Guest Designer, Margaret Crawford!

Hello Ladies.  I am thrilled to introduce you to our Guest Designer for the month of April, Margaret Crawford.  I have gotten to know Margaret and see all her wonderful creations over the last several months.  She is so kind and someone that I am thrilled to have met through our wonderful hobby.  Read below to learn more about her love for crafting and life experiences.

Margaret Crawford 

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.

Margaret Crawford
Please visit my blog

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!

Happy Scrapping, 


  1. Love hearing stories about how crafters got started! Looking forward to seeing her projects!

  2. Congratulations on the guest spot, Margaret!

  3. Welcome! Your story is so interesting! Glad you're joining us here Very nice work!

  4. Fabulous to see you here Margaret, & what an interesting life you have lead! Love seeing your scrapping of course!

  5. Congratulations! It has been interesting to read about your love for crafting. Your layout is wonderful! I especially like how you have used photos as tags.

    1. Thank you, Raechelle - I had so many photos of my holiday (vacation) and it was interesting to try different ways to incorporate them.

  6. Congratulations Margaret :D Love your layout. I am glad that you got your sail. Lovely photos.


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