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!

Rain, Rain, Go Away

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Welcome to mini-kit day at Counterfeit Kit Challenge!

This month in North Carolina we have had amazing amounts of rainfall. So I was very intrigued by this month’s inspiration kit from Gossamer Blue. The blues in the kit reflect the rainy weather I have been experiencing lately.

So when I came up with my mini-kit for this month, I started with a patterned paper in blue with raindrops. I added a darker yellow paper, white foam words, wood veneer pieces, word stickers, and enamel dots—all inspired by the original kit.

I decided to use this mini-kit to make a layout for my Project Life album, documenting a particularly rainy week in April. I love the cool tones and simplicity of this spread—perfect for telling the story of this week.

Don’t forget to check out the mini-kits from the rest of the Master Forgers—just head on back to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

Now go create!

September at Simple Scrapper

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September is here—can you believe it? I cannot. Summers seem to fly by more quickly every year. However this year, I did really enjoy the entire season. I spent a lot of time outdoors, which makes me appreciate all that summer has to offer.

One of the things I enjoyed most was going to the Farmer’s Market. One day in early summer, we visited the big Farmer’s Market in our area. There were rows and rows of plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. We shopped in some of the local businesses that had set up storefronts at the market. Our best purchase—homemade ice cream from a local dairy!

Since I had several photos from this event, I decided to use two pocket pages for the layout. I was inspired by a sketch/template from this month’s membership at Simple Scrapper.

The first page is a 6×12 page protector. I designed the front page to hold the title, one photo, and the journaling card. You can see here the 6×12 page closed on top of the second 12×12 page.

When the 6×12 pages is opened, the photos on the back of the title page are visible along side the 12×12-page layout.

I love the journaling card from Gossamer Blue that says, “Wander without purpose or reason.” I felt that this sentiment fully captured the feeling I had that day. I was able to wander around the Farmer’s Market, just admiring everything I saw.


Now that the end of the year is approaching, I am looking back at the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year to see what I have accomplished. One of my goals for 2015 is to read more. I have been keeping a list of the books I have completed this year to make sure I am keeping up with this goal.

The Story Starters at Simple Scrapper this month are all about books and reading. In keeping with this theme, I made a page about the books I have read this year. So far I have read much more this year than in the last few years. I used to read A LOT of books each year and I really miss getting lost in a good novel.

One of the books I am reading right now is Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. If you have not read any of Gabaldon’s Outlander books, start now! It is an excellent series.

I used a previous membership sketch/template for the design of this page. I kept the design and embellishments on this layout fairly simple, because I knew that the journaling would be the focus of the page.

Go check out the membership at Simple Scrapper if you are looking for a fun, supportive community along with inspiration and solutions to help you reach your scrappy goals. And while you are there, enroll in Jennifer’s class Before Your Story—a workshop that will guide you in telling your own story. Registration is open and class begins September 17!


Documenting June

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I never thought that I would do Project Life. Back in 2012, I was perfectly happy with the scrapbooking I was doing, even though Becky Higgins’ new system was sweeping the cropping world. Then I happened to win an entire Project Life set and album from a contest on Ali Edward’s site. Was I surprised? You bet!

The set arrived in late April, and I almost waited until the next year to get started. In the end I went ahead and started my project with May 2012. Not long afterwards, I was hooked on the Project Life format! I now have albums for 2012, 2013, and 2014—all in a weekly 12×12 format.

This year, however, I changed up my Project Life scrapbooking. I am using a 9×12 album from Studio Calico and going with a monthly format. I am currently using Gossamer Blue’s life pages kit. These are my spreads from June.

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The opening spread is a pocket page along side a 9×12 layout. (The back page to the 9×12 layout and the front page to the 12-square page is featured in this post.)

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This month’s Gossamer Blue kit features lots of heart embellishments and brightly colored journaling cards–perfect for summer photos!

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Each month I seem to have extra 4×6 photos that I want to include in my album. I have been using the 6×8 Design 2 page protectors from Becky Higgins for these pictures.

I am halfway through the year with this format and so far I have enjoyed the change. I do miss making weekly spreads, and I will probably go back to that schedule and a 12×12 size next year. But for now I am having fun exploring this new way of doing Project Life.


*Stash Bash registration is open! Stash Bash is a week-long event designed to help scrapbookers use up, declutter, and organize their traditional or digital supply stashes. If you are not a member and register now, you will get a 3-month membership with your Stash Bash registration. Check it out!