February CKC Kit Reveal Blog Hop | Happy Little Things

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Welcome to the February Counterfeit Kit Reveal Blog Hop!

You should be arriving here from Julene’s blog. If not and you would like to see the entire hop order, just go on back to the CKC home page.

This month we have a beautiful and jam-packed inspiration kit from Noel Mignon. The Weekend in Paris kit is gorgeous! There are patterned papers in happy pinks, and greens, and blues. There are stickers, doilies, pom-poms, and enamel dots–and so much more! I loved having so many products to be inspired by as I curated my own kit.

Recently I purchased a few pieces of the My Mind’s Eye Blush collection. So I started my February kit with these pieces. Then I added these supplies:

  • patterned paper from Pink Paislee, Pinkfresh Studio, Ella & Viv, Bo Bunny, and Maggie Holmes
  • chipboard stickers from Pinkfresh Studio
  • doilies from Prima
  • stickers from Jen Hadfield
  • enamel dots from Echo Park
  • die cuts from Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper

The inspiration kit seemed to me to be fun, flirty, and just adorable. My kit gives me the same feelings! I took inspiration from one of the journaling cards on the patterned paper from Pinkfresh Studio and named my kit Happy Little Things. This kit just makes me happy!

I hope you are enjoying this month’s reveal and are inspired to create a kit that makes you happy!

Your next stop is Lisa’s blog. Enjoy!

Now go create!

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MAGIC – My One Little Word for 2018

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For the past several years, I have participated in Ali Edward’s class, One Little Word. I have chosen a word for the year and completed several exercises throughout the months to connect to my word. I feel that by choosing a word for the year, I am able to keep focus on what matters most to me at that time. This year my word is MAGIC.

The One Little Word concept fits well into my view on resolutions. I do not make specific resolutions any more. I felt that making a list of to-dos for the coming years was just setting myself up for failure. It was too easy to let that list slip to the side as other obligations arose.

Instead, I choose areas of focus for each year—broad themes that govern how I will spend my time and make decisions in the future. Over the past years these areas of focus have been mainly concerned with my family and home as I had growing children who I was homeschooling. Scrapbooking had always been on the list too because it is the main way I express my creativity.

In 2017, however, I found that my role as mother and homeschool teacher is becoming less and less the center of my life. My oldest is in college now, and my younger two children work on their own much more. I am realizing that I have a new degree of freedom to explore different areas of focus.

So this year, I have two broad areas of focus: creativity and open-mindedness.

Creativity includes exploring new ways of memory keeping, more blogging and other forms of writing, completing personal photography projects, and growing our farm into a more self-sustainable homestead.

Open-mindedness includes continuing a daily meditation practice, exploring different spiritual practices and traditions, further developing my relationship with my horse, and working on becoming stronger and healthier.

So how did I come up the word MAGIC for this year? Well, I looked at all the things I want to do in the coming months and realized that creativity and open-mindedness both instill a sense of wonder in me—creating a sense of MAGIC.

What is your word for this year?

Now go create!

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January 2018 Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to the this month’s kit reveal at Counterfeit Kit Challenge! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying the start to 2018!

(You should be arriving here from Julene’s blog. To access the entire blog hop list, go back to the CKC home page.)

We have had a few changes here at CKC—we’ve said goodbye to a few Master Forgers and are welcoming four new members to the design team—Cindy, Laura, Lori and Tina. We are thrilled to have these talented ladies on our team!

For January, Master Forger Lisa chose the Fair Isle kit from November 2017 at Cocoa Daisy as our inspiration kit. This collection is full of beautiful reds and greens, and touches of black and white. The embellishments are perfect for scrapbooking all of those holiday photographs, but versatile enough to be used for other pages as well.

To create my kit, I began by taking inspiration from the red and green color scheme and organic prints in several of the papers. I chose two Basic Grey papers in red with floral and organic patterns. I then chose a floral print with red and blue flowers and a white background. I also added a green paper with a very subtle floral print.

The inspiration kit mixed several floral and organic prints with more geometric prints—the papers with the cars, stripes, and black lettering. From my stash I pulled a paper with red musical notes, and black-and-white checked print, and a white paper with black lettering. I now felt that I had a mix of papers that echoed the colors and themes of the original.

I also added a red paper with glittered polka-dots to mimic the rhinestone embellishments in the Fair Isle kit.

Since the inspiration kit had several wood-themed embellishments (the pinecones and pine boughs), I chose a box of white-washed wooden shapes from Prima to begin rounding out my kit. Next I added a sheet of red letter stickers from October Afternoon and a pack of enamel dots in holiday colors by Echo Park. Finally I chose several die cuts from Maggie Holmes and Elle’s Studio in the same colors but lighter shades that really complement the patterned papers.

I took a cue from the swan die cut to name my kit Hello Darling—perfect for welcoming in a new year!

And now, on to see Laura’s take on this month’s kit!

Now go create!

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Under the Stars | A CKC Challenge

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My kids are all too old for trick-or-treating now so I am finding new ways to celebrate Halloween. This year we stayed at home, had a delicious meal, binge-watched Stranger Things on Netflix, and made s’mores under the stars. I knew the photographs I took on that night would be perfect to scrapbook for our second challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

Master Forger Lisa says, “November is my birthday month and those of you who know me will know that I am a passionate Scorpio! Add that in with an obsession love (!) for any paper with star, sky, or constellation design and I’m pretty much in heaven.

So, let’s get inspired by the stars or zodiac constellations and use them our projects.”

Since I only had a few stars in my kit, I went in search of more stars in my stash. I found two gold stars and several puffy sticker stars. Perfect for this page!

Now go create!

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Remembering the Little Things | November at Simple Scrapper

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What are those little things that you are enjoying right now? Those things that you think you will always remember but quickly fade from memory as life marches on? I know that I always think I will remember the things that are important to me at some point in time, but my memory often fails me. So I have begun documenting more of my everyday life in hopes of leaving a record of the things that have been important to me.

To document my current favorites, I used a sketch from the Simple Scrapper membership. This sketch allows for five photographs—plenty of room to showcase pictures of the little things in life. Right now I am enjoying riding my horse, times when my children are all together again (my oldest is off at college), doing barn chores on sunny mornings, watching my cat sleep in my IKEA cart, and soaking up the beauty of nature.

There are also specific days of which I want to remember every single detail. This month’s story starters are all about writing letters, so I wrote a letter to myself about a recent wonderful day I shared with my family. I turned this page into a two-page spread in order to give enough room to the journaling and include several photographs.

 

To find out more about the joys of membership at Simple Scrapper, visit the membership site.

Now go create!

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