Forging Along

A few years ago, I came to the realization that I scrap best when I limit the supplies I am working with at any one time. So I went through all of my scrap stash and put everything into kits. This change has been revolutionary in my scrapbooking! Now when I get ready to create, I grab a ready-made, coordinating kit full of supplies I love.

For the past few months, I have been playing along with the challenges at the Counterfeit Kit Club. Each month, a kit from a scrapbooking company is featured. You are tasked to recreate this kit from your own supplies. The Design Team shows you how to forge items from the kit, and scrappy challenges are issued throughout the month. I have been having so much fun at this site!

This month I am doing my own Counterfeit Kit Club. Inspired by this collection by October Afternoon and a list of certain supplies from CKC, I came up with my own kit, Hipster.


The October Afternoon collection has rich reds, oranges, and yellows that I used as inspiration for the papers I chose. The collection also has a 70s, slightly tech-y vibe. To mimic this feel, these papers have similar deep colors, subtle geometric designs, and woodgrain.
Dye from Chase Rainbows by Kaisercraft
Party Balloons from Circus Party from Carina Gardner by Carta Bella
Ranunculus from In a Creative Bubble by Studio Calico
Heirloom from Juliet by Bo Bunny
Grey Herringbone/Code from So Rad by Simple Stories
Relaxing from Making Waves by Fancy Pants
Chamomile from Tea Garden by Basic Grey

From there, I added several embellishments. First, were stencils from Tim Holtz and Heidi Swapp. Then I picked washi tape in a teal arrow, a red-and-yellow striped, a gold star, an orange crosshatch from Freckled Fawn, and a woodgrain from Glitz.

Next I added several vellum pieces–die cuts, paper, letter stickers, and small bags (from Maggie Holmes, Freckled Fawn, and Webster’s Pages).

Finally I added brads in red, yellow, orange, and black, stamp sets from Citrus Twist Kits, Freckled Fawn, and Studio Calico, and a planner charm from Cocoa Daisy (something that spins).

After I assembled my kit, I gave myself a challenge—use Instagram prints or photos in a square size (such as 3×3 or 4×4). I happened to have dozens of photos from the Hipstamatic app that I wanted to scrap, so I decided to use those pictures.

I have long admired the cute Instagram albums from We R Memory Keepers, especially this gold one:

So I decided to forge one with my Hipster kit!

First, I made the core pages of the album 4 3/4” x 4” so that each photo would cover most of the page, but there would be room to eventually bind the book.

Next, I cut down two pieces of chipboard to use as my front and back covers, making them 1” larger all around than my pages, then adhered patterned papers to them and lightly stenciled the front cover.

Then I put together my core pages. I added some vellum paper and bags in between these pages. I placed journaling cards, embellishments, and stamping on the pages.

Finally, I bound the book with my Cinch. (You could easily punch fewer holes and put this album together with ribbon or binder rings.) Here is my finished album!

Here are some of the inside pages.

To see the entire album, you can go to my Flickr album.

Even though I still love getting kits in the mail, I enjoy even more making my own kits and using up my stash. I will definitely cherish this mini-album, especially since I made it myself. The best part is that all those Hipstamatic prints are now off my phone in a place where other people can enjoy them as well!


19 thoughts on “Forging Along

  1. What a super take on the original kit- Really like those retro vibe colours you’ve included. And your mini book is adorable! I love the mini size and the funky layers! Good luck!

  2. I love that super cute collection from October Afternoon and think you caught the colour combination and feel of the collection really well! I’m also in love with your mini-album (minis are my *favourite* thing to make!) Good luck with the DT call x

  3. Fantastic looking kit 🙂 Super cute mini album too and well done on making it yourself 🙂 Will have to look into that app. Good luck with the DT Call

  4. oooo mini albums! I always loved the idea but not sure how to go about it. This is a great inspiration! Thanks for sharing. That is a great kit you put together! Good luck with the DT call

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