Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The OTTBS September Challenge: Whatever The Weather

I fell asleep in August (with the windows wide open to let in a little breeze) and woke up in September (with the blinds banging in the wind that carried the thunderstorms and pouring rain.) I absolutely adore the changeability of autumn. It makes me feel as though anything is possible.

So, it seems fated that this month's challenge over at Operation Tackle That Bead Stash is 'Whatever The Weather'. And, if anything is possible, I might even find the time to join in this month!?

This month the prize is sponsored by the lovely Celia, who is offering one lucky winner £15 to spend in her store, Jencel.

Please head on over to Operation Tackle That Bead Stash for more information about the challenge and how to enter.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

A Small Reminder To Live

Life has been a little 'full-on' recently, so I've been taking refuge in my little craft room. Working on some pretty projects is exactly what I need to remember that there is more to life than the commute! 

Oddly, I seem to have found my way back to traditional layouts (I'm usually much more of a mini-book maker) and I'm crediting the ease of using the kits that I made for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, along with a newly found love of using sketches.

I'll admit that I never used to understand the appeal of sketches. I found them limiting and couldn't seem to make layouts that felt my own. Now though? Oh, well, aren't they amazing?

I think that taking the time to discover the elements that make a layout feel like my own (spritzing, stamping, stitching, soft colours and linear elements) and a wee bit of what I like to think of as 'scrapbooking maturity' mean that now, when I look at a sketch, I know how to adapt it to suit my own tastes. And it's saving me so much time, because I'm not spending endless hours obsessively shuffling papers, photographs and embellishments. Hurrah!

I've based my layout on this lovely sketch that I found in the archives at Stuck?! Sketches. I 'rotated' the sketch, adapted it for 8.5 x 11.5 and shuffled a few of the elements. Simple. 

I stitched up a small banner (using my Pennant Banner Tutorial) with the stamped elements from the 'Autumnal Evening Kit' and added in some cardstock from the 'Summer In The City Kit'. The floral embellishments are extras from stash, as is the white cardstock. I've been so busy making that there are no full sheets left in either of my kits. And, it's looking like I'll need to add in some more, because there's a few more sketches that I'd like to try!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Besties On Tour {Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop}

Hello! Hello! It's the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member Blog Hop today, so I'm sure that most of you will have made it here from Margie at Scrappinmargie but, if you haven't (and you started here at Obstinate Pursuit) then you might like to head on over to the start at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, so that you don't miss out on any of the action!

I love the Member Blog Hop, it allows us all the chance to show off at least one of the projects that we've made with the month's Counterfeit Kit, based on one of the month's challenges. This month those challenges were -

1. Blank Canvas - Use a white background.
2. Gift Wrap - Choose a nice wrap to use on one of your projects.
3. Word Challenge - Base a project on the word 'friends.'

This weekend, I took my 'Summer In The City Kit' and the 'Autumnal Evening Kit' I created for The Great Master Forger Search, along with a massive stack of photographs, to my local scrapbook club. Having kits to hand certainly makes prepping and packing for the club a lot more pleasurable. All I need to add are some basic tools, a few sheets of extra white cardstock and, of course, some chocolates to share.

At the club, I was rummaging through some of my prints for inspiration when I came across some teeny, tiny photographs of me and my lovely friend - Sarah - from our tour of Australia's East Coast in 2003.

Having used the majority of my cardstock to prepare my Week In The Life Album, I selected a new sheet of white cardstock for my background - meaning I've scored a two-for-one on the challenges - and used some of my scraps and embellishments to add a little colour. It's simple, cute and colourful - and I love how it turned out.

Right, I think it's time for a Monday morning cuppa, then I'll be visiting the next stop on the blog hop, Karen at Pinkycrafter, to see which of the challenges she's been busy with this month. Please do head on over too, for more inspiration!