Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders has been a full-time freelance writer since shortly after earning her B.A. in journalism from the University of Iowa in 2003. For more information about Dana, you can visit her website.


Dana started scrapbooking after her wedding in 2002. She works primarily with traditional paper scrapbooking techniques, although she has done a few projects with Adobe Photoshop Elements and Daisy Trail's CraftArtist software. Before coming to LoveToKnow, Dana covered baby scrapbooking for the About.com Baby's First Year site.


Dana's interest in origami actually started as a way to make pretty embellishments for her scrapbook layouts. Soon, she was making origami gift boxes for her handmade jewelry, ornaments for her Christmas tree, and paper toys for her son. In addition to her work with LoveToKnow, Dana is the origami guide at About.com. She has also had kid-friendly origami projects published in Kids Crafts 1-2-3 magazine.


In addition to her interest in scrapbooking and origami, Dana is experienced in rubber stamping, card making, and decoupage. She also enjoys jewelry making and loom knitting. Dana has provided content development assistance for the Creativebug crafting website.


Dana loves finding unique toys for her son, nieces, and nephews, especially when the toys encourage a child's natural creativity. Her go-to-gifts for the children in her life are anything from Crayola, Lego, or Melissa & Doug. In addition to her work with LoveToKnow, Dana reviews toys and other products of interest to busy moms with young children through the Smart Mom Picks blog.

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One Minute Crafts

Being creative doesn't need to take all day! With one-minute projects, you can enjoy the satisfaction of making a handmade item in less time than it t ... Read More

Best Pet Stain Remover Options

Pets quickly become part of the family, but the messes they make can be challenging to clean up. Whether you choose a DIY cleaning solution or purchas ... Read More

Halloween Origami Ideas

If you're looking for a candy-free way to celebrate Halloween with your children, try making origami decorations together. In about 30 minutes, you ca ... Read More

Homemade Birthday Gifts for Dad

Homemade birthday gifts are a thoughtful way for kids to show Dad how much they appreciate everything he does. With a little adult assistance, even pr ... Read More

Mormon Christmas Traditions

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints center their spiritual beliefs on the life, atonement, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Fo ... Read More

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