In Black-and-White

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In August, my oldest child went off to college. This change has not been an easy one for me. I am so happy that my son is growing up and taking this next step in his life. But I am also sad that he is no longer around all the time. It has been odd to all of a sudden only have two children at home. I have been journaling and scrapbooking about this time in my life a lot–it has been helping me work through my ever-changing feelings.

I took this story and used it as the basis for this month’s first challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This month we are using the St. Tropez collection from Prima as our inspiration kit.

And here is our challenge: One of St. Tropez’ famous residents was Bridget Bardot. Most photographs and films of her were in black-and-white. Use a black-and-white photo(s) on a colored background.

The papers in my kit, Wandering, have a definite vintage feel and some are quite dark. In order to have my photograph stand out against this background, I chose a picture that is fairly simple in composition and converted it to black-and-white. I love the look of the monochromatic print against the mix of vintage prints.

Make sure to check out the projects from the rest of the Master Forgers for this month’s first challenge on the CKC blog.

Now go create!




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This month at Counterfeit Kit Challenge, we are working with the March kit from The Papier Werkstatt. The collection is neutral–lots of krafts and soft colors. My kit, Antique Butterfly, has kraft as the inspiration color, but ended up having a much more vintage style.

Another aspect of the inspiration kit is its use of supplies that we do not normally see in scrapbooking, such as felt and handmade paper. The second challenge this month for the Master Forgers is to use a similar item in our project.

CHALLENGE TWO: Outside the Stash – incorporate something non-scrapbook stash related onto your project. Our inspiration kit features a sheet of handmade paper and some thick felt to create a mini-book, neither of which are usually found in our everyday stash. So follow its lead and find something from outside your scrapbooking stash to include on your project.

As I looked around outside my scrap room for something to use in my layout, I spied this gift bag that was destined for the trash.

gift bag

My husband had recently used it to give me a present for our 24th anniversary. I was going to save the bag to use again, but somehow holes had been torn into the bag(?). So before I tossed it, I cut some of the paper from the bag and a little bit of the gold tissue paper from inside.

Both of these items now reside on my page–which documents the gift that was in the bag! Very serendipitous!


Make sure to visit the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see how the other Master Forgers interpreted this challenge.

Now go create!

Antique Butterfly | August CKC Blog Hop

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Welcome to the last stop on the August Counterfeit Kit Challenge reveal blog hop! I know you have seen so many inspiring kits along the way. (If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop–just go to the blog.)

This month we are using the March kit from The Papier Werkstatt in Germany. This collection is a beautiful collection of softly-hued papers and kraft embellishments. To make my kit, I began gathering papers in the same colors–kraft, pink, light blue, and brown. One paper has butterflies, inspired by the butterfly die cut in the embellishments.



While the original kit does not have a very vintage feel, my kit definitely does! So I am calling my August kit Antique Butterfly.



Since I do not normally work with products with such a vintage look, I am excited to explore this kit during August. Check back later this month to see what I create!

Thanks for stopping by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop today!

Now go create!