Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Cloud Nine..

I am pleased to be able to share with you my fabulous news, I have been commissioned to create scrapbook layouts for the Docrafts Creativity Magazine. A UK based magazine that provides inspiration for all manner of crafts like card making, scrapbooking and cake design!
When an email came out of the blue from the editor you could have knocked me over with a feather! 
Due to publishing rules I haven't been able to share my first layout (which appeared in the January/February issue) until now. 

Here is my first ever commission!
I was given a brief to base my design around circles and provided with their Papermania Craft Christmas papers but asked to make a non Christmas layout with them.
This picture of my youngest with a cute sweater on was perfect for the brief.

I am only allowed to use their products so had to get creative with what I had been sent. 
I added some glitter behind the tag at the top for a bit of sparkle.

My title was hand drawn with the help of stencils then fussy cut.

Luckily for me a couple of the papers were perfect for cutting the designs out to use for embellishments.

And just to prove the layout was indeed published here is the double page feature!
I have to provide the write up about how to re-create my layout too and I have to tell you that's the hardest part! You have to stick rigidly to the word count and it's always hard to explain your design in just a few words!
As you can see on the right hand page I have to provide a sketch of my layout design too.
But it's getting easier to do the write ups now that I have  provided the magazine with a few projects, it took a while to get my head around the rules set by the copywriters!

Well that's the news that I have been waiting to share with you for month's, the publishing industry has to work so far ahead that it takes ages before what I send to them appears in the magazine (this one was sent in last November!).

Enough ranting from me.
Hope you have a day sprinkled with glitter!
Kerry. xx


  1. Congratulations Kerry...that is awesome. I would have been much to excited to keep quiet. Gorgeous the handmade embellishments and the title.

  2. Congrats - that is so exciting! Love your layout and you did a fantastic job with the product!

  3. Congratulations on your news Kerry. Love the colours and the layered circles on your page.

  4. Kerry, that is wonderful and you totally deserved that honor!! LOVE this page! The sweater patterned papers are adorable and perfect on that darling layout!!!

  5. Congrats Kerry! Your work is so amazing I love this page, the addition of the glitter is just perfect and the fussy cutting as always amazes me!

  6. I could not think of a better person for the job! Congratulations Kerry! That is exciting news! Working as a managing editor for a local magazine I always get screwed up on what month I am working on, what is in print, and what month it actually is! Tricky huh? Now your layout -- you did a fabulous job with the material sent and the challenge in front of you! I just might have to lift this excellent design! Again, I am very happy for you! Now, can I have your autograph?? :-)