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!

Summer Sizzle | July at CKC

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Welcome to the July Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop! You should have arrived here from Gretchen’s blog, our wonderful guest designer this month.

It is July and it is HOT here in North Carolina where I live. Our inspiration kit this month is the Summer 2015 Crop & Create: Delivered kit. The products are perfect for documenting all those sizzling summer photographs. So when I began putting together my July kit, I started with summer in mind.



The color scheme of the inspiration kit definitely evokes summer–navy blue, yellow, aqua, and red. I immediately thought of an old Photo Freedom kit (by Stacy Julian) with similar colors that has been in my stash for years–and it was still in the package!


I added a few more summery papers–one specific yellow paper with clouds on it, like the aqua cloud paper in the inspiration kit.

Then I moved on to embellishments. I found in my stash navy blue and aqua arrows, yellow tags, die cut flowers, and even a label with a bee on it! (I just loved the puffy bee stickers in the original kit.)

Finally I gathered a few more products that I thought would coordinate well with the summer theme or the colors in the patterned papers.


One interesting fact about this kit–if you look up in the top right corner of the picture, you will see colored corrugated papers peeking out, which are actually photo mats. I have had this pack of mats for about as long as I have had the Photo Freedom kit. I still am not quite sure how I am going to use them in my projects this month! But I included this product any way–despite my trepidation–because the summery colors of the cardboard went so well with the rest of my kit.

That is it for my July kit, which I am calling Summer Sizzle. Check back later this month to see my creations!

Hop on over to Lesley’s blog to continue on your July journey.

Now go create!

The Last of Cheers!

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I finished up using most of my Cheers! kit with two more layouts.

In order to use up the other half of the patterned paper I used on the Play Time layout, I created this page.


We bought a new grill recently and had our first cookout of the year. I took several photos and chose three to use on this page.

Finally, I used up the remaining floral paper on this layout.


I did not use many embellishments since the paper is so bold. I also converted my photo to black-and-white so that it would stand out against the floral pattern.

So that’s it! I have enjoyed playing with this kit, even though a couple of the products did not turn out as expected. (You can read about these products here and here.) I hope these posts inspired you to make your own kit to use for your next pages.

Now go create!

Confetti Crushing It

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This month I crushed my Confetti Crush kit and made seven pages! This kit that I made for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog was definitely one of my favorites and I had lots of fun using it. This collection was based on our inspiration kit from Quirky Kits, seen here.

The first layout I made with this kit is the one below, based on the first challenge of the month:

The inspiration this month is the May/June 2014 collection of Quirky Kits and the first challenge celebrates those neglected letters. Please feature a Q and/or a K on your project e.g. use a monogram, include the letter(s) in your BIG title – but something other than journalling – those letter(s) must be loud and proud!

This page documents my favorite quiet moments during a drawing class I took this spring–complete with a Q and a K!


The next layout was for challenge #2–a sketch challenge that you can see on this post.

Another layout was based on the third challenge at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog:

Our third challenge for you this month is to do some tessellating on your page. Sounds too complicated? Call it patchwork then! Include some patterns on your page created by piecing together paper shapes.

I always love using my Silhouette to create intricate backgrounds, so I used this challenge to make my version of a tessellated page.


The final layouts made from this kit were done for Layout a Day challenges, going on at the Scrap Happy website. The theme of this LOAD is all about me, so these pages tell specific stories about my life.





If you would like to see more stash-busting layouts, go over to Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and see what the Master Forgers are up to this month. The member blog hop is coming up on May 24th–please join us!

Now go create!

Uh Oh!

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When I was writing this post about my most recent kit, I was awaiting its arrival by UPS as I was sitting at my computer. After the post went live, I received my kit. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found that these:


were actually authentic party fans! [insert embarrassed emoji here]

I mistakenly assumed that these cute items were small embellishments that could be used on a scrapbook page, similar to these:


Uh Oh!

Oh well. What is a scrapbooker to do? I am sure that I will find a use for these party fans–they are pretty snazzy. Maybe a Memorial Day celebration?

Now go create!