Fancy Flowers | CKC Forgeries on the Fourth

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Many years ago in the world of scrapbooking, small paper flowers in glass bottles from Prima were all the rage. I must admit that I succumbed to the loveliness of these flowers and purchased several bottles. Today I have three remaining bottles of flowers, and I must say that I do not use them very often. I tend to reach for newer products and leave these cute flowers on my shelf.

However, this month our inspiration kit comes from Prima and includes a whole slew of gorgeous paper flowers. The ones in the collection are much fancier than mine–so I decided to forge my own!

I simply layered the unadorned flowers and added enamel dots and crystals from my stash. Such an easy way to re-create the flowers in the kit! I know these forged flowers will somehow make it onto a page or two this month.

Now go create!

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Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop | Flowers & Candy

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Welcome to the February Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop! You should have come here from Clair’s blog. If you would like a list of the entire hop, just go back to the CKC home page. (You will notice that we have made a few changes in our monthly happenings. To read about our new and improved schedule, go here and here.)

Whew! January is already over and February is upon us! A new month and a new inspiration kit! This month Master Forger Clair has chosen this lovely kit from Scrapdelight. I love the soft florals and mint green in this collection.

As I went though my stash to assemble my kit, I noticed that I did not have any dark blue or purple papers. So I looked to the patterns on the papers—tiny flowers, trees, circles, polka dots, and cameras—to choose the papers for my kit.

The first paper I chose is from the Fresh Cut collection by Basic Grey. This paper has a mint green background with tiny flowers—very much like the floral prints in the inspiration kit. I then added a few more floral papers, some soft stripes, and a yellow watercolor print.

For my embellishments, I looked through my stash for any products in mint green, or with flower, tree, circle, or camera prints. When my kit was completed, I decided to call it Flowers & Candy—in honor of Valentine’s Day this month and also for the floral prints in the patterned paper and the flair and button embellishments that remind me of candy. A very sweet kit!

From here, hop on over to Lisa’s blog to see her take on this month’s inspiration kit.

Now go create!


English Countryside Style

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Taking a cue from home decor styles can breathe new life into your scrapbook pages. For this page, I used elements of the English countryside style to document the many wildflowers we have on our farm.

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Each spring, summer, and fall, wildflowers of all sorts bloom on our property. At times, I feel as if I am living in a windswept English countryside! So to create this layout, I went to this Pinterest board at Get It Scrapped and chose several elements of this style to use on my page.

First, I chose pink, seen in much English country decor, as the main color of the page. I had a patterned paper with cute little bows all over it–another element of the English countryside style. I also used floral paper, a doily, a butterfly, flowers, a bird, and a felt bow to further reinforce my theme.

Using home decor styles is an easy way to get new ideas for your scrapbook pages. For more ideas, check out the Get It Scrapped blog.

Now go create!


Five Photos from September

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As a scrapbooker, I am often looking for ways to improve the photographs that I use on my pages. Lately I have been taking pictures from different angles, zooming way out (thanks to my new wide-angle zoom lens), and getting in close.

These are five of my favorite photographs from last month.

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I have always loved morning glories. When I was little, I loved walking through my grandmother’s garden on summer mornings to see the flowers in bloom. Now I have them in my garden.

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This year we added ducks to our flock. We have had chickens for several years, so we decided to try something new. This is my husband with one of our Swedish Blue ducks. We have a mating pair, so hopefully we will have eggs and/or ducklings in the spring.

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My youngest son has recently taken up archery. This is my favorite shot of him that I took while he was practicing.

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Recently I realized that I was not taking as many everyday photos as in previous months. I made an effort last month to take more pictures of our family doing ordinary things. Here is my family (including our 4-legged children) getting ready to ride back up to our house after working in the barn.

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This is my daughter and Josie, her horse. They competed in a dressage show in early September.

Look for these photos to make an appearance on scrapbook pages in the future!

Now go create!


Cheers!

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Cheers!

So here it is in reality–my newest kit–Cheers! (For a look at how I created this kit, see this post.)

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Now that I have the papers and embellishments in hand, I just keep thinking how cheery this collection is. Thus the name–Cheers!

My first layout for this kit is based on this sketch by Sherry Stringfield at Sketch Savvy.

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The sketch is fairly simple and the papers complemented my spring flower photographs–definitely a cheery subject for me! Although the sketch suggested using two patterned papers in the background, I chose to use a solid cardstock with the butterfly paper since I wanted my pictures to stand out.

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Check back here for more projects made with the Cheers! kit.

Now go create!