Friday, March 24, 2017

Scribbles From My Scrap Studio – 2017 March


How do you eat an elephant?  Well, a famous quote by Creighton Abrams, is very good advice.

When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time. 
If you want to relate that to scrapbooking, how about scrappy bit by scrappy bit?
When confronted with what seems like a monumental task, just take it one step at a time.  Last month you saw how I scaled down Project Life. Another month has passed, and I am still up-to-date.
In 2017, with less time to spend in my little scrap studio, how else can I apply that same principle?  How to stay as productive as past years, without design team deadlines to keep me on task? What are other ways I can be prodded to produce?
I previously mentioned that by year-end 2016 I had managed to work through lots of my monthly kits dwindling them down to zero.  My stash was now staring at me as a whole.  That is quite daunting in an elephantine way.  The same is true of boxes and boxes of printed photos of my kids.  To tackle both of these conditions, I have decided to nibble around the edges and scrap in small spurts.
Last month, here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, we promoted the idea of making your kits more manageable by making mini or page kits. This really worked for me. I file papers and embellishments first by manufacturer and line.  A lot of my older stash were collections with just a sheet or two of paper and one or two embellishments like alphabets, die-cuts or sticker sheets.  I pulled all the small collections from my general stash and put them in this plastic bin.
This is my version of what they do over at the 100 Pattern Paper Challenge Facebook group, pulling a subset of your paper or types of embellishments each month to concentrate on using them up.

Next I set about sorting and purging photos, a project I have started and stopped numerous times, frustrated and overwhelmed. Trying to tackle them in a huge photo reorganization project has failed over and over. Instead, I decided to sort for 30 minutes through one or two years of photos at a time.  I would separate the scrap-worthy photos into piles by layout idea.  When my timer buzzed, I would immediately switch to looking through the big bin of small collections, and see what I could use to scrap those photos.
For example, I had a dozen photos of my kids with their grandparents at a nearby state park.  I purged down to the best 4 and tossed the rest.  Just two sheets of Bella Blvd Plastino and a sticker sheet from this line caught my eye.  I set this aside with the photos plus a few quickly gathered embellishments in a quick hit page kit.  I did this for about 5 other sets of photos as well.
2017 Layouts-002
Then I rewarded myself by scrapping one of the layouts, before I FORCED MYSELF to sort photos again.  It is a bit like having a little dessert as a perk for having eaten my veggies.  With Calvinball in process and several crops coming up, I will limit myself to 20 – 25 page kits, not wanting to let the pile of kits turns into a herd of baby elephants. 
Here is the page from that first kit:
2017 Layouts-001
And here is my stack of page kits, after 3 sessions of sorting photos and making kits.  It is hard to discern that my bin of collections has dwindled much, but it is easy for me to see that I have my first empty photo box, proof indeed that the elephant has been nibbled.
So do you do anything like this?  Do reward yourself for unpleasant chores with fun projects?  Might you subdivide your stash so that you limit your choices – not only in small ways like kits, but in larger ways – like 100 pieces of paper.  Do you make up lots of page kits before crops or do you just take larger kits and bunches of photos without matching them up first?  How have you managed to take a bite out of your scrappy elephant?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 2017 Challenge #2: Spring Showers

Spring Showers: Make a project incorporating some sort of wet media. Ideas: watercolor, mist,paint, or take a twist on the challenge and use a photo of something wet; i.e. pool, beach,etc.

Here is a look at how our designers took the challenge:

Leslie lucked out in that she just returned from a beach vacation, 
plus she had a watercolor counterfeit paper in her kit this month! 

Lynnette used a photo recently taken at an indoor water park.  Doesn't get more wet and wild than that!  She even used some spring showers inspired chipboard pieces that just happened to be in her kit.

Julene used a great wet technique to showcase these colorful beads.
Read more about it on her blog HERE.

Grab your rain slicker and be sure to shower us with your take on this challenge.
Share on our facebook page or Mr. Linky!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 2017 Challenge #1, "Old Plus New"

Old+New Challenge: You can make whatever you like, but it must incorporate one old item from your stash plus one of your newest items.
Our Guest designer Raelene joined us for this challenge:
 My take one old and new includes the photos.
The top photo is from I think 1983 at a major landmark that collapsed into the ocean in the late 90's, so I found a photo of how it currently looks online.  This was a idea proposed to me last year when I posted my photo in the Project Life Australia group trying to identify where little me was.
As soon as I saw Challenge 1 I just had to use this layout.
I also used old and new supplies.
I have left room for journaling as my childhood best friend's Mum is getting back to me with her memories of the trip as I only have vague memories and my family in the photo have passed away.

Susan used a paper and an embellishment that were manufactured over ten years apart for her page:


Monday, March 6, 2017

March 2017 Mini Kit Reveal

Love this month's inspiration kit, but not entirely sure if you can play along this month? 

Maybe you're not sure if you have the time and energy to play along? 
Maybe you feel like you haven't got quite enough stash to make a full kit? 
Or maybe you're still working with the remnants of last month's inspiration kit and only need a small selection to work with? 

Whatever the reasons, we've been busy working on a new feature which we hope will help out when time, energy or stash are a little bit lacking! In addition to the main kit reveal on the 1st of the month, we'll also be creating our own smaller 'Mini Kit' versions of the inspiration kit, along with some ideas for using them up quickly!

Kits can either be simply smaller versions of the main kit, or they can be specifically aimed at use as card kits, mini album kits, pocket style albums or planners. It's entirely up to you. And you can use the mini-kit option whenever you like -
  • You're still loving (and creating with) an older kit, but want to play along each month.
  • You don't have enough stash that suits the new inspiration kit. 
  • You're busy, but still want to feel creative. 
  • You love the 'Main Kit' but could have taken it in a different direction. Use the mini-kit as way to explore those other options. 
  • You need *more* kit. Use the mini-kit as an 'add on'. 
  • In fact, use the mini-kit inspiration in any way that you want! 

Here's a look at our mini kits and how we've been using them.

Margie chose to make add-on kits, since she made a main kit already:

She made a layout with supplies from all of these kits:

Head over to her blog for more detail shots and video of her mini kits!

Kelly used this mini-kit with just two patterned papers and a handful of embellishments . . .

. . . to make a layout + pocket page spread. See her blog for more details!

Clair's kit, using one sheet of Journalling Cards as the inspiration, is cute and colourful.

She's used it to start a mini-album full of fun summer memories. You can read more about (and see extra pages) on her blog, Obstinate Pursuit.

Susanne curated a quick mini kit with the thought of making cards.  She created this 12 x 12 layout and four cards, the two thank you cards shown here and two she popped into the mail without taking photos.  She cut four 4 x 6 rectangles from the leftover scraps, and set them aside to use on the companion pocket page to this layout and in her weekly project life album. There was little left to return to stock. Yay for the mini kit.


Lisa was excited to make her first mini-kit for Project Life pages and then made up her very first Project Life spread.

You can find the post about how she put her kit together and find more details about the pocket page spreads she made up as well as what did and didn't work for her over on her blog here.

Don't forget that there's more ways than ever to join in the fun:

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Forgery on the Fourth - March 2017

Here's our March inspiration, care of Master Forger Margie!

Hip Kit Club - February Main Kit
 For starters, a little glue & gold glitter would make quick work of those alphas.

Hip Kit Club - February Embellishment Kit 

I spy with my little eye some Maggie Holmes fringed butterflies. Back in February 2016 
Maggie's fringed hearts were in the inspiration kit - just change up the shape & voila!
Click HERE for the tutorial link!
Hip Kit Club - February Project Life Kit
Plenty of painting, stamping, and brushstroke forgery opportunities here!
Some of those stripes & striations could be achieved with washi tape, perhaps?

Let's check out the latest from our creative counterfeit Design Team!

Julene has forged the camera patterned paper using a stamp, coloured pencil and some inks.
Full details on her blog

Julene also fussy cut some butterflies and added them to mini envelopes.

Lisa's found some interesting butterfly printables online:

And how about these gorgeous water colour effect mason jars?

And some tags and other printables which are very similar in colour or pattern to the inspiration kit:

Lisa also gave the Maggie Holmes fringed butterfly embellishments a try. As always, she had a rough start before finding a more successful technique on her fourth attempt! Come on over to her blog to see how she did it and learn from her mistakes!

Leslie is back in the counterfeiting business with some papers & embellis.


Make sure to share YOUR mad counterfeiting skills with us on the Link-up Page and/or the brand new Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group! Or share on Instagram using @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Just The Gist Of It–March 2017

Hello Counterfeiters, Susanne here.  Here again is the sneak peek of the March kit to counterfeit that we showed you on social media a couple of days ago.  The kit is largely based on Maggie Holmes new Crate Paper collection titled Chasing Dreams.


To get the complete gist of it, I would add these peeks as well, which feature three sheets of Crate Paper’s Oasis collection.


Instead of a recipe list of things to add to your kit this month, consider the theme of this kit.  Chasing dreams, weekend getaways, finding your calm oasis in life.  Run with the serene, ethereal color scheme of pink, aqua and blue. Consider the symbolism of butterflies and birds in flight, swans gliding along blissfully, and even the satisfaction of peacocks presenting their full blown plumes.  Toss off the doldrums of winter.  Dream of the budding blooms of spring and anticipation of getaways to come – maps to follow, sights to see, pictures to snap.

Choose the colors and motifs that best represent those same feelings to you.


Take that guidance and “gist” . . . run with it.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 2017 Counterfeit Kit Reveal

Happy March! This month, we are taking our inspiration from the very popular Hip Kit club kits. When searching for an inspiration kit this month, I wanted to find a kit that had lots of yummy new products from CHA in it (so that you would either use your new purchases, or perhaps not feel the need to buy anything, since you may be able to find enough in your stash that is similar). I also wanted to find a kit that had several opportunities for forgeries, and inspiration for our mini kit makers, as well. The February kits from the Hip Kit club seemed to fit the bill perfectly!

Here is the Main Scrapbook kit to be inspired by for this month:
If you prefer to make a Project Life or mini kit to scrap from, perhaps their add-ons will serve as inspiration:

And their Color Kit is a great add on if you like a little mixed media !

Our guest designer for this month is the lovely Raelene:

Hi, I'm Raelene.  I am married and we have 4 children aged 10 to 21, I am Grandma to  a gorgeous 3 month old little girl.   We live in Queensland Australia and are currently melting in a heatwave.
I started scrapbooking in 2005 when I discovered the storage I was using had damaged precious photos so I started with a focus on preservation.  I love all styles of scrapbooking from quick and  simple layouts to mixed media.
I occassionally do pocket scrapping, card making and off the page projects.
I have started keeping a simple daily journal and this has really helped with my scrapbooking, I no longer feel like i am falling further behind and I am  instead enjoying just creating layouts.
I scrap our life including the kids and my grandaughter, our pets and our home, basically I scrap what I am in the mood to scrap but my journal I record our daily life with mini photos and minimal if no decorating.
I have encouraged all my children to record their memories and it is nice to have my 21yr  continue to join me in my love of all things paper.

Welcome, Raelene!

So I hope you are inspired this month to pull together a kit of your own, using both old and new stash, to make projects that you love. For more kit making inspiration, take a quick trip around our Master Forgers' main kit blog hop -