May Craft Diary by Kathy Hodson

I am passionate about encouraging people to craft and introducing crafting to people – young and old – who may not have had the opportunity to craft before.

So when I was reading my daughter’s Brownie pack and looking at the different badges she could try to achieve I jumped at the chance to offer my services for the craft badge.

I approached the Brownie leaders and asked whether it would help if I ran a craft session at one of the weekly meetings and they were delighted. After running the evening I understand why!! Crafting with 28 young ladies was quite an experience….and not a relaxing one!

However, I was certainly encouraged by the girls’ enthusiasm and their delight at starting with raw materials and finishing with a beautiful craft project. Something I never tire of. Their projects were fantastic and they all went home with smiles on their faces (and glue on their hands!!!). I do hope I sewed a crafty seeds in the mind of a few of those young ladies and inspired the next generation of crafters. I followed Claire’s fab origami flower tutorial to show the girls’ how to make their own crafty flower to take home with them!


This month I have also been busy crafting myself. I spent many fun-filled hours creating samples and demos for Create & Craft shows, I designed a card for the Trimcraft blog to introduce the brand new First Edition Grand Plans paper pad, made cards for the Create & Craft magazine and newsletter and I have made cards for friends and family too.


Some of my favourite craft products were on the recent Create & Craft show – First Edition papers, Wild Flower and Sweet Nothings and some amazing large sentiment stamps. I got completely lost in my craft preparing the samples for this show and had to be very disciplined to stop! One of the pitfalls of having a craft room at home is that I can easily lose an evening crafting away after the children have gone to bed. On many occasions I have glanced up at the clock after what seems like an hour or two and I discover it’s long past midnight! Not that I am complaining; I realise how lucky I am to have a room dedicated to housing my craft supplies and somewhere I can escape to.

For my Dad’s birthday this month I used the scraps left over from the First Edition Grand Plans project I created. One of the things I love about our paper pads is how many cards you can create from just one pad. He loved it and I have to admit that I did too! I used the same design layout to create a very different card for a friend’s daughter using Simply Creative papers.


I added this layout to my sketch book where I record some of my favourite designs. I find it really useful to refer back to my book when creating new projects, especially when I have a short period of time to create enough samples for a show.  I know some magazines and blogs run sketch challenges where you’re given a layout and you make it your own with your favourite papers and embellishments. You can find similar challenges on our craft forum too.


Finally, I had great fun filming our latest video this month. We have a new recruit in the team who is dedicated to preparing product and project videos so we’re trying something new and I can’t wait to share the new video style with you.


Whatever you get up to with your papercraft, do have a lovely time and don’t forget to share your makes on the inspiration page!  





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