Where Did August Go? LOADS of Updates, the Garden Makeover Continues, Getting My Health Sorted and a Blog Makeover – Oh, That’s Where It Went

August appears to have shot by and landed us on the doorstep of September. What the heck have I been doing?! I sat down for a brain dump to catch up with myself.

Well, June and July were defo busy but it feels like I haven’t shared anything since then though.

There has actually been a lot going on so do allow me to babble on a bit and I will clarify.

First, a quick catch up.

30 Day Card Making Challenge Success!

During July I managed to complete a 30 Day Card Making Challenge. This one was my favourite.

Which was yours?

If you missed them and would like to have a butchers, please do click here to head over to the archive.

Blog Makeover

The blog has had a makeover! Yes, my wee slice of the inter-web has had long-awaited makeover.

It’s taken a good deal of effort and clicking of the mouse – to the point I think it’s now worn out – whilst I update and reshuffle ‘stuff’.

Whilst there is a visually ‘cleaner’ look to it, you most likely won’t see too many shiny new buttons etc because it’s mostly been a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of makeover.

It’s now more mobile friendly and, when viewing via a smaller screen, there is now a single menu accessible from the top of the screen – hint, it’s the three horizontal bars – meaning that it’s easier to find the stuff you want, including the contact form.

There is also a new search function to help you find more of the stuff you want to see and less of what you don’t.

I am also in the middle of rejigging the content too, turfing out well-old stuff, getting rid of dead links and re-classifying a whole bunch of other posts so that it gets sorted better if you click on menu items, categories or tags.

I still need to create a header image that I am happy with but I’ll have to fiddle with that in my ‘spare time’, lol!

Anyway, hope you like it!

New SVG Cutting File Stuff and Store Changes

During July/August I worked on an exciting project for a new client.

It’s been a while since I designed for someone else so it was a joy to have been asked to do it and to have had the opportunity.

Sadly I can’t tell you too much more until the end products comes to market so, shhh, mum’s the word. *winks

Something that I can tell you is that I have been working on some new SVG designs that I hope to bring you in the next couple of months. It’s been yonks since my last new release so I am very excited and hope you will keep a look out for them.

In additon, I have been adding all of my archive sets over to Creative Fabrica. Original listing posts will remain here so that you can see what sets are available, however, payment links will soon change for links to the store on Creative Fabrica.

Along with instant downloads, Creative Fabrica offer subscriptions so you can sign up and gather together designs from a whole group of designers, not just me. Another bonus for you.

Whilst WeTransfer has proved useful for manually delivering file sets over the years, being on a market place like Creative Fabrica means that I can dedicate the time spent processing orders on designing new goodies – which makes more sense, right?

If you haven’t registered and followed my store on the Creative Fabrica website yet, you can do so if you click here.

Cut, Foil and Emboss Dies Update

I have been working on a series of new video tutorials for my YouTube channel soon!

There is also good news for those that have been collecting the Cut, Foil and Emboss dies that I created for Couture Creations will be pleased to know that all 8 designs are currently in stock at Craft Stash in the UK and Craft Stash in the US – woohoo!

They even have some of the sentiment dies too!

Couture Creations Gentleman Crafter Cut Foil And Emboss Dies

If you are new to this blog and haven’t seen them before, please do click here to check out the blog archive about this ‘next-level’ set of creative dies.

Scan N Cut Online Learning Offer Ending and Updates To Come

Udemy Scan N Cut Sale

The half price offer for my online Scan N Cut course is about to run out.

Today is the last day. Hurry!

Now that this course is two years old I have been looking at what comes next so I have been fleshing out a list of updates along with a series of stand-alone classes to add to the online workshop series.

I am also considering returning to doing some “in-person” workshops next year … let’s see how this virus thing goes first though, eh?

Want To Hear From Me?

If you would like to know more about any of the stuff that I have been waffling on about, or about stuff that I will be doing in the future, please do make sure that you have subscribed to my blog notification email list. Oh, hang on, I’ll make it easy for you and pop a sign up box below.

Note: If you have already signed up, it will likely say, “You Are Following This Blog”. In that case, thank you!

Ok, that’s all the worky updates. Now what about the rest … was there even time?!

The Garden Makeover Continues – Slowly

Well, progress is being made. Slow, but forward in direction, thank goodness.

More of the wall is down and I have also taken up one of the SLABS that made up the two steps.

Progress is slow because I have chosen to remove four root-stocks as I don’t want them growing back through the decking that is going to go there. The issue is that I hadn’t realised how much of a root-stock a tiny bush and a small pear tree had…

That’s a root from just ONE of the four root-stocks. *disappointed sigh.

It’s knackering and time consuming but I will get there eventually and it WILL be worth it in the end when I have a little calm spot to sit and reflect.

In the meantime, it’s a ruddy builders yard, lol!

Taking Care Of Myself

Some of you may remember that I have been living with mental health challenges for some time and I am disappointed to note that these have been growing in inensity lately and I have therefore been making efforts to keep them at bay.

Whilst medication is an obvious option I have also been trying to exercise and get out more – not an easy feat in the Scottish weather but every couple of days an opportunity presents itself for me to head down the beach for a long walk and some fresh air so I get up early and head down.

Always interesting to see what the tide has left behind. Today there were seven shopping trolleys – all in one place for some reason!

Nice bits of drift wood – sometimes entire tree trunks!

Does however mean that there are around two hours out of each day where I am not working, which is probably not a bad thing, Lol.

Phew! Ok, I see now. THAT is where August went!

A Fresh Month Ahead

So, with August pretty much done, a fresh month of adventures are ahead – what are your plans?

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. It means a lot to me to know that you are there.

I will try not to leave it so long next time!

Bye for now.

J :) x

40 thoughts on “Where Did August Go? LOADS of Updates, the Garden Makeover Continues, Getting My Health Sorted and a Blog Makeover – Oh, That’s Where It Went

  1. Lovely to have you back, John. While I’m not much of a card-maker nowadays (prefer my knitting of rainbows and a spot of crochet) I still like to see what you’ve been creating. The one thing I don’t like about this lockdown scenario is I have to try to do all my housework without the necessary extra pair of eyes and hands to assist me. Being partially-sighted and having chronic pain just don’t do at all!

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  2. Hi John, first I had a big laugh about the headline of your post. I know where my August and Juli went, both months I spent in hospital. I was there for 7 weeks, had two operations both on the same lung, and came home last week.
    I followed your 30 Days of Card Making, hardly comment on the blog because the the right side of my upper body was pretty painful. Still recovering but can’t type to long because I regularly hit my side with my right arm and that is still not painless.
    You asked which card was our favorite. Each card had something special John, it was a joy to look at and every day a present to look forward to. Thank you for all the gorgeous inspiration.
    Your blog looks aweosme!
    And you did a lot of work on your wall! Can’t wait to see how it is wen it’s all gone.
    It’s good to take time for yourself John, glad you recognize the signs of your mental health issues and do something to help yourself. Enjoy your walks outside, even when the weather is not so nice, it’s so good for your physical and mental health.
    Stay safe my friend, I hope by the time you read this you feel already much better, have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Glad to hear your doing as well as can be given the current circumstances we are all in. The garden will be ‘well worth it’ when done. The blog is looking great & looking forward to seeing your new work. Crafty hugs, Take care, Naomi x

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  4. Great to be able to read your blog. You are looking fantastic you are obviously doing what suits you. Gardening and fresh air of great health benefits.I’ve been catching up on both my and my elderly parents garden it gives great satisfaction to be able to sit in the peace and quiet after gardening still only hitting the surface and snipping lots of overgrown bramble and naturalised overgrownbushes- with brambles come blackberries so thats a bonus. Have beautiful Robins in each garden that are very friendly and love to see what new food the upturned soil brings, Birds and sqirrels provide lots of amusement.. Thoroughly enjoyed your card making challenge it helped me through difficult time and your sentiments really hit the spot. Keep up your good work and enjoy your for time for you in your garden and by the sea wrap up in bad weather and its just as lovely even if its a bit bracing!

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  5. Lovely to hear from you John hope your health will improve soon for you but nothing like a stroll along the beach to bring some calm to your life Sarah and I have just had a fab week in Scotland Chris was working at Aberdeen airport for 2weeks we were staying in Inverurie so had a great time around Inverness area hopefully will get another chance to visit in November take lots of care sue x

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  6. Hi John
    Like the blog look, I normally struggle with white backgrounds but with my phone settings (screen with little/ no backlight) I find this readable without my brain turning to mush. Have to say diet/ country air/ gardening doing you the world of good. You’re looking very fit and well. You’re dealing with your flare up really well too. Good on ya! Love the coastal pics on insta, keep em coming

    Hugs T x

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  7. Hi john wow you have been busy, but yes we all need to clear out, change things update too, but we ourselves need updating especially our health. I’m glad u gt out to the beach to chill ur mind…I go to my local park just walk round the trees, I love trees, they are so restful i find my peace there even when the wind blows through trees so fast n loud, nature very uplifting. Thinking of you n wish u well and thank you for all the encouragement n inspiration over the years God bless xxx

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  8. Good to see your making progress in the garden even if it is slow, my husband last year cleared all our older bushes etc, it was back breaking work but so worth it in the end lol, I can say that as it wasn’t me doing it, I’m sure you will be pleased in the end.
    Weight loss is looking good the Scottish Air is agreeing with you your looking great.
    Will keep an eye out for any more sessions around the country, I enjoyed the last one, just don’t forget down South if you do, Dorset, yes sorry I know a long way from Scotland, anyway fingers crossed. Blog is looking good, take care.

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  9. glad to see you have been making good progress, thats the hardest part now you have carry on. Great to see you are back John. Waiting to see what comes next.

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  10. I was only thinking yesterday that you’d been quiet lately. Seems like you’ve been a busy boy behind the scenes though.
    So sorry to hear your health issues have been returning, the regular walks seem to be doing you good though, you look amazing! (Have you lost weight?).
    Glad to see the garden progressing. It may be a lot of work, but it will be worth it I am sure.
    💕 Clare x

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  11. So good to hear from you again John. Sorry to hear the mental health issues are plaguing you , I can truly sympathise, been there myself for a couple of years and hubby is now on some heavy meds to control his. On a lighter note your 30 day challenge really helped me and I’m back in the craft room (not quite full time as work gets in the way lol). Stay safe and well hunni xxx

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    • Sorry to hear that you are both having the same challenges but glad that you both seem to be muddling through. Even gladderer to hear that the 30 day challenge helped get you back to crafting, even if only occasionally at the moment.


  12. Good to hear from you John I was only thinking about you the other day hoping you were well. You have been a busy lad. Lovely photo, envy you living near a beach and all that drift wood. Good to hear new design are coming through. Glad you are getting out and about it does really help mental health, taking time for yourself and a little less working. Garden is coming on lovely, those pesky roots are a nightmare. Take care and lovely to hear about you xx Hazel

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  13. Where has the YEAR gone, is how I feel. Sorry to hear that you are having problems again. Lockdown affected us all in some way. My crafting mojo has defo gone. Maybe for good. Who knows. You seem to have got through the worst of things. Glad you kept safe. Well done you for just getting on with it. Look after yourself . Good luck with the garden. It will be worth it in the end. Love getting your posts. Many regards gloria.

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  14. You sound good, sorry you’ve been having some problems, let’s hope things ease for a bit. I’m sure those walks are good. Keep in touch. xx

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      • Hi John, like several others I was missing your posts but after the 30 day challenge (which was great by the way and so inspiring) I thought that you deserved a break. Sorry to hear your health problems have re-surfaced. I lost my lovely husband six years ago after 36 very happy years and I too struggled with day to day life. So, I bought myself a little pooch and he has been the best thing I could have done. He gives me purpose and forces me to go out for walks and meet fellow doggie minded people. I garden and craft and have recently taken up quilting which I am really enjoying. I also decided to join a slimming club and have now lost 3.5 stones and have been at target for the last four years. Keep up the great work you do and I hope that you are soon feeling much better. Take care x

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      • So glad to hear that a little pooch has brought you much happiness and comfort. They have this knack of just being there when you need them, not to mention being super cute and cuddly. Glad to hear that the new hobby is going well too! Congratulations on the weight loss – very inspiring!


  15. Wow John, you have been extremely busy! Your walks along the coast have done you a lot of good you are looking fit and well. Can’t wait for new tutorials on scan n cut. Would love to go to a live one. Missed the last one in Colchester. Keep safe keep crafting it keeps us sane. 🤩

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