Crafts: Craft books will help you create beautiful projects

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LOG YOUR LEGACY: This book is a treasure to have if you want to learn how to combine scrapbooking and genealogy.
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QUICK CROCHETING: This book features more than 35 projects that are quick and easy to make.

Are you feeling crafty, but don’t know what to create? One of these books published by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. is sure to have just the project you’re looking for.

Preserve family memories

Scrapbooking Your Family History, by Laura Best, is a 128-page book that teaches you how to combine scrapbooking and genealogy. The book is geared more toward advanced scrapbookers rather than beginners.

The first few pages are an introduction to what colors, tools and materials work well for heritage-style pages. In the following pages, the author explains how to collect and organize information, photos and memorabilia to use on your layouts.

The book also covers popular techniques used in heritage-style scrapbooking, including how to deacidify original documents that are not printed on acid-free paper and how to distress your layouts by incorporating tearing, chalking, sanding and staining into your project.

There are many valuable tips throughout the book, and the example layouts are simply beautiful.

This is one book I am definitely going to invest in.

Crochet projects

24-Hour Crochet Projects, by Rita Weiss, is a great book choice for anyone who loves to crochet.

Included in the 128-page book are more than 35 projects that can each be made in 24 hours or less. Projects include hats, women’s clothing, doilies, afghans, children’s clothing, scarves, purses and bags. The projects are fun and easy to make, and are easy to take with you on the go.

The book also features a refresher course in crocheting for those who might be a little rusty.

These books are available at fine bookstores throughout the United States, including Hastings and Barnes & Noble.