April 10, 2018

Elle's Studio April Reveal

April is a big month over at Elle's Studio - in addition to the monthly kit and add-on releases, there's also a brand-new collection called "Noteworthy" and it is fabulous!  Here are all the details...

The Monthly Kit is, as usual, packed with lots of bright colors and themes that can be used for all occasions:

And there are plenty of fun products in the add-ons, too:
While I don't like to play favorites, I will say that I really like the Adventure Puffy Stickers (no surprise there), the Vellum Sentiments, and the Banner Stickers.

There's also a digital release with Currently Printables and the April Digital Cut File:

Finally, here is the new "Noteworthy" Collection:

I can already say that this one is going to be a favorite - there's a special bundle which includes free alphabet stickers and it's now on sale for 20% off.  I used some pieces from the new collection on my projects this month, and I'll also have a layout featuring just the Noteworthy collection on the Elle's Studio blog later in April.

For my first project, I pulled specific colors from the products this month to make this layout:

I made a mat for my photo using the blue, yellow, and gray pocket cards from the Monthly Kit

I wrote my journaling, added my photo and then embellished with some of the Adventure Puffy Stickers, an Acrylic Star, a Banner Sticker, and a Vellum Sentiment

I used the new Mini Dated Stamp to note both the date of the photo and the date of the journaling.  

I also included a few items from the Noteworthy Collection.  I placed an Epoxy Sticker on my photo, and then backed the mat on two papers from the 12x12 paper collection.  The whole layout rests on a piece of white cardstock.

For my second project, I combined the Banner Stickers and the Acrylic Stars across the top of my page:

I matted my photo on one of the papers in the Noteworthy 6x6 Paper Stack and tucked a branding strip from one of the Noteworthy 12x12 papers under the photo.  One of the pocket cards from the Monthly Kit holds my journaling.

I added an Everyday Goodness Sticker to the top of the photo and added another of the Acrylic Stars nearby as well.  

I embellished the bottom of the layout with half of a Vellum Sentiment and a phrase from the Adventure Puffy Stickers.  I matted the whole page on a paper from the Noteworthy 12x12 paper collection.

And the "yes, please!" phrase from the Adventure Puffy Stickers was perfect for my page title.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to head over to the shop to pick up some of these new goodies for yourself!

April 6, 2018

CKC April Mini Kit Reveal and Project

Hello everyone and Happy April! It's mini-kit reveal day on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and as a reminder, here is the inspiration kit we are using for the month:

I really like the fun colors of the kit - it's perfect for springtime! I kept the colors in mind when I selected the pieces for my mini-kit.  

I filled my mini-kit with pocket cards from Elle's Studio and Gossamer Blue because both of those companies featured pieces with bright and vibrant colors. I also included lots of labels (Gossamer Blue), puffy hearts (Elle's Studio), tags (Elle's Studio), vellum pieces (Elle's Studio) and three stamp sets (Gossamer Blue and Dear Lizzy).

When I was searching through my Gossamer Blue supplies, I found a turquoise acrylic word.  It perfectly matched the colors in my mini-kit and it inspired the project I'd make with it.

If you've been reading here for a while, you know that I enjoy gardening.  I decided to use my mini-kit to make a mini-album about my love for flowers.  The pocket cards and tags would serve as the pages, and the album would be held together with a book ring.  I planned to include small photos of my favorite blooms along with some quotes from my garden Pinterest board.  Here's a little flip through the pages:

This mini-album was just a joy to create!

Please stop by the CKC blog today to see Leslie's mini-kit and project.  If you play along with us this month, please add a link to your project on the CKC blog here.  You can also share on Instagram - we're @counterfeitkitchallenge there and you can use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcapril2018 to tag your posts.  We also have a Facebook community and we'd love to see you sharing there as well - we're the Counterfeit Kit Community.

March 18, 2018

CKC March Challenge #2

The second challenge this month is to use this sketch as inspiration for a project:

Although the sketch is for a 12X12 page, I adapted it and made this 8-1/2X11 layout:

I also modifed the sketch by replacing the patterned paper triangles with white star embellishments.  

If you're looking to get a page made quickly, a sketch is a great place to start.  Head over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see how some of the rest of the team interpreted the sketch.  Thanks for stopping by today!

March 10, 2018

Elle's Studio March Reveal

It's reveal day at Elle's Studio and March is an extra-special month! Before I explain why, here's a look at the March kit:

and the add-ons (look at that rainbow acrylic!! and the puffy star stickers!! and the vellum bunnies!!):

and the Happy Day Printables and March digital cut files:

There's definitely a lot to love in this March release! As for it being an extra-special month - well, it's Elle's Studio's 11th birthday! And what's a birthday without presents, right?  Every order will include a scratch ticket with a chance to win 10%, 20% or 30% off an order or a special birthday box full of Elle's Studio goodies! If you're a subscriber, you'll receive an Elle's Studio pen with your March kit. March is definitely going to be a month of celebration!

I have two projects using the March releases.  The first one is a spread in a traveler's notebook:

I stamped a line of hearts from the Happy Moments Stamp on the March labels, arranged them in rainbow order, and stitched them to make a vertical border on the left page of my spread. 

I punched a large circle from two of the 3x4 cards in the March kit, wrote my journaling on one and adhered it to the left page, and adhered the other to serve as my title on the right page.

For the finishing touches, I stamped "happy" from the Happy Moments Stamp several times on the left page and added another phrase from that set on the bottom of the right page. I slipped a black label from the March Kit underneath my photo, and then added three of the Big Moment Phrase Stickers on my photo.

My second project this month is an 8-1/2" x 11" layout:

I have an obsession with puffy stickers and I used plenty of the Puffy Star Stickers to stitch a little banner across the top of my page.  I added my title with the lovely Cerulean Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers, placing them in a playfully uneven line to match the flow of the banner. I completed the top of the page by placing a die cut star from the March kit just above the letters.

After I adhered my photos, I placed a 3x4 pocket card from the March Kit under my photos. A stamped phrase from the Happy Moments Stamp serves as an introduction to my journaling.

I finished the page by tucking a black die cut label from the March Kit beneath the journaling card and then placing a blue March Label on top.  The sentiment I stamped on the label is from the Happy Moments Stamp.  I matted the entire page on a rainbow-striped paper from the Family Fun 12x12 paper collection.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll head over to the shop and join in on the fun!

March 4, 2018

March CKC Kit / Forgeries on the Fourth

Since I selected and put together our March inspiration kit, I only thought it fair that I should try my hand at some forgeries this month as well.  To refresh your memory, here is the kit:

I chose to make my own versions of the wood grain patterned paper with the hearts, the metal-rimmed square tags, and the puffy sticker asterisks.  Let's start with my attempt at the paper first.

I thought the easiest way to duplicate the paper would be to stamp hearts in white ink on a wood grain paper.  I pulled out my supplies: three white inks (I wasn't sure which would be best), a 6x6 sheet of wood grain paper, a heart stamp and stamping block, and a white Jane Davenport paint over pen.

I tried all three inks and the pen and the hearts practically disappeared into the paper.  I pulled a darker wood grain and tried again.  The hearts were a little darker but there still wasn't enough of a contrast for them to be easily seen.  After digging around for a while to find another option, I found a white uni-ball signo broad pen and gave that a try - it worked! I drew the hearts by hand but you could use a heart stencil if you wanted more uniform hearts.  Here is the final result:

Now on to the tags...I started with a piece of a bright watercolor paper from Elle's Studio, a silver metallic Sharpie, some white crochet thread, a square stamp block, and my Crop-A-Dile:

I trimmed two 2x2" squares from the paper, then placed the stamp block (which was just slightly smaller than 2x2") on top of one of the squares, and then traced around it with the Sharpie.  To finish them off, I punched a hole and then added the thread.  Here is how the tags look:

I gathered a small star punch, the leftover paper from the above tags, and a bottle of Glossy Accents from Ranger to help me recreate the asterisk puffy stickers:

I punched a few hearts and then applied a light coat of glossy accents over the top of each one and let them dry:

They have a kind of dimensional look that is more like an enamel shape than a puffy sticker but I'm happy with the end result. 

I hope this sparks some ideas for you about how you might be able to create your own version of a scrapbooking product.  Stop by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for more ideas and don't forget to share what you make with us!