Hi, Margaret here.
As a child sitting with my mother at her sewing machine as she sewed beautiful garments or as she knitted I was destined to follow her example and create with my hands.
After retrenchment in the late 80’s, from a major Australian bank, I started my own business teaching patchwork and embroidery, doing commission work and the market circuit. I had completed a Commercial Needlecraft Certificate at TAFE earlier. I did this for 8 years and then went to work for another major bank – whilst there I completed a Certificate 4 in Training and Development, and spent a lot of time travelling Australia training staff on new systems. Patchwork was just impossible to complete when travelling, so one wet and windy day I ended up at Papercraft store in Bendigo, Victoria. My paper obsession began – both cardmaking and scrapbooking.
In 2008 I spent a year in China teaching English at a University and not long after I returned to Australia I left full time work. Moving to the Central Coast of New South Wales in 2014 has been inspirational. I want to make a difference – I know it is a cliché – but I love to see people’s reaction when they create something they never thought they could – be it a card or a layout. I make scrapbook pages for charity and make cards for Australian Defence Force troops overseas and other fund raising efforts..
My scrapbooking style has evolved, I still like to design around the photos and make them the focus of my pages, however I have stretched myself and delved into more mixed media pages – I think I have a long way to go and will continue to challenge myself to learn new techniques.
Please visit my blog http://margaretlcrawford.blogspot.com
Here is her layout from this week's Make it Monday challenge.
And a close up of her journaling.
Check back during the next Make it Monday challenge to see
the other layout Margaret created!