30 March 2020
Sam Calcott explains why a MC&P subscription's worth is more than just financial...
“I have been reading MC&P magazine for many years, and always enjoy all of the free papers and the pages of inspiration.”
Regular contributor Sam Calcott has been making things her entire life, and it shows! With papercraft being what brings her the most joy, Sam has been creating projects for MC&P for years. Sam also started her YouTube and blog ‘Mixed up Craft’ over three years ago, sharing her designs and growing her channel into a success. Sam takes time out of her craft room (her happy place – we’re sure you can relate, Readers!) and gives her advice on how to be the crafter you’ve always dreamed of being!
How did you discover your passion for all things craft?
I started scrapbooking as a child during the school holidays and realised then that I loved cutting things out and creating collages and decorating things. From there, I learnt to sew in school and continued that further, still enjoying making soft furnishings and clothes today. I’ve tried so many crafts, and still have so many I want to learn but for now, papercrafting has me hooked!
What advice would you give to crafters chasing the dream of being successful?
If you have a brand you enjoy try and stick to that, and tag the company in the makes you share online, and you never know, over time the company may see your work and invite you to join their design team. Working with product you love and enjoy will make the whole experience more enjoyable. Don’t give up!
What would you say to creatives who are scared to try something new?
Don’t be! At the end of the day it’s only a piece of paper. If you are doing something new, make a sample first on some scrap paper and just keep trying. We were all beginners and everyone makes mistakes. I still do!
How can MC&P magazine help readers develop?
There is something for all abilities in every issue and always useful alternatives suggested, so even if you don’t have all the supplies there is always something else to try. The magazine is also full of very useful hints and tips and so many projects have written step-by-step instructions, making it easy to work at your own pace.
How can MC&P help readers to achieve their creative dreams?
Use social media and tag MC&P; this can help as it will increase the chances of you having your makes featured in the next issue and giving you more visibility to other brands who may see and like your work.
What would you say to a creative who is stuck in a rut, or having a creative low moment?
Go back to basics; stamp a simple image and do some colouring, something relaxing that doesn't take too much thought. Watching other crafters on social media crafting is also good and can help inject some motivation to start crafting again.
What top tip would you give to a beginner?
Keep it simple, don’t go rushing out to buy all the stuff, buy a kit that has everything in it, that way you can really see if it’s something you are going to enjoy without the huge price point!
What top tip would you give to an intermediate?
You must always believe in yourself, if you have been crafting a long time, look back out how you were in the beginning and how far you have come.
If you could go back to when you were new to crafting, what would you say to yourself?
Don’t rush! Don’t try and do it all at once. The crafting industry moves very fast and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all.
What advice would you give to a crafter looking to turn their skills into a business?
Ask yourself what makes you different and stand out from the rest? The industry is very competitive. If your skill is stamping then follow that path and be the best you can at it.
How is a MC subscription great value for money?
The papers are always great quality and the patterns are always that little bit different. It’s always jammed full of inspiration and not pages of adverts!
Why is a reader missing out by not subscribing?
MC&P is great value for money and the free papers are always so different from anything else. I like the surprise each month of what you will get, seeing all the new designs and learning something new. You are always encouraged to share your makes with the magazine and the monthly competitions are fun and easy to enter.
So what are you waiting for? Nurture that curiosity for craft. Subscribe today with this amazing offer and never miss a project, issue or idea again, for just £5!