In Black-and-White

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In August, my oldest child went off to college. This change has not been an easy one for me. I am so happy that my son is growing up and taking this next step in his life. But I am also sad that he is no longer around all the time. It has been odd to all of a sudden only have two children at home. I have been journaling and scrapbooking about this time in my life a lot–it has been helping me work through my ever-changing feelings.

I took this story and used it as the basis for this month’s first challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This month we are using the St. Tropez collection from Prima as our inspiration kit.

And here is our challenge: One of St. Tropez’ famous residents was Bridget Bardot. Most photographs and films of her were in black-and-white. Use a black-and-white photo(s) on a colored background.

The papers in my kit, Wandering, have a definite vintage feel and some are quite dark. In order to have my photograph stand out against this background, I chose a picture that is fairly simple in composition and converted it to black-and-white. I love the look of the monochromatic print against the mix of vintage prints.

Make sure to check out the projects from the rest of the Master Forgers for this month’s first challenge on the CKC blog.

Now go create!

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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!