Thursday, December 8, 2016

Memories of Christmas Past by Julene

I'm borrowing a layout design from this post

Elaine created this gorgeous layout.

We don't get snow where I live and very rarely in Australia.
But I decided to use photos I took of Christmas shops in Germany.
Here's my layout with some close ups.

What you need for this page is
3 Christmas photos
1 sheet white cardstock
Several strips of co-ordinating papers
Pinecone versa ink
1 packet Petaloo red burlap pointsettias
Silver enamel dots
black thin pen to do flourishes.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Expectations of Christmas Future by Kelly

This year has been an especially prolific one for me as a scrapbooker. I created more layouts this year than ever before, and I loved every minute of it. When I was not scrapbooking, I was usually planning my next page in my head. I watched scrapbooking videos on YouTube, listened to scrappy podcasts, and even took a few new classes--all of which kept me inspired to create.

So as this successful year comes to an end, I am thinking about what my scrappy goals are for 2017. Even though I created many pages this year, I feel as if I got into a little rut--I mostly scrapbooked 12x12 single pages. Usually I mix up my creative time by making mini-albums, pocket pages, and even a few home decor projects.

I really miss making different kinds of projects during the year so I am going to challenge myself to do three things next year to expand my creativity:

1. Take more photographs. While looking back at some older photos recently, I realized that I used to take a lot more pictures than I do now. I believe that I have been too concerned with getting the perfect shot than recording memories. I want to have more than one photograph to tell a story.

2. Create more double-page layouts. Since I will hopefully be taking more pictures next year, I will have more than one photograph to scrap at a time. I plan to take advantage of this fact and make more double-page layouts. I may combine two sketches to give me a framework for a 2-pager, or I may combine a 12x12 page with a pocket page to make a spread.

3.  Make more mini-albums. I used to make mini-albums for special events--birthdays, trips, holidays, and more. I even have the photos and supplies for a mini-album I want to make that documents all of the costumes my kids had for Halloween over the years. And I know that if I look through my photographs, I have other stories that would be perfect for mini-albums.

So as much as I would love the holiday season to go on indefinitely, I am also excited to move ahead in a few new scrappy directions next year.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Followers of Christmas Present by Kelly

Each month at Counterfeit Kit Challenge we are so impressed by the contributors to our link-up page and member blog hop. We have several devoted followers that share their work with us on a consistent basis. So during this holiday month, we would like to highlight some of those members.

Today I would like to thank Emma Clark for her participation at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This page is a recent layout Emma shared with us using a CKC kit.

Thank you Emma from all of us at Counterfeit Kit Challenge!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Memories of Christmas Past by Kelly

For the past several years I have not done much scrapbooking during December, except for my holiday album--a mini-book documenting our Christmas activities. I usually make one or two full 12x12 layouts that capture Christmas day.

However, a few years ago, I took Debbie Hodge's class, Your December Story, at Get It Scrapped. The class leads you through scrapping your holiday as if you are the star in a hero's journey across the magical land of Christmas. I love revisiting the prompts in the class each year because I am inspired to document the small details that mean Christmas to me.

I will be following the lessons again this year (there are six), so I knew I needed a small kit with which I could complete the prompts. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win the new Classic Christmas collection by Authentique from A Cherry on Top. I chose some patterned papers, a 12x12 sticker sheet, and a small letter sticker sheet from my winnings.

I then went through my stash of embellishments leftover from other projects and picked out anything that I thought would go well with this collection. I added lace, ribbon, die cuts, gold tissue paper, brads, rub-ons, snowflakes, and a copper clip--all of which have the same vintage feel as the papers.

To make my scrapping go even faster, I chose this sketch from Scrapbook Challenges to use for the layout I will make for the first lesson of the class.

The sketch is fairly simple and has room for two photos. Or I could easily use only one photo in place of the two.

In the first lesson of the class, I am prompted to show the early signs of the approaching holiday season that appear in my life. Here is my page, documenting the first appearances of Christmas from last year.

I deliberately kept the page simple--using only stickers, die cuts, and lace as embellishments. Using more decorated patterned paper as a background helped me create an interesting page without adding many extras. Perfect for scrapbooking during this busy time!

I will be keeping this page kit around during the holidays so that I can make more layouts as time allows.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Expectation of Christmas Future by Susanne

December 4, 2016
Dear Santa,

I have been a very good girl in 2016 and I sure hope you will remember me for that come the 25th of this month. (hint, hint, nudge, nudge)

Just in case you think I have come up a little short (yes, I like to cover my bases), I will remind you what someone once told me that I have always tried to apply to my little ones (back when they were little ones).  It is good to set expectations high, but it is also good to give credit for progress toward them, even when one falls short of perfection. Don't you think that sounds about right?

This year I have been working on completing all the class layouts and cards and other assignments that I have been given over the last few years at the Creating Keepsakes conventions I have been lucky enough to attend.  Because you keep tabs on everyone with those notorious lists of yours, you undoubtedly know that what started out as a full basket of unfinished projects is now an empty basket.  Somehow, I am not sure how, I managed to focus on those as my priority and it has paid off. See there – photographic evidence that cannot be denied!!  Is that enough to get the “NICE” box checked by my name?

I know you of all people must be astounded that I kept my eye on the prize and was not distracted by every shiny new scrappy thing that came along.  So maybe it would be only fitting if you might find some shiny scrappy goodies that could fill up my empty basket – or at the very least my stocking.

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Oh, and Santa, rest assured that I don’t plan to rest on my scrappy laurels in 2017.  Oh no,  I am pledging to finish all the travel albums I have in process from the last two years. Yes, those trips to California wine country, Graceland, hiking in the State parks and that fabulous trip to France will all get properly scrapped in 2017. Yes, this very good girl will be reminding you of that in next year's Christmas missive.

Until then, I hope your Christmas is the merriest ever and that all your own expectations for 2017 are exceeded in the New Year!


Scrappy Susanne

PS  It certainly would be extra special if you dropped some shiny scrappy stuff into the stockings of all our CKC friends and followers out there - because they are a very "nice" group.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Followers of Christmas Present by Susanne

Hello, Susanne here.  Today I am featuring a favorite counterfeiter of mine – Tara.


Tara, who blogs at Tara’s Ramblings, is a regular counterfeiter.  She is a mom of 5, who homeschools her children and still finds time to play along with us on a regular basis. She has a great attitude that comes across on her blog.  We were blessed to have her as a guest designer back in January of 2014. Below are just a few of my favorite layouts from her over the past year.


I chose these 4 layouts because they showcase something she does in her scrapbooking that I admire.  She uses flowers on her layouts – a lot. Sometimes in little ways, sometimes in bolder ones, but always in ways that complement her photos. You can always find flowers in the kits she curates, all types and sizes.  There are many more wonderful examples of her work on her blog – many layouts featuring her children which (for privacy reasons) I chose not to share over here.  So do take time to pop over there and take time to “smell the flowers”.

Thanks, Tara, for playing along with us and inspiring us with your work.

Join me tomorrow for a post about my expectation of Christmas future.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Memories of Christmas Past by Susanne

Ho ho hello, all you merry counterfeiters.  Susanne here, with my installment in our series - The memories of Christmas past.

The idea is to make up a mini kit / page kit and a project highlighting a Christmas from the past. Try to use limited supplies to finish a single project.  We hope these short posts highlight that something can be created quickly and easily, even at this crazy busy time of year.  These ideas, of course, are transferrable to your own current Christmas projects.

I started with a 12 x 12 cut-apart sheet from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day Collection paired with a sticker sheet from Pebbles Home for Christmas collection and a white chipboard alphabet called Sotheby’s from American Crafts which included two sizes of letters.


These items set the mood of my layout, now I just needed to add basics.  I chose a green “kachina” sheet of Bazzill cardstock as my base, and then layered it with two leftover pieces of patterned paper.  The larger one was a neutral black dot on white and the smaller layer was a tiny tone-on-tone floral in blue that complemented my photo and the light turquoise featured in the other elements.

I chose 3 of the journal cards to arrange across my page – one as an accent block, one as a journal block and one to use to frame my photo.  Then I set about embellishing with bird houses cut from a fourth block and bird stickers from the Pebbles sheet.  To give my page pizzazz, I added in red washi tape, sequins, black and white ribbon and a big turquoise button tied near my title.  I used both sizes of Thickers, inking the larger one and covering it with Stickles to give the word Santa a little more punch. I also decorated the top and bottom borders of the page very simply.


It took me less than 45 minutes in total to complete this page (not counting drying time).  I hope you will take the hint to use those cut-apart pages as the major element of your next layout.  It is definitely a time saver.

If you pop over to my blog, Snaps & Snippets, you will find another example of a quick and easy Christmas memory page.

See you tomorrow with my post about a follower of Christmas present.