Monday 10 October 2011

Ten Challenges for the Month

This post is brought to you from Shimelle's ten on the tenth: click on the clicky to see what other folks are thinking.

You can interpret a challenge as Stuff-To-Have-A-Little-Tinker-With-When-I've-Got-Five-Minutes or as a less relaxed, more military, I-Want-To-See-Your-Pain type thing. Although quite why you'd choose the latter I'm not sure. But last month, I found I didn't do nearly as much crafty as I wanted to because I didn't make the time. And hobbies are important. My Grandad says so. They keep you busy and stop you from getting arthritis.*

So, I want to set myself ten little scrappy goals for the month. Then I have an excuse to break out with the stash, and something to work towards. During the month they can also work as prompts for blog posts and then I intend to round up my progress at the end. Ding! If you play along with any, some or all of the challenges, let me know and I can share linkages.

Oh, and there are no rules :D

It's got to be a photo challenge. The weather has turned chilly lately and the trees have all burst into a fanfare of colour and the air smells good - not sure why, it just does - and everything is autumnal. So, the photo challenge is: Autumn. Interpret as you will :D

A colour challenge. Just clicking on 'everything' on Pinterest produced a wealth of lush pictures in a wonderful variety of tones. I highly recommend trying it. So I thought I'd have a colour challenge to make the most of such loveliness. There are lots of options on the aforementioned procrastination capital of the internet, lots of inspiration on Design Seeds and so many different faces of colour that it's hard to choose. But I pick this one :D Feel free to pick your own.

Bit of a technique challenge this one. As I've just started getting savvy with the sewing machine (even managing to whip up a last minute drawstring bag to take to camp - oh yes!) I set the challenge thus: Include some stitching. I interpret this to mean hand stitching and machine stitching. It's meant to be a challenge after all. Feel free to eschew one or t'other.

Scrap from a sketch. Self-explanatory, so I'll leave it there. All you need to do is find your sketch!

I think this one will be tricky: use a found object on a page. I'm rubbish at including bits and bobs on the page that aren't stash items. I think they're not as pretty. So I am going to confound my own short-sightedness and find some pretty labels or tickets or leaflets or something to use on a page.


Scraplift a page. I love scraplifting, because you can steal, appropriate and generally thief as much as you like. So I shall find a page I adore (like this one by Kelly Purkey) and borrow the best bits for my own design. Then I shall call it inspiration and credit the original page because the internet is nice like that.


Time for another techniquey one. And this time it's paint. I love paint and lots of people use it beautifully. Witness Shimelle's page above. So I like the paint look, but I hate the crinkles. My challenge is a way to incorporate paint in such a way that I get the look without the wiggles.

Tell a story. A long one. And find a new way to include the words on the page. I'm all about the journalling and I love finding new ways to share it. So this challenge will (hopefully) make me think up something new!

Scrap about myself. Not something I did, but about me. So whether I go for the contents of my purse, my google search history or a timetable of a typical day remains to be seen. What would you choose to scrap about to show a new side of yourself?

Take up a challenge from the internet. Studio Calico, October Afternoon and Shimelle all have blogs bursting with ideas and challenges whether it's a sketch, a starting point, a product or a technique. I follow lots of scrapbooking blogs but somehow I never seem to get round to participating. This month, that's about to change.

And that's all folks! It's going to be a scrapbooky month. With any luck :D

[Images from Pinterest or linked blogs]

Kisses xxx

P.S. Actually have about fifteen more potential self-challenges in my head so if this works for me, I can try it periodically. Are there any other kinds of challenges that you love? Are you planing to join me on any of these this month?

P.P.S. Please so. I get lonely.

P.P.P.S. In case you were wondering, I'm making a cliched yet strangely heartbreaking sad face,

P.P.P.P.S. However, it was immediately ruined by excessive smirking.

*True story. My Grandad totally says this is true. He makes things too, but things like radios and model railways.


  1. looks like a busy month........have fun, thanks for sharing.

  2. I'm so joining you this month, I'm going to borrow some of your inspiration too if you don't mind. I'm on a roll with my scrapping at the moment so maybe your ideas will give it a different edge.
    Thanks for sharing

  3. Will be watching with interest...and trying a few myself!
    Alison xx

  4. Great list! you know I can always be relied upon for a story..

  5. Fantastic! Will you report back with all 10 challenges on the 10th of next month?! How about a 30 minute challenge? Select a few supplies ahead of time, set the timer and go for it! I am going to do that before the month is over. Thanks for sharing, I'll return for inspiration.

  6. Everything Dawn above said. And that's number ten sorted then! :D

  7. Yes! please - not sure I'll manage 10, but love to try.

  8. I love #8 gonna try~great challenges!

  9. Visiting from Shimelle 10 0n 10. Love your list of challenges, such an interesting post, it could just tempt me to get my papers out .... :)

  10. definitely scrap the contents of your handbag....apparently says a lot about a lady!! will be watching to see what you get up too this month!

  11. I love your 10 on the 10th this month! I love challenges and I might keep you company and play along a few times! I can't wait to see your creations for sure!

  12. Hiya
    I have been blog hopping and come across your blog. I love the style & was wondering if you would like to apply for our DT? We are
    We do not pay or send stash unfortunately, as we do not sell anything BUT we do run to Inspire like minded Crafters. It is good Advertising & you can post things you have put up on other Blogs..All we ask is you post twice a month one post has to be your own work the other can be also orsomething that inspires your crafting perhaps another Blog, Tip or technique, Recipe,bought item, Anything crafty.
    If you are interested (please please please :)) email
    Thankyou for your time either way :)

  13. Dear Blogger, please let me comment this time so I can cheer Kirsty's sad face by telling her I'd love to join in some of her challenges.... xx

  14. Wow, you're going to be busy with all those challenges :) I look forward to seeing the results of them :)

  15. Gosh, that's a lot of challenges! I might join in by seeing if I could incorporate them all in one layout!

  16. I nearly missed this. My Google Reader spontaneously decided I had read all the posts waiting to be read. It may have been over full. Or alternatively DD kept pressing 'read next' by mistake. But luckily I frequent blogs of people who frequent your blog and so it goes. A lovely selection of challenges. Cheers me Dear.

  17. these are super challenges! I'm printing out this post,a nd adding to it to my crop bag! can't wait to see what you you do with these!

  18. I've just been found the link to this page from your latest post. These are fab challenges, and I'm definitely going to do a few of these!

  19. Lovely post Kirsty, there are lots of lovelies there to inspire me! Thank you :)