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.

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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!

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Tags, Tags, and More Tags | Forgeries on the Fourth at CKC

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This month our inspiration kit is the July 2017 collection from Gossamer Blue. When I saw this kit, I immediately fell in love with the cute printed tags. I was sure I could forge my own.

As I looked through my kit, I spied the library pocket cards that I had chosen this month.

At the time, I wasn’t sure what I would do with them. Then an idea hit me! I could take them apart and make tags with them! I took two smaller ones and cut them apart. I punched holes in the tops, added reinforcements, and embellished them with the stickers in my kit.

Success!

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Yay! August at CKC

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Welcome to the August reveal blog hop at Counterfeit Kit Challenge! You should have landed here from Margie’s blog. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, just click back over to the CKC blog.

It’s August already! I can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by for me. This summer has been especially busy in that I am getting ready to send my oldest off to college. I am feeling both happy and sad. Watching your child go off into the world for the first time is not easy! But I know that he is ready and will have a great time at school.

So I was glad to see our inspiration kit full of bright, happy colors and fun embellishments! This month’s kit, chosen by Master Forger Stephanie, is the July 2017 kit from Gossamer Blue. This kit has navy blue, green, yellow–all colors that I love. I am especially smitten with the phrase stickers and tags!

I began my kit with the navy blue patterned paper then added the floral with navy accents as my base pieces. I chose a few more papers in coordinating colors and patterns.

As for embellishments, I added puffy letter stickers in navy, two tags, and a sticker book all inspired by the products in the kit.

As I was going through my stash, I found the small green letter stickers, journaling cards, and library pockets that all seemed to coordinate well with my kit. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with those library pockets yet. Maybe take them apart and use them as layers? Or tuck in small photographs or journaling?

I do know that I am loving this kit–which I am calling Yay!–and that this collection will be perfect for documenting the changes coming in August. Make sure to check back later this month–I’ll have some layouts posted that I created with this kit.

Your next stop on the hop is Lisa’s blog. Check out her take on this month’s inspiration kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

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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!