September 25, 2016

CKC September Layouts

Earlier this month I posted the items I forged for this month's kit. I made my own version of the branding strips and the vellum scallop pieces included in the Felicity Jane kit that served as our inspiration this month. Today I'd like to share how I used those items on two scrapbook pages.

First up - the branding strips. I like using paper strips as a page design, though I generally place them vertically on the page. For this layout, I used them horizontally:

I alternated my homemade branding strips with some strips of patterned paper. I stamped the title on a tag and placed it at the top, and then made a little pennant for my journaling to include at the bottom. I used circular embellishments to balance all the lines on the page.  

This was very quick and easy to put together and I think I'll be stamping on paper strips again.

Now for the scallop shapes. I used them in another of my "go-to" techniques: the center design.  This layout is also a mix of circles and lines:

I used my sewing machine to stitch the tissue paper scallops and vellum border piece (under the photo) in place on the page. I filled in the extra spaces with washi strips, a wood button, a flair and an epoxy circle. I stitched a border around the photo with gold metallic thread and added a die-cut banner and chipboard heart.

I really like the light and airy look of this page - I didn't want to cover up too much of the pretty constellation background paper. I'm also happy that I managed to use my forgeries too. They didn't really take that long to make but it's nice to have those homemade items on some layouts.

And that brings me to the end of my CKC kit for September.  October will soon be here and I'm excited because it was my turn to choose our inspiration for the month. So stay tuned for the big reveal on the first!

September 20, 2016

CKC September Layout - Us

Just a quick post today to share a layout from my CKC September kit.

I started with the pink and white striped background paper, and then punched circles from the black and white floral, using a smaller circle punch to hollow out a few of the larger circles. After I attached them to the page, I decided to add some pink cross-stitches on the circle edges. I used a pink doily under my photo, and slipped a tag with my journaling behind it before adding my simple title at the bottom.  A stamped sentiment on the photo, a wooden button with an epoxy center and several stamped heart trios completed the page.

Our inspiration for this month was the August Felicity Jane kit and I think that this particular layout really looks like I'd made it with an actual Felicity Jane kit. It has all the key hallmarks of the kits: pink, black & white, stripes, and a floral.

Thanks for stopping in today! I made two layouts with the items I forged for this month's kit and will be back in a few days to share them.

September 15, 2016

CKC September Layouts

I've been busily working with my September CKC kit "Happy Girl" and have a trio of layouts to share today.

This first page is based on a sketch from Ready, Sketch, Go Volume 2 - it was perfect for the background paper with the divided design. I supplemented my kit with a state stamp from Close to My Heart and a leaf punch, as well as the alpha stickers for the title.

I try to make a layout every few months which gives me a snapshot of current activities, likes, dislikes, favorites, etc. and here is my most recent version:

The pale yellow graph paper made a nice home for my notes which I accented with a variety of embellishments. I added some paper strips and tabs to the left edge of the page to make a home for my title.

For my third layout, I recycled one of my tried & true designs: using paper strips as a border around the edges of the page. In this case, I used washi strips instead of patterned paper.

I stitched over the washi strips and then, since there were so many items on the layout (stamps, photos, veneer stars, epoxy circles), I stitched a smaller interior box to contain all those pieces.

So how about you? Did you make a counterfeit kit this month? If you did, don't forget to link it and your projects on our blog here.

September 12, 2016

Felicity Jane "Maggie" Layouts

So this month while we're using the Felicity Jane "Maggie" kit as inspiration on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, I've got the real thing to scrapbook with as well. I'd like to share three "Maggie"layouts today.

The kit had some lovely vellum border shapes that I couldn't wait to use on a page. Here's the layout I made with them:

I combined them with some paper strips and a label and sewed them on to this pretty distressed-look, wide-striped paper. I also included some of the tissue paper confetti pieces and stamped a few circles around the page. 

I also loved the vellum "Today" and used it as my title.

I used more confetti circles on my second page:

One of the kit papers this month was a pretty color-blocked sheet - I cut it down to 8-1/2x11, kept the branding strip on and turned the page on its side. The intersection of the colors was a perfect spot to place my photo. For finishing touches, I included a doily, the pretty dipped alpha, a flair, a rubber banner and a stamp along with the confetti.

My final page is my favorite from this kit:

I fussy-cut the "hello" from a card Jeana included in my kit, and combined it with the vellum "happy" to serve as my title. 

I layered five different patterned papers beneath my photo and added the wood veneer scalloped piece to the bottom. The branding strip "another day - another adventure" seemed tailor-made for this page so I added it to the top of the layout.

I kept the branding strip on the light blue background paper; its scallops nicely mimicked the wood veneer piece. For embellishements, I added three of the rubber heart circles that came in the kit.

I still have plenty of my "Maggie" kit left and I hope to be back before the end of the month to share a couple more layouts with you. Thanks for stopping by!

September 9, 2016

CKC August Layouts

I thought I was finished with my August CKC kit and was about to put away the leftovers when I was inspired to make two more layouts. I was actually holding a sheet of black & white striped paper from Webster's Pages and happened to flip it over - it had a lovely circular woodgrain pattern on the reverse. I've seen a few layouts recently with embellishments placed in a circle and as I sifted through my kit leftovers, I spied some gold puffy thicker stars and arrows.  Armed with those supplies, I started scrapping and ended up with this:

I punched a few stars from the gold heart vellum in my kit and lightly adhered them with a dot of liquid adhesive before stitching through them with gold metallic thread. (I recently found a more accessible home for my sewing machine so I'm sure I'll be stitching on many of my pages from now on.) I filled in the swirl of embellishments with the gold puffy stickers and some gold triangle stickers, and then added my title to the space in the center.

I placed a chipboard frame on my photo to highlight the part with my two daughters in it, and then layered a couple tags over the right part of the photo to camouflage the pick-up truck in that spot. I added a few more embellishments and my journaling to complete the page.

The final page was inspired by a prompt on the Whimsical Musings blog: be inspired by where you come from.  I had a really cute little chipboard house left in my kit and built my page around that.

I really liked the embossed kraft and white polka dot paper that I included in my kit but it was a little too much to use as a full background sheet - the pattern actually made my eyes hurt! I cut a vertical strip of it and added a tag, a floral sticker and a piece of a branding strip to finish that side of the page.

I wrote my journaling and cut it into strips that I then attached to the page. I was afraid I'd make a mistake if I wrote it directly onto the cardstock.  I added a little cluster of embellishments in the bottom right corner to balance the page.

And now I'm definitely done with my August CKC kit - on to September!

September 6, 2016

CKC September Challenge #1

Oh happy day indeed - it's time for the first challenge of the month! Our task for this challenge is to use a Shimelle sketch for a layout.

Here's the sketch I selected:
Shimelle's Sketch
And here's my interpretation:

I stayed pretty true to the sketch, with just a couple of changes. Since my horizontal strip of heart paper was a little busy, I decided to move the title from that sketch location to a spot just over my photo - the letters show up much better against the plainer pink paper. I only used one photo in place of the four shown in the right column, and filled the three remaining spaces with four thinner rectangles of patterned paper. My journaling and embellishment placement closely followed the sketch though.

Sketches are a great way to jump-start inspiration and I turn to them when I have photos and a story but aren't sure where to go from there.  So now it's your turn - pick a sketch (Shimelle has a great selection here), use your September CKC kit to make a page and then link it here so we can all take a look. Happy scrapbooking!

September 4, 2016

Forgeries on the Fourth

The fourth of the month means that it's time to share how I "forged" a couple of items I included in my September Counterfeit Kit. Actually, I made these items after I put my kit together so you'll be seeing them for the first time here. I selected two embellishments from the Felicity Jane Maggie kit that is our inspiration this month: the vellum shapes and the branding strips. Let's start with the vellum shapes...

I began with a few border punches from my supplies, a piece of vellum with white polka dots, and some polka dot tissue paper (I think this was packaging from a recent Felicity Jane kit). 

I also grabbed a piece of white computer paper - the thin vellum and tissue papers don't seem to punch cleanly so I sandwiched them between the computer paper. 

Then I just punched through the layers.

All in all, this was a pretty easy forgery.

Now for the "branding strips". These have been one of my favorite parts of the Felicity Jane kits and one of the first things I do when I get my kits is to cut off the branding strips - I don't want to ruin them by cutting through them by accident (again)!  I ruined one or two of them before realizing I should just cut them off as soon as I get them.

This was another easy forgery. I used a piece of 12x12 white cardstock, ink, an acrylic block and the stamps I included in my kit. Since most of those stamps were a bit thick for a branding strip, I also used some of the stamps that were in the Maggie kit.

Then I just stamped across the cardstock and used my trimmer to cut off the bottom when I was done.

I eventually realized that the strip looked better if I started stamping in the center  and worked my way out on either side. Here's a look at my finished strips:
Both of these forgeries were quick and easy and I was very happy with the results. I hope you'll give them a try - leave me a comment if you do. Don't forget to check out the other forgeries on the blog this month too. You can read all about them here.

September 1, 2016

Counterfeit Kit September Reveal and Blog Hop

Happy September everyone and welcome to my stop on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal and blog hop! 

We are taking the Felicity Jane August kit, "Maggie" as our inspiration:

This was an exciting choice for me because I subscribe to Felicity Jane and so I could have the actual inspiration right in front of me as I put together my version. And as I looked through the Maggie kit, I realized that I had several papers that were great matches to the pieces in the kit. Now I was even more excited!

But as I pulled those papers, I realized that my version was going to be too close to the inspiration, and while normally that would be a very good thing, I didn't really want to have two very similar kits to scrap with this month. So I decided to take a different approach: I kept the paper designs similar, deepened the pink shades, changed the light blue to navy, and swapped out the melon for yellow. I also knew that I would include as least one black & white patterned paper, since that is one of the signatures of the Felicity Jane kits.
Here is my September CKC kit, "Happy Girl":

I selected my name based on Jeana Goodwin's explanation of how she chose "Felicity Jane" as the name for her kit club - you can read about it here.

I started my version with this paper, "The City" from Dear Lizzy's Saturday Collection:

It's heart pattern was similar to the one in the Felicity Jane kit and it gave me a nice color scheme to use as I chose the rest of my papers. Here they are in detail:

From left to right: Echo Park Playground Collection/Rubber Ball-Splash, My Mind's Eye Sunkissed Collection/Sweet (from 2009!),  Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Collection/Pretty Poppies, Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Collection/Playtime Plaza, Crate Paper Open Book Collection/Memoir, Fancy Pants About a Girl Collection/Kenley, my inspiration paper, Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Collection/name unknown, Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Collection/Stargazers, Jen Hadfield Home+Made Collection for Pebbles, Cottage Living Collection/Sunrise, Sunset, Maggie Holmes Bloom Collection/Peony, and Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Collection/name unknown. 

For embellishments, I added doilies and flair (as in the inspiration), swapped the Maggie kit wood veneer words for wood veneer stars, replaced the vellum strips in the Maggie kit with washi strips, switched the sticker sheet for a few die cuts and traded in the puffy stickers and confetti for buttons and epoxy pieces. 

I usually don't include an alpha in my CKC kits (I like to wait until my page is almost complete before selecting something from my supplies) but I had just purchased a set of alphas from Fancy Pants that was a great substitute for the exclusive Felicity Jane alpha so I broke my rule and added it. And in place of the stamp set in the Maggie kit, I added two Story Stamps from Ali Edwards (Little Things and Spark). I wanted stamps that were generic enough to complement any photos or topic and those two sets fit the bill.

Now it's time for the next stop on the blog hop. Please head 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:

Guest DT Nicole:
Susan: (you're here!)

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!