Friday, 12 February 2021

February 2021 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge - At the Heart of It!

Back today with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge February challenge #1:

At the Heart of It!

As this month's layout is called Herzst├╝ck, which could be translated as "at the heart of something", I decided to challenge us all to record something or someone who is at the heart of it all in some way, or even just to make sure that we use lots of hearts on our layout. I managed to do both!

I'm in the middle of LOAD221 at the moment and decided to make it a "28 Days of Mabel" so of course, the topic of today's layout just had to be our puppy and how she is most definitely in the heart of our little family.

My heart-filled kit was perfect for this layout and I just went for a bunch of layers and a generous sprinkle of flowers, stickers and tiny bits and pieces. You might notice that the green paper in the background is strategically placed so that you only see flowers and the leafy wreath design. In reality, it's covered in gorgeous birds but they just didn't fit the theme of any of my layouts so I had to be clever to make sure you could see the beautiful paper but not necessarily the detail of the design - I'm crafty like that ­čśë

This is a photo from Christmas (along with my internet shy husband) and one of the few where you could see us all and Mabel wasn't just a blur of wriggling or trying to lick one or both of us! Maybe I should have written about that too - or perhaps that's a story for another layout with another Christmas photo!

(I have no idea why all my photos are turning out so badly right now!
The background is a nice, bright white in reality!)

I had fun with the splats of ink and small embellishments. Sometimes I love just using up a bunch of small items in a sprinkled, spread out cluster. Gets those items off the plastic backing and onto pages which is what this is all about, isn't it? 

Over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog you'll find a whole bunch of layouts interpreting this prompt so make sure you check them all out. 

And if I've inspired you to make your own layout about someone or something at the heart of it, then make sure you share over in our Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community here or over on Instagram here (@counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcfebruary2021). We love to see what you do with your own kits ­čśŹ

Monday, 1 February 2021

February 2021 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal and hop

Gosh it's been quiet round here. Which doesn't necessarily mean that I've been doing nothing. Although I've been doing a lot less than usual ;-) We moved and therefore the scrapping reduced to a minimum and I've mostly been posting over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge or their FB community

And here we are in a new month and I'm back with my first full kit of the new year.

I'm not a fan of February to be honest but with a pretty kit as inspiration, I'm hoping to be motivated to scrap.... let's see.

First up, the full hop list for today's kit reveal can be found at the bottom of the post and don't forget to check out our delightful Guest Designer Eileen (find her on FB here) who will be posting directly into our Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community

 Now let's take a look at the inspiration kit I picked out. I like to find kits on this side of the Atlantic and was thrilled to find a gorgeous kit over at Scrapbook Werkstatt. Their current Feb 2021 kit, Herzst├╝ck, appealed so much with the softer colours and all those scrummy florals and hearts.

There are detailed photos and a content list over at the Scrapbook Werkstatt Herzst├╝ck page if you need more information - I love to see all the a-sides and b-sides and compare all the elements of the embellishments. I get inspiration from all of it!

Scrapbook Werkstatt - February 2021 "Herzst├╝ck"

My kit didn't exactly turn out that way (the softer colours and all those scrummy florals and hearts), but I still think I'm going to love working with it ;-) Here's Heartfelt!

I started off with the sheet of pink hearts from Paige Evans Bloom Street which was the only item I have that matches the original kit exactly. From there I added in the yellow dots (Simple Stories), the soft red graph (Pebbles) and the vellum (Crate Paper) which I thought were similar in colour, pattern and feel to papers in the original. Now I felt that the kit was heading in a different direction so I just went with the flow and added in three more Paige Evans Go the Scenic Route papers (red with tiny hearts, whimsical birds and the bright hearts), a sheet of black and white squares (Crate Paper) and a monochrome floral (Pinkfresh). Even though it's pretty far away from the Scrapbook Werkstatt collection, I still think it has a similar feel to it and of course, I always have the cheat option of the b-sides ;-) 

The original kit had a whole bag of Crate floral die-cuts so I added in my own bag of florals and also a full set of die cuts from the Paige Evans collection. This pushed me to include the stickers and the puffy words/elements from the same collection in. It will be interesting to see if I can use the brighter colours with some of the softer shades in my kit.

I also wanted a lot of variety with my alphas and added in a couple of swirly gold which felt similar to the original, but also a couple of small ones, and a Pink Paislee pink and gold set. I have way too many alphas and many of them are almost at the end of their useful life. I'd like to clear the decks a little so I could get some news ones with a clear conscience! There are also some puffy sequins and some heart enamel dots from Pinkfresh which I haven't used in a long time.

As always, I reserve the right to add stuff in as I go along! Ha ha! It's surprising how many little bits and pieces find their way into my kit box and onto my pages as the month goes on. My kit, my rules ;-) 

I'm hoping to jump right in and actually use some of these supplies for more than just a handful of cards which has been the case over the last couple of months. My room is somewhat sorted and I feel like I need some scrappy time - how about you? 

Come on over and join in the fun. It's going to be a good month.

Here's the hop so that you don't miss out on any of the inspiration:

And of course, we love it when you share so make sure to link up your kits and creations over in our Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community page here or on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2021)!

Here's to an inspired, creative month.


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