Friday, 22 November 2013

Introducing Margaret Crawford ...

our second guest designer for November with her take on our challenge this month ...

 


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 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 this year 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 making cards for  Australian Defence Force troops overseas.

My scrapbooking style has evolved, I still like to design around the photos and make them the focus of my pages, however this year 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.

In this layout I have used a patterned paper that had flowers and writing, Impasto Medium over a brick mask and then when dry Gelato crayons to colour match the outfits we were wearing and of course our hair colours..  The cousins quote came from the internet and so I raided all my stash to find flowers to add to the layout.

 
Here are more lovely layouts from Margaret ...
 
 
 
Welcome to ARTastic Margaret.  It's lovely to have you join us on ARTastic this month.
 
 
Remember you have until 11.55pm on November 30th submit your entries.  We'd love to see your take on this challenge.

 


9 comments:

  1. Thank you for the opportunity, it was fun. Margaret

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  2. This is awesome Margaret! Congrats on this opportunity!

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    1. Thanks Tracey. Missing my journey to USA this year, hope to make it in 2014 at some time. Christmas Greetings to you and yours.

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  3. Fantastic colourful LOs. Congratulation on your GD spot :)

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    1. Thank you, I had fun stretching myself to create the page.

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  4. Welcome Margaret...what fabulous pages. Loved reading all about your - so interesting! Enjoy your time here.

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  5. Thank you for making such a lovely page for ARTastic Margaret!

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    1. Thanks Julie (the name of one of my cousins by the way) I enjoyed creating the layout.

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