Yay! August at CKC

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Welcome to the August reveal blog hop at Counterfeit Kit Challenge! You should have landed here from Margie’s blog. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, just click back over to the CKC blog.

It’s August already! I can’t believe how fast this summer is flying by for me. This summer has been especially busy in that I am getting ready to send my oldest off to college. I am feeling both happy and sad. Watching your child go off into the world for the first time is not easy! But I know that he is ready and will have a great time at school.

So I was glad to see our inspiration kit full of bright, happy colors and fun embellishments! This month’s kit, chosen by Master Forger Stephanie, is the July 2017 kit from Gossamer Blue. This kit has navy blue, green, yellow–all colors that I love. I am especially smitten with the phrase stickers and tags!

I began my kit with the navy blue patterned paper then added the floral with navy accents as my base pieces. I chose a few more papers in coordinating colors and patterns.

As for embellishments, I added puffy letter stickers in navy, two tags, and a sticker book all inspired by the products in the kit.

As I was going through my stash, I found the small green letter stickers, journaling cards, and library pockets that all seemed to coordinate well with my kit. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with those library pockets yet. Maybe take them apart and use them as layers? Or tuck in small photographs or journaling?

I do know that I am loving this kit–which I am calling Yay!–and that this collection will be perfect for documenting the changes coming in August. Make sure to check back later this month–I’ll have some layouts posted that I created with this kit.

Your next stop on the hop is Lisa’s blog. Check out her take on this month’s inspiration kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Now go create!


March Mini-Kit | Counterfeit Kit Challenge

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If you often find yourself short on scrapbooking time, making a mini-kit can be a fantastic solution to this problem! At Counterfeit Kit Challenge, we know that sometimes we scrapbookers are full of creativity, but short on time. Our new mini-kit feature should help you navigate these busy times.

This month’s inspiration kit is the beautiful February kit from Hip Kit Club.

To make my mini-kit, I looked to a few of the themes running through the inspiration kit—butterflies, florals, and gold. With my kit, I chose embellishments first—a 6×6 patterned paper pad with a large floral and gold prints, stickers with butterflies, and die cuts with gold accents—all reminiscent of the inspiration collection. I selected two coordinating patterned papers to complete the mini-kit.

For my project, I chose several photographs that I took on the first college visit with my son. I knew I wanted to scrap the pictures, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time making a two page spread mini-album or. So I used my mini-kit to make a 12×12 layout then paired it with a pocket page. I kept the design simple and embellishments minimal to streamline the process of creating the page.

This month’s mini-kit was extremely helpful in my getting this larger story told quickly!

Check back each month for more ideas in creating mini-kits inspired by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge current pick as well as for more ways to use the mini-kit.

Now go create!


One Little Word | January 2017

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SLOW. This word came to me near the end of 2016, as my year with the word CREATE was coming to an end. I know that 2017 is going to bring some huge changes to our family. I want to make sure that I enjoy every moment.

Last year was a year of great creativity for me. I took art classes at a local university, scrapbooked hundreds of pages, and worked for four design teams. I started a photography course and began redecorating my house. CREATE was a word close to my heart.

This year will be a year of many firsts. My older son will get his driver’s license, turn eighteen, and go off to college this fall. My daughter will get her driver’s license and begin her college search. My younger son be a member of our local fire department. My husband is buying an office condominium after years of renting.

And I will be watching every minute and milestone go by with love in my heart and a tear in my eye. I just want those moments to go SLOWLY.

I also will be making some changes in my life to bring the word SLOW into my being. I hope to eat healthier food, do more strength training, be more deliberate in the choices I make, and eliminate as much stress from my life as possible.

I will be doing Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class again this year. I find that the class helps me really explore my word and keep it in my life all year.

So here’s to new year and a new word!

Now go create!