Thursday, 24 April 2014

Southern Adventure - A Work In Progress

Look! Actual scrapbooking! It know that it really doesn't look like much, please believe me when I tell you that this small selection of pretty papers - cut to size and slotted into place in an album - is evidence of real progress. I have been busily working on an album of the 'Southern Adventure' - a three week trip around the South Coast of England - that my parents took in May/June 2009.

It's been a labour of love. Not only because of the sheer amount of photographs, leaflets, tourist information brochures, receipts and postcards that my parents accumulated on their travels; but also because - this was their last adventure together before mum passed away in 2010. For a very long time, the idea of starting on this album was overwhelming - and, as the photograph below represents only half of the material I had to work with - I'm sure you can understand why!

Slowly, but surely, I've spent the month sorting. Sorting into usable and unusable, then sorting into counties visited, then sorting into date order. This became a whole lot easier when I found my father's handwritten notes and a rough itinerary tucked inside an envelope.

Currently, I've inserted two counties (out of five) worth of photographs, hand-written notes and memorabilia into the album and, alongside, I've started to fill in the blank spaces using materials from Soft Sunshine, my Counterfeit Kit for April. There isn't much embellishment at the moment - sorting took a lot more time that I would have expected - but I have included 'embellishment suggestions' in each little pocket!

It's a work in progress, but I am thrilled to have made such an amazing start on the album and I'll be continuing my efforts in May - no doubt inspired by the next Counterfeit Kit. With any luck, it will be finished in time for me to hand it over to my dad on my parents' wedding anniversary at the beginning of July. Wouldn't that be wonderful? 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Soft Sunshine {April's Counterfeit Kit}

The inspiration for this month's Counterfeit Kit Challenge was a little bit different, with the team using Case File #112 from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration as the basis for their own kit choices! I immediately loved the bright and breezy colour scheme - it's absolutely perfect for spring - and the dreamy, softness of the inspiration 'scene.'

I've chosen a selection of 6x6 papers from Dear Lizzy, Studio Calico, Sodalicious and Prima, with a few additional scraps of cardstock in white, kraft, light blue and aqua. I also found a scrap of cardstock leftover from an experiment with my spray inks, so I threw it in for good measure! Somehow, I managed to veer away from the original colour scheme - adding a considerable amount of pink into the mix. But, I like it, so what does it matter?

The CSI Case File also lists some suggestions - evidence - for adding embellishments and/or textures. I tried to keep them in mind while sorting through some of my stash and have added some cute, little resin flowers; leaves, vintage style die-cuts and some 'frame' style stickers.

To complete my kit, I've added an absolute ton of letter stickers in a variety of co-ordinating colours and sizes - including my (discontinued - sob!) favourites from Sassafras. It was nice to find something in that beautiful, deep teal colour from the original 'scene'.

I'm hoping to work on a 'Pocket Style' album and some mini-cards this month, what will you be using your Counterfeit Kit for? 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Battle Of The Beadsmith, 2014

The Battle Is On! The Battle Of The Beadsmith! Only 256 Seed Bead Artists from around the world have been invited to participate - and I am one of them! As beaders from around the world begin work on their beading projects, it's finally starting to sink in! 

I'm sat, surrounded by small experimental bits of beadwork and untouched cups of tea, wondering why as soon as needle and bead come together all of my original ideas vanish in favour of a new one!

For those of you who may not have heard of The Battle Of The Beadsmith, here's an introduction from Steven Weiss of Beadsmith.

"In an effort to create more awareness of some of the incredible bead artistry being executed by bead masters worldwide, I thought it would be fun to set up a beading "tournament" where original works can be viewed, shared and celebrated, both by the participants and the beading public alike. 256 seed bead artists have been invited to participate in an elimination "tournament" to determine which piece of their original beadwork best captures the imagination of their fellow designers, and the beading public. On April 1st 2014, battle artists will start a single piece of original beadwork and will then have until June 8th to complete and photograph their designs."

You can find out more about Battle Of The Beadsmith 2014, and see some of the amazing beadwork from 2013, by joining the Battle Of The Beadsmith Facebook Group.