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!


Simple | September at Simple Scrapper

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September at Simple Scrapper is all about living simply. I have been striving to be simpler in many areas of my life, including scrapbooking.

One easy way that I simplify scrapbooking is by using sketches. Another is to use pocket pages. Sometimes I use a sketch and a pocket page together for super quick page-creating!

My first layout uses one of this month’s Sketch/Templates along with a pocket page.

This summer my kids went mini-golfing with their church youth group. I was lucky enough to get several wonderful photos as they played. Instead of making a traditional two-page spread, I used the sketch on the left side with one focal point photo and then put the rest of my pictures in pockets on the right. Super simple!

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The second layout I made gets inspiration from this month’s Story Starter theme, Simple. I chose to document how my family is working to simplify our lives on our farm. We spend much of our time at home and outside with each other and our many animals. I reflected this theme of simplicity in my layout by using a past Sketch/Template with a simple grid design, subtle patterned paper, and minimal embellishments.

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For more inspiration, please visit the Simple Scrapper site. We are a community of supportive, nurturing scrapbookers who strive to make your memory-keeping enjoyable and personal. Come see if a membership is right for you!

Now go create!


Lesson Learned

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This month the Master Forgers were inspired by this kit from the Scrapbook and Cards Today Crop & Create Summer 2015 kit. This collection is full of summery colors and embellishments.

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For my kit, Summer Sizzle, I included products that echoed the color scheme of the original. I began with an old Photo Freedom kit then added more seasonal supplies, including some very old colored corrugated cardboard photo mats.

Overall, this kit included some of the oldest products from my stash. I think that is why, for the first time ever since discovering Counterfeit Kit Challenge, I had trouble making pages with a kit.

I completed a two-page spread for one of this month’s challenges. I also made this page for another challenge: Inspired by Beach Reading – take a cue from these covers – subject, title, colors, layout or any other way that sparks your imagination.  These are from Popsugar’s website here, along with more examples there.  Let us know which one you choose to inspire your project.

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Here I cheated a little. Instead of being inspired by the covers to make a layout, I used this prompt to make a layout of books that I have read so far this year. I thought it would be fun to document what I have read so far this year. Then at the end of the year I can add more pages showing the books I read in the second half of 2016.

After making these two spreads, I looked at the last challenge: Sitting in the Shade–Want to stay out of the sun altogether, then why not be inspired by word games, like crossword puzzles, anagrams, jumbles.  Or if you are a numbers person, how about Sudoku?   Any of these can be found in the Sunday paper.  They all make for relaxing fun when it’s too hot to be doing much else.  This challenge was inspired by the Pebbles papers in the kit called Puzzled and Sunday Paper from their Happy Day line. (Note:  This line was mistakenly identified as part of their Homegrown line in the Crop & Create Delivered web post.)

Then I looked at the product I had left. I was totally uninspired. I could not think of one way to use up the supplies I had and meet the challenge. Since I had a few more pocket pages left as well as some everday-themed cards, I finally put together a few pages with random photos of our every day life. I used up a lot of product and documented several photos, but I did not really make any more pages that thrilled me.

What did I learn from this experience? Well, I think when I start with older product, I need to mix it with relatively new supplies so my entire page does not look dated. I will definitely keep this fact in mind as I put together future kits.

Check back on August 1 to see next month’s kit reveal at Counterfeit Kit Club. I can already tell you that my next kit is going to be very different from this month’s!

Now go create!