A Peek at a Week | CKC November Mini Kit

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This month’s inspiration kit at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is the Emerson collection from November 2016 by Citrus Twist Kits. It is a bright, fun collection and I am having a great time using it as inspiration for several projects this month.

Taking cues from the colorful arrow paper in the kit, I put together this very mini-kit in order to create a spread for my weekly pocket page album.

For this particular week, I had several outdoor photographs with bright colors. The weather was perfect and we spent a lot of time outside—taking care of the horses, shopping, bike-riding, and taking the fire truck for a spin. I knew this mini-kit would be a perfect complement to my pictures.

Make sure you check out the mini-kits created by the other Master Forgers this month on the CKC blog.

Now go create!


CKC November Kit Reveal | Heaps of Hearts

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It is November and fall is in full swing here–the weather is chilly but pleasant and the trees are turning beautiful colors. And with the new month comes a new counterfeit kit!

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge monthly kit reveal blog hop. You should have arrived here from Julene’s blog. If you are in need of the entire blog schedule, simply click here to go to the CKC blog.

This month our inspiration kit is Emerson, the November 2016 kit from Citrus Twist Kits. This collection full of bright, fun patterned papers. I love the mix of bold, colorful designs with more muted, subtle patterns. The embellishments are super-cute—I especially love the wood and cork hearts.

Inspired by the colorful arrow paper in the collection, I began my kit with an equally colorful paper but in a checked design. I added several coordinating papers in a mix of both bright and muted palettes.

Since I loved the hearts from the inspiration kit so much, I searched for heart-themed products that I could add to my kit. I completed the kit with some white Thickers, enamel dots, phrase stickers, gold tags and word stickers. I am calling this kit Heaps of Hearts.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are inspired by this month’s kit and are eager to make your own collection. The next stop on the hop is Leslie’s blog.

Now go create!




Fast February | Part II

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The final two layouts I made with this kit—Bee-lightful–and the sketch are both double-page spreads.

For this page, I combined my chosen sketch with a sketch from Citrus Twist Kits that included two square photos that I thought would complement my sketch. I liked the clean lines of the design, which would go well with the simplicity of the original sketch.

The photographs on this page are from a recent walk I took with my kids in our woods. I am always amazed by the beauty of the forest even in the dead of winter!

Finally, I took the sketch and paired it with a pocket page.

I had several Instagram photos on my phone that simply showed what our life has been like over the past few months. Using the sketch and a pocket page, I was able to get all of these pictures in a spread quickly and easily.

This kit and sketch were “bee-lightful” to work with! I am looking forward to another kit this month. I hope to do more scrapping during March!

Now go create!

Sketch + Sketch

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One of my goals for the new year is to make more two-page layouts. An easy way to achieve this goal is to combine two sketches to make a foundation for a double-page spread. I have found a new freedom in making two-pagers–here’s the story.

When I first started scrapbooking, I only made double-page spreads. Each page had the same background (usually cardstock) and were almost always mirrors of each other. As my scrapbooking confidence grew, I began making two-page layouts with asymmetrical designs–but always with matching backgrounds!

Recently I discovered that it is possible to make double-page spreads with backgrounds that are not the same. As long as colors, design elements, and themes cross both pages, having different backgrounds can be a great design choice!

To make a two-page layout using my current sketch, I chose this sketch from Citrus Twist Kits.

I used my sketch on the left to emphasize a focal point photograph, then used the other sketch to place supporting pictures.

Both pages have similar colors and embellishments that tie them together even though the backgrounds are different.

Pink and teal from the patterned paper on the right side is repeated in the patterned paper and cardstock on the left. I used enamel dots on both sides, as well as cardstock stickers.

I love using two single-page sketches together to make a double-page spread and use different backgrounds–the result is wonderful!

Now go create!

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

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Ever since I was little, I have been an animal lover. As a child, I loved dogs, cats, horses, unicorns, frogs, turtles, and cows. Luckily, now that I am older, I have a husband who indulges my love of animals. We live on a farm with 6 horses, 4 dogs, 5 cats, several chickens, and 1 turtle.

As you would expect, I have A LOT of animal photographs. This month with the Citrus Twist Kits November kit, I made two layouts about some of my pets.

We have two inside cats, but not by choice. Smokey was supposed to be a barn cat, but we soon realized that he was allergic to flea bites. After numerous trips to the vet one summer, we decided to allow Smokey to live in the house.

My son found Scavenger out behind our barn one day. He was a young, skinny, sickly cat, and I did not think he was long for this world. But we took Scavenger to the vet anyway, not expecting good news. Surprisingly, the vet said Scavenger was fine–he just needed some antibiotics and love. We kept him in the house as he recovered and he now has no desire to go outside. So now we have another inside cat.

In the morning, I feed both cats soon after I get up. (Or actually soon after Scavenger wakes me up telling me it is time for breakfast.) I had a cute picture of them eating together one day, which I scrapped with the Citrus Twist Kit and inspiration from the Live Inspired Challenge.


The next layout I made documents the newest member of our animal family–Lark, an 8-week–0ld Great Pyrenees puppy. She is so cute and bouncy! The photo is one I took of her right after we came home with her. I used a sketch from Scrap Happy for this page.


I am sure I will have more pet pages to show in the future, especially with the new puppy. I have to make sure I document her growing up!

Now go create!