November Craft Diary by Kathy Hodson

We’ve had our annual clear out at home, spurred on by my eight year old daughter who started clearing her own room unprompted as she wanted to move the furniture around. She’s much more ruthless than me - whereas I, on the other hand, tend to hoard!

After a couple of hours in her room, a tip run and a drop off at the charity shop, I could actually get into her room and hoover and she had space to play… and craft!

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Inspired by her approach, I set to clearing out my own craft room. It was getting to the point where I could no longer see the carpet and I was crafting on an area of my desk smaller than an A4 sheet of paper! It took more than eight hours, but that was due in part to the fact that I found three half-finished scrapbook pages and photos for two more, so had to stop clearing to complete them and get them filed away!

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It’s a lovely problem to have, but it can get quite crowded on my storage unit when there are so many new ranges launching. I make about thirty finished projects using each collection or paper pad so storing all these items can get a bit tricky!

I’ve donated some of my finished samples to a local charity, a hospice that my mum volunteers and works for. Hospices are so important and, as our family recently found out, can be a tremendous help when support is needed the most.  I am delighted that Trimcraft has allowed me to give something back and raise even more funds for such a worthy cause.

I passed on some of my old paper pads to a lady who also makes cards for charity, and I also gave last year’s Christmas craft stash to my daughter’s school so the pupils could make cards for the Christmas craft fayre. Last year I helped out on the card stall and I was so touched by one of the children saying she would have liked to make some cards but she didn’t have any craft materials at home. I hope that by donating some supplies more children can find the joy in crafting whilst raising money for the school at the same time. A win-win in my book!

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Now that the clearing up is done – and I’ve made a note to tip the refuse collectors extra well this Christmas after taking away all of my rubbish. Good news is there’s now room for more craft supplies!

The latest additions to my stash are the exquisite Beyond the Shore and Wanderlust First Edition paper pads. These are simply stunning and make it very easy to create fantastic papercraft projects. I’ve been making both home décor items and new card shapes with both paper pads, and I even made my Mum’s birthday card using Wanderlust papers – the colour palette is perfect for her!

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I can't wait to see what you've been making with these collections when you start uploading them to the Inspiration area.

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ms.paperlover

I always look forward to, and enjoy these posts Kathy :) You've inspired me to do a bit of de-clutter myself! Your projects with Wanderlust and Beyond the Shore are stunning too; I've been dreaming happy dreams about those two paper pads ever since the sneak peaks!