September Craft Diary by Kathy Hodson

My favourite month has flown by, probably because I’ve packed in so much, including my birthday, frantically trying (and failing) to finish my knitting project ahead of my nephew’s impending arrival, and a couple of other crafty adventures.   

My son and I were both poorly at the start of the month, so returning back to school was delayed for a few days for him which was a shame. I had vertigo, but that wasn’t going to stop me from taking up the amazing opportunity Craftstash gave me to feature in one of their Facebook Live broadcasts. It just meant a little more preparation was needed.


Thankfully there is a direct train from my home town to their offices so it was a simple journey and I hope you couldn’t tell how dizzy I was feeling as we went live!

During the Facebook Live we focused on journals and planners, two creative hobbies that are growing at a huge rate. I have done some journaling in the past but preparing a few layouts prior to visiting Craftstash really inspired me to do more.


First Edition planners are ideal as they can be used in different way depending on how much you want to personalise your pages. You can simply write in your whereabouts or thoughts and feelings for each day on the ready-made layouts, or you can embellish the pages as much as you like and really make your individual mark.


I used the ‘Think Happy’ planner as I am a little obsessed with tropical leaves and botanical prints. I love that each month you can keep a record of what you’re up to, your thoughts and goals, and will be great to look back on in years to come.


I also did some journaling using one of our Simply Creative 8” x 8” scrapbooks. I really loved starting with a blank page and filling it with photos and notes. There are no rights and wrongs regarding journal layouts so it was nice to just start somewhere and see how it went.


I also found it was a great way to use the items in my craft haul that I sometimes feel are too nice to use. I don’t think I am alone in saying I often tend to keep back one or two of my favourite embellishments or paper designs (or even buy two – one to use and one to keep), but by using them in my journal I had the best of both worlds. My favourite items can be used but I still keep them! I’m going to enjoy looking back at these layouts again in the future.


If you missed the Craftstash Facebook Live, you can still watch it here!

This month I also finally got round to completing a few scrapbook layouts and they were perfect for September’s Craft Challenge on the blog. I’ve loved looking at the entries and found an hour to create one of my own.


I’d already done three layouts using the Helz Cuppleditch Beach Life kit which you can see in my June Craft Diary, but I did one more, this time with the We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool. I even added real sand into one of the pockets, and just like at the beach, it got everywhere! I love the finished result though. Now I just need to scrapbook the other 197 photos I had printed at the same time! 


You can follow Kathy on Instagram at @kathycraftstv or you can find her on Facebook by searching for ‘Kathy Crafts TV’.

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