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Goodbye Sweet Smile | September at CKC

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Oh I have had such fun scrapping with my September kit, Sweet Smile! The inspiration kit from Felicity Jane led me to put together one of my all-time favorite counterfeit kits.

This month I made five layouts with my kit. This first page was inspired by the first challenge on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, “Sketches!”

CHALLENGE ONE: Sketches! Sketches are a great way to speed up the scrapbooking process, or at least take one decision out of the scrapbooking process. My favorite sketches are by Shimelle, so the challenge is to use a Shimelle sketch for your project. You can see her sketches and inspiration for using them here: http://www.shimelle.com/category/sketch-of-the-week/. You can use any sketch from this link, but please share which one you used with us!

I LOVE sketches so this challenge was delightful! I chose this sketch from Shimelle’s website.

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And here is my page!

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The second page for the month was based on Challenge #2, “Back to School.” You can read about it here. I not only used a lesson from Shimelle for the page, I also used another sketch.

The third page incorporated challenge #3, “Kate Spade,” as well as the two previous challenges in that I used another Shimelle sketch and made lots of layers on the page (my lesson from the “Back to School” challenge).

CHALLENGE THREE: Kate Spade Inspired I had to do it–as soon as I picked the kit, I knew this would be one of the challenges from the beginning, too, LOL! Anyway, for this challenge, I want you to be inspired by anything and everything Kate Spade. Here is a pinboard that I have created of my personal favorites:

Here is the sketch.

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And here is the page. When I saw the Kate Spade mood board, I knew I had to use the patterned paper with the bows as my background.

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The next page was inspired by a challenge on the Whimsical Musings Facebook page. The challenge was to scrapbook about “Growth.” I chose to tell the story of the little ducklings we are “growing” this year.

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Finally, I created a page using a sketch from Citrus Twist Kits and featuring that cute smiley-face patterned paper. The paper was perfect for a page about my smiley-faced youngest son.

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So, goodbye Sweet Smile! I enjoyed our time together! Check back on October 1 to see the new inspiration kit from Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

Now go create!


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5 Things I Am Loving Today

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Few things make make me happier than shopping for scrapbooking supplies, especially this time of year when all of the holiday items are coming out. I love perusing the store websites and picking my favorites. A few even make it into my stash!

Here are 5 new scrapbooking products that have caught my eye recently:

  1. These cute Halloween clips from Bella Blvd. I do not have little kids anymore, so I do not see me using these clips on a page, but I definitely would use them in my planner! How adorable would that be?sbc_bla-1320
  2. This Halloween washi tape from Doodlebug Design. I could use this on layouts, in my planner, or even on cards.330504-500x500-1
  3. These wonderful little journaling cards from Bo Bunny–perfect for fall pocket-page scrapbooking.sbc_bo-20226646_0
  4. These Thickers from American Crafts because (a) I LOVE Thickers and (b) the letters look like candy canes!336739-500x500-2
  5. This holiday collection kit from Simple Stories. I live on a farm so I tend to decorate my house in rustic farmhouse colors for Christmas. This collection will be wonderful to use for my December album.7300

I loved looking at all of the new products hitting the market. Now I just have to decide which ones I like enough to order!

Now go create!


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Simple | September at Simple Scrapper

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September at Simple Scrapper is all about living simply. I have been striving to be simpler in many areas of my life, including scrapbooking.

One easy way that I simplify scrapbooking is by using sketches. Another is to use pocket pages. Sometimes I use a sketch and a pocket page together for super quick page-creating!

My first layout uses one of this month’s Sketch/Templates along with a pocket page.

This summer my kids went mini-golfing with their church youth group. I was lucky enough to get several wonderful photos as they played. Instead of making a traditional two-page spread, I used the sketch on the left side with one focal point photo and then put the rest of my pictures in pockets on the right. Super simple!

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The second layout I made gets inspiration from this month’s Story Starter theme, Simple. I chose to document how my family is working to simplify our lives on our farm. We spend much of our time at home and outside with each other and our many animals. I reflected this theme of simplicity in my layout by using a past Sketch/Template with a simple grid design, subtle patterned paper, and minimal embellishments.

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For more inspiration, please visit the Simple Scrapper site. We are a community of supportive, nurturing scrapbookers who strive to make your memory-keeping enjoyable and personal. Come see if a membership is right for you!

Now go create!


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Back to School

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This month we are working with the fabulous August kit from Felicity Jane. I have been having so much fun with my kit, Sweet Smile–this collection is definitely one of my favorites!

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For September’s second challenge, the Master Forgers were asked, appropriately enough, to go back to school.

CHALLENGE TWO: Just One Lesson–For this challenge, we’re going “Back To School.” Go back to any class you’ve taken that is scrapbook related and just do one of the lessons. Remember you can take inspiration in any way for this challenge–your project doesn’t have to be the same as the teacher’s. Just let us know what class it’s from, and how you were inspired by the teacher. If you’ve never purchased a scrapbook class, I would recommend checking out the Twopeasinabucket channel or Crafty Jen Schow’s series on YouTube for several free classes.

Not a problem for me–I love taking classes–especially ones involving scrapbooking!

Lately I have been wanting to change up my clean and simple scrapping style and try something new–particularly adding more layers to my pages. I looked back over some of my former classes, but I did not find any lessons that related to this topic. So I found a past Glitter Girl (Shimelle Lain) episode entitled “Fearless Layer Lessons” from the Two Peas In a Bucket channel on YouTube.

I took away two main points from the video that enabled me to use more layering on my page:
1. Each element that is added to the page creates a new space to bring in yet another element.
2. Stamps are very useful in filling in small gaps on the page.

So I followed Glitter Girl’s advice and created this page.

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What fun I had going back to school! I highly encourage you to check out this video if you are interested in adding more depth to your page.

Now go create!


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Joy in 3×4 | Forgeries on the Fourth

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One of my favorite products in any collection is a sheet of cut-apart 3×4 cards. I love these cards because they are so versatile–I can journal on them, use them as a background, or turn them into an embellishment. This month’s inspiration kit at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is this lovely collection from Felicity Jane. Note the seriously cute page of cards!

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While putting together my kit, Sweet Smile, I did not have a page of 3×4 cards similar to this one, so I decided to forge my own.

First I cut several 3×4 cards out of smooth white cardstock.

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Then, after studying the designs of the original cards, I gathered some supplies that I thought might help me create my forgeries.

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The first card I made copied the grid pattern. I simply used a Tim Holtz Distress Pen and a ruler.

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The next card copied was the card with a sentiment down at the bottom.

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To forge the card with the floral ampersand, I used my Big Shot to cut an ampersand and then covered it with washi tape.

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One card has stripes on it with a journaling spot towards the bottom. I used blue washi tape to simulate the stripes and added a clear word strip.

Another card has an outlined floral pattern on it. I used a heart stamp to create this look.

The final card I copied has a pattern down at the bottom of the card with a journaling spot on the side. I used washi tape again as the pattern and added an acetate word strip on the side.

Here is my entire set of 3×4 cards ready to be used with my kit!

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Now go create!