PDT member Mags Woodcock
If you're a regular reader of Creativity, you might have seen a project or two featured in its pages by the super-crafty Mags Woodcock. Mags has been a regular in the magazine for a few issues and is also a member of our 2016 Project Design Team (PDT).
Here we ask Mags what we can expect from her PDT makes as well as hints and tips for creating your own mini craft oasis.
What is it about crafting that keeps you coming back for more?
I find crafting a great way to relax and forget the stresses and strains of a hectic life. Creating something from just a few supplies is very rewarding — a bit like baking a cake. Take four or five ingredients such as card, ribbon, lace and buttons and hopefully you’ll create something special which will make the recipient happy.
Crackle-effect card Mag's made for April's issue (69) of Creativity
What was the very first craft project you ever made?
I suppose all children craft at school when they are young but my mother and grandmother were very craft-orientated, so I learnt to sew at an early age. I can't actually remember my first project but I'm sure my mum can. I must ask her.
I have ‘butterflied’ from one craft to another all my life. I've tried my hand at sewing, knitting, crochet, bobbin lace, photography, baking and of course cardmaking. Papercrafting and baking are my main passions.
"I find crafting a great way to relax and forget the stresses and strains of a hectic life"
You’re a whizz when it comes to creating paper structures. What is the most complicated thing you’ve ever made?
Thank you for the compliment. The most complicated project was the changing sentiment card using the Owl Folk collection. I still look at the pictures and shudder; it was quite a challenge.
Mags' Owl Folk card featured in April's issue (60) of Creativity
What’s your craft space like?
Messy! I am a hoarder by nature, so I tend to keep all sorts of things in case they can be upcycled. I do try to have a complete tidy down between projects though, so sometimes you might just see a tidy craft area - but not for long!
How have you gone about organising the space?
I am really lucky, for my 50th birthday my husband built me a custom craft area with paper storage and cupboards above. I tend to adapt things for my craft space, such as mini suitcases for much-used items and a jewellery mannequin for tools and scissors etc. I have also painted and decoupaged some Bare Basics Square Drawers to hold my vast collection of buttons.
What would be your top tips for others wanting to create their own craft oasis?
The best advice I could give is to craft in the space for a while and get a feel for your crafting needs. I crafted with a ramshackle assortment of boxes, units and storage bins for a couple of years until my hubby built my current units. By then I knew exactly what I needed and where they needed to be. Also, never underestimate the amount of storage you will require in the future. As your stash grows you will eventually fill it all - believe me, I know!
"... my one necessity would be Anita's Tacky Glue"
Every crafter has that one stash essential that they couldn’t be without, what’s yours?
Only one!? I suppose my one necessity would be Anita's Tacky Glue. I use it on every project. The nozzle is extra-fine for detailed gluing; with wet glue you always have the advantage of a bit of “wiggle time”.
When not crafting, what do you get up to in your spare time?
I love to raise money for several charities, including our local hospice. I am lucky to be a cancer survivor but have Lymphoedema in both legs as a result. Our local hospice has a clinic which is a great support to sufferers. Over the last 15 years my friends and I have raised over £30,000 and published two cookery books in aid of the hospice.
Mags' County Life decorated jars from March's issue (68) of Creativity
You used to work as a florist; do you still use those skills and techniques within your projects today?
Yes, I was a florist for over 30 years. It's surprising how those skills can be transferred to other crafts. I would say the most useful skills are colour co-ordination and creating visual balance in projects; both learnt when I trained to be a florist.
"... texture and colour are key to all my designs"
What do you listen to while you craft? Do you have a favourite playlist?
Sometimes I listen to music when crafting but if a project is particularly challenging then I prefer to concentrate in silence. I have a varied selection of music ready to play: mostly female vocalists such as Adele, Dido and Annie Lennox. I also listen to some CDs of bands and acts that I have seen live, Mediaeval Baebes and Black Heart are two favourites. I share my craft room with my hubby and he has a vastly different taste in music to mine so sometimes it has to be a compromise on both sides.
What would be your dream commission?
My dream commission would be something using kraft card, buttons, string and lots of texture, with free rein to design anything I wished. I love the freedom of the Goody Bag makes for the magazine. My absolute dream would be to design a range for docrafts, including lots of textured cardstock, papers, buttons and ribbons. With me, texture and colour are key to all my designs.
Mags' Anita's decoupage card from February's issue (67) of Creativity
What can we expect from your PDT projects?
Hopefully lots of ‘out of the box’ ways to use the new products. I love to inspire other crafters to try new techniques and ideas. Whatever I create, you can be sure it will involve lots of texture and dimension.
Make sure to check out the April issue (70) of Creativity magazine for the full tutorial on how to make Mags' crackle effect card.
To keep up-to-date with Mags' latest craft projects, make sure to follow the docrafts and Mags' gallery page. Be sure to also keep an eye out in the latest issue of Creativity Magazine, available from all good craft stores and supermarkets. Alternatively, buy a copy online or subscribe and get it delivered straight to your door!