Summer Love | CKC July Kit Reveal Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to the July Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop! You should be arriving here from Julene’s blog. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, just head back over to the CKC blog. And now on with the reveal!

This month I have the pleasure of bringing you the inspiration kit and challenges. When pondering what kind of kit I would like to be inspired by this month, I envisioned a collection with bright colors, fun patterns, and cool embellishments. I found all three in the August 2016 kit “Walden Pond” from Cocoa Daisy. The kit has bold blues, and greens, and yellows. The patterned papers are a nice mix of geometric and organic shapes. And the embellishments—well I just LOVE those swirls!

When I began putting together my kit, I remembered that I had an October Afternoon summer collection that I bought a few years ago that would be a perfect starting point. The kit already had patterned paper, stickers, enamel dots, and washi tape, so I just added a few more summery embellishments and this month’s kit, which I named Summer Love, was complete!

I am SO excited to use this kit! I already have tons of photographs from this summer to scrap. And I am using up my stash!

The next stop on the hop is Leslie’s blog. And, if you haven’t already, make sure to stop by and visit our Guest Designer for July—Megan Blethen. She blogs at Crafty Meggy. We are so glad she is with us this month!

Now go create!


Sweet Smile | September Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop

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Welcome to the September Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop! You should have arrived from Jemma’s blog. (If not, find the entire blog hop participants on the CKC blog.) The inspiration kit this month is the August kit from the popular and beautiful Felicity Jane kit club. This collection is full of soft colors and a mix floral patterns with a few geometric designs–a great kit with which to head into fall!

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I began choosing items for my kit by looking for papers that had similar colors to the inspiration kit–muted pinks, reds, greens, and greys. I also looked for patterns in the papers that would echo the ones in the kit–such as the circles and woodgrain prints.

The first additions to my kit were four patterned papers from Pink Paislee’s Cedar Lane collection–a circle-patterned paper, a woodgrain, and two geometric prints in soft pink and grey. Next I added three papers from October Afternoon. One print has cute smiling faces on it which reminded me of the “smile” sticker in the Felicity Jane kit. Finally I added a blue patterned paper from Bella Boulevard which coordinates with the whole kit.

I kept this kit fairly small–I only added a few choice embellishments. I began with a pack of die cuts and arrows from the Cedar Lane collection. I added letter stickers from October Afternoon, and then flair, clips, and washi from The Planner Society. The feathers on the arrows and floral washi mimic the birds and flowers in the patterned papers and embellishments in the inspiration kit.

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When I first saw this month’s inspiration kit, I fell in love with its soft colors and designs. I am happy to say that I am equally in love with my kit, which I am calling Sweet Smile. I cannot wait to use this collection!

Head on over to Julene’s blog to continue on this month’s hop. (If you missed any stops along the way, just go back to the CKC blog to find the entire list.)

Now go create!


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Forging Along

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A few years ago, I came to the realization that I scrap best when I limit the supplies I am working with at any one time. So I went through all of my scrap stash and put everything into kits. This change has been revolutionary in my scrapbooking! Now when I get ready to create, I grab a ready-made, coordinating kit full of supplies I love.

For the past few months, I have been playing along with the challenges at the Counterfeit Kit Club. Each month, a kit from a scrapbooking company is featured. You are tasked to recreate this kit from your own supplies. The Design Team shows you how to forge items from the kit, and scrappy challenges are issued throughout the month. I have been having so much fun at this site!

This month I am doing my own Counterfeit Kit Club. Inspired by this collection by October Afternoon and a list of certain supplies from CKC, I came up with my own kit, Hipster.


The October Afternoon collection has rich reds, oranges, and yellows that I used as inspiration for the papers I chose. The collection also has a 70s, slightly tech-y vibe. To mimic this feel, these papers have similar deep colors, subtle geometric designs, and woodgrain.
Dye from Chase Rainbows by Kaisercraft
Party Balloons from Circus Party from Carina Gardner by Carta Bella
Ranunculus from In a Creative Bubble by Studio Calico
Heirloom from Juliet by Bo Bunny
Grey Herringbone/Code from So Rad by Simple Stories
Relaxing from Making Waves by Fancy Pants
Chamomile from Tea Garden by Basic Grey

From there, I added several embellishments. First, were stencils from Tim Holtz and Heidi Swapp. Then I picked washi tape in a teal arrow, a red-and-yellow striped, a gold star, an orange crosshatch from Freckled Fawn, and a woodgrain from Glitz.

Next I added several vellum pieces–die cuts, paper, letter stickers, and small bags (from Maggie Holmes, Freckled Fawn, and Webster’s Pages).

Finally I added brads in red, yellow, orange, and black, stamp sets from Citrus Twist Kits, Freckled Fawn, and Studio Calico, and a planner charm from Cocoa Daisy (something that spins).

After I assembled my kit, I gave myself a challenge—use Instagram prints or photos in a square size (such as 3×3 or 4×4). I happened to have dozens of photos from the Hipstamatic app that I wanted to scrap, so I decided to use those pictures.

I have long admired the cute Instagram albums from We R Memory Keepers, especially this gold one:

So I decided to forge one with my Hipster kit!

First, I made the core pages of the album 4 3/4” x 4” so that each photo would cover most of the page, but there would be room to eventually bind the book.

Next, I cut down two pieces of chipboard to use as my front and back covers, making them 1” larger all around than my pages, then adhered patterned papers to them and lightly stenciled the front cover.

Then I put together my core pages. I added some vellum paper and bags in between these pages. I placed journaling cards, embellishments, and stamping on the pages.

Finally, I bound the book with my Cinch. (You could easily punch fewer holes and put this album together with ribbon or binder rings.) Here is my finished album!

Here are some of the inside pages.

To see the entire album, you can go to my Flickr album.

Even though I still love getting kits in the mail, I enjoy even more making my own kits and using up my stash. I will definitely cherish this mini-album, especially since I made it myself. The best part is that all those Hipstamatic prints are now off my phone in a place where other people can enjoy them as well!