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!
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.