June 29, 2015

Two Layouts and I'm Done!

I made these two last layouts from my June CKC kit:


I made 16 layouts from my kit and I'm ready to move on to something new. So now that I'm done with it, what do I do with the leftovers?

I had some small paper scraps that I tossed - they were  just too small to be worth saving.  There were only two items that I didn't use at all: a 12x12 sheet of borders and a sheet of border stickers. I put them, along with a couple of scraps of patterned paper, in my scraps box. I'll pull scraps from the box when I'm looking for a small piece of paper in a specific color or pattern.

I did a good job using the cut-apart sheets, tags and Project Life cards. I used more than half of each sheet and only have 9 PL cards left out of the pack of 30. The leftovers will go back into my supplies. I also used one of the sheets of Amy Tangerine rub-ons - those will go back into my assortment of rub-ons.
I next looked at what I had left for stickers and die-cuts. I first put aside items that I know I won't use - those went into my "donate" pile. I then cut apart what was left and sorted them by color. I have a dozen 4x6 photo boxes that I started using specifically for kit leftovers. Each box is dedicated to one color; I also have a box for metallic and one for multi-colored items. Just like with my scraps box, I'll look through these boxes when I want to use a specific color embellishment.
That left me with this assortment:
The twine and ribbons went into my ribbon jar, the washi and wood veneer went into my boxes storing those categories of supplies and the letter stickers went in the box where I store those.
My scrapbooking area is clear (well, relatively clear!). I am looking forward to July 1st, when the new CKC inspiration will be revealed and I can make up my new kit!

June 28, 2015

A Kit and A Challenge

The very talented Jill Sprott issued a fun, stash-busting challenge on her blog and I've decided to give it a try. Jill's challenge is to make a kit from your stash, using a specific list of contents, and then create at least three projects from that kit. The kit must contain these items:

1. Eight pieces of patterned paper scraps and four specialty paper/"other" paper scraps -- no complete sheets allowed. 
2. No more than one yard of trim, with no individual piece measuring more than 11" in length.
3. One sticker sheet, with a catch: at least one sticker must be missing from the sheet.
4. A pre-2013 alphabet set - If you don't have a set this old, aim for your oldest. 
5. One opened package/container of scrappy product.    
6. One unopened package/container of scrappy product.
7. One roll of tape.   
8. One item or package of product from a company that no longer makes scrappy products.
9. Six journaling and/or Project Life cards (if you don't have individual cards, you can cut them from a journaling-card-style patterned sheet or use a printable, if you wish). 
10. Unlimited cardstock, adhesive, and "technique-type product" (e.g. stamps, stamping ink, paint, mist, stencils, embossing powder, etc.).
11. A wild card item. Include anything you've been wanting to use (regardless of whether it is old or new, opened or unopened).
12. A nearby item. Grab something from your desk or craft area that is within arm's reach.

Here is my kit:

1. Patterned papers: Tone-on-tone blue (manufacturer unknown), black dot (Heidi Swapp I think), floral (Crate Paper I think), yellow dot (unknown), multi-stripe (Heidi Swapp), gray print (unknown), blue with black (Amy Tangerine I think), pink ombre (unknown); specialty papers: pink vellum, (unknown), white woodgrain (unknown), white script transparency (Studio Calico) and white speech bubble transparency (unknown)
2. Trim: aqua, black and white chevron and yellow and white twine
3. Sticker sheet with at least one missing sticker: Pebbles
4. Alpha Set: Basic Grey from 2009
5. One opened package of product: Maggie Holmes Confetti Phrases Thickers
6. One unopened package of product: Heidi Swapp speech bubbles puffy stickers
7. One roll of tape: multi-color triangle washi
8. One item from a company no longer making scrapbooking products: 12x12 sheet from Sassafras
9.  Six journaling or Project Life cards: 3x4 and 4x6 cards from Crate Paper Notes and Things
10. Unlimited cardstock, adhesive and technique products: white cardstock and a selection of stamps (not pictured) and ink
11. Wild card item: Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy ephemera pack
12. A nearby item: Teresa Collins pink and gold sticker book

I was so inspired and enthused by the kit that I put together my first layout right away:

I printed out a photo that I edited using the Waterlogue app, which gives a photo a watercolor look. I just randomly cut pieces from the paper scraps to layer under the photo and along the left edge of the page, and added the aqua scallop trim on the left also.
The pink circle is from the ephemera pack, the "these moments" chipboard piece is from the Thickers sheet and I layered the pink "Love" circle with a gold circle from the Teresa Collins sticker book.

A few more accents at the top and bottom completed the page.

One project done and two more to go. Hope you'll join along in this fun challenge!

June 26, 2015

CKC June Kit - The Last Two Layouts (Maybe)

(If you are looking for the CKC June Members' Blog Hop, please go to this post.)

I've got two more layouts to share and I think these might be the last two from my June kit. I've used up a good bit of it and don't have much paper left. And honestly I'm getting a little tired of it at this point, which sometimes happens to me as the month winds down. I'm looking forward to seeing what the July inspiration piece will be and to making a fresh kit to play along on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

For this first layout, I started with a piece of white cardstock and trimmed a bit off the edges. I mounted it on one of the floral patterned papers from my kit.

I pulled most of the banner/pennant pieces off the sticker sheets in my kit and layered them to make a garland draping over the top of the page.

The white space on my photo was a great spot for my title. I first added the stickers to a piece of wax paper so I could get the spacing right, and then transferred them to the photo. And it might just be me, but does anyone else wish that manufacturers would include apostrophes along with these alpha stickers??

I added my journaling under the photo and placed two stickers and a little pennant at the bottom.
The photo on this layout is a family favorite and I have scrapped it several times but always manage to find something new to say about it.
Now, on to the second layout. As I mentioned in my last post, I had an idea about using this paper from Crate Paper's Craft Market collection:

I'd already started cutting it apart; I used the little pink "Love This" pennant on the first layout in this post. I knew I wanted to use a trio of photos from a daytrip that I took last week with my oldest daughter. I pulled the words and phrases from the paper that would best complement the photos. I envisioned placing them on one side of the layout, evenly spaced horizontally, with the photos on the other side of the layout. My journaling would go in the spaces between the cut out pieces.

I did use something I hadn't included in my kit - I wanted to bring out more of the gold that shows up in some of the paper strips - so I added some gold hearts that came from a Teresa Collins sticker book that was a recent purchase. I added a border with gold marker just to finish off the page. Here's the completed page, which looked just as I planned (I love when that happens!):

I think this is my favorite layout from my June kit and I was happy to use photos that were taken just a week ago.
What's your favorite recent layout? Please share it with me in the comments - I'd love to see it!

June 25, 2015

CKC June Kit - Three More Layouts

(If you are looking for the CKC June Members' Blog Hop, please go to this post.)

I'm still happily working from my June kit and have three more layouts to share with you today.

I made the first layout in response to Challenge #3: One side or the other. The idea was to focus just on one side of the layout.

This was a little hard for me - I was very tempted to put just a little something on the right side.

I used a couple of papers from my kit's 6x6 pads to make the strips on the left. Because the papers are only 6 inches long, I had to use two of them to run the full length of my layout but I didn't have to worry about the seam where the strips met because I covered that area with my photo and journaling card.

I'm not really happy with how this turned out but at least I got a fun little story recorded. And it's a layout about chocolate - how bad can it be?!

The second layout was my attempt to start using up some of the smaller embellishments I have in my kit.

I cut the background paper to 8-1/2 x 11, leaving on the branding strip with its cute and colorful border. The tags in my kit really clashed with my colors so I just turned them over and used the plain white back. I traced one onto patterned paper to use as a place to hold my title. Once I adhered the photos and tags, I just filled in the rest of the spaces with little bits and pieces from the kit.

My last layout is my favorite of the three.

I layered the trimmings from previous layouts, outlining them first with black pen. I added my photos and tucked in a few tags here and there.

I wrote my journaling, placed my title stickers and the layout was complete.

I still have a decent amount left in my kit and hope to make another layout or two from it. I still haven't done anything with this Crate Paper Craft Market Handbook Gold Foil paper but I've got an idea for using it. I'll be back soon to share that with you.

June 24, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge June Members' Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge June Members' Blog Hop! You should have arrived here via Karen's blog to see the lovely project she had to share with you.  

The June Challenges were:
     Challenge 1: Patterned Die Cuts
      Challenge 2: Transportation Challenge
     Challenge 3: One Side or The Other

My layout for the hop is based on Challenge #1 for this month: Patterned Die Cuts. The challenge was to use only patterned paper to make a layered die cut. Here is my layout:

My layered die cut is the anchor tag on the right. I began with a piece of distressed cream paper from one of the Basic Grey 6x6 paper pads I included in my kit and used a jumbo tag punch to make the tag shape. I used a heart punch to make a supply of hearts from another one of the sheets from the same pad. To help the hearts stand out more from the background, I ran a gold marker around the edge of each heart, and then did the same to the tag. I arranged the hearts in the shape of an anchor and then adhered them to the tag.

I matted my photo with another sheet from the paper pad (also edged with the gold pen), loosely folded two strips of gold dot vellum, and slipped them behind the sides of the photo.

Before I attached everything to the page, I printed my journaling on the background paper. I tested it first on a piece of scrap paper to make sure I liked the placement. I wanted the quote to almost blend into the background so I kept the font small.

Once the quote was on the page, I added the vellum and photo. I attached a length of gold metallic thread to the tag and a messy circle of thread to the top left of the photo for a little more interest. As a final touch, I included a couple of the leftover hearts and two thin strips of the vellum at the top right and bottom left of the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by! You can now visit Cindy and see her fun contribution to the hop. If you’d like to start at the beginning, you can visit the CKC blog. Here’s a full list of the participants in case you lose your place along the way:

CKCB   http://www.counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com
Lisa   http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de
Tina   http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com
Leslie   http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com
Julie   http://jsquaredscrapspot.wordpress.com
Karen   https://pinkycrafter.wordpress.com
Susan   http://littlethingsbigdays.blogspot.com (you're here now)
Cindy   http://www.cindyscreations-cinmfoster.blogspot.com
Kate   http://www.kateblue.blogspot.com/
Margie   http://scrappinmargie.blogspot.com

Happy Hopping!


June 22, 2015

CKC June Kit - Layout and Pocket Page Scrapbooking

I wanted to make a double-page layout about the summer vacations we took to Cape Cod when our daughters were young. There weren't too many 12x12 papers left in my kit but I thought I could cut a couple of them into strips and stretch them over two pages. After playing around with arrangements for a while, I gave up this plan. I just couldn't find a combination that I liked.

See? Bleh...on to plan b.
I decided to do a single page layout and combine it with a divided page protector. I had plenty of photos and knew I wouldn't have a problem filling up both sides of the pocket page. There were 3x4 and 4x6 cards in my kit which would help me to fill the pockets and record some of my memories.
Here is the layout, which will be on the left side of the spread:
I used a Becky Higgins Project Life Design A 12x12 photo pocket page. Here is the first side:
And here is the back:

Everything came from my June CKC kit except for the black foam Thickers I used for the title. I really enjoyed adding stickers and labels to the pocket cards and photos - definitely a fun way to use up supplies in my kit.
This combination gave me lots of room for both photos and journaling, which was perfect because I was trying to give an overview of eight years' worth of summer vacations. I'm sure that I will be using this approach again!

June 18, 2015

Inspired by...

I love participating in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and putting together my own kits but  sometimes I just want to take a break from my kit and use other things. I get inspired by specific products, photos, other scrapbookers' layouts, quotes, memories, a conversation...all sorts of things can spark an idea for me.

This layout was inspired by a product: a pre-made packaged garland from the My Mind's Eye/Indie Chic collection. The package is a couple years old and it's been hanging around in my supplies for long enough -  I still like it so it's time to use it up!

I flipped through some photos and selected an instagram taken on one of my early morning walks because I thought the photo matched well with the colors of the garland.  I then pulled out an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of light gray cardstock, jotted down a potential title and some journaling notes on a piece of scrap paper.

Looking at the product, my initial inclination was to drape the garland across the layout but it just didn't look right to me - it didn't fit with the mood of the photo. So I played around with the garland and finally settled on the idea of using it to frame my photo. Once I got them both adhered to the page, I decided that my title would go to the right of the photo and my journaling would go around the edge of the page. I trimmed the edges of the cardstock and mounted the layout on a floral patterned paper from an older Maggie Holmes collection that contained the same colors as the garland.

I used my notes to record the journaling around the page, crossing off phrases as I transferred them to the layout.

Finally, I picked out a couple of alpha sticker sheets and decided on the larger font from Webster's Pages to use for my title.

I ended up slipping a piece of vellum under my photo to help fill in the space between it and the garland frame. Here's the finished layout:

Are there any products that have inspired you lately?

June 17, 2015

CKC June Kit - Two More Layouts

I have two more layouts to share from my CKC June kit. Both came together pretty fast - I used simple designs (one is a sketch), minimal embellishments and some "go-to" journaling techniques (a list and a quote). Having a pre-made kit of supplies also helps to speed the process along.

This layout began with the June Scrap Happy sketch and a quote I found on Pinterest. Considering that I have two daughters, you'd expect that I would have lots of photos featuring pink but I had to dig back quite a few years to find a photo to use.

I backed the photo on a 4x6 Project Life card, added two styles of pink washi, a few pieces of wood veneer and a cute tag from a Crate Paper tag sheet that I had in my kit. I added the quote beneath my photo and the first layout was done!

I had an unopened pack of label stickers in my kit - time to start using them! I have a bit of an obsession with labels - they make a great place for dates and journaling (when you layer a group of them together), provide a nice surface to build an embellishment cluster, and add a fun touch peeking out from a photo or paper layer.

I stamped some phrases and words from a variety of stamp sets on to the labels and then arranged them in a vertical line on the left of my layout.

I tucked a few tags behind my photo to bring a little more color over to that side of the page.

To complete the layout, I added my list-style journaling and a title at the bottom.

I don't have too many 12x12 papers left in my June kit but I'm hoping to make a few more layouts before I officially "retire" it. I'm looking forward to see what the CKC team has in store for July!