January 6, 2019

CKC January Mini Kit Reveal and Project


Hello - it's nice to be back in a regular routine after all the holiday happenings, and so today I'm happy to be sharing my first CKC mini-kit of 2019!

As you might know, I was responsible for the inspiration kit this month and I chose the lovely Hannah kit from Felicity Jane:



I love the kit's beautiful colors and patterns, along with the fun embellishments - anything with florals and labels is always a great choice for me!

When it came to putting together my mini-kit, I focused on the floral paper first.  Here's the kit I assembled:


Let's take a closer look at the papers and I'll tell you why I selected them:


First up is a beautiful floral from the Simple Stories Kissing Booth Collection.  It's a bit deeper in tone than the one in the Hannah kit and the flower clusters are much closer together and on a black background but I just love this paper!  I then added a two-tone pink diagonal stripe from Pink Paislee's Auburn Collection.  I tweaked the patterns and colors for the rest of my paper selections. Instead of a dark wood grain, I chose a white one, and then followed that up with a solid gray-green paper to coordinate with the leaves in the floral.  My final two choices were a tiny black and white dot, and a black and white plaid.  The last four papers are from various Felicity Jane Collections.  As Leslie mentioned in her reveal post, I also have a rather "robust" Felicity Jane stash and thought it was time that I put it to use!

I tried to show a little restraint with my embellishment choices - I sometimes feel that I add too many bits and pieces and end up having to reintegrate them into my supplies.  So I went with a more minimal approach and I can always add more if necessary.  That's the beauty of making your own kit - you're the boss and you set the rules!


I picked a partially used black alpha from Felicity Jane, a few journal cards from miscellaneous Ali Edwards' Story Kits, the remains of a scallop cut-file, some pink, red, gray and black puffy heart stickers from Elle's Studio, and the cardstock sticker set from Heidi Swapp's Emerson Lane.


I rounded out my mini-kit with four Story Stamps from Ali Edwards, two Felicity Jane washi tapes, Ali Edwards chipboard pieces, gold clips from Felicity Jane and a trio of hearts from Colorcast Designs.

The only scrapbooking goal I've set this year is to tell at least one story a month from my "untold stories" basket (I'll have a blog post with all the details about this soon).  Before I picked my embellishments, I flipped through that basket and narrowed down some possible topics which I kept in mind when I shopped my supplies.


Here is the layout I made using my kit and it's the first untold story of 2019.



I printed the photos at least a year ago and stored them with notes outlining the journaling I wanted to include.  And once I decided to tackle this story, it came together so quickly that I am a bit embarrassed that it took me this long to do it!

I started by cutting three circles out of two of the patterned papers in my kit and attached them in an overlapping horizontal line to the black and white plaid paper that I'm using as the page background.  My journaling is about how my daughters and I are similar and different, and the overlapping circles call to mind a Venn diagram.  (I think I've seen someone do something similar before but I can't remember the creator or the layout.  I suspect it might be Brandi Kincaid - if I can find the source, I'll add credit here.) 


I used one of the Ali Edwards' stamp sets to stamp my title on a circle label from the Heidi Swapp stickers, added an Elle's Studio black puffy heart, and paired all that with another Heidi Swapp sticker.  One of the Colorcast acrylic hearts and another Elle's puffy sticker completed that title cluster.


I typed my journaling, cut it into strips, and attached them under the circles.  In the bottom right corner, I added a Heidi Swapp label and heart sticker, and one more Elle's puffy heart.  I've got a diagonal design that starts with the title at the top left, draws you through the photos and journaling, and ends with the little cluster at the bottom right.  I kept the branding strip design on the background paper and just trimmed off a little at the top to keep my page at 12"x12".

I'm very happy with this page - I used up supplies and included a story that I've wanted to tell for at least a year! And I love the black, white and pink color combination, and all those hearts, too.

If you haven't already checked the CKC blog, please head over there for a look at Tina's mini-kit and project, along with a link to her blog.

Thanks for stopping by today!


14 comments:

  1. This months kit inspiration was yours?..what a beautiful choice you made! I liked your mini collection, esp thd black plaid and the white wood grain. That's a beautiful layout, and l'm interested in your goal. Looking forward to your next story already.

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    1. Deb - Yes, I chose the inspiration kit this month! I always love Felicity Jane and this one was particularly beautiful and just what I wanted for this time of year. I really like that plaid, too; I kind of wish I had another sheet of it but I guess the point is that I should be using things up, right?! Thanks for your comment on my layout. I'm excited to start that next story...

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  2. So so pretty!! I am such a sucker for circle layouts. I may need scraplift this!!

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    1. Thank you, Meagan! Circles are definitely a "go to" design for me.

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  3. Oh so fab!! Love your kit and the page you made! Can't wait to hear more about the untold stories basket!

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    1. Thank you, Lorilei! I'm really looking forward to this project and am trying to choose the next story to tell.

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  4. That is just the most adorable layout. Perfect balance of sweetness and sophistication for scrapping grown girls!

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    1. Thanks so much, Susanne! Sometimes it's hard for me to believe that my "girls" are adults...

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  5. I love it! What a fabulous collection of wonderfully descriptive words and the design is lovely. The mini kit seems a little bigger than your usual - do you have enough for a second page? That floral is simply divine - will have to see if I can track it down. I love the goal of these stories - I need to do better at this.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I got a little carried away with the paper - I loved what I pulled, though it was more than usual, but I just couldn't eliminate any of them. I have done a second page and think I can get a third one done, too. Just have to find a little time to do it!

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  6. love your mini kit, Susan!!!! FAB-u-lous!!!!

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  7. Beautiful kit! I for one can never have to much plaid and stamps. Such a sweet layout to start the year off.
    Cindy F

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! I was flipping through a stack of paper a few days ago and found another piece of that plaid - very happy to have more!

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