CKC September Challenge #2 - Lesson Learned

I'm sharing a project today for Challenge #2 on the CKC blogTaking our inspiration from the 'School House' Washi included in the Lost River Scrapbook Kit - and, of course - from the start of a new term, create a layout which documents a lesson learned. I chose to make a "life lessons" traveler's notebook for this challenge. 

I had a traveler's notebook that I'd picked up on clearance at Michael's last year and its small number of pages was ideal for what I had in mind.  It had enough room for a title and introduction, and 12 two-page spreads: one side of the spread would be a photo and the other would have the lesson.  I'd been thinking about making a layout on this topic and had a few notes written already so I just needed to refine my thoughts. I was going to keep this pretty simple and just write the lesson with no further elaboration since the lessons are all self-explanatory anyway.  And for the photos, I had plenty of nature shots that I could easily pair up with the lessons.

I began by covering the blank notebook with the navy and gold specialty paper from Shimelle's "Little by Little" collection that I included in my kit:

The paper is a nice, thicker weight that gives my notebook some stability.

And then I just played, using the contents of my kit to embellish the pages.

I cut and tore and punched and sewed. 

I distressed edges.  I added stickers and die-cuts.

I used an entire sheet of rub-ons to make a page background.

I printed my lessons, cut the text into strips and adhered them to each spread. 

This project was such a delight to create - I really had fun putting it together!  I hope you'll try this challenge, too.  Don't forget to share what you create on our link-up page, in our Facebook community or on Instagram.

CKC September Kit Layout

Just popping in to share a quick page I made with my September CKC kit, "Here and There".

This paper from the Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes "Gather" collection was easily my favorite piece from my kit:
"Details" Paper / Gather Collection

In order to get as much out of the paper as possible, I decided that I'd cut it up.  I used quite a few of those rectangles to make a vertical border on the left of my layout:

I liked how the rectangles looked against the rustic wood-grain paper.  I attached the strips using adhesive just on the left side, leaving the right free to curl up or down a bit.  I ran two lengths of stitching down the side, and added a few word stickers to the border to break up all the pattern.

I then stamped a quote, using a set of alpha stamps that I picked up at Michael's many years ago. 

I'll be back later this month with my project for the CKC blog's second September challenge.  And you'll be seeing that "Details" paper again!

Counterfeit Kit September Reveal and Blog Hop

Happy September 1st and welcome to my stop on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge September Reveal and Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Lynnette's blog and I'm sure you enjoyed her clever take on our inspiration kit.

This month we are using the Studio Calico "Lost River" kit as our inspiration:

Studio Calico "Lost River" Kit
This kit has some lovely neutral colors and a few of my favorite patterns (circles and stripes) and it's a refreshing change from the bright colors of summer.  I actually have this kit but resisted using any of it for my counterfeit.  I'd intended to keep to the neutral color scheme but somehow a few more pinks snuck into my version.  Let's take a look at what I put together...

This is my September CKC kit, "Here and There".  I confess that I still struggle with names for my kits but I've found that I can usually pull something from an embellishment piece, which is what I did in this case.  Here's a closer look at my papers:

I stayed close to the inspiration with the neutral gray patterns, and then included most of the remaining patterns with a change in color: a brown woodgrain instead of the black and white, a bold navy and gold print instead of the chalkboard-looking text, a small text print instead of the photo-realistic paper with the large text, a looser yellow print and a navy circle pattern instead of the gold glitter one.  I translated the inspiration's ombre pink stripe into two separate papers: an ombre pink print with tiny gold stars, and a paper with several stripes of small patterned rectangles.

For embellishments, I selected gold rub-ons in place of the gold alpha in the inspiration kit, a few different word/phrase stickers, three rolls of washi tape, a die-cut pack and some vellum hearts instead of the vellum circles in the inspiration kit.

My kit also includes a few stamp sets, some tags in place of the envelopes included in the inspiration kit, a sheet of circle and heart stickers instead of the sequins from the "Lost River" kit, and some chipboard pieces.  

So that's my take on the inspiration this month.  You'll want to visit Clair next and see the lovely kit she's sharing today - she chose our inspiration this month so I'm sure she put together something very special.  Here's the complete list for the hop in case you missed a stop along the way:

Lynnette -
Susan - (you are here!)

A special welcome to our Guest Designer this month - Jess from Jess Claire Creates.  She discovered the CKC blog a few months ago but jumped right in with some beautiful counterfeit kits and projects!

I hope you'll join us this month - you can share your kits and projects by linking up on the CKC blog here.  You can also share on Instagram - we're @counterfeitkitchallenge and you can use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcseptember2017 to tag your posts.  We have a Facebook community too and we'd love to see you sharing there as well - we're the Counterfeit Kit Community.

Getaway Mini Album

This summer was definitely the "summer of the mini album" for me. I made several of them - the Christmas ornament mini and the vacation mini that I've already posted, and today I have another one to share.

This one is based on the Summer Bucket List Mini class taught by Stephanie Bryan for Big Picture Classes. I thought its petite size would be a perfect way to document a little getaway that my husband and I took in early July.

I started by selecting photos that I thought best represented what we did while we were away. Before printing the photos, I added a digital stamp to each one (my sources were Ali Edwards and Kellie Stamps). 

I also gathered a few pieces of memorabilia that I collected on our trip so I could include them in the book.

Since Big Picture Classes is a membership site, I can't give too many details about how I made the album. It's an accordion book consisting of pocket pages - you can construct it in dimensions and with the number of pages that best suit your project.

To keep things easy for myself, I grabbed my Felicity Jane leftovers. The products coordinate very well and offered me a good selection of embellishments too.  I didn't want a bulky album so I focused on using labels, tags, tabs, die-cuts, washi and stamps.

Here's a look at the completed pages:

I used 3x4 pocket cards to hold my stories and just added them to the pockets along with the photos.

My final page is a glassine bag that was packaging from a scrappy purchase.  I tucked memorabilia and some extra photos inside.

This was a fun project that really didn't take much time to put together.  It was a nice alternative to regular layouts - sometimes a change to the way I document memories rejuvenates my creativity.

How do you feel about mini albums? Are they a regular part of your memory-keeping projects?

Layouts Lately - Color Challenge

Two people that I follow on Instagram, Jamie Leija (@jamie_makes) and Tracey Fox (@scrappylikeafox) collaborated on a fun color series on that social media this summer and I played along with two of the challenges. 

The first challenge I completed was the black + white + one color challenge.  

I selected the green color on the frozen yogurt packaging as the shade to combine with black and white.  Everything on this page came from various Felicity Jane kits.  The kits always include plenty of black and white papers and embellishments and I was easily able to find the green color among my FJ kit leftovers as well.

The second challenge I completed was the rainbow challenge.  I LOVE making these types of pages - how can you not be happy looking at a page with every color of the rainbow on it?! 

I started with a stamp set from Kellie Stamps that included a paint brush swatch.  That particular stamp is no longer available but you can easily replicate the look by actually painting a swatch in several colors directly on your page.

I then stamped my page title in black, overlapping the paint swatches and then stamped a few phrases and hearts under that.  I made two collage photos that I took at one of the places we visited on our vacation and placed them under my journaling - they were certainly perfect for this rainbow theme!

I love participating in challenges like this - they jump-start my creativity, spark some new ideas and give me a different starting point for my pages.  How about you - have you participated in any challenges lately?

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