Little Things, Big Days

CKC August Layouts

Less than seven days left in August - how did that happen? I thought I'd better sneak in one last post with the rest of my layouts from my "Meander" kit.

I wrote a draft of the journaling for my first page shortly after the event on the page happened.
The rectangular block of text above the photo is actually a set of rub-ons. I'd planned on making that block the full length of the page but I had so much difficulty getting just that small amount rubbed on that I decided to just go with that smaller piece. 

I put a couple of circle punches to work for the left side of the page. 
 I used a photo from my childhood on the next page. This topic has been on my scrapbook "to do" list for several months and this kit finally seem to give me the right fit.
I'd written a little list of memories of how my mom took care of me when I was sick as a child and I paired it with a photo of the two of us from way back when. Isn't my plaid overalls ensemble stunning? The chipboard moon and stars were just the right embellishments to match with my memories of my mom checking on me during the night.
On my next page, I used a notepad sheet that I've been holding on to for several years. It was just the right place to record my summer routine.
I like making pages that record the rhythm of everyday life - my daily activities vary with the season and I enjoy looking back and remembering what a typical summer week in 2016 was like. I've noticed that sometimes just a word or phrase can jog my memory and take me right back to another time. I'm glad to have this recorded - some of my routine has already changed a bit as we transition to autumn.
This lovely chipboard lady is an embellishment I never expected to use but she seemed very "at home" on this page.

And finally, my last page is my favorite this month but I think part of that is because it records one of my favorite memories from the summer. I've been visiting a local farmstand for the past couple of years and I discovered this year that the farm also grows flowers. And not only do they grow flowers but they offer a seasonal floral design workshop that includes a tour of the flower fields, a demonstration of flower arranging and the opportunity to try flower arranging for yourself. I have a summer birthday and this workshop immediately went to the top of my wish list. It was a magical afternoon and I couldn't wait to scrapbook about it.
My arrangements are in the top right and bottom left of the grid. The two other photos are just a small sampling of the beautiful blooms that were waiting for us that day. Definitely an adventure to remember!
So that's a wrap on my August kit, and just in time too because we'll soon be revealing the September inspiration kit. It's one that I especially love so I think September might be another great scrappy month!

Felicity Jane "Happy Day" Layouts

I'm not quite sure how it can be close to the end of August already - the past month has been a little busy around here. I've still had some time to scrapbook but I've gotten behind on sharing my layouts. I have the second group of pages from my July Felicity Jane kit to share with you today.

We received a small container of vellum scalloped circles in the July kit and I decided to sew a number of them onto this first layout:
I used French knots to adhere them through the center, then added some paper layers behind my photo, along with a few sequins here and there. 

I finished the page with a stamped quote, using this large letter stamp from Pebbles:

I haven't used this stamp very often and I was sure that I would make a mistake if I stamped the quote directly on the layout, so I stamped it on white cardstock first, then cut out each word and placed it on the layout.

This next page began with a leftover piece of cardstock that I'd used with my manual die-cutter.

I layered it over one of the patterned papers and then added some of the hearts and flowers from the kit's sticker sheet.
I kept the top half of the page more simple, using just the solid colors of cardstock from the kit. I slipped my journaling behind the cardstock toward the top of the page - the striped ombre heart acts as a tab to pull out the journaling card. I used the kit's puffy stickers for the title and added two little puffy hearts at the top of the page.
My last layout was in response to a challenge on the Felicity Jane Facebook group for subscribers to use the tags included in the kit.
I tucked a trio of tags next to my photo to help that section of the layout take up a bit more real estate on the page.
In the bottom left corner, I added a white cardstock label holder and sequins.
I also have a few more layouts from my CKC August kit. I'll be back to share them soon - hopefully before it's time to reveal the September kit!

CKC August Layouts

I included two challenging papers in my August CKC kit

I really liked the house and door papers when I bought them but they've been sitting in my supplies for a while now because I wasn't sure how to work with them. I added them to my kit with the hope that having them right out in front of me would inspire me to use them. 

The house paper turned out to be pretty easy to use. I added a small piece of it under my photo in my challenge layout here. I was flipping through a small stack of photos I've had in my "to scrap" pile and found a perfect match for the large scrap I had left. I've been wanting to tell the story about finally getting "real" dining room furniture and so here is the layout I made:
I chose one of the pale yellow cardstock sheets I included in my kit and then fussy-cut two rows of houses and used them as a border along the bottom edge of the page. The little woodgrain strip is cut from the "b" side of the house paper.
I arranged my photo, journaling and title in a very loose grid and stamped the "x" border around the rest of the page to frame the layout. I found that cute house mini-flair in a little bowl of items I've been meaning to put away - I love when procrastination (or maybe laziness?) pays off! I purchased it from the Feed Your Craft shop on Etsy and it nicely filled in the empty label on my journaling spot.

Now for that door paper...I initially thought that I would either use watercolor paints or small pieces of paper to fill in some of the door shapes. I really didn't want to go through the work of paper-piecing (see the laziness comment in the previous paragraph!) and I'm not comfortable with my watercolor skills and also didn't want to deal with the warping effect that technique has on paper. After letting the paper sit out on my table for a couple days, I found my inspiration in that same stack of "to scrap" photos. I was looking at a photo of my daughter from her college graduation in May and suddenly got an idea about all the doors that are now open to her as she begins her post-college life. Here's how I translated that idea to my page:
I cut about two-thirds of the door paper, attached it to a piece of white cardstock and covered the seam between the two with a narrow strip of black and floral paper. I arranged the photo and several chipboard and sticker embellishments in a horizontal band on that seam and wrote my journaling, in the form of a letter, under the photo. It's hard to see in the photo but I ran a gold Sharpie along the edge of the paper, the photo and the thin white mat under it.
I'm pleased that I was able to find a way to use these two papers.  How about you - do you have any papers that you're finding challenging to use?

CKC August Challenge #1

It's time for our first challenge of the month. Remember how I meandered away from the neutrals in our inspiration kit? Well, I also wandered a bit from the challenge. At least I'm consistent, right?! Here are the details of the challenge posed by our fearless leader Lisa...

Challenge #1 - today is "Sandcastle Day" so it's time to be a little nostalgic. Be inspired by that most enjoyable childhood activity and create a project featuring sandcastles. initial thought was to feature a sandcastle photo on a page but, despite several beach vacations, I have no such photos. I know our daughters used to make little castles with their pails and shovels but back in those days, I never brought a camera to the beach.  

So I turned to Pinterest and searched "sandcastle" in the hope that something would spark an idea. This photo made me think that perhaps I could use the triangle turret shapes as a design element:
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I wasn't too sure about that idea though so I continued scrolling through the results of my Pinterest search until I found this:
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I briefly considering mimicking that spiral design with rectangular pieces of patterned paper but wasn't sure that I could actually execute this idea successfully. Back to the Pinterest results again and after quite a bit of scrolling, I found this:
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Now that was more like it! I could definitely replicate that book cover's design on a scrapbook page. I'm not sure that technically I'm satisfying the conditions of the challenge, but considering that I did find this option while searching for sandcastles, I'm hoping that Lisa will forgive me! And her challenge did mention being a little nostalgic and the barn photo on my layout can qualify as a bit retro so maybe that would help my case too! Here is my page:

Inspired by the color of the stormy skies on the book cover, I selected the blue/gray piece of cardstock from my kit. Although the book cover is a rectangle, I decided to keep my page a 12x12 square. I used the branding strip (cut into a banner shape), a ticket-shaped label and a chipboard circle with a heart in place of the penguin on the top right of the book. My photo is a square but I layered a few patterned papers and vellum under it to give it the rectangular shape of the illustration on the book. I substituted a chipboard scallop banner for the book cover's blue/green marbled stripe and placed my title above and below the banner, taking the place of the author's name and book title. I kept my journaling in the same spot as the book's preview words.

My journaling:
This summer I am trying to say "yes" more often. On the way to pick berries at Lyman Orchards, I noticed this pretty barn with a tangle of blooming wildflowers in front. At the orchard, I considered stopping at that barn on the way home to take a photo or two. I started to talk myself out of it: the barn was right by the side of a somewhat busy road - what if someone sees me? So I drove past, but immediately remembered my "say yes" motto and I turned around, parked the car in a nearby lot and walked over to take the photos. I'm happy I did - this photo will always make me smile and remember my "say yes" moment.

(I should add that I returned to that same orchard a couple weeks later and because of road construction, those wildflowers have all been bulldozed over and there are some very unattractive construction vehicles parked right next to that barn- now I'm even more happy that I photographed them that day!)

Now it's your turn - whether you interpret this challenge literally or take a much looser approach (like me), please link your project here. We love it when you share your creations with us!

Counterfeit Kit August Reveal and Blog Hop

Hello everyone - it's that time again - the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog August Reveal and Blog Hop! Our inspiration kit this month was selected by Lisa and it's a kit from Germany, which is where Lisa lives: The Papier Werkstatt March 2015 kit. Here are a couple of peeks:

This kit, with all the neutrals and krafts, is quite a departure from the colorful kits I've been working with lately. I wrote a quick list and then was ready to start putting together my kit.
I was sure that I had plenty of kraft papers in my supplies but was very surprised to discover that the opposite was true. I didn't have all that many and the ones I did have varied so much in color that I didn't want to use them together. This was going to be more difficult than I thought. I managed to find a few neutral pieces and then somehow, the color just crept into my kit. I was definitely influenced by this embellishment pack included in the inspiration kit:
Pebbles Spring Fling Ephemera Die-cuts
And here is my kit, which I named "Meander" in keeping with the way I wandered away from the neutrals in the inspiration kit:

Let's take a closer look at the papers first.
I began my kit with an embossed polka dot paper (Pebbles/New Arrival/Perfect) that I thought would make a nice background for a page. Continuing from left to right, I included a woodgrain chevron (Crate Paper/Hello Love/Sweetly), the floral that was in the inspiration kit (Maggie Holmes/Bloom/Lizzy), a black & white watercolor stripe (Webster's Pages/Adrienne Looman/Beautiful Chic/Aged to Perfection), a sketched doors print (We R Memory Keepers/Love Notes/French Doors), an ombre pink polka dot (We R Memory Keepers/Love Notes/Dear Diary), a solid mint (We R Memory Keepers/Love Notes/Secret Crush), a black & white tiny polka dot (Crate Paper/Hello Love/True Love), a kraft with dotted white stripes (Crate Paper/Confetti/Lovely), and a house print (Crate Paper/Wonder/Cheerful). And I will confess at this point that I really have no idea what I'll do with the door or house prints but I like how they look with the other papers so I'll try and figure out a use for them.

I decided to supplement the kit with a few pieces of cardstock and some specialty papers:
I chose cardstock in some of the more neutral colors from the patterned papers, along with a vellum paper with gold foil hearts (Crate Paper/Hello Love) and a cut-apart sheet (Crate Paper/Wonder/Brave). 

Now, on to the embellishments:
I've got a few sticker sheets, a set of puffy stickers (my favorite type of embellishment lately) and a sheet of black text rub-ons. 

I then selected some stamps and a die-cut ephemera pack:
I rounded out my kit with two chipboard sheets:
So although my kit doesn't bear a great resemblance to the inspiration, I think it's definitely reflective of my style. It has many of my favorite colors and patterns and I'm excited about digging right in.

Now it's time for the next stop on the blog hop. Please meander over to Susanne's blog and see what she has put together for the month. Here is the complete list of all the stops in case you lost your place along the way:

I hope you'll put a kit together and join us this month. Please post a link to your kit and your projects on the CKC blog here -  we'd love to see it!   

CKC July - The Leftovers

After seven layouts, I thought it was time to retire my July "Beach Party" kit. I was running low on patterned paper and was starting to tire of some of the embellishments - does that happen to you when you're using a kit?

As I started going through what I had left, I discovered that I had several of the blue and green squares from the patterned paper which had been the inspiration for my kit. I had a 12x12 sheet of navy tone-on-tone paper and a couple other blue patterned paper scraps left as well and used those and the squares to make one last page from my kit.
I converted a recent photo to black & white, then arranged the squares in a grid around it. For embellishments, I added a die-cut typewriter, blue camera and arrow clips, and a couple of words that I cut from one of the patterned paper scraps. I also included the number "9" (for the nine cousins in the photo) and cork circles on the sunburst patterns. There wasn't much space left on the page for journaling, so I punched a half-circle out of the top, made a little pocket to attach to the back and then slipped in a small tag with the story. And now I was definitely ready to call my kit "done".

I'd included several packages of die-cuts in my kit and used most of just one of the packs. I sorted what was left of that one into colors and placed them in my color boxes.  I put the rest of the die-cuts and pocket cards back in their original packaging and set them back into my supplies.
I used three complete packs of embellishments (sort of - explanation to follow) and was happy to throw the packaging away (yay!). I also had small scraps of patterned paper that were too small to keep so I disposed of those as well.

Although I threw away the packaging, I still had four (of six) canvas tags left and I had already stamped on them. Because I liked how they look, I decided to leave them out on my table and try to get them on pages soon. I've since gotten one of the floral ones on a layout so now I've only got three left. The clips went into the color boxes and the alpha set went back in to the rest of my supplies.
I also had most of a journaling notebook, a few scraps of paper that I thought would be usable and some leftover trim and ribbon. All of that went back into my supplies.

So that's the end of another kit, and just in time too - it's almost August 1st when we'll be revealing our next inspiration kit. Do you take apart your kits at the end of the month?

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