Summer Love | CKC July Kit Reveal Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to the July Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop! You should be arriving here from Julene’s blog. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, just head back over to the CKC blog. And now on with the reveal!

This month I have the pleasure of bringing you the inspiration kit and challenges. When pondering what kind of kit I would like to be inspired by this month, I envisioned a collection with bright colors, fun patterns, and cool embellishments. I found all three in the August 2016 kit “Walden Pond” from Cocoa Daisy. The kit has bold blues, and greens, and yellows. The patterned papers are a nice mix of geometric and organic shapes. And the embellishments—well I just LOVE those swirls!

When I began putting together my kit, I remembered that I had an October Afternoon summer collection that I bought a few years ago that would be a perfect starting point. The kit already had patterned paper, stickers, enamel dots, and washi tape, so I just added a few more summery embellishments and this month’s kit, which I named Summer Love, was complete!

I am SO excited to use this kit! I already have tons of photographs from this summer to scrap. And I am using up my stash!

The next stop on the hop is Leslie’s blog. And, if you haven’t already, make sure to stop by and visit our Guest Designer for July—Megan Blethen. She blogs at Crafty Meggy. We are so glad she is with us this month!

Now go create!


About Us | June with Simple Scrapper

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Many of my scrapbook pages document what it is like for me to be a mom. However, I find that I do not scrap much about my husband being a dad. Very few of my pages are dedicated to this topic. So I was overjoyed to see this month’s Story Starters at Simple Scrapper: Man of the House—a perfect opportunity to specifically document my husband’s role as Dad.

This layout features a cute photograph of my husband and son at our local fire department where we volunteer. My husband is teaching my son how to check the engine of the fire truck. I used two hearts, two birds, and the ampersand symbol as embellishments to symbolize the two people in the picture.

For my second layout this month, I decided to be inspired by the journaling cards in our June collection. Using just cardstock, patterned paper, and die cuts, I created several accent cards for my weekly Project Life spread.

To get access to the monthly Spark magazine full of creative ideas, become a member of Simple Scrapper today!

Now go create!


Olivia | June at Counterfeit Kit Challenge

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Welcome to the June Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal blog hop! You should have arrived from Clair’s blog. (If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, just click back to the CKC blog.)

This month our inspiration kit is this gorgeous collection by Felicity Jane—Willow. The lovely pinks and blues and florals in this kit immediately drew my eye.

I began assembling my kit by choosing patterned papers with colors similar to the ones found in the kit—pink and blue with a touch of yellow and two florals. I added a few chipboard and cardstock die cuts, similar to those found in the die cut package in the kit. I was inspired by the puffy sticker bow so I included some ribbon in my kit. I also added two packages of puffy stickers, both with a floral theme seen in the paper and stickers in the inspiration kit. My final additions were pink-and-gold Thickers, pink and blue word stickers, and pink-and-blue floral washi tape.

I love the soft, organic feel of my June kit, which I am calling Olivia in honor of my daughter’s new horse who joined our family today!

Please check back later on this month to see the projects I create with this kit. I am so excited to work with this collection!

Your next stop on today’s hop is Lisa’s blog. Click on over to see her take on this month’s inspiration kit!

Now go create!


Contrasting Styles

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Do you know your scrappy style? I know my style—now. I spent many years exploring different styles to find what kind of scrapbooking I loved best. I tried shabby chic, grunge, vintage, and mixed media—just to name a few. Even though I had fun experimenting with each of these styles, I knew that my true style was somewhat simple, clean, and colorful.

However, I still enjoy playing with bits and pieces of other styles now and then. To find inspiration for using different styles, I visited the style Pinterest boards at Get It Scrapped. I then chose two contrasting styles to use on my page.

I wanted to scrap these photographs I took of my farm using the Hipstamatic app on my phone. So I perused the Style:Filtered Pinterest board first. The pins reminded me of the 1970s, so I layered papers with a retro look underneath my photographs.

I was aware that the pictures on my page are quite bold and the patterned papers are somewhat busy. In order to contrast with the photo block element on my page, I turned to inspiration from the Style:Industrial Pinterest board. This style is stark and sleek with lots of black and white.

I used a plain white background with a touch of black on each side to contrast with the vivid photo block. By using these contrasting styles, I was able to create a page that has visual interest, contrast, and allows my photographs to shine.

To see how other Design Team members used contrasting styles on their pages, head over to the Get It Scrapped blog.

Now go create!


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.

Now go create!