Sunday, 18 March 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge prompt #2 March 2018

It's time for Challenge #2 over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog today and Susan has challenged us to use this rather delightful sketch!

Source here

I decided to make it easy for myself and stay relatively true to the original design but ended up making it a little Lisa at the same time!

My kit had lots of items that seemed to really just fit together well so I picked these out to make my layout seem harmonious and used a single photo to sum up the feelings I wanted to convey.

I'm keeping it short and sweet today so if you want to check out the other Master Forger creations, then head over to the CKC here to see what they made. Don't forget to share you own pages, You can find out how over in this blog post! We love it when you share so please do :-)

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge March kit reveal blog hop

Well, that went fast!

February was a LOAD month for me which meant that I was scrapping up a storm all month and ended the month 28 layouts heavier than I started! It wasn't quite a layout each day but 28 in 28 is success for me! And I made 13 layouts from my February kit which is amazing because I actually thought I might get 6 and when I reached 8 I genuinely thought I was done with the kit. It really was the kit that just kept giving. Check out my layouts in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community if you're interested.

But you're not here for that. I'm hoping you're hopping along with the CKC blog hop today to reveal the March kit for which we're shaking things up....

You should have reached me from the wonderful Leslie here and next up is sweet Lori here and make sure that you catch up with our Guest Designer Libeeti here who makes the most amazing mixed media projects. You'll be in awe!

This month, Master Forger Susan decided to go a different route with the kit she picked out for us to counterfeit. She decided to follow along with Jill Sprott's Stash-Busting Challenge (find out all about that challenge here). She followed the guidelines and came up with her beautiful Little Bits of Happy kit full of pretty scraps and gorgeous bits and pieces. We were told to take our kit in any direction we wanted based on her kit which was based on the inspiration! Confused? You will be!

She gives a full explanation over at the Counterfeit blog here if you are scratching your head.

Anyway, here's her kit, Little Bits of Happy. She gives you lots and lots of detail shots over on the CKC blog which were really useful for me when I pulled together my own kit.

And here's mine, Evolve (because putting this kit together was defiantly a sort of evolution!):

I started off by picking out papers that matched - more or less - the colours and designs that Susan had picked out. All but on of mine are full sheets because that's my main focus for most of my scrapping. I need to make another kit with scraps I think but for now, I wanted to concentrate on som of the papers that have been on my shelf for some time. There's Stories, Crate, My Mind's Eye, Theresa Collins, Shimelle and Scrapperin.

Then I added in a whole bunch of scraps of speciality papers. Acetate, vellum, tissue paper - all bits and pieces that I am loathe to use up because I love it too much!

Then I moved on to the embellishments. I tried to match up items from Susan's kit by type - die cuts, puffy stickers, tag, journalling cards, twine, stars, veneer, washi etc even if I added in more. She had included some BasicGrey stickers and I had some leftover die cut shapes from the same collection so in they went. I still need more puffy stickers!

These small journaling cards are fun to use but I haven't included any pocket page cards which I meant to. I will probably try to add some in because I am definitely not using these up quickly enough. Of course I included several alphabets of different sizes, fonts and colours to give variety. I tend to add more in throughout the month but that's ok. Every letter used on a layout is a letter gone from the pack!

Well, there you go! It's quite a bit kit but not as big as last month I think. I see quite a lot of interesting combinations (and b-sides) which could be interesting to mix things up. I'm excited to get scrapping.

Thanks for dropping by and here's the full blog hop list in case you get lost along the way:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog -
Guest Designer Libeeti -
Kelly -
Leslie -
Lisa -
Lori -
Margie -
Tina -
Laura - 

We love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using our Link-Up Page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community or on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and use the tag #counterfeitkitchallenge).

Monday, 12 February 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Challenge #1 - I love Paris

It's time for Challenge #1 over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and Julene asked us to make a page with the prompt "I love Paris".

No problem for me. Everyone knows that I love Paris and I've made several pages about that romantic city over the last month or so. Therefore, I decided to make a layout about my trip to the west of France from the beginning of the month instead.

I just couldn't reduce the number of photos I wanted to include on my page so I just jiggled the photos around until I found a way to squeeze them all onto one 12x12. It's not my favourite ever page but I still love it!

Julene suggested that we channel our inner Paris by using elements which remind us of the city or incorporating lace, beads, pearls or anything that suggest the romance of the place.

I had included lots of these types of embellishments into my February kit, Amour, and had a lot of fun using some bits and pieces that I haven't used for a long time - beaded flowers, lace, metal corners. The layout is a bit more dimensional than usual but I really do think it's reminiscent of Paris and France in general.

The paper in the background here is actually postcards and envelopes covered in French printing and writing. You can't really see it but I know it's there and therefore, it's perfect.

The title just came to me when I looked through the photos. I also picked out the softer colours from my kit that seemed to complement the stone and antique shades in the photos. Soft aquas, stone, cream, gold, greens.

Several visual triangles have been used in the hope of helping the viewer work their way around this rather busy page. Hope that works!

And that's it for now! My third page with my Amour kit and a layout that is a perfect reminder of one of the best weekends I've had in years. This is such a beautiful part of the country and I can imagine making one or two more layouts about my time there.

In the meantime, head over to the blog to see what the others have produced and don't forget to link up your own creations:


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Forgery on the Fourth - February 2018

Back again with a really quick and easy idea for my Counterfeit Kit Challenge February kit, Amour.

The original Noel Mignon Weekend in Paris kit had some rather delightful ribbon bows and these seemed perfect for me to copy for my own kit.

I went though my ribbons and found some that seemed suitable.

Then I just folded it over for form the bow part and secured it with a few stitches.

And then I cut a really small piece of ribbon and wrapped it round the centre with a few sturdy stitches at the back. This bit was a bit fiddly but only because I have no patience!

Trim the tails et voilĂ !

Three cute bows which I will no doubt use for cards that I intend to hand deliver because of the bulk and dimension. You know me, I always find the easy way to make things ;-)

Will you give these a try or do you have another idea for some of your own forgeries?

I've included a list of printables over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog too with themes that match the original kit so check those out too!

Don't forget that you can share you Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits and pages/projects on the CKC blog here, over in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community here or over on Instagram here (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge February kit reveal blog hop

Welcome to February and to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge February kit reveal blog hop. 

I can't say I'm sorry to be saying goodbye to January and hope that February does more to lift the spirits! But a new month and a new scrapbooking kit full of scrummy products is sure to help.

Hopefully you've reached me via Kelly's blog here and up next is Laura who you can find on her Instagram feed here. Of course, you mustn't forget to head over to our very lovely Guest Designer Monica who we are thrilled to have join us (head over to her blog Monica's Craft Corner). The full blog hop list can be found at the end of the post. Make sure to check out the full list as the girls are rocking their stuff at the moment and you won't want to miss out on any of it. :-) 

Julene picked out our kit this month. She decided to delight us with the Noel Mignon Weekend in Paris kit(s) (the link will take you to the Daily Diary kit shown in the photo below) 

Noel Mignon - Weekend in Paris - Daily Diary kit

But there was also a Classic kit (see photo below) that has since sold out (you can see more of the details of this kit in this YouTube video by Rock Paper Treasures here)

Noel Mignon - Weekend in Paris - Classic kit

Julene has also pulled together a Pinterest inspiration board for these kits that you can find here - some super ideas over there so be sure to take a look. 

Before I go into all the ins and outs of how I put my kit together, let me share "Amour" with you. Perfect for February don't you think!

I looked at the content list for the Daily Diary kit and then the unboxing video of the Classic kit and noted down a whole list of colours (pink, green, yellow, black, cream), themes (hot air balloons, whimsy, fairground, Paris), patterns (repeating, stripes, squiggles, chevrons, circles, colour wash) and emotions (happy, fun, romantic).

Rather than trying to match the kit piece by piece, I then went off and started with my Crate Paper collection to see what I had that matched what I felt when looking at the original. There were several from the Oasis collection - bright strips, ombré, cut apart labels, flamingos, large repeating circles. From there I just built up colours and motives to match the inspiration kit. Some balloons and fairground from Echo Park, water colour and geometrics from Pink Paislee, a gold heart printed vellum, small all over stars from BasicGrey, collage letters, starburst and cut apart cards from Webster's Pages. Beautiful. I finished off this starting point with some sheets of tickets from Echo Park that really need using up.

I really wanted to play up the Paris and romantic part of the inspiration kit so I added in some of the left over pocket cards and stickers from Kesi 'art Moonlight collection which include a lot of French. And a brand new set of stickers from oneCanoetwo's Creekside collection added in a romantic travel feeling.

When I looked at all the embellishments in the Noel Mignon kit, I had a feeling of nostalgia with the florals, pompoms, tickets, metal shapes and of course the ribbon bows so I made sure to include a lot of older bits and pieces which I might have used a few years ago. This will be the chance for me to see if I can still use them or if they need to be donated out of my stash.

There were lots and lots of embellies in both the original kits so I felt ok to also add in loads to mine. You can see several rolls of washi, some random die cuts, tickets, labels.

Some clips and veneer words match up to the clips and acetate words in the original kits.

I love enamel dots so a fresh pack of those found their way in and they have the perfect colours. A gold dotted alpha was close to the original and I included two smaller alphas because I always reach for those. In line with the romantic, vintage feel of Weekend In Paris, I dug out several small lengths of lace which would be great to use and these cameo elements which I've never used. There are quite a few flowers too which I'm curious to see if I can work onto my layouts! In the past, no layout was complete without them but I hardly ever use them any more.

I found some metal elements in my stash and added them in along with some flair, pompoms and an assortment of older embellishments which seemed to fit.

Yes, it's a huge kit! But it's the only one I have on the go at the moment so I think that's ok. I've already cut into it for a few layouts which I hope to share soon and have some ideas for some others too. My target is 6 pages which I think is no problem at all with all these supplies!

I'm excited to see what February brings, are you?

Here's the full blog hop list and don't forget that you can share you Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits and pages/projects on the CKC blog here, over in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community here or over on Instagram here (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

And now over to you!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - January 2018 mini kit

I volunteered for mini-kit duty in January because I knew that I wanted to try to get ahead with my Project Life for 2017 and I've really been enjoying making up these smaller (though still pretty big!) selections that get used for a particular project.

I picked out the Cocoa Daisy November Fair Isle kit for us to be inspired because I loved the mix of wintery, Christmassy and neutral colours which could give each of us somewhere different to go.

My mind went in many different directions and it took me a while to settle on how my kit was going to come together. But when I looked at the patterned papers in the kit, my eye settled on the florally, leafy print in those gorgeous soft pinks, greens and shades of orange.

It suddenly reminded me of the BasicGrey Indian Summer collection from way back when. I pulled the papers in the collection and selected one sheet that then formed the centre point of my kit. So, from a distinctly wintery, Christmassy kit I've made a kit that's distinctly autumnal - perfect!

Here's my January kit, "Together".

It looks bigger than it really is! There's the one sheet of 12x12 and all the rest of the papers are from my scrap box and PL card box.

I added in a whole bunch of die cuts, a couple of tags from previous kits and lots of little bits and pieces that I could imagine being useful for decorating pocket page cards. As luck (or it *might* have been a little planned) would have it, the next spreads I need to do for PL will be September and October which of course are perfect for the colours and embellishments I've added in here.

I struggle with alphas for the smaller canvas of pocket cards so I added in a couple of smaller fonts so that I have more choice.

You will already have seen this die cut which I "forged" using the inspiration from the original kit. It also gave me the name for this kit (gather is a name I've used before).

Labels, die cuts, gems and nature inspired elements inspired by the original kit. I added in sequins rather than the gold stars and included a few bird veneers instead of more die cuts.

It looks like a lot and I knew I probably wouldn't use it all. I had two months in my PL album in mind to complete and I thought that I might be able to find a way to use this kit for both. Let's see how that works out...

Well, as it would happen I managed to get October 2017 completed using just some of the papers and embellishments and has enough left over to get September done (I'll share that if when I get that done)!


I feel like journalling is missing but to be honest, I wasn't sure about where to put it! This process is still not settled and it's not yet getting any easier for me. Nor am I any quicker. I think I need to think about this a bit more for 2018 to get it clearer in my head. But for now, I want to get 2017 finished so that I can move on. I think I have almost 7 months done now and quite a bit of September done too so it's coming along.

But when I look at the gorgeous pages out there and our very own Master Forger Susan's delightful pages, I know I have a long way to go! Ha ha.

More soon, but for now, thanks for being here today and make sure you play along over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. All info about how to join in and where you can find us in on the blog here.


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