Tuesday, 12 March 2019

March 2019 Counterfeit Kit Challenge Frame It Up!

Over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge today, I'm challenging everyone to "Frame it Up!".

Our inspiration kit included several different frames - in the embellishment pack as well as a frame patterned paper - so I thought it would be a good idea to get those frames used up on our pages.

I love using them but often forget that I have so many of them hanging around in my stash so this was a great chance for me to include a handful in my kit and then actually use them up!

I wanted to find a way to use the in the design of the page itself rather than just as an embellishment and realised that I had one larger Crate Paper fabric item as well as two matching smaller ones which got my brain working. Originally, I thought I'd fill all three with my journalling and then realised that the larger one was perfect to highlight my main photo - you really head to this point of the page first which is exactly what I wanted.

The two smaller ones were then perfect to fill with printed journalling which looks neat and includes more than I could have hand written.

My remaining two photos were matted to give them some dimension and help them fill the spaces better.

I'd fussy cut out the banner along the top already and realised that it would be the perfect backdrop for some additional die cut elements to help with the dimension and adds some extra whimsy. The banner also forms an additional frame to the page.

Layered up butterflies have foam dots underneath their wings to really lift the wings and add texture to the busy border.

I added all the elements of my grid onto some layered papers to really make it pop. I love how I used some really bright and eye-catching papers but the overall feeling of the page is more muted and soft.

I filled the last space on the grid with a longer title so that there was no trapped or empty space. It all worked out perfectly even though it looks nothing like I thought it would when I first started looking for photos!

You can find other examples of framed elements over at the CKC blog this morning so make sure you check those out too. And don't forget to go back to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge again on 18th for our second challenge. :-) 

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Friday, 1 March 2019

Counterfeit Kit Challenge March 2019 kit reveal blog hop

My oh my! It's March already. But that means another month, another kit, another counterfeiting four weeks of fun and more fun to be had, and that can't be a bad thing!

It was my turn to pick and organise the Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit this month and it was a lot of fun to have a look around for the perfect spring kit for your inspiration.

I selected the Scrapbooks and Cards Today spring 2018 kit, "Blue Skies & Butterflies".

I loved the bright colours and the sweet themes and thought it was just perfect for this time of year - I hope you agree.

Back to the blog hop - hopefully, you've arrived here from the inspirational Leslie and next up is the wonderful Lori and so that you don't miss anyone on the hop, the full list is at the end of this post. I'm particularly thrilled to have ex-Master Forger, scrapbooker extraordinaire and fellow-Scorpio, Susanne from Scraps and Snippets as our Guest Designer this month. This is going to be a great month so I hope you'll play along.

Here's the kit. Look at all that scrumminess.

Find details of the kit here

You can also find a great video here and also a section of the projects made by the design team here.

My kit turned out a little differently than I had expected but I looked through my stash to find spring colours that I was reminded of in the kit and to match up - more in the feel than the exact design - the patterns.

Anyway, here's "Budding"

Here are the papers I picked out. Now I can imagine that you're wondering where the themes of the original kit are and why have I included llamas?!? Well, I realised that I don't actually have any paper with butterflies any more (I included the softer vintage coloured butterflies I have in last month's kit) so I included birds instead which still say "spring" to me. I've gone for small, repeating patterns, stripes, larger and smaller florals and a frame-filled pattern. I also tried to find some colours such as the yellow and pink that can be found in that SCT kit and then added in some papers that I just love the idea of using up for scrapping at this time of year - hence the llamas!

I found a point in the video where the papers were lined up like this and so I paused it and matched them up piece for piece in my own interpretation.

I then went through the items in the original kit for embellishments and identified die-cuts, veneer, stamps, words and puffy stickers. I picked out some items that seemed to match these embellies and also some additional butterflies and brad items that had the same colour scheme.

I purchased these cutie pie puffy stickers last week and because they are rather cute and sweet, I thought they would fit this kit rather well - not usually my style but I had to have them.

I realised I had quite a few bunnies and a quite adorable lamb in my veneer collection and thought that would be something fun to add in. I might even run up some Easter cards.

I received these punched butterflies from a wonderful scrappy friend across the miles (shout out to Sherrie) so in they've gone (in fact I have a couple of dozen in the kit). I always forget to use stamps so I realised that I had some whimsical frames that looked exactly the same as the printed paper as well as some from HS and my beloved butterfly stamps from Martha Stewart.

A few frames completed my kit.

Now for the confession: I also have a collection of items that I've added into a second pizza box and will dip into when I'm working with this kit. The box includes the rest of the Simple Stories llama themed papers (which are just too cute to resist even if I have no idea how on earth I could use them), some old Dear Lizzy and a selection of alphas in different sizes as well as a few extra embellishments. I haven't taken a photo because they don't really form my main kit and don't really match the inspiration kit - just this kit!

Here's  the full blog hop list in case you get lost along the way - don't miss out any of the great kits on offer this month!

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