Rain, Rain, Go Away

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Welcome to mini-kit day at Counterfeit Kit Challenge!

This month in North Carolina we have had amazing amounts of rainfall. So I was very intrigued by this month’s inspiration kit from Gossamer Blue. The blues in the kit reflect the rainy weather I have been experiencing lately.

So when I came up with my mini-kit for this month, I started with a patterned paper in blue with raindrops. I added a darker yellow paper, white foam words, wood veneer pieces, word stickers, and enamel dots—all inspired by the original kit.

I decided to use this mini-kit to make a layout for my Project Life album, documenting a particularly rainy week in April. I love the cool tones and simplicity of this spread—perfect for telling the story of this week.

Don’t forget to check out the mini-kits from the rest of the Master Forgers—just head on back to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

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Feelin’ Fresh

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When spring rolls around each year, I want to clean. I want to throw open the windows and let fresh air in. I want to get rid of the clutter that has accumulated over the winter. I want to use fun and bright colors on my pages!

In honor of this fresh start that spring brings, our first challenge for April at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is Feelin’ Fresh! Choose an object from real life or online (think Pinterest perhaps) that says FRESH & let it inspire your project. Color, shape, pattern – maybe it reminds you of a memory!

So I chose to use this fresh color scheme as inspiration for my page for this month’s challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. I am using my kit for this month, Snapshot, based on the inspiration kit Ashton Court by Cocoa Daisy.

This color scheme was perfect for showcasing photographs of my daughter and me at our recent horse show. We both did well—the show was a great start to our spring show season.

Make sure to check out the projects made by the rest of the team on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Also, we would love for you to join our new Facebook Community!

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The Big Things and the Little Things | April at Simple Scrapper

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Since the beginning of this year, many big things have occurred in my family. One big event was my son turning 18. For his birthday, we purchased a car for him. It was a complete surprise! Luckily, I was able to get some photographs of him as he first laid eyes on his new Jeep. I just love the look of disbelief on his face!

Of course I could not wait to scrap this momentous occasion, so my first layout at Simple Scrapper this months tells this story. I used one of April’s Sketch/Templates to help me create this page. The photos are not very bright, so I used a bold yellow background and gold accents to reflect the celebratory theme of my page.

After scrapbooking about such a major event, I turned to a simpler theme for my next page—my LOVE for warm weather. Using one of this month’s Story Starters, I documented how much I enjoy summer and sunny weather.

All the patterned papers I used complement the pictures—the green paper for the vibrant grass and leaves, the yellow paper for the bright sun, and the cloud paper for the beautiful sky.

If you would like access to all of the Sketch/Template and Story Starter inspiration over at Simple Scrapper—you are in luck! Memberships are now open! Head on over to the membership page at Simple Scrapper to sign up.

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Snapshot | April at Counterfeit Kit Challenge

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Happy April and welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop! You should have come over from Clair’s blog. If you would like to see the full list of participants, just click back over the CKC blog!

This month Leslie has chosen Ashton Court from Cocoa Daisy as our inspiration kit. This collection is fun, vibrant, and completely adorable!

As I was perusing Ashton Court, I noticed the cute camera puffy sticker and bright patterned papers in the kit. I let these products be my guide as I assembled my own kit. I began with a patterned paper with a camera print from Simple Stories. I added several more papers in bold colors and geometric prints .

For embellishments, I have two packs of die cuts, coordinating stickers, camera clips, brads, and fun printed photo corners. I am calling this month’s kit Snapshot.

Your next stop is Lisa’s blog. Head on over to see her take on this fun kit!

Now go create!


Celebrate Spring | 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month

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It is almost the end of the month (again!) and I am just now writing about my kit and sketch for March. I have been scrapping some—not nearly as much as I would like though–and blogging even less. Spring time has been busy!

In honor of spring, I selected a collection of supplies that celebrate the beauty and wonder of this season. I call this kit Celebrate Spring!

I began with this paper from Shimelle’s Little by Little collection. I loved the handmade look of the paper, the pretty pink color, and the mix of florals and polka dots. The rest of my papers stick to a color scheme of pink, yellow, and blue. I mixed in more stripes, florals, and polka dots.

The embellishments I chose include die cuts, puffy stickers, flat stickers, rhinestones, butterflies, chipboard die cuts, enamel dots, letter stickers, and washi tape. My favorite embellishments are these butterflies from Maggie Holmes. (**A complete list of supplies is at the end of the post.**)

I have been working with this sketch this month.

The first layout I made told the story of my son and daughter volunteering to help at various events at our church. The photographs are from the recent Valentine’s Day Pancake Breakfast. They both helped prepare and serve the food. I am very proud of their generous spirit!

The layout stuck fairly closely to the sketch. The background patterned paper I used at the top of the page is somewhat bold, so I simply used white cardstock at the bottom to give the eye a place to rest. The die cuts from the Tealightful collection from Pebbles were perfect as accents to the page!

The second layout features pictures of my son and husband at a recent grass fire. The two of them are both volunteers at our local fire department. I wanted to document their service to our community.

For this page, I turned the sketch so that the photos were at the top of the page. It was a challenge to create this page from a collection with so many pinks. I chose a color scheme of yellow, blue, and red and used the papers and embellishments I had that fit this scheme. I love the simplicity of the page and the pops of red against the lighter blues and yellows.

The final layout I have made thus far flips the sketch so that the photographs are on the left side. This arrangement fit my pictures well, since my daughter is looking off to the right in the bottom photo.

This page tells the story of my daughter taking Chinese classes at the school run by our local Chinese Association. For this layout, I used lots of layers under the photos as well as more embellishments. I love the butterfly in the lower corner symbolizing my daughter’s growth in beginning a new adventure as well as learning a new language.

I have a few more days left this month so I am hoping to get a more layouts done with the Celebrate Spring collection. Happy Spring!

Now go create!

**Complete list of supplies**
Patterned paper:
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, Seeing Magic
Doodlebug, Spring Things, Bitty Bees
American Crafts, Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day, C’est La Vie
Pebbles, Lullaby, Woodland Baby Boy
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 06
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 08
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 10
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 24
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, Seek the Moment
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, What a Hoot
American Crafts, Amy Tangerine, On a Whim, Sprinkle
Embellishments:
Shimelle, Little by Little washi tape
Pebbles, Lullaby Baby Girl ephemera
Pebbles, Sunshiny Days letter stickers
Pebbles, Maggie letter stickers
Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day chipboard stickers
Pebbles, Simple Life puffy stickers
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams butterflies
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams rhinestones
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams phrase stickers
Pebbles, Tealightful ephemera
Pebbles, Tealightful puffy stickers
Pinkfresh, The Mix No 1 puffy stickers