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!

Why Share?

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The latest Scrap Gals podcast was all about what motivates scrapbookers to share their work and what part outside validation plays in their lives. I started thinking about the reasons why I share my work—why am I sitting down right now typing this blog post? Why do I post my layouts in forums or on Facebook?

I started sharing my work online many years ago. I remember being so obsessed with scrapbooking that I wanted to be a part of the larger community. I joined several forums and was even on a small design team way back then. I was published one time in a special issue sketch book—probably the highlight of my early scrapbooking career. But why did I do it?

My scrapbooking career began with a life book I was creating for my oldest son for his adoption. This hobby began for me as a way to put these special memories in a tangible format for my growing family. Why would I want to share my pages with others?

At first, I think I simply wanted to connect with others who loved putting photos and paper together as much as I did. Slowly I began to seek the approval of others. I tried out for design teams and sent my layouts in for publication. Most of the time I was disappointed, but I did have a few moments of notoriety. Through all of this I was making friends in the scrapbooking world, which was fantastic.

Eventually I began to realize that I was making pages for the sole purpose of them being seen. I was not being true to myself or my scrapping style. I stepped away from most online scrappy places and began scrapping just for me again.

this day

Since then my style has evolved and I now make pages that I love AND that I want to share. What is different now? Well, I am much more experienced. I have hundreds of pages and projects done. So I feel that I can be inspiration to someone out there who may be just starting out. I also miss connecting with other scrapbookers. Can I make a page just for me? Sure—I do it all the time. The best part of scrapbooking is when my children (now teenagers) pull out one of my albums and look back over our early years.

And my sharing these days is not so much to get validation that my layouts are good, it is more of celebrating the fact that there are still those of us out there who are obsessed with this art.

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The Planner Craze

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As I listened to a podcast on planners the other day by The Scrap Gals, several questions popped into my head:

(1) How can people use more than one or two planners?

(2) What prompted this particular planner craze?

(3) Why, in this digital world, are people going back to analog planners?

(4) Is this planner thing the new scrapbooking?

(5) Why do I love planners so much?

Then I began thinking about answers to these questions. (By the way, the podcast is called The Planner Craze by The Scrap Gals. If you have never listened to this show, you MUST.)

How CAN people use more that one or two planners? I have seen so many beautiful planners that I would LOVE to own, but I always stop myself from buying them. Why? Well, I have two planners now and I cannot imagine for what I would use a third. I use one planner to organize my life—I record appointments, things I need to do, things I want to do, places I need to be, and little things that my family and I do during the week.

My second planner more project-oriented—I make lists of tasks I need to do related to specific areas such as around the house, in the garden, holidays, and so on.

*In the spirit of full disclosure, I do actually have a couple of Midori travel notebooks that my husband gave me. I do not use these as planners, however. I would love to try out bullet journaling in one of them!

I only have these two planners because I find it very difficult to keep information in more than one or two places. But then my life is not very segmented—I am a homeschool mom and I only work about six hours a week outside the home. If I had a full-tme job or a busy volunteer position I think I may see the need for multiple planners.

My conculsion is that some people just LOVE planners and get much joy out of setting them up and using different ones daily. I must admit that I am enjoying adding more and more embellishments to my planner! After I took the Creative Planner class at Scarlet Lime, I was hooked! And I do have an extra empty planner which I can switch with my current one so I do not get bored. Sometimes I get the urge to set up that planner (but not use it) just so I can play with more pretty things. 🙂

So what prompted this particular planner craze? I know that people have been using planners since the dawn of writing. There have been other “planner crazes” like the Franklin Covey system. Is the current craze due to the availibility of scrapbooking embellishments and their adaptability to decorating planners? Is it a need to tangibly document our lives in an ever-increasing technological world?

Which brings me to the next question: Why, in our digital world, are people going back to (or embracing) paper planners? Hundreds of digital planners can be found for your computer, tablet, or smart phone. So why paper? I know one reason—you cannot put stickers on a digital planner! As appealing as the graphics may be on a digital planner, the overall look of the program cannot be changed much. However, with a paper planner, you can add stickers, die cuts, markers, washi tape, decorative paper clips, and stamps. Your planner can be totally individualized!

Also, I have found it easier to work with lists or plans or calendars when they are written out. Even the latest mind map program or writing app cannot compete with a good pencil and nice paper. I cannot really even explain why this is so, I just know that there are times that I simply prefer writing things down.

Is planning the new scrapbooking? Scrapbooking has changed somewhat since its heyday back in the mid-2000s. We now have pocket scrapping, mixed media pages, and art journals, not to mention all the digital forms of memory keeping like Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. I do not think that planners will replace scrapbooking, but it surely is a welcome addition.

Why do I love planners so much? I have used planners since I learned to write. I have always been fascinated with lists, calendars, and notebooks. The merging of planners with scrapbooking is wonderful! I felt the same joy when I first discovered scrapbooking supplies—I was able to combine my love of photography with my obsession for all things paper.

After considering all these questions, I am still not sure exactly where planning and scrapbooking will be in the future. For now though, I am hopeful that the young planner users will continue to be memory keepers. As for me, I am just enjoying playing with pretty planner supplies!

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Forging Along

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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!