How does this work?? What is CraftCrave all about anyway?

This blog is dynamically constructed by a computer program. You can think of it as an automated search engine for freebies, tutorials, challenges, etc found in other craft blogs. The program works by going through a list of thousands of blogs that it has found and it scans those blogs to identify (1) if they have been updated since the system last looked and (2) if they contain any new freebies etc. If both of these are true, then the system lists it here. It uses a bunch of “rules/patterns” to identify useful posts in blogs and then another bunch of “rules/patterns” to try to find the best preview image to use. So I don’t have to do this myself and nor do you! It also keeps a lookout for new blogs that are mentioned and tests each one to see if it can detect freebies etc there.

So when you look through this site, you need to always remember that it’s constructed by a computer program, so it makes more mistakes than a human would. Not all the items will be useful and not all the preview images the best pick. There are ways you can help the search engine which will be answered in other threads.

This all started in 2005 with DigiFree, which I believe was the first automated summarisation blog in the world. But let me know if you don’t agree šŸ˜‰


45 Responses to How does this work?? What is CraftCrave all about anyway?

  1. carmen-iulia says:

    Help ! I lost the link with LE BLOG DE JULIET(!?) where are the updates with freebie, qp and rak from Craftcrave. I can not find in the new format of your page…sory !

    carmen- iulia

  2. Terri says:

    This person
    Has been reported to all PTU Companies and some FTU artists, for claiming her work on her blog is hers….they are NOT…she also has some big NO NO art on her blog as well by artists that DO NOT permit usage.

  3. Sarah says:

    I love your website, use it for a while now.
    I recently started my own blog and posted my first freebie this morning.
    I would love to get my freebies on your craftcrave summary, but I don’t know how it works.
    Could you help me?


  4. Sarah says:

    Sorry, I just saw the buttons next here. The only thing I don’t know is what is my existing is? Where can I find that? I just made an account to
    Thank you in advance!

  5. JLS says:

    Do you know that you must have have something bad on your site. I’ve finally given up because I keep getting a page that says ‘page does not exist.

  6. Sandra says:

    Hi, I am looking for your email, but I can’t seem to find it, it is regarding one of the freebies posted which I’m concerned shouldn’t.
    Thanks so much

  7. ScrappyNat says:

    I’ve been trying for a few days now to add my blog to your site, but It’s just not working. I have a digital scrapbooking freebie to share. Could you tell me what I”m doing wrong? My blog address is and the direct link to the freebie is
    Thank you in advance for your help!

  8. ScrappyNat says:

    OH and I did make an account with, my username is ScrappyNat, but it didnt’ post my item either. Thanks

  9. Lucy says:

    I use your site daily , and I would like to know what happened to being able to load all the scraps for one day with small previews , I only see the options for large and text now??? The small previews are so much easier than the large , can you please fix it. Thank you for all you do for the scrap community.

    • craftcrave says:

      There is just a problem with the server right now. I think I may have worked out the problem but will have to see if things return to normal today to know for sure. Keep your fingers crossed šŸ˜‰

  10. Gary says:

    Subject: Scrapbook E Cards

    I just visited your scrapbook site and think that your visitors might like our free scrapbooking ecards! Here’s a link to our Toys and Hobbies page where you can see our scrapbook cards:

    Here’s a link to our main page:

    We’d love to exchange links with you. If you could put a link to our toy page or main page somewhere on your site, we’ll put a link to your site right on our toy page, next to the scrapbook-themed ecards. Please write if you’re interested, and if so, we’ll get your link up within 24 hours.


  11. Aldo Baker says:

    My name is Aldo Baker and Iā€™m getting in touch with you regarding your website. I wanted to share the new infographic “Best Infographics of 2011”, and thought this might interest your readers.
    You can review the graphic at
    If you like the graphic, Iā€™d appreciate if you could add it to your blog or share it through your social media accounts.
    Iā€™m available Monday to Friday 8am-7pm CST, and can be contacted by my direct email
    PS. I am more than happy to help you share any future blog post you are trying to get more visibility to.

    Aldo Baker
    Marketing Director

  12. Mae Chevrette says:

    Hello, you’re offering a “freebie” download of my copyrighted painting, “In The Sea”, at this link:

    Please remove this download immediately.

    • craftcrave says:

      Done. It also seems the blog owner removed their blog. The site is updated by a search engine, which unfortunately can’t detect when work is stolen….

  13. I am trying to add my blogspot to your site. Now do I register for your site. When I go to log in, theres no place for new registers. I am feeling somewhat lost. I have followed your “add a blog” but get stuck on Step 3. Can you help me, please!!!!! Sue

  14. Ann Flynn says:

    Hi There, I did comment earlier asking how to make sure I was listed with my blog,
    I think I have this figured out now, found the spot to list blog along the side and so made my entry there, used my user name in the ID spot. Is that correct to get them linked?
    Sorry, not trying to be a pain, just trying to make sure I have this right šŸ™‚ Thank you so much!

  15. Marla Hargadine says:

    I am unable to log in to Craft Crave. I have forgotten my username. How can I correct this?

  16. I have been trying to find where to create an account with no success. I am wanting to list my blog for the freebies I give. Please direct me to where to get an account id thank you

  17. Hi, I used to be on this blog until I changed my blog. I’d like to be back here because I have scrapbook freebies to offer. I’ve tried to add my blog but it is not being picked up. Could you add me?


  18. Ashley says:

    Hi, I have no where else to post this for you (no contact info?) but I registered earlier and I have not received a confirmation email. If i try to register again…says my username is taken. If I try to log in I get a message saying I haven’t opened a link my confirmation email. My inbox and Junk have NOTHING in them currently. Help?

  19. Liz says:

    Maria, I desperately need your help. When I started designing in 2008, I use to post freebies and they would automatically appear on your wonderful site. Then for some unknown reason around 2011, my site started appearing on a hit and miss basis (preview missing) until it just stopped appearing altogether. I have tried every thing under the sun to figure out what’s going on. Google support was no help to me. I don’t have the money to pay for advertising which is why I use to post on your site. I have decided to shut down my Google sites and have just recently created a site on Wix. How can I get my site to appear here on Craft Crave again. Do I have to create a account first? My wix site is Please help me.

  20. Liz says:

    By the way, I forgot to mention and to clarify, I use to post freebies from design kits I had created.

  21. Liz says:

    I made an urgent plea yesterday in regards to posting my freebies on this site. I had high hopes that someone here would help me resolve the issue I am having.

  22. Becky Richardson says:

    I am missing you! When will you be back?

  23. Buffer says:

    I have had the same files show up since Monday, Aug 11 for seven days now. When is it going to change?

  24. Tj says:

    the blog is stuck, please fix it, i miss it šŸ™‚

  25. Jac says:

    I have been visiting CRAFT CAVE for over a year now and really enjoying the free downloads, but the format seems to have changed. The free posts seems to be extra large and there are not that many of them. Will it continue to be like this or is their a glitch in the system.

    Kind regards

    Jac x

  26. AMarie says:

    the blog is stuck, please fix it

  27. AMarie says:

    For a few days, the blog is stuck, please fix it.

  28. Lena says:

    Hi there, Craftcrave has been “stuck” On Sept. 8 for the past week. Is there a chance it could
    be restarted? Thank you for all that you do for us scrappers, so appreciated!

    • craftcrave says:

      Yes I’m not sure what has happened. Looking into it.

    • craftcrave says:

      SOmething went wrong and I’ve been too busy at work to look after the site. I’ve restarted the server – should be a very long list posted in the next 8-20 hours depending on how much the engine finds

  29. Vicky says:

    Hi – CraftCrave has been stuck on 12 April for weeks. Will that be fixed anytime soon please? Love your freebies, thank you.

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