April 6, 2016

CKC April Kit - Challenge #1

The first challenge on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this month is to incorporate a shabby chic technique or two into your project.

I decided to work with a black and white photo of my grandparents for this challenge and here is the layout I made:
After I selected an off-white sheet of cardstock to use as my background, I used some flourish stamps to make a base for my photo. I layered a couple of papers under the photo to add color and used an edge punch on a paper strip that I slipped under the left edge. I adhered the photo and then placed some gold doily rub-ons around it. I used a circle stamp around the doilies to tie them in to the rest of stamping in the center of the page. To complete that section of the layout, I added a tag (with another gold doily rub-on) and vellum flowers with brad centers at opposite corners of the photo.

I punched a wide decorative edge at the top of the cardstock. I noticed that I'd smudged some ink along the top as well and so I added the black cardstock circle to cover it. I combined that with a fabric covered brad and a stamped circle.
For balance, I placed a similar cluster at the bottom of the page. I wrote my journaling on the left of the page - I had assembled the page without really giving myself much room for it. My photo was actually slightly off center anyway, so including the journaling on the left made that a little less noticable.

This challenge was fun to try. I didn't plan any of it out in advance - I knew I wanted to do some stamping so I just grabbed the cardstock, inkpad and flourish stamps and started right in.
So are you ready to try a shabby chic technique or two on your next project? Please link up your project here and don't forget to see how the other Master Forgers interpreted this challenge too!


  1. Gorgeous - that border punching is such a clever idea. Well done on making a mess (the smudge) into a masterpiece (the clusters).

  2. Amazing stamping and your colour scheme works perfectly with the black & white photo.

  3. Really love your JB gold doily rub-ons with the stamped circle! Would never have thought of that & they are wonderful together. I have that stamp plus the swirls so was going to be watching out for what you did with them ;)

  4. Oh, the mix of elements here is fabulous. Another great page.