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Meet the re-set­ters

Katie Sk­il­ton, 39, lives in Devon with her hus­band michael, 44, and chil­dren annabelle, 17, alice, 13, Jude, six, and noah, three.

I was 38 weeks preg­nant and on ma­ter­nity leave when, bored and des­per­ate for some form of en­ter­tain­ment, I de­cided to make a scrap­book. I dec­o­rated it with coloured card and rib­bons and when my daugh­ter Annabelle was born in May 2000, I filled it with pic­tures of her.

Although I’d never en­joyed art when I was at school, I’d found the process ther­a­peu­tic. So I bought craft mag­a­zines and poured over the how-to pages, mak­ing cards and up­cy­cling fur­ni­ture.

At first my cre­ations weren’t very good. But the more I prac­tised, the bet­ter they got and soon my friends and fam­ily were ask­ing to buy my cards and scrap­books, too.

The more I crafted, the more I knew I didn’t want to go back to my job in sales and mar­ket­ing, and know­ing I had to go into the of­fice ev­ery morn­ing left me feel­ing so de­spon­dent – Mon­days were the worst.

By 2003, I was preg­nant again with my daugh­ter Alice. And Jude was born seven years later. When the chil­dren were asleep, I’d come up with new craft cre­ations and started post­ing them on so­cial me­dia. At first it was some­thing I did to dis­tract my­self from think­ing about work, but my prod­ucts proved so pop­u­lar that I de­cided to set up a blog.

By 2011, lo­cal shops were stock­ing my cards and a year later, I was mak­ing enough money to quit my job and start over as a free­lance cre­ative de­signer. It meant I could work from home and look af­ter the chil­dren, which was handy given that a year later, I was preg­nant again! That’s when a craft com­pany called Sizzix asked if I’d be in­ter­ested in work­ing with them. I jumped at the chance and it wasn’t long be­fore I was pre­sent­ing craft shows for a shop­ping chan­nel.

It was nerve-rack­ing but it gave me such a buzz. Now I work for Sizzix full-time. Start­ing over can be daunt­ing – but it’s worth it. ✱ sizzix.co.uk

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