Sunday, September 12, 2021

September 2021 - Challenge #1 - Get Moving!

September the 12th which can only mean one thing... it's time for Challenge #1 round here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and I'm excited to see how you interpret it.

As a reminder, Master Forger Tina chose the September 2020 kit called "Vivid" by {Not} Just for Boys kit club as our inspiration for this month.

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Get Moving!

 My love for antique tractors is producing this challenge! What do we usually see in the fall other than falling leaves is hay wagon rides and such, well they are usually pulled by a tractor so your challenge is to make a layout about any type of transportation: tractor, car, bike, plane, ect.
 
So today, use Transportation for your creation!
 
Guest Designer Tori created her transportation page using photos of my son practicing driving a Chevy truck. For the embellishments she used patterned paper, cut outs, buttons, and twine. 
To find out more about her layout over at her Instagram page here
 
 Julene has used photos from her travels, this time on the hop on hop off bus in Milan. She even had a paper in this kit featuring a bicycle. 

Misty went in a more metaphorical direction with the prompt. While she talks about taking a road trip in her layout, the real point of the journaling is about her daughter getting ready to fly the nest for college. Butterfly embellishments support the flight theme.



Tina went exactly where she planned to go with coming up with the challenge. A layout about her favorite tractor. Using her kit for this fun layout:
Blog post here
 
Kate just so happened to have that awesome vintage truck paper in her September CKCB kit and decided to scrap her vintage hayride/pumpkin patch photo!
 
Master Forger Leslie slipped her unorthodox transportation inspired layout in a little late...



 Such great inspiration to get you Moving on your creation for this challenge!

 The rest of September is going to look something like this:

  • 18th September: Challenges #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th September: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st September: 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 Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcseptember2021). 


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

 

Monday, September 6, 2021

September 2021 - Mini-kit Reveal & Projects

Hello everyone. Master Forger Misty is sharing their takes on mini kits using our inspiration for the month. Mini kits are great if you want quick projects, or if ideas are sparked by just small bits of the inspiration. Whatever your reasons for approaching mini kits, and Misty is here to help get you creating.

As a reminder, Master Forger Tina chose the September 2020 kit called "Vivid" by {Not} Just for Boys kit club as our inspiration for this month.

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So let's see where Misty went with her projects.

Master Forger Misty has this to say about her process.

When I was pondering this project I was in the process of cleaning my scrap space. While doing that I came across this bin that contained the extra photos, paper scraps and previous fall themed layout I had created a couple of month back.

Admittedly this gave me a huge head start on creating a page kit for this month's mini. If you think I cheated, I promise all you would need to do to get to this same point is choose a base pattern paper or cardstock, plus 3-4 pattern paper scraps in various sizes. Then grab 6-10 embellishment pieces in various sizes to support your theme and you are done. Simple as that. Really.

Here I chose a base woodgrain paper, 5 pattern paper scraps, 1 cardstock and literally 12 individual embellishment pieces. The woodgrain, plaid and use of blue comes from our inspiration piece. The other imagery I chose to support my page theme (cameras + together/cozy)

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Once I had a narrow palette of supplies to work with, my layout came together quickly. I think about this style of layout as a "pocket page" layout without the actual pockets. (You could also just call it a grid layout). I love the idea of pocket pages for ease but I feel too constrained by the pocket numbers and orientations. So I started my layout with the base page + photos. I trimmed my photos, and in fact all the pocket elements, down by 1/4" in both height and width to give that gap that pockets have.

The open areas around the photos now become other "pockets." The top right was very large and could have been broken down into several pockets, but I left it large for more visual impact to those cameras since this layout is about selfies. The journal pocket on the bottom left is 6x4" (or rather 5.75x3.75" once trimmed down.) The gray strip started at 2x4" before trimming and the lower plaid is 2x8" before trimming.

Sprucing up each pocket with limited embellishments helps the whole page feel cohesive. I also repeat elements, such as circles, blue, and plaid, in a visual triangle to pull everything together. Approaching a layout this way is super straightforward. It gives you the ease of pocket pages without the constraints. And with this design you could include way more photos than I did! Just so much flexibility here.

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I hope you were inspired by how easy it can be to put together a quick page kit as well as a quick layout! If you'd like to see this process in video you can check out the YouTube episode.

 

 The rest of September is going to look something like this:

  • 12th & 18th September: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th September: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st September: 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 Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcseptember2021). 


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

Saturday, September 4, 2021

September 2021 - Forgery on the Fourth

FOF is back again today to show you how it's possible to look at the inspiration kit, see if there are any elements which you would love to incorporate into your own kit but that you don't have in your stash right now, and then take the idea forward to make your own version! 

Master Forger of Ceremonies Tina has given us our inspiration:


Let's see what the Design Team has counterfeited!

Master Forger Tara was very inspired by this kit to make a few forgeries!!  Full directions and photos of the process are on her blog!  She started with a DCWV paper backed denim paper pad and some handy dandy bleach. She allowed the paper to sit out in the sun to and brought it inside to rinse it out to remove the bleach from the denim.

She also set out to duplicate the wooden buttons from the inspiration kit!

Master Forger Cindy was inspired to recreate one of the paper using the colors of her kit in two different sizes.


Master Forger Cindy also cut out two different sets of leaves 


Blog post here.

Master Forger Juliet pulled out her Cricut (which she should do more often) and found some fun wood slices to cut.  She even used the negatives of one of them and glued them down on a piece of brownish paper to use!  

Master Forger Misty would like to share two different forgeries. 

The first is making small tassels.

The second is using the We R Memory keepers frames punch board (pictured far left) to create your own frame embellishments. The fun thing about this is you'll have extra leftover punched corners that you can then use as photo corners (far right). Bonus!


Master Forger Tara found three Silhouette Cut files and Master Forger Cindy cut them out. 


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Master Forger Kate was inspired to use just two supplies to create her own floral paper based on the amazing Amy Tangerine floral paper in the kit.  Full photos of the process and end results are on her blog!


Once again, MF Lisa turned to Pinterest and Google for some freebie inspiration such as:

We are just at the beginning of the month and we have so much to share with you! The rest of September is going to look something like this:

  • 6th September: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th September: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th September: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st September: 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 Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcseptember2021). 


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

Thursday, September 2, 2021

September 2021 - Just The Gist Of It

Hello, everyone!  Today is the day where we try to help you get started when your not quite sure where to start with putting your own kit together. Sometimes it's pretty easy to put a kit together, but then there are times it's just not clicking! 

So let's start with the inspiration kit for the month from  {Not} Just for Boys Scrapbooking Kit Club - September 2020 Main Kit - Vivid which you can find here

Let's discuss color as this kit has some gorgeous fall colors with the including of blue reminds me of a beautiful fall day! As the colors are not all fall related but can be used for any outdoor photos so I would be looking at the blues, browns, yellows, oranges and those woodgrains for a great way to start a kit.



And of course, don't forget that we'll be back throughout the month to give you some tips, ideas and challenges as you put together and use your kit. 

 Here's what we have coming up this month: 

  • 4th September: Forgery on the Fourth - Master Forgers share simple ideas for creating kit elements 
  • 6th September: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th September: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th September: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 30th September: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box

 We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. Post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcseptember2021).

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

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September 2021 - Counterfeit Kit Reveal & Hop

 Wow the year is really flying by and look we're into doing September's kit already! Let's Go!

I'm not much into buying kits because I like to make them out of my stash, but recently joined in with (Not) Just for Boys Scrapbooking Kit Club. So I decided to use one of their older kits for this month's challenge. I selected one that has a fall vibe to it as we are seeing the leaves falling here already our apple trees don't have many leaves. School is going back into session and it's football season so all those things have me thinking about Fall.







 

I'm focusing on they're Main Kit there are some add ons to if you want to use any of it.

Main Kit:

{Not} Just for Boys Scrapbooking Kit Club - September 2020 Main Kit - Vivid

"Vivid" Paper:

  • 1 piece 12x12 paper- Amy Tan-Late Afternoon "Make a Wish"
  • 1 piece 12x12 paper- Amy Tan-Late Afternoon "Free Spirit"
  • 1 piece 12x12 paper- Amy Tan-Late Afternoon "Warm & Cozy"
  • 1 piece 12x12 paper- Heidi Swapp- Old School "Summerland"
  • 1 piece 12x12 paper- Simple Stories-SN@P! Basics "Walnut/Cream Dot" 
  • 1 piece 12x12 paper- Heidi Swapp- Old School "True Blue"
  • 1 piece 12x12 paper- Elle & Viv- Oxidation "7" (single sided)
  • 1 piece 12x12 paper- Echo Park- Witches & Wiards "Letters"
"Vivid" Embellishments: 
  • Crate Paper "Magical Forest" Puffy Alpha Copper Foil Stickers-14 pieces
  • 1 NJFB 3" x 4" Exclusive "Vivid” Stamp Set- 13 stamps
  • 1 Amy Tan-"Late Afternoon" Ephemera Pack- 40 pieces
  • 1 Jar NJFB "Vivid" Pearl Mix
  • 3 Yards "Vivid" Trim (1 yard each of 3 colors)
  • 1 Pack of NJFB Exclusive Acrylic Embellishments and 3 Mini Tassels  
  • 24 "Vivid" Textured Buttons
  • 1 “Tree Slice” cardstock cut by Sophie Gallo  

We are delighted to have Tori Gaines join us this month as our Guest Designer


Hiya! I’m Tori and I am so happy to be the guest designer for September. I live in Northern California with my husband, son (19) and daughter (6).

As a child, I collected stickers and I always loved arts and crafts projects. When I was a teenager, my Mom introduced me to scrapbooking. I dabbled making pages documenting my friends and teenage life. I really took the plunge into scrapbooking when my son was born in 2002 and I have been addicted ever since! I prefer to make 12x12 layouts and recently I have been playing around with mixed media supplies.

You can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tag1681/

Join us for our reveal hop this month: 

And we've got another full month of inspiration for you so September is going to look something like this:

  • 2nd September: Just the Gist of It - to help you find an easy way into creating your kit 
  • 4th September: Forgery on the Fourth - Master Forgers share simple ideas for creating kit elements 
  • 6th September: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th September: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th September: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 30th September: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box

 We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. Post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcseptember2021).

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

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

August 2021 - Kill That Kit!

Wow, it's the end of the month already and time for our Kill That Kit post. Time really seems to speed up as we go through the year.

I've hosted several months this year and I have a secret to tell - I don't really kill my kit very often! So when it comes to writing this post, I have to get a bit creative to find something to show to you. This month was no different but let me share what I actually did.

This month's mini kit was created just for my double spread (shared here) and there were a few items left - some larger pieces of paper, a handful of scraps and a bunch of die cuts and stickers as well as the alphabet which I immediately put back into my stash.



I decided to put the larger pieces to one side - they are big enough to go back to my stash or maybe make another page but I wasn't feeling inspired enough to pull a page together. That left the scraps and the embellishments. Yes, I would try and find something to do with these. The scraps were good sizes and I decided to go with the trusted idea of a couple of greetings cards - nothing themed so I can just use them to say hi.

I took the die-cuts and decided to sort through them to divide them into those I wanted to keep for pages in the future and those which I could "give up" to use on the cards. This kind of sorting is actually something I do quite often for these types of embellishments. I also group die-cuts for layering into die-cut clusters. I find this a good way to categorise what I have and get them used up in a better way. Those precious designs that I know will be perfect for layering up and clustering are identified and kept to one side for the layouts but the extras can be used up without feeling "guilty" or that you're losing something.

Then my eye spotted the packaging of the die-cut pack - a gorgeous watercolour effect design and perfect for using too. So I cut off the top where the staples had been and in the end, used it on two of my cards because it fitted so perfectly with the die-cuts - on one card as the patterned base and the other in the banner.

Then it was just a matter of layering items up into a banner across the page and stitching it down. A sprinkle of enamel dots and they were done. VERY quick and easy but perfect to just send someone a note.




Here I added in the heavier alphabet to give the page a little something extra but those really skinny scraps were perfect for this ├╝ber-simple design. 


I still have a few of those scraps - more cards could be pulled together if I have the time! And I used up about 1/4 of the die-cut pack which feels pretty good. I also know that when I come back to those die-cuts, I probably want to use them all on layouts which is also timesaving and another decision that I don't need to make! Last but not least, I used up some of the word stickers which somehow makes the pack feel more "usable"! A brand new set of anything feels more precious and less likely to be used - strange but true!

Thanks for playing along with us in August and don't forget that we're back bright and early tomorrow with a new kit to play with!

Share your creations with us over at the Counterfeit Kit Community Facebook community here or over at Instagram where you can find us @counterfeitkitchallenge (or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge)