The July kit inspiration is this beautiful monochromatic kit from Scrapabilly:
I love the gorgeous shades of blue and aqua and I completely intended to be pretty faithful to the inspiration when I put together my kit. I jotted down a few notes to guide me in selecting papers and embellishments from my supplies. I took a photo of it as proof of my good intentions:
I also torture myself by not looking at any of the kits assembled by the talented CKC design team of Master Forgers until I've got my kit ready. It's so tempting to take a peek at their blogs but I don't want to be influenced by their choices.
So, armed with my list and a mental picture of the Scrapabilly kit, I started going through my supplies. Somewhere along the way, I took a big detour and instead of the monochromatic, serene and ocean-inspired kit I had envisioned, I ended up with this:
I suppose it's somewhat serene and possibly a little ocean inspired but it's definitely not monochromatic! I'm calling it "Endless Summer" because the colors remind me of ice cream and lemonade, my flower garden in the late afternoon sun, and faded beach towels drying on the line. (I also considered "Drift Away" because I drifted so far from the inspiration kit and "Carried Away" because I really packed this kit full of papers and embellishments!)
Here's a closer look at the papers:
It has a mix of pastels in blue, pink and yellow, a little gray, a weathered white woodgrain, a burlap and white stripe, and a black and white stripe. There are a few cut apart sheets, a tag sheet with burlap and gold, and a sheet of vellum polaroid shapes. Some of the papers are new, including a sheet from Crate Paper's Poolside Collection (which is definitely one of my current favorites) and some are old (anyone remember Daisy D's and Foof-a-la?) I've got a challenge paper (the bokeh/photo-realistic paper from Webster's Pages on the top right that will be a challenge for me to use) and my tried-and true polka dots and solids. My "on-a-whim" paper is a perforated sheet of ticket-like shapes from Jenni Bowlin (the last paper in the top row). I'm not sure how I'll use that one but I discovered it while searching through my supplies and just had to add it to the kit.
My embellishments are a mix of old and new as well:
I chose woodgrain frames, some labels, a couple of paper scraps (blue bokeh vellum and anchors), journaling cards, decorative bags and a few different alphas.
I like to include a 6x6 paper pad in my kits and this time I added one that is all white embossed papers. I also have another sheet of alphas, some summer-themed die cuts, labels and chipboard, phrase stickers, brads and a very old sheet of white rub-ons.
So, there is it - my "Endless Summer". I'm excited about putting it to good use this month. And now, I can't wait any longer - I'm off to check out the Master Forgers blog hop to finally see their wonderful kits!