being. Crafting has been linked to improved mental health and overall well-being. It boosts self-esteem, reduces feelings of loneliness, and provides a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

The Altenew family at Altenew's 2023 Retreat in Syracuse, New York

Enjoy the Benefits of Crafting for Mental Health and Start Building Crafty Relationships!

Crafting is more than just a hobby; it is a great way to connect with others, build relationships, and enrich your life. Whether you’re engaging in paper crafting, card making, drawing, or any other form of artistic expression, the arts and crafts community offers endless opportunities for personal growth, self-expression, and meaningful connections. 

So pick up your craft supplies, join a craft community, and embark on a fun and meaningful creative journey!

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