1) Hi Sarah, can you tell us a little more about your work?
I am mainly a card maker but I love creating scrapbook pages and home decor projects.
I work for various UK craft magazines and demonstrate along the South coast so I usually have to work to a brief. It's fantastic work as I get sent lots of fabulous crafty goodies!
2) What’s a typical crafting session like for you?
I have to start with a strong coffee to get my brain going then I lay out the products I am using and start playing about with compositions and ideas. I like to spend time really getting to know the products I'm using so I can get the best out of them. Once the initial brainstorming is done I can usually crack on pretty quickly.
3) Are you a tidy crafter that likes everything to have its own place, or are you happiest in the mess that crafting can bring?
Definitely a tidy crafter, if there's mess everywhere it tends to send me into a bit of a panic. There are days when it gets messy but luckily my craft studio is away from home so if it's a bad day I can shut the door and forget about it! As soon as a project is finished I tidy everything up before starting something new.
4) Talk us through how you develop your projects?
I usually start with a cuppa under the duvet with my pug Lottie and I gather ideas from Pinterest just to get my creative juices flowing. Then I play about with ideas and usually not stick anything down until I can look at the project as a whole. Once I'm happy I stick everything in its place and usually add a final flourish of gems or a touch of sparkle.
5) What’s your favourite Craft Consortium product?
I am loving the new Tell The Bees collection, the illustrations are beautiful and works well with my style of work. I also love the resin flowers in the Kori Kumi collection, they're so cute!
6) What is your favourite craft tool?
Definitely my die-cutting machine, it gets used so much I had to get a new handle for it as it fell off. I'm not sure how I managed without one when I first started crafting.
7) What product that hasn’t been invented yet would make your crafting a lot easier?
A craft fairy would be very useful, they could add all the tiny gems to projects and then tidy up everything overnight so my studio is spotless when I return the next morning.
8) What’s your favourite snack or drink to keep you going whilst creating?
Always a coffee to get me going, lots of tea and as I'm trying to lose weight I normally have bananas to hand. In the evenings if I'm writing instructions for my magazine projects I'll have a cheeky glass of wine.
9) What advice would you give to people just starting out in the world of crafting?
The most important thing is to enjoy it and don't stress about whether a project looks right or not. There's no correct way to craft. I would say start with a few simple projects and as your confidence grows you can get more adventurous.
10) What is your favourite project?
The Kori Kumi Valentine's projects I made for a recent issue of Making Cards magazine. It's always great to see your makes in print.
11) What crafting techniques do you want to try or improve this year?
I would like to try out some more mixed media ideas as my usual style is quite clean. I think it's time I got a little messy.
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