In Black-and-White

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In August, my oldest child went off to college. This change has not been an easy one for me. I am so happy that my son is growing up and taking this next step in his life. But I am also sad that he is no longer around all the time. It has been odd to all of a sudden only have two children at home. I have been journaling and scrapbooking about this time in my life a lot–it has been helping me work through my ever-changing feelings.

I took this story and used it as the basis for this month’s first challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This month we are using the St. Tropez collection from Prima as our inspiration kit.

And here is our challenge: One of St. Tropez’ famous residents was Bridget Bardot. Most photographs and films of her were in black-and-white. Use a black-and-white photo(s) on a colored background.

The papers in my kit, Wandering, have a definite vintage feel and some are quite dark. In order to have my photograph stand out against this background, I chose a picture that is fairly simple in composition and converted it to black-and-white. I love the look of the monochromatic print against the mix of vintage prints.

Make sure to check out the projects from the rest of the Master Forgers for this month’s first challenge on the CKC blog.

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Fancy Flowers | CKC Forgeries on the Fourth

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Many years ago in the world of scrapbooking, small paper flowers in glass bottles from Prima were all the rage. I must admit that I succumbed to the loveliness of these flowers and purchased several bottles. Today I have three remaining bottles of flowers, and I must say that I do not use them very often. I tend to reach for newer products and leave these cute flowers on my shelf.

However, this month our inspiration kit comes from Prima and includes a whole slew of gorgeous paper flowers. The ones in the collection are much fancier than mine–so I decided to forge my own!

I simply layered the unadorned flowers and added enamel dots and crystals from my stash. Such an easy way to re-create the flowers in the kit! I know these forged flowers will somehow make it onto a page or two this month.

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Wandering | October Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop

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Welcome to the October Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop! Hopefully you’ve made the jump here from Margie’s blog. If not, click on back to the CKC site to see the full blog hop list.

Another month is here with a brand new inspiration kit chosen by Master Forger Julene. She picked the lovely new collection from Prima—St. Tropez. This collection is gorgeous with its vintage travel theme and beautiful floral touches. (Go here to see the entire collection up close).

When I began putting my kit together, I wanted my collection to have a travel theme like the original. However, I knew I wouldn’t be visiting a seaside village in France any time soon. At this time of year, I’m most likely just wandering around my farm enjoying the cooler weather and the turning of the season.

So I began with a floral paper that reminds me of the gorgeous flowers that bloom here during the end of summer and beginning of fall. The rest of the papers coordinate well with the floral and have more subdued patterns to balance the floral. My favorite paper is the pink woodgrain. This pattern was a wonderful find in my stash!

For the embellishments, I tried to stick closely to the type of products in the inspiration kit. I have chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, crystals, ephemera, and, of course, Prima flowers.

Because this kit is inspired by walks around my farm, I am calling this collection Wandering. Make sure to check back later in the month to see my creations from this kit!

And now, the next stop is Lisa’s blog to see her interpretation of the St. Tropez collection. Thanks for visiting today!

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Major Milestones | August at Simple Scrapper

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July marked two major milestones in my life: my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and our kitchen was completely remodeled. It was a very busy month! Luckily I had time to scrapbook each of these events–by using Story Starters and Collection sketches from the membership at Simple Scrapper made creating these pages very easy!

For our anniversary, my husband and I bought each other matching Apple watches. Even though something silver is a more traditional gift, we decided that our gift would be technology. Now we can text each other from our wrists! I used this month’s Story Starters, Tech Today, to spark this story.

After living in our house for almost nine years, we finally decided to remodel our kitchen. We put in new cabinets, a new sink, and a new microwave. We were without a working kitchen for about six weeks, which was tough. But in the end, our kitchen turned out wonderfully. I used a Collection sketch to inspire this layout about the remodel.

If you are not a member of the Simple Scrapper community, you are missing out on a wonderful group of women all dedicated to making scrapbooking an integral yet stress-free part of your life. Check out all the benefits of membership here.

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Being Wordy

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This month at Counterfeit Kit Challenge, our inspiration kit comes from Gossamer Blue.

From this collection, I was inspired to put together this kit, Yay!, to use this month.

For the first challenge of August, Master Forger Stephanie challenged us to use phrase stickers on our layout. Here is what we had to do:
Surely all of us have some phrase stickers in our stash – those label-type stickers with words or quotes on them. Phrase stickers are usually used as a simple embellishment, but for this challenge I’d like to see them take center stage on your project. Use them to create journaling, a title or as a major design accent. The more phrase stickers used, the better 🙂

In my kit, I had included a sheet of yellow phrase stickers from Pinkfresh Studios. They were perfect for adding to the journaling on this page I made about a recent trip to a local farmer’s market.

To see the rest of the layouts for this challenge, head on over to the CKC blog. And don’t forget to post your challenge layouts here:
• post on your blog or our Flickr group
• link up on the Monthly Link Up page
• link up and join in the chat on the Facebook Counterfeit Kit Challenge Community
• don’t forget to like our Facebook Counterfeit Kit Challenge page too!

Now go create!