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I'm Lesley and I've been a crafter all my life. I discovered paper crafting about 30 years ago and this is now my great passion.

Wednesday 18 October 2023

Craft Consortium 10th Birthday celebrations & Giveaway


Craft Consortium Ltd is celebrating its 10th birthday on 18th October and is generously making available a whole Collection to each DT member to give away on our Social Media accounts. This will help us promote the company, the products and our work. That is one reason  I love designing for Craft Consortium; they are a British company and they are not too big to care about us. Many people have no idea how a Design Team works: as a DT member, I am unpaid for my work,  but the company sends me products to use to design and create. These are then used to sell Collections by posting on Social Media and the physical samples are sent to the company and from them to TV channels to enhance the sets and inspire potential customers. Sometimes, I am invited to create projects for craft magazines. It is always a thrill to see my work on TV or in print.

I chose the Ocean Tale Collection to promote, for the birthday celebrations; I live in the South of England right by the coast and can't think of ever living away from the sea. All these marine images have a very special and personal connection to me. 

My birthday project is a Double Squash fold memory keeper. I am passionate about celebrating moments and preserving beautiful memories. It goes together easily and suits all abilities. If you have never made any kind of memory album or folio, this is an ideal entry-level project as I take you through the technique for wrapping the cover in simple steps.

I had a few technical difficulties with the video on YouTube but I'm hoping they are all sorted now and you can view the tutorial properly now! 

Cut list

Pages: 5 sheets from the coordinating colour premium paper pad - cut to 8" x8" (20 x 20 cm), score into quarters at 4" in each direction (10 cm) and on one diagonal only as shown in the video.

mats - squares of 3 3/4" of any pages from paper pads (9.5 cm)

triangles - cut 3 1/2" square paper and cut across diagonal. (9 cm)

covers - 4 1/4" square (10.5 cm) chipboard - you can also use the cardboard covers from paper pads or two layers of cardboard packaging stuck together if you don't have any chipboard. You will also need  6" square (15 cm) design paper to cover.

I find wet glue is best for the cover. 

Giveaway Rules - If you would like a chance to win the above Ocean Tale Collection from Craft Consortium, you need to follow me and leave a positive comment below this post, on YouTube, on my Instagram account or Facebook page. Each one will give you one chance of winning. The winner will be drawn at random and posted on IG and FB on 24th October. I've chosen to wait until then as this is my birthday. The winner needs to contact me by personal/direct message with their address and the collection will be posted from Craft Consortium Ltd.

You might also like to follow the SM pages of other DT members also posted on my IG page.  Each collection is valued at £50-60 so a great prize! @cardsbykatefletcher, @ElisabethHogarthDesigns, @Gailmandscardsdesigns, @julizdesignpost

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More inspiration for Craft Consortium can be found on their FB page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/989114164562461  Craft Consortium's Official Network

As always, I hope you give this project a try - please message me on my Facebook page or tag me on IG posts so I can see your makes. 

You can contact me via messenger or email: lkilby3591@gmail.com, especially if you are interested in my cardmaking classes for Beginners to Confident.

Craft Consortium products are available from their website at https://www.craftconsortium.com

Thanks so much for stopping by - every click, like, subscribe means so much.

Lesley x


  1. Beautiful project, Lesley. Looking forward to watching the video. xx

  2. Can not wait to see video. I am in USA, I am new to paper craft and have become obsessed. I love the dolphin card below. Don't have ocean items, but will try one with what I have.

  3. Beautiful project! Can't wait to watch the video! Also thank you so much for a written cutting guide, makes it so much easier :)

  4. An easy to follow you tube video and an awesome project. The collection you chose is lovely. I too live by the ocean!. Happy birthday to Craft Consortium and thank you for the opportunity to win a wonderful prize.

  5. What a lovely collection and project! I'm going to give this a try in the very near future. Happy birthday to Craft Consortium - their papers are some of my favorites :)


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