January 2018 Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to the this month’s kit reveal at Counterfeit Kit Challenge! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying the start to 2018!

(You should be arriving here from Julene’s blog. To access the entire blog hop list, go back to the CKC home page.)

We have had a few changes here at CKC—we’ve said goodbye to a few Master Forgers and are welcoming four new members to the design team—Cindy, Laura, Lori and Tina. We are thrilled to have these talented ladies on our team!

For January, Master Forger Lisa chose the Fair Isle kit from November 2017 at Cocoa Daisy as our inspiration kit. This collection is full of beautiful reds and greens, and touches of black and white. The embellishments are perfect for scrapbooking all of those holiday photographs, but versatile enough to be used for other pages as well.

To create my kit, I began by taking inspiration from the red and green color scheme and organic prints in several of the papers. I chose two Basic Grey papers in red with floral and organic patterns. I then chose a floral print with red and blue flowers and a white background. I also added a green paper with a very subtle floral print.

The inspiration kit mixed several floral and organic prints with more geometric prints—the papers with the cars, stripes, and black lettering. From my stash I pulled a paper with red musical notes, and black-and-white checked print, and a white paper with black lettering. I now felt that I had a mix of papers that echoed the colors and themes of the original.

I also added a red paper with glittered polka-dots to mimic the rhinestone embellishments in the Fair Isle kit.

Since the inspiration kit had several wood-themed embellishments (the pinecones and pine boughs), I chose a box of white-washed wooden shapes from Prima to begin rounding out my kit. Next I added a sheet of red letter stickers from October Afternoon and a pack of enamel dots in holiday colors by Echo Park. Finally I chose several die cuts from Maggie Holmes and Elle’s Studio in the same colors but lighter shades that really complement the patterned papers.

I took a cue from the swan die cut to name my kit Hello Darling—perfect for welcoming in a new year!

And now, on to see Laura’s take on this month’s kit!

Now go create!

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1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month | Fresh Start

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Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 is getting off to a great start. Mine certainly is–I have a brand new kit of scrapbooking goodies to create layouts with this month–and a new project for 2017!

Since I have many stories I want to tell this year, I have challenged myself to use one kit and one sketch to scrapbook with each month. By using a kit each month, I will limit my choices of supplies to make my workflow faster and more streamlined. By using one sketch in different ways, I will always have a starting point for my pages.This year-long project I am calling 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month.

Also I will be integrating my scrappy goals for 2017 in this new project. (See this blog post.)

This month my kit has soft pinks, browns, teals and gold. I used this paper from My Mind’s Eye as the inspiration for the collection.

I added papers from Crate Paper, Fancy Pants, Echo Park, Simple Stories, Carta Bella, and Kaisercraft. All the papers are fairly muted in color with simple organic patterns that will coordinate well together.

For embellishments, I added Thickers, chipboard stickers from Shimelle and My Mind’s Eye, diecuts from Basic Grey and Carta Bella, wood veneer pieces, stitched brads, small letter stickers, washi tape from Echo Park and Doodlebug Design, and enamel dots–all in coordinating colors and patterns.

Interesting thought about this kit–I have a balloon paper from a birthday collection, two papers from a winter collection, and washi tape from a baby girl collection, but all the supplies coordinate very well. I love the versatility of today’s scrapbooking products!

These soft colors and floral patterns–very much a contrast to the bold reds and greens that I used last month to complete my December daily–are just right for starting off a brand new year. So I have titled my kit for January Fresh Start.

Check back later this month and I will reveal my projects made from this kit.

Now go create!


Summer Stories | June Kit

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Summer is my favorite season. I gleefully bask in the warm weather, inhale the scent of honeysuckles, and devour ripe peaches. So when I spied this new paper from Simple Stories, I was inspired to create a kit to reflect my love of summer.

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Simple Stories, Sunshine and Happiness, Shine Bright

To go with this sunshine-y pattern, I chose these papers:

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Pink Paislee, Fancy Free, Paper 06

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Pink Paislee, Outfitters, Paper 04

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Bella Blvd, Illustrated Faith, Whatever Is Lovely, 3×4

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Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Freshly Picked

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Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Freshly Squeezed

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Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Daily Details

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Echo Park, Party Time, Celebrate

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Simple Stories, Sunshine and Happiness, Oh Yeah

I picked a variety of embellishments that would coordinate with my papers as well as give me a good choice of products to use.

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Bella Blvd, Fruit Punch, Cardstock Stickers, Tiny Text Alphas

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Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Cardstock Stickers, Treasures and Text

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Simple Stories, Bloom and Grow, Decorative Brads

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My Mind’s Eye, Market Street, Flair Pins

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Bella Blvd, Illustrated Faith, She Blooms, Washi Tape, Bloom

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Bella Blvd, Illustrated Faith, She Blooms, Icons

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Bella Blvd, Cute Clips, Pretty Posh

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Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Bloom, Delights with Foil Accents

Already I have a number of warm-weather photographs to scrapbook. I am looking forward to using this kit, which I am calling Summer Stories.

Now go create!


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Captured, Told, and Done

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When I walked into my scraproom the other day, I saw I huge stack of printed photos sitting on my shelf. Another hundred or so pictures were on my computer waiting to be printed. Scrappy supplies were scattered about. I looked at my calendar, realizing that summer is fleeing and I still have stories to be told. What is a scrapbooker to do?!?

Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I go back to my scrapbooking basics. I choose one or two 4×6 photos, a sketch, and a story—and I go simple! For the rest of this month, I am challenging myself to consciously work my way step-by-step through my scrapbooking process from beginning to end on each page, so that I can get my memories captured, told, and done.

The underlying process for all my scrapbooking is using kits. I realized long ago that I scrap more effeciently (and have more fun!) when I use a limited number of supplies. A few years ago I went through all of my supplies and made kits. I put together a several sheets of coordinating patterned paper along with some matching embellishments—then I immediately had a starting point when I sat down at my desk to make a page.

Today I grabbed a kit with several papers in medium yellows, blues, and oranges. With those papers I had paired an embellishment kit from Freckled Fawn in similar colors.

First I went to that stack of printed photos and just started thumbing through them. Eventually one caught my eye—a photo of me that my son had taken. It was winter and I was down at the barn waiting for the vet to come and check on my horse. I immediately thought of the many hours I spend down at the barn and that I should document that fact.

Next I found a sketch to use—one that I had made myself! It is fairly simple, but flexible. Using sketches is the second way that I am able to scrap quickly and enjoy the process.

As I began putting my page together, more memories of that day came back. I remembered that I was down at the barn because I had just finished riding and my horse was acting funny. I was afraid that something was seriously wrong, so I immediately called the vet. In the photo I am wating for her to arrive. Luckily, it was nothing serious! This story became the one I wanted to tell.

I love using patterned paper(s) as my background. I picked the circle paper from Echo Park on the bottom because the pink in the circles is similar to the pink in my coat. The arrow paper from My Mind’s Eye had a smaller print and the color contrasted and complemented the circle paper.

The yellow paper is the B side of the circle paper. It has a very suble polka-dot pattern so I used it for the journaling block as well as an accent piece and the date label.

From there I added embellishments in visual triangles along with my title. Moment captured, story told, and layout done!