October 6, 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - October Mini-Kit Reveal

It is mini kit reveal day on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog!  This month we are using Prima's St. Tropez Collection as our inspiration.  Here is a look at the paper pack, which is what I used as the basis for my mini-kit:

This is a beautiful nautical, romantic collection with a few photo-realistic and text papers.  It's not something that I would usually be drawn to but I made some adjustments to ensure that my mini kit was more my style. 

This was intended to be a page kit, so I kept it even mini-er than usual!  The top paper was my first choice and I like that it incorporates elements from the inspiration kit in circles small enough not to overwhelm me with all the patterns.  It's an old paper - a 2010 piece called "On Holiday" from the girls' paperie (remember them?).  Since there was a wood-grain paper in the St. Tropez Collection, I then selected this warm wood-grain paper from the Everyday Eclectic Collection by Allison Kreft for Echo Park from 2012.  I kept the embellishments simple because I already had a lot of pattern going on and just included some gold foam pieces from Pink Paislee's Solstice Collection (a few years old), journaling tags from Daisy D's (remember them?), some cork stars from Studio Calico and a chipboard piece that was sitting in my box of leftover white embellishments.

As soon as I decided on the papers, I knew that I would punch the circles out of the first paper and arrange them in some way on the wood-grain paper.  After I punched the circles, I cut them in half, leaving me with a pile of semi-circles and no idea on how I'd use them:

After a bit of momentary panic, I decided to stitch them in horizontal lines following the lines already on the wood grain.  I placed my photo right in the center, matting it on a large glassine envelope that was the perfect spot to hold my journaling.

I wrote my journaling on several labels, punched a small hole in the top of each and then used a jump ring to attach them together.  They slip right into the envelope.

To finish off the page, I added the chipboard piece, an anchor and several gold dots scattered along the stitched lines.

So, mission accomplished right?  Not exactly. Before I punched the circles, I'd cut the paper into strips and when I finished the above page, those scraps caught my eye.  The reverse of the circle paper was a really appealing blue pattern and so I decided I'd make another page using those scraps.  And here it is:

The photo was in a box that holds "photos I might want to use someday" and it paired nicely with journaling about a few things currently happening in my life.  I used the cork stars on this page and just added a stamped date.

Please stop by the CKC blog to take a look at the other mini kits and projects made by the Master Forgers.  I hope you'll make one of your own too - don't forget to add your creation to the link here.  You can also see more on our Instagram account and in our Facebook community too.


  1. Susan, I so love these layouts--especially the first one. I never would have thought to punch out the circles. It actually calms down the pattern quite a bit. Thanks, as always, for sharing. Love your style.

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  3. Total genius. first the circles, turned into banners of pennants (you can have scalloped pennants, can't you?) blowing in the sea breeze. Then to flip the scraps over and use them as journaling spots. And you have completely turned the boundaries of scrapbooking on its side by using a photo as the title, not as the subject to be journaled about. I bow to the master.

  4. I absolutely adore this very mini-mini. It's wonderful, as are the layouts that you have created with it. Who would have thought that there would be much leftover from the first layout?!

  5. Susan, I, too, bow to the master! You are a genius and these pages are both glorious! I love how you turned a few simple supplies into these amazing pages. Your style shows through at all times and I'm in awe! I love the idea of the tags brought together as your journalling!