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!

Now go create!


It’s Calvinball Time!

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It is March and it’s time once again for Calvinball at the Get It Scrapped forums!

What is Calvinball you might ask? Well, it is a scrapbooking challenge based on the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip in which Calvin and Hobbes make up a game that has constantly changing rules.

Your challenge is to make as many layouts/cards/projects as you can during the month of March. Points are earned in a variety of ways and the rules are always changing!

Sound fun? Then head on over to the Get It Scrapped forum to join and play!


A New View

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For fourteen years I drove the same car, a blue Ford Expedition. The car became mine when all of my children were small and in car seats. As they grew, the car took us to all the places we needed (and wanted) to go–pediatrician visits, riding lessons, trips to the zoo. Recently, we decided that this trusty car should be retired. So the hunt for a replacement began.

Soon I found the perfect vehicle–a red Ford F-150 truck. This truck had all the requirements I was looking for as well as some extras that I love–heated seats, GPS, and my favorite feature–a sunroof!

This month’s first challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to document something you love. What a perfect challenge to document my new truck and use my February kit, Flowers & Candy.

For this page, I really wanted to highlight the beautiful blue sky in the photograph. So I changed the picture of the truck to black-and-white so it would not compete with the focal point. I used a pale yellow background to set off the pictures.

Make sure to check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this month for more inspiration from the team!

Now go create!


The Perfect Day

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What does your perfect day look like? That was the question posed to the Master Forgers in our third challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

This month our inspiration kit is the UBUD Dreams collection from Kaisercraft.

And this is my kit, Coming Home, created from the inspiration collection.

My perfect day is a warm, summer day with a gentle breeze and just a few clouds in the sky. I have just finished a morning ride with my horse, and now I am sitting on my porch with a glass of cold sparkling water in hand. And here is how I documented my perfect day.

The photograph is bright with deep colors, so I used a white background to make the picture pop. I placed a few papers in soft colors and organic patterns to showcase the photo as well as add to the outdoors theme of the page. Finally, I included embellishments that brought texture to the page.

If you would like to see what other Master Forgers created with this prompt, head on over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

Now go create!


Back to School

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This month we are working with the fabulous August kit from Felicity Jane. I have been having so much fun with my kit, Sweet Smile–this collection is definitely one of my favorites!

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For September’s second challenge, the Master Forgers were asked, appropriately enough, to go back to school.

CHALLENGE TWO: Just One Lesson–For this challenge, we’re going “Back To School.” Go back to any class you’ve taken that is scrapbook related and just do one of the lessons. Remember you can take inspiration in any way for this challenge–your project doesn’t have to be the same as the teacher’s. Just let us know what class it’s from, and how you were inspired by the teacher. If you’ve never purchased a scrapbook class, I would recommend checking out the Twopeasinabucket channel or Crafty Jen Schow’s series on YouTube for several free classes.

Not a problem for me–I love taking classes–especially ones involving scrapbooking!

Lately I have been wanting to change up my clean and simple scrapping style and try something new–particularly adding more layers to my pages. I looked back over some of my former classes, but I did not find any lessons that related to this topic. So I found a past Glitter Girl (Shimelle Lain) episode entitled “Fearless Layer Lessons” from the Two Peas In a Bucket channel on YouTube.

I took away two main points from the video that enabled me to use more layering on my page:
1. Each element that is added to the page creates a new space to bring in yet another element.
2. Stamps are very useful in filling in small gaps on the page.

So I followed Glitter Girl’s advice and created this page.

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What fun I had going back to school! I highly encourage you to check out this video if you are interested in adding more depth to your page.

Now go create!