2014-12 12 Days of Giving
12 Days of Giving – craft tutorials, and designer interviews during December 2014

Welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Days of Giving!! Today I have a totally atypical crafty book to share with you!! I've linked it up to Amazon via an affiliate link to make it easy to buy as a gift for your fellow crafty friends so sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and try not to laugh too hard…

Crafts. Failure. Not two things you think of  TOGETHER, at least not fondly! But CraftFail changes all of that. The book showcases failures from holiday crafts to food crafts, from all of the world, in a funny, witty, and uplifting way. I found that in alot of the classes I taught, some of the crafters were so stressed about making everything perfect that they had to bring out measuring tapes to see how far away from the edge of the paper a button was. And other times, there were crafters who were so happy-go-lucky and immersed in the flow of the “process”, that the end result did not matter as much as the experience of creating. There are so many different types of crafters out there who create for so many different reasons but in our closets, we all have a craft fail or two… No matter how the crafter in your family creates, CraftFail will make them smile, laugh, cry, and roll on the floor!  Be sure to check it out on Amazon or your local book store and give the gift of failure this Christmas!

I hung out with Heather Mann, the author and creator of CraftFail and CraftFail.com, chatting about different types of crafters, living in a Pinterest world, what she does with all the things she creates for all of her sites, and how she started CraftFail.com and her other blog, DollarStoreCrafts.com.

Isn't Heather awesome?! Check out more of her work and connect with her here:

You might be wondering if I have ever had a CraftFail? Sometimes I do but then I figure out a way to fix it or take the project in another direction so the fail is not noticeable or the project becomes something else than what I started towards. My biggest craft fails are scrapbook pages. If I haven't scrapped in a long time, my first few pages look TUUUURRRIBBLE!


I really should just tape this picture of Charles Barkley to my paper trimmer… I do have some really bad pages that have been sitting in my “in progress” (read: terrible pages in need of help) Art Bin for YEARS. Like this one about Felt Club LA. I miss Felt Club! This was like, EONS ago! DO I rip the page apart and start over? All the pics are spaced weird, some pics are matted on black paper or red polka dots or not at all, Katie is making a crazy face in my photo, I don't like the colors I chose for the paper, and whose idea was it to fussy cut the flag?! This page has been siting in the Art Bin for so long that the adhesive from the pics is falling off and the pics are sticking on top of one another!

2014-12 Bad Scrapbook Page CraftFail - 12 Days fo Giving - Jennifer Priest

I guess I'm in good company as far as craft failures — you won't believe some of the superstar blogging and crafting peeps in the book!



Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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