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Serendipity

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This month at Counterfeit Kit Challenge, we are working with the March kit from The Papier Werkstatt. The collection is neutral–lots of krafts and soft colors. My kit, Antique Butterfly, has kraft as the inspiration color, but ended up having a much more vintage style.

Another aspect of the inspiration kit is its use of supplies that we do not normally see in scrapbooking, such as felt and handmade paper. The second challenge this month for the Master Forgers is to use a similar item in our project.

CHALLENGE TWO: Outside the Stash – incorporate something non-scrapbook stash related onto your project. Our inspiration kit features a sheet of handmade paper and some thick felt to create a mini-book, neither of which are usually found in our everyday stash. So follow its lead and find something from outside your scrapbooking stash to include on your project.

As I looked around outside my scrap room for something to use in my layout, I spied this gift bag that was destined for the trash.

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My husband had recently used it to give me a present for our 24th anniversary. I was going to save the bag to use again, but somehow holes had been torn into the bag(?). So before I tossed it, I cut some of the paper from the bag and a little bit of the gold tissue paper from inside.

Both of these items now reside on my page–which documents the gift that was in the bag! Very serendipitous!

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Make sure to visit the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see how the other Master Forgers interpreted this challenge.

Now go create!


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Make the Days Count

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Recently we took a trip to Celebration Station with my kids’ youth group. It was the first time my youngest son had ever been. He was so excited to ride on the go-carts. I took some great shots of him speeding around the track.

One of the photos I enlarged and used a sketch from Scrapbook Challenges to document my son’s ride. I usually do not leave off journaling from a page, but on this layout, I felt that his smile told the entire story!

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To see more interpretations of this sketch, check out the Scrapbook Challenges blog.

Now go create!


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Antique Butterfly | August CKC Blog Hop

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Welcome to the last stop on the August Counterfeit Kit Challenge reveal blog hop! I know you have seen so many inspiring kits along the way. (If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop–just go to the blog.)

This month we are using the March kit from The Papier Werkstatt in Germany. This collection is a beautiful collection of softly-hued papers and kraft embellishments. To make my kit, I began gathering papers in the same colors–kraft, pink, light blue, and brown. One paper has butterflies, inspired by the butterfly die cut in the embellishments.

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While the original kit does not have a very vintage feel, my kit definitely does! So I am calling my August kit Antique Butterfly.

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Since I do not normally work with products with such a vintage look, I am excited to explore this kit during August. Check back later this month to see what I create!

Thanks for stopping by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop today!

Now go create!


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Lesson Learned

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This month the Master Forgers were inspired by this kit from the Scrapbook and Cards Today Crop & Create Summer 2015 kit. This collection is full of summery colors and embellishments.

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For my kit, Summer Sizzle, I included products that echoed the color scheme of the original. I began with an old Photo Freedom kit then added more seasonal supplies, including some very old colored corrugated cardboard photo mats.

Overall, this kit included some of the oldest products from my stash. I think that is why, for the first time ever since discovering Counterfeit Kit Challenge, I had trouble making pages with a kit.

I completed a two-page spread for one of this month’s challenges. I also made this page for another challenge: Inspired by Beach Reading – take a cue from these covers – subject, title, colors, layout or any other way that sparks your imagination.  These are from Popsugar’s website here, along with more examples there.  Let us know which one you choose to inspire your project.

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Here I cheated a little. Instead of being inspired by the covers to make a layout, I used this prompt to make a layout of books that I have read so far this year. I thought it would be fun to document what I have read so far this year. Then at the end of the year I can add more pages showing the books I read in the second half of 2016.

After making these two spreads, I looked at the last challenge: Sitting in the Shade–Want to stay out of the sun altogether, then why not be inspired by word games, like crossword puzzles, anagrams, jumbles.  Or if you are a numbers person, how about Sudoku?   Any of these can be found in the Sunday paper.  They all make for relaxing fun when it’s too hot to be doing much else.  This challenge was inspired by the Pebbles papers in the kit called Puzzled and Sunday Paper from their Happy Day line. (Note:  This line was mistakenly identified as part of their Homegrown line in the Crop & Create Delivered web post.)

Then I looked at the product I had left. I was totally uninspired. I could not think of one way to use up the supplies I had and meet the challenge. Since I had a few more pocket pages left as well as some everday-themed cards, I finally put together a few pages with random photos of our every day life. I used up a lot of product and documented several photos, but I did not really make any more pages that thrilled me.

What did I learn from this experience? Well, I think when I start with older product, I need to mix it with relatively new supplies so my entire page does not look dated. I will definitely keep this fact in mind as I put together future kits.

Check back on August 1 to see next month’s kit reveal at Counterfeit Kit Club. I can already tell you that my next kit is going to be very different from this month’s!

Now go create!


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Dotty for Dots

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I love a good polka dot. This pattern is so versatile and classic that it can be used in a variety of ways on your pages. Here are some of my current favorite polka dot papers.

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Kaisercraft, Pop Collection, Polka

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Lawn Fawn, Mon Amie Collection, Let’s Polka, Mint

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Doodlebug Design, Fun in the Sun Collection, Polka Dot Party

Polka dots also appear on washi tape, stencils, and embossing folders–on just about  any scrapbooking product you can imagine!

One of this month’s challenges at Scrapbook Challenges, the Sketch Crew was tasked with using polka dots somewhere on our layouts. I chose a cute bold red paper with large white dots from Simple Stories to make this page about my family’s recent trip to the fair.

The bright color and random dot pattern evoke the sense of fun and whimsy we found at the fair.

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We live on a farm out in the country. The small town near us hosts a fair each year. It is not very big, but the kids still enjoy going. We went one evening this summer just as the sun was going down. I was able to take some great photos of my husband, the kids, and the rides. I chose a few pictures that captured the excitement and magic of the evening.

Since I used this bold polka dot paper, I cropped my photos fairly small and converted them to black and white. The colors in the patterned papers give a sense of what we saw that night, even though the pictures are not in color.

So take a look through your stash as see how you can incorporate polka dots into your next project. And if you would like more inspiration, visit the Scrapbook Challenges blog.

Now go create!