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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