Welcome back to Guesting with Ruby Naz!
I’m happy to introduce my next guest: Taheerah Atchia!! If you don’t know her, you’re missing out! She’s an amazing crafter and writer and overall person. Check out her new blog and leave her some love!
Don’t forgive to visit my earlier guests. You can also find all of the posts under Guesting (in the bar menu at the top of my site):
Tell us a little about yourself and your craft journey.
Hi! I’m Taheerah. I’m a geek. And I like to make stuff.
I like in the UK with my wonderful cats, and I work in IT, building and testing software. I’m a scientist at heart (I have a degree in Astrophysics), but I’ve always also been creative. I like to balance all the technical, thinking work I do in my day job with doing something with my hands, which is where crafting comes in! I decided one day to try making some Christmas cards after seeing a kit on a TV shopping channel, but found I was very quickly bored by the ‘cut and stick’ nature of that and decided I wanted to ‘do thing properly’! Since then it’s been a rollercoaster ride which brings me to today, where I work on several Design Teams and have just this week unveiled my brand new website!!
What are you most grateful for in regards to crafting?
Without a doubt, the people I’ve met. From company owners, to fellow designers, to commenters on my blog – everyone is so kind and supportive and encouraging, and it really makes it all worthwhile. I consider crafty friends amongst some of my closest friends!
What inspires you to create?
I love taking cues from trends in fashion, interior design, and colour. Often just one element or product will set my brain whirring and that’s what I’ll use as the basis for my design, and everything just grows organically from there! I also love looking at the work of fellow designers and seeing what they’ve done often inspires me when I’m in a creative rut.
How do you personally define success?
I think success is in being yourself, accepting yourself exactly as you are, and finding happiness in the life you lead through being yourself. That’s what I want to inspire in others, too.
What do you hope to improve on in the following year?
I want to ‘up my game’ in a number of ways. I’d love to be as popular as some of the really big names out there, but through doing my own thing and finding my own place. One specific thing I really want to improve on is in turning out more videos, and getting some of the previous challenges and features on my site going again.
What is the most wonderful part of being you?
That’s a really difficult question for someone who’s their own worst critic! But some of the things I love the most about myself are that I am myself without fear, I strive to make the world a better place, and I always make time to be kind to others.
What would you like to simplify in your life?
I would like to find a better balance – work, life, money, purpose. I’m ambitious and it means I can overextend by trying to do too much, and that’s an ongoing challenge to try to find a way to do everything I want to without burning out or feeling disappointed that I’m not fixing everything in the world!
What advice do you have for new crafters?
Have fun with it and learn by doing! Watch crafting videos to pick up some tips, start with some good quality but basic staples, and just be you. Don’t be afraid to make ‘mistakes’ – experiment and find your own style that’s an expression of you!
I’ve a couple of cards for you today, showing off a couple of things I love the most!!
The first is inspired by a love of geeks and a love of cats!!
I love having bold, stationery-like cards, with a few extra details! I stamped the cat and made him the focal point, but added a little watercolouring and splatter to make him on trend!
The cat stamp actually has a heart in the centre of the speech bubble so I used selective inking to not ink up the heart, and then I built my own custom sentiment myself using alphabet stamps.
My next card shows off my love of a particular colour palette of while, blush and gold – you’ll see that this is the colour scheme of my new website too!
I broke out my Minc foiling machine and did a bit of colour blocking with some luscious gold foil! I love geometrics too and this particular design was based on a business card design I found on Pinterest!
I also love hand lettering so this sentiment from Concord & 9th makes the perfect statement! I stamped it several times, making use of my Mini MISTI to do so, then fussy cut the words and adhered them in place using dimensional glue. I love how the words feel like they’re floating off the card!
Thanks so much to Ruby for having me here today! I’ve had a wonderful time and hope you’ve all enjoyed getting to know me better! As I mentioned earlier, I’ve just launched my new site and would love if you would take a look around – I’m hosting a Launch Party and MEGA giveaway to celebrate so you really ought to check it out!!
Thanks for stopping by!