Monday, 6 March 2023

March 2023 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge Mini kit reveal and project

I find it hard to believe that this is the first time I've put anyone on the blog since the middle of January, but there you have it! Busy times - which is mostly a good thing ;-) 

Anyway, I'm back today with a post about the Counterfeit Kit Challenge mini-kit which I signed up for this month.

MF Anna picked out this kit for us to inspire us - "Time to Thrive" by Traci Reed which had a very distinct look with the embellishments and colour scheme. I was pretty unsure which way to take it.

I thought about making a mini-album but after a less than successful LOAD in February (I only managed 11 layouts in total), I decided to make another page kit from my huge Mabel kit and tell another of my "28 Days of Mabel" stories. I'm still planning on getting the full 28 Days of Mabel done as soon as I can - just a goal for myself.

Looking at the original kit, I decided to go with the yellow, blue, green colour scheme with a red/pink heart paper which could be useful and matches the inspiration. I also decided that the floral embellishments, labels, twine bows and banners were good things to include and I liked the idea of hearts, florals, stars, leaves and dots so made sure my papers or embellishments highlighted those parts of the inspiration as well. I brought together some papers (all of which are partial sheets), some tags left over from last month's mini, alphas, some floral die-cuts and a handful of dies to make some extra embellishments if needed. My "Mabel kit" is full of peach, lemon, pinks and soft pastels so it was interesting to sort through and find some items which didn't exactly fit that colour scheme and was pleased with the resulting kit. It looks bigger than it really is! I might squeeze out two pages but this was really only designed for the one layout - let's see.

Here are my papers. I thought the smaller designs would make this page come together more easily and the tags seemed to have colours that complemented the papers - more or less! The spot paper reminded me of the watercolour effect of the striped paper in the original kit. I've added it in but am unsure how I will be using it.

I also included some of the dies that I've been repeatedly using on my Mabel pages recently. They may or may not prove useful but these small shapes are perfect for tucking in under corners or creating dimensional interest here and there.

One of my strategies recently is to fully prepare pages ahead of time so when I sit to create, everything I need is there and all the decisions have been made. I even write and print out the journalling whenever I can. This page was put together in the same was so I also added in a Simple Scrapper membership sketch, some photos I wanted to use and the story I wanted to tell before I considered my page-kit to be complete. The story I wanted to tell featured Mabel's friend - a black Labrador - so I felt that this stronger colour scheme would work well and still fit into my album of mostly softer shades.

The Simple Scrapper sketch is 8.5x11" so I adapted it for my 12x12 preference and the two photos I had picked out. The bottom photo - where they are cuddling - is almost identical to one I had printed out to tell another story about how they cuddle up. I had been irritated to realise how similar they were and that I couldn't use them both on one page so I was determined to find a way to include it in another story and by adding in the photo of Luna nudging Mabel to initiate play, the idea for the story came together.

I tried to stay guided by the sketch and I think the little line of tags is super cute and the addition of some leaves and flowers, as well as keeping those stronger shades to smaller proportions, keeps the layouts looking sweet and girly! They are both gorgeous "little" girls after all!

28 Days of Mabel #12

Even though it's definitely different to the other Mabel pages I've made recently, I think it will fit into the album nicely and it was a great exercise to pull out papers and colours from a very full-on, baby pink themed larger kit to match the inspiration kit! This layout tells a very important friendship story for Mabel's album and it makes me happy! It's great to be challenged to think outside of the box of your normal scrappy go-to's. Why not give it a try!

You can see the other mini kits over on the blog here and then be part of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community here.

Saturday, 14 January 2023

Misty's 2000 subscriber celebration hop!


It's a very long time since I was part of a hop that was not linked to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge directly. And this one is a tiny bit linked as the ever so delightful Misty is a talented Design Team member. 

But we are not here to promote CKC but rather to CELEBRATE the fact that Misty has reached the heady number of over 2,000 subscribers over on her rather gorgeous YouTube channel. In fact, since she reached out to organise her celebratory hop, she has now reached the 3k mark so GO MISTY!

You are going to want to HEAD OVER to Misty's YouTube channel to check out her hop video !!HERE!! because there are GIVEAWAYS that you are going to want to enter!!!!

The theme of the challenge today was to create a layout using one or more of the following: 

I decided to go with celebration combined with a wonderful two-photo sketch from her free sketches (here).

And because I am all into the little extraordinary snippets of life, I decided to celebrate the weekend!

(Of course, I used a CKC kit from last October - "Ivory" which you can find out about here)

I adjusted the sketch a little to fit my own style and needs -- something I love to do and which makes a general sketch very much a Lisa-layout! The Christmas decorations were replaced by frames which went along with the Crate Paper patterned papers but other than that, I stayed relatively close to the overall design of the sketch and love the result! 

Head on over to Misty's blog, YouTube channel and freebie resources and get going today!

Here is the full hop and I promise you that you won't want to miss a single stop so make sure you visit everyone on the list and say hi! There is going to be a VAST amount of inspiration today so sop it all up and then get going with your own layout!

Friday, 6 January 2023

January 2023 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge mini kit and project

It"s crazy that it's already January but I'm just going to jump right in and get going with a new year of blogging and scrapbooking and sharing snippets of my creative life - hoping to improve, as always. So let"s get going.

Over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge today, we are highlighting mini-kits we made with the kit inspiration I picked out for us this month. 

Here is the inspiration kit from the Hip Kit Club

Hip Kit Club December 2022 Main Kit

There was something about the kit that reminded me of Pinkfresh Studio and I decided to raid my Pinkfresh supplies to come up with a small kit to make some cards while I am out on the road on a short new year holiday. 

A few sheets of paper and a bunch of embellishments and my kit came together really quickly - which is great as I was under time pressure to pack my supplies in a matter in a very short time 😉 (long story for another time maybe).

I thought the papers and cut apart sheet would be perfect for layering, backgrounds and front elements and then I could just dip into all the die-cuts, stickers and other elements as I needed.

Unfortunately, all the photos have that winter blue daylight tone to them even though I "warmed" them up in editing so the kit appears much more blue and lilac that in real life. In reality, there is plenty of soft pinks in there 😉

Then I got happy with the cards - aiming for 6 cards for different or neutral occasions - mission accomplished.

I always aim for quick and easy cards and my designs tend to be very similar but that's ok as they will all be going to different people for different reasons.

Foam squares, layers and some of the puffy elements as well as the addition of a little twine here and there gave the cards texture and dimension to add interest to my simple designs.

Mixing and matching collections and embellishments means I have a set of cards which are similar but different if you know what I mean! Several of the floral die cuts were halved to tuck under elements top and bottom or left and right - that can really help you stretch your supplies! And adding puffy stickers here and there just added a touch of different. Don't forget to get happy with that twine - such an easy, inexpensive way to add something interactive.

January is only just beginning over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and there is plenty more going on round there:

  • 12th & 18th January: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th January: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st January: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2023). 

 Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see your kits and projects this month.

Tuesday, 1 November 2022

November 2022 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit Reveal and Hop

 I'm thrilled that it's November again - my favourite month of the year - and it's going to be a busy one this time around!

In fact, it's very early in the morning of the first here in Germany and I've only just managed to put my kit together and get it photographed. So please excuse the less than stellar photos! But it looks like this is a sign of what is to come this month. And I'm going to try and embrace the chaos rather than let it stress me. Wish me luck!

Now, down to business.

I'm in charge of the kit business in November at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and I love getting the chance to pick out a kit that feels right for the month to come.

I selected the Scrapbook Werkstatt October 2022 kit “Herbstzauber” and I think it's rather lovely for something  a bit different for autumn. It's not a kit that directly makes you think of falling leaves and pumpkin spice but there are enough motifs, patterns and colours for you to take it in any direction you want. (The kit is no longer available on the site but we have linked to the Scrapbook Werkstatt main page!) 

You can find inspiration from the Scrapbook Werkstatt team here.

Scrapbook Werkstatt October 2022 kit “Herbstzauber” 

Here is my "Falling" kit.

I started off with the green paper from the Paige Evans Wonders collection and then added in the blue, the stripe, the hearts and the blue ombre type paper before moving onto Crate Paper where I included the cut-apart sheet and the tickets which definitely reminded me of the original kit.

I then scoured through my Jen Hadfield, Vicki Boutin, Shimelle, Heidi Swapp and PinkFresh Studio to complete my 12 papers - that's a lot for me! I think I ticked all the design boxes - stripes, circles, ledger, spots, small print, watercolour effect, tickets...

I think my papers have turned out a lot softer and pinker than the original kit but I know that I have the b-sides and that bottom row of papers will help add a pop of stronger stuff when I want it!

Then I simply went through my Pinkfresh Studio supplies and picked out a large and a small alphabet, some die cuts and some other puffy / chipboard / sticker elements with brighter and softer colours before heading over to my enamel dot collection to make sure I had enough shapes and shades. 

My wooden Shimelle buttons match the inspiration kit and for good measure I threw in some bright banners from Paige Evans and some gold puffy embellishments from the Jen Hadfield collection.

I'd say there are definitely elements which are very similar to the original kit but my version is a bit softer and less bold. But I think it's going to work for some of the layouts I have in mind for this month. Let's see if I can manage more than one single layout this month!

To finish off, I'd like to make sure that I give a big shout out to our wonderful Guest Designer Machelle who is well known to the CKC community and we are delighted to have her with us again this month.

Right - let's get this month started!

Here is the hop list so that you don’t miss out on any of the team’s inspiration:

 You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2022). 

 Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see your kits and projects this month.

Tuesday, 18 October 2022

October 2022 - Challenge #2 - Go Big or Go Home!

 It's challenge time over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and MF Leslie has asked us to "Go Big or Go Home!" 

I'm there for it!

As you know, I'm ALWAYS late making my layouts and this month was no exception. However, it worked to my advantage as I took a gorgeous photo while walking the dog at lunchtime yesterday and just knew that I wanted to scrap it as soon as possible.

Printing it extra large (A4) gave me the chance to really let it shine and do most of the work on the page.

I used my very precious CratePaper hearts design paper as a full background (with the tiniest of cardstock margin around the edge) and then trimmed out the scallop b-side from the manufacturer strip to add a little interest down the side.

Looking into my kit, I realised that there are not many embellishments which I might need to think about for the next page I make but the frames I'd included were a nice addition and a perfect landing spot for a couple of gems and a label. 

Some matching gems at the top of the page are the only other embellishments I felt the page needed.

The top of the photo seemed like the right placing for the title and my very minimal journalling. Job done!

I don't scrap as much as I used to these days and it feels a bit more of an effort that it did in the past, but pages like this make me happy.

It feels a little "old school" with the Maggie Holmes and the slightly grungy colours - and I like it! It doesn't mean that I want all my pages to look like this, but I think it fits the photo and the way I wanted the page to feel.

There are some other takes on this challenge over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge so don't forget to check them out and share your own pages over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community here or on IG where you can find and tag us (@counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcoctober2022)

And of course:-


Counterfeit Kit Challenge is offering one of our community members an opportunity to win their choice of an October or November Cherry Box! Post your kit & projects in the Counterfeit Kit Facebook Community Every post & comment will give you an entry. Winner will be announced on the November 2nd Just the Gist of It post!

Saturday, 1 October 2022

October 2022 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit Reveal & Hop

 Welcome to October and a new inspiration kit over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

MF Leslie is in charge this month and has picked a gorgeously vintage kit from A Cherry On Top. But first, a very warm welcome to our Guest Designer Nikki Ihus - so lovely to have her with us in October. 

And now onto our new inspiration kit. As I mentioned, Leslie has picked out a kit from A Cherry On Top - their August Cherry Box which features 49 & Market.

You can see the full unboxing video over on YouTube here - it's long but worth it! 

I loved all the soft subtle colours and designs and decided to just go with the flow of what it said to me! I don't have any 49&Market but it did shout out CratePaper to me so that's what I went with. It have taken a slightly different direction to the original but that's what we are all about here at The Counterfeit Kit Challenge

As this is most definitely not a white based kit, I've decided to just go with that side of things (I'll need to source some non-white cardstock!) and therefore, here is "Ivory"

I filled my papers with muted colours and patterns from Crate Paper - starting with the yellow sunburst which definitely reminded me of the inspiration kit - as well as some Jen Hadfield and then built my kit from there. 

Some alphas in different sizes, embellishments in earth tones as well as some frames that caught my eye. Enamel dots are always a good idea and some very very very old, vintage washi tape too - will it still work I wonder!

A handful of stickers, some Heidi Swapp word stickers and elements as well as some clips which I thought could be fun!

I think I will be adding in a few additional items throughout the month and must remember to use some stamps and punches for the butterfly inspiration. But other than that, I think I'm done!

This is a different kit for me - compared to what I've been using recently - but I am looking forward to the challenge!

Now, here is our full hop list in case you get lost along the way:

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us over in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcoctober2022). 


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