Notes from a Craft Studio

Behind the scenes......how it all started.....

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So, Memories and Photos is my baby, I’ve nursed her as she’s grown over the years, giving lots of TLC during bad patches, and celebrations during the good.     I’ve run her alongside a full-time job for much of that time, juggling the corporate IT world and the very polar opposite life of the creative arena, until I took the jump in 2008 and gave up corporate life to pursue my dream.     I love the connections I've made with fellow crafters; customers that have turned into firm friends and supporters over the years.     I’ve built...

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Journalling step by step

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You’ll probably be aware that a crucial part of a meaningful scrapbook page is journaling… I know a lot of people find journaling really difficult, and some people enjoy writing more than others, but like any other skill you can learn how to do it, and you will improve with practice.  It’s worthwhile and it will give your scrapbooks a depth and lasting importance that will make them treasured family heirlooms. How many old albums have ended up abandoned in Junk stores and charity shops because all the owner sees are strangers, with no connection to them? You have something...

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How to make the most of a Scrapbook retreat

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So, you’ve booked on to a whole weekend of fun and scrapbooking….First, and foremost, remember this is a fun weekend! You don't want to stress out so much that you can't enjoy yourself!  Secondly, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get as much done as you were expecting.  There will be plenty of interesting things that might distract you from actually making pages. Embrace the social aspect of the weekend as well as the cropping and enjoy sharing ideas with like minded crafters! Thirdly, each person will pack differently as you have different projects and agendas so what works...

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Behind the scenes....how my business got its name

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Even as a little girl, I was always making things (anyone remember washing up bottles on Blue Peter?), I sewed, painted, glued, and cut my way through childhood….. I dreamed of owning my own craft shop, and as soon as I was able, I started down the road of entrepreneurship, running a craft stall in Dunstable selling hand sewn clowns, (don’t ask!) and later cross stitch samplers and supplies at Uxbridge market. Photography played a major part in my upbringing too, both my parents were keen photographers, and I was given my first Kodak camera at probably around 8 years...

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8 Steps to packing for a scrapbook retreat + checklist

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The best thing you could do when you book a scrapbooking retreat is to prepare ahead to make the most of your scrapbooking time.....! Heres 8 tips for you..... read to the end for a handy checklist 1.  Decide on a project(s). The most important thing is to have a goal in mind so that you don’t spend ages staring at stash and photos. You may not achieve all that you want but at least you have something you are aiming for. Ask me about how to do Power Layouts. 2.  Organise your photos.  Check your photos and set aside...

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