DoCrafts, as well as doing some wonderfully pretty crafting goodies in shops up and down the country, offer an excellent selection free to download from their website. I’m particularly in love with the butterflies and the Indian selection at the moment. There’s templates for sewing projects and cards, as well. All available here.

ETA: Papercrafter Magazine has a similar collection here

Santa and Sales

A combination of being a terrible spendthrift and having amazing family and friends has given me even more lovely stuff to play with in the new year. Not least of this is a massive pile of discarded wrapping paper, which is going to be turned into gift tags, Christmas cards, Filofax Stuff and anything else I can think of. There’s a lot of it, and I think I’m probably still going to be finding uses for it this time next year, after I gain another huge pile. I love some of these ideas.

A Vintage London organiser from Paperchase.

First up is this beauty. It’s an A5 Vintage London organiser from Paperchase. I asked for this from my mum, as they had them on sale when she asked. They then disappeared from the website and I thought I’d missed my chance. Popped into the one in Leeds, though, and they had loads, so I grabbed it and passed it on to her to give back to me. It makes sense, I swear. It’s (as you can see) really pretty, it’s a chunky size with big rings, plenty of pockets, and a week on two pages layout that I really like. It came with a full calendar from July 2014 to December 2015, but obviously at this stage I didn’t need most of the pages. I’ve been using it for less than a week, but I’m getting used to it and have already started making my own layouts and stuff – more on my set-up later.

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Card Crafting


Card Crafting

I’ve not done card making in absolutely years, but having stocked up on masses of crafting kit I dragged some of it out and made a couple. One is already in the post, but this is what I made with my Paper Crafting Magazine goody bag. It’s nothing special, and I want to get some foam pads to let me do 3D designs, but mostly I just wanted to play with the kit, so I’m happy.

This month’s kit was massive and summery, and very worth grabbing whilst it’s about.