The Power of Community: Finding Inspiration and Support in Crafting Groups

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Last Updated: January 4, 2024

In the world of crafting, the power of community cannot be overstated.

Crafting groups provide a space for like-minded individuals to come together, share their passion for creativity, and find inspiration and support. Whether it's through in-person workshops, online forums, or social media platforms, crafting communities play a vital role in nurturing creativity and fostering meaningful connections.

A group selfie with Altenew's May Park, Jen Rzasa, Tasni Ahmed, and Nicole Picadura, along with a few crafters who joined Altenew's in-person cardmaking workshop

How to Find Inspiration in Crafting Groups and Communities

The benefits of joining crafting groups on Facebook like Altenew's Facebook Fan Group

1. Join Fan Groups on Facebook. 

One fantastic example of a thriving crafting community is Altenew's Facebook Fan Group.

This group is a haven for crafters of all levels, where members can share their creations, ask for advice, and connect with like-minded individuals from all around the globe. The benefits of joining this group are endless - not only do you get to showcase your own work and receive feedback, but you also have the opportunity to learn from others, discover new techniques, join giveaways, and form meaningful connections with fellow crafters.

The sense of camaraderie and support within this group is truly heartwarming, making it the perfect place to turn to for inspiration and motivation.

2. Crafting Communities on Social Media

Altenew's Instagram page is jam-packed with daily cardmaking inspiration, crafting challenges, Instagram hops, and other fun crafty activities

In addition to the Facebook Fan Group, Altenew also fosters vibrant crafting communities on Instagram and YouTube. Our Instagram channel is packed with stunning project ideas, sneak peeks of new products, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the creative process. It's a fantastic place to connect with other crafters, discover fresh inspiration, and stay updated on all things Altenew.

Moreover, crafters can connect with others by sharing their creations using Altenew products, exploring hashtag challenges, and discovering new techniques through short video tutorials.

Altenew's YouTube channel is a go-to for paper crafters and card makers of all levels when it comes to easy, step-by-step video tutorials on cardmaking and paper crafting

Our YouTube channel is a goldmine of crafting tutorials, product highlights, collaborations with other companies, designer interviews, and fun videos that are guaranteed to ignite your creativity, help you learn new skills, and stay updated on the latest releases from Altenew.

Plus, the supportive and welcoming atmosphere within these online communities is truly infectious - you'll feel right at home in no time!

A group of card makers showing off their handmade cards at the Altenew in-person cardmaking workshop in New York

3. Online Forums 

Online forums such as Reddit and Quora have become thriving hubs for crafters and creatives to connect, share their talent, and exchange valuable tips and insights.

These platforms offer a diverse range of crafting communities where members can engage in discussions, seek advice, and showcase their work. Crafters from around the world come together to share their passion for creativity, discuss the latest trends, and offer support to fellow enthusiasts.

Whether it's exploring new techniques, seeking product recommendations, or sharing project ideas, these online forums provide a space for crafters to connect with like-minded individuals and gain inspiration from a global community of creative individuals.

Online crafting workshops and cardmaking classes done over Zoom

4. Online Crafting Workshops and Cardmaking Classes

Crafters who seek more in-depth learning experiences can benefit from Altenew's online crafting workshops and classes.

These virtual learning opportunities provide access to expert instructors, detailed tutorials, and hands-on projects that cater to various crafting interests. The workshops offer a platform for crafters to refine their skills, learn new techniques, and interact with fellow crafters from around the world.

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5. Meet and Greets or In-Person Workshops

For those who prefer face-to-face interactions, meet and greets or in-person workshops provide an avenue for crafters to connect on a deeper level.

These events offer the chance to meet fellow crafters face-to-face, share experiences, and build lasting friendships. Additionally, attending in-person workshops allows crafters to receive hands-on guidance from experienced instructors and engage in collaborative projects that foster creativity and camaraderie.

Jen and May from Altenew hanging out with fellow crafters during Altenew's Meet and Greet cardmaking workshop in Syracuse, New York

Why join a crafting community?

Being part of a community allows you to tap into a vast well of creativity. Whether you're feeling stuck in a creative rut or simply seeking fresh ideas, interacting with other crafters can provide you with an endless supply of inspiration.

From discovering new color combinations to learning innovative techniques, the exchange of ideas within a crafting group can breathe new life into your projects and reignite your passion for crafting.

How does being part of a crafting group help you improve your skills?

Being part of a crafting community means having access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Have a burning question about a particular crafting technique? Chances are, someone in the community will have the answer. Need advice on choosing the right materials for a project? The collective wisdom of the group can steer you in the right direction.

By tapping into the diverse skills and experiences of fellow crafters, you'll expand your own knowledge base and grow as a crafter.

A cute moment during one of Altenew's online crafting workshops when the instructor's cat decided to play with Altenew products, too

What are the benefits of joining a crafting community?

Let's not forget about the emotional support and encouragement that comes with being part of a crafting community.

Crafting, while incredibly rewarding, can also have its challenging moments. Whether you're dealing with a project that's not going as planned or facing self-doubt about your creative abilities, having a supportive community by your side can make all the difference.

The camaraderie and understanding within a crafting group can lift your spirits, boost your confidence, and remind you that you're never alone on your crafting journey.

Joining crafting groups and communities like the Altenew Facebook Fan Group is a great way to meet likeminded individuals and get inspired

Find Inspiration and Share Your Passion in Crafting Groups!

The power of community in the crafting world is truly remarkable. Whether you're seeking inspiration, knowledge, or emotional support, being part of a crafting group can enrich your creative experience in countless ways.

So, if you haven't already joined Altenew's Facebook Fan Group, hopped on over to our Instagram channel, or delved into our YouTube community, what are you waiting for? The world of crafting is waiting to welcome you with open arms - so come on in and let the magic of community ignite your creativity!

While you’re at it, drop by In the Craft Room for more crafting and card making inspiration, tips, and fun reads!


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