Thursday, 3 November 2011

Challenge 3: Stitching on a page.

So, looking at the list of challenges once more, brings me in completely non-numerical order to the technique challenge. Stitching. I've recently started to get on board with the sewing machine (Thanks Mum!) and I wanted to combine my tentative skillz - skillz are way cooler than simple skills - with a bit of good old fashioned hand stitching.

So here we are! Machine stitched border and hand stitched title. I'm really pleased with how it came out :D

The title stitching was inspired by the titles I've seen on pages by Amy Tan which I love. But I've wanted to do more stitching since I've found the blogs of Michelle Clement, who uses lovely touches of embroidery, and Marcy Penner who has lovely loose threads falling across the page after machine stitching. Check them out!

I also enjoyed layering up lots of bits and pieces for this layout - thank you Studio Calico kit! - and it fits in nicely with Shimelle's Pretty Paper Party prompt for today. I even tore through a sheet of kraft cardstock (shock! horror!) to have a piece of this gorgeous pattern from Crate Paper peep through. It's got a lovely floral which normally I would think is too big to use easily, but the colours are so soft it matches really well with other patterned papers.

This page is about a stroll of six miles we took as family along London's Regent's Canal. We walked from the Limehouse Basin up to Camden, stopping in Angel for lunch. You have to leave the canal there for a bit anyway as it goes underground, but it was a bit of a challenge to find out way back to it as you're meant to walk the other way. Instead of following the signposts, we had to guess where the previous one would be pointing from. Fortunately, I'd done the walk before.

Lovely day out, playing choose-your-favourite-canal-side-property, peering into canal boats we passed, clambering over locks and taking pictures. Highly recommended day out!

Kisses xxx

P.S. And now that's six challenges vanquished. And therefore four more to share by the tenth. But I'll let you in on a secret: I've actually made the pages for three of them already.

P.P.S. It's been exciting times for me this week as well with two pieces of big news. One I can't share just yet, but the other is definitely worth shouting from the rooftops.

P.P.P.S. Did you want to know? Probably not, I know.

P.P.P.P.S. Sure?? OK.

P.P.P.P.P.S. See, now I've built it up and it won't be as exciting any more.

P.P.P.P.P.P.S. I passed my Masters.

P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S. So that's Kirsty Smith BA (Oxon) PGCE MA (Ed) signing out.


  1. Well done on your Masters. Its not easy and takes some juggling to do while you hold down a full time job. Speak from experience.

    Hope you get the job recognition now its completed as that's something I would love to think has happened to me but sadly I don't think I've yet to achieve job opportunities because of the MA. However, just remember nobody can ever take it away from you now.

  2. Congratulations on passing your masters! Also love the page, especially the stitched title.

  3. Congrats Kirsty that's brilliant, looking forward to hearing the other exciting news and seeing those other 4 challenge LO's too:)
    Love this LO Kirsty, great colour combo and I love the ripped Kraft idea. Great stitching too, I really must try a stitched title :)

  4. Hi Kirsty,
    In response to your question of how I did my photoshoot, I managed to slot it in when my Aunt was visiting. We gathered all of the many wacky fancy dress accessories we had around the home. We used a plain bed sheet as the background and hung it across a set of double doors in our kitchen which is opposite a large window. I've also done another photoshoot with friends, and a bed sheet hung up anywhere is brilliant for this, on the other occasion it was hung across a garage door. I've found anywhere that is large enough and with good light is fine for this.
    Hope that helps :)

  5. Many congratulations on passing your Masters Kirsty!! Love the stitching on your LO
    Alison xx

  6. Congratulations Kirsty, that is such a wonderful piece of news and I bet you are thrilled!

    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading about your journal and trip to Istanbul, the posts were really enjoyable and I think you did so well to journal comprehensively while away and still manage snippets of scrapping in there.

  7. Congratulations on getting your degree. Your page is lovely and so different from your usual style. I have that beautiful floral paper too but haven't decided how I want to use mine yet. So far I just enjoy admiring it!

  8. Fantastic layout! Love all the products you used. Congrats on getting your masters degree.

  9. Congratulations first and foremost for passing your Masters!!! That is one big accomplishment you can be very proud of! Then I also have to add that your page is absolutely fabulous! There are SO many details that I love, like the peaking floral against the torn kraft paper and of course the hand stitching or the layering.... well you get the idea!

  10. Fantastic stitching and well done on your new letters :)

  11. Fabulous news on your masters, bet your relieved it's all over! Love the page too, the torn paper and the misting are fab

  12. Congrats hun! Worth the effort in the end!! xx

  13. Congratulations Kirsty....fantastic inspiring layout the peep of floral and all the small details x

  14. Many many congratulations! That's a whole lot of letters you've got there :)

  15. The stitching has worked brilliantly on this page....and many congratulations on the Masters.