Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Calling All Members

This is just a reminder that we are looking for YOU to come and join in on our monthly

Members' Blog Hop.


This is always a whole lot of fun and a chance for you to show off your amazing creations with your Counterfeit Kits. 
So ... if you have created a project using your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, whether it be for one of this month's three challenges or something completely different, and have not yet shared it on your blog, we would love for you to join in our Members' Blog Hop on the 24th and showcase your creations.

Drop us a line by the 18th (just 24 hours to go) along with your blog address to our e-mail
thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com
and we'll send you details about how to join in!

Monday, May 16, 2016

May Challenge #3 - Escher Effects


I have always loved the artwork of M. C. Escher. Apart from his wonderfully impossible house of stairs that lead you down to a higher level and a perpetually falling waterfall, he played with mathematical symmetry and produced beautiful examples of tesselation. We see tessellation every day: bricks in a wall, cells in a honeycomb, mosaics on the floor, seeds in a sunflower and even scales on a snake!

Our third challenge for you this month is to do some tessellating on your page. Sounds too complicated? Call it patchwork then! Include some patterns on your page created by piecing together paper shapes.

You could create a patchwork of random shapes by layering them creatively. Heather Leopard showed a clever way to get a patchwork effect patterned paper over on Shimelle's blog last month.


And of course, clever folding of circles produces some amazing results as Davinie shows us on her blog here.


Our very own Master Forger Clair included Quilting as inspiration for her Stitching on Paper Classes - check out the examples - can you spot another Master Forger there?

Our Guest Designer Jane got blocky on her layout with random rectangles:


Clair made this 6x8 layout, based on the worked of Escher inspired artist, Bridget Riley, after visiting an exhibition at Tate Liverpool. The title is also taken from an Escher quote "You have to retain a sense of wonder. That's what it's all about."


Lynnette added a touch of tessellation on her layout about her son's role as King Triton the Merman in Little Mermaid Jr.  The overlapping circles reminded her of scales.  Love when it all comes together like that!  See more close-ups on her blog here.


Do please share your kits and creations to Mr. Linky so that we can all come and look.  Perhaps save a special project using this month's kit and join in with your very own Members' Blog Hop towards the end of the month! 

*** MEMBERS' BLOG HOP ***
 
Be inspired by any of the challenges this month or just share something you've created with your current kit. Remember, the more the merrier and EVERYone is welcome! To be a part of the Members' Blog Hop:
  • E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com by the 18th.
  • We will e-mail back on the 20th with a list of the hop participants and full instructions.
  • You will need to schedule your own blog post, showing a new counterfeit kit based project, to go live on the 24th at 00:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

May Challenge #2 - Two Sketch Challenge

I often use sketches to get me started with a layout and I particularly love the resources at Page Maps.  To go with the May/June 2014 inspiration Quirky Kits, I have chosen two sketches from the same era for you to choose from ... the first could be a great way to use up some pocket scrapping cards or instagram photos.  If you follow the link above to the original kit reveal, Leonora has some ideas for sewing vellum pockets which could also work well with this sketch.

May 2014




                                                                   June 2014
The second sketch has more little photos, but you could replace them with one large landscape photos or rotate the sketch and use a portrait instead - sketches are always open to interpretation!
Use one sketch, or the other - or even BOTH?!  Whatever gets that kit used up!

Our Guest Designer Jane got busy with the 2nd sketch:


Susanne took a liking to the second sketch as well,
but adapted it for one photo and moved her title.


Leslie also liked Sketch #2!
(But don't be surprised if #1 makes an appearance this month)

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Julene has also used sketch 2.


Sketch #2 was definitely popular--Kelly created a page base on this sketch as well!



Do please share your kits and creations to Mr. Linky so that we can all come and look.  Perhaps save a special project using this month's kit and join in with your very own Members' Blog Hop towards the end of the month!

*** MEMBERS' BLOG HOP ***
 
Be inspired by any of the challenges this month or just share something you've created with your current kit. Remember, the more the merrier and EVERYone is welcome! To be a part of the Members' Blog Hop:
  • E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com by the 18th.
  • We will e-mail back on the 20th with a list of the hop participants and full instructions.
  • You will need to schedule your own blog post, showing a new counterfeit kit based project, to go live on the 24th at 00:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

{I}NSD - The Fabulous Forgers' Fantastic Favourites - Jemma's crazy for counterfeits!


It's no secret that I love this blog and the many ways in which it has helped me to USE my scrappy stash.
There are plenty of tutorials to help me recreate trendy items and make my existing embellishments and papers work in new and fun ways.
In fact it was the recreation of a Studio Calico item that led me here in the first place:


The CKCB founder Bethany recreated these fun Notions back in January 2011.
We often counterfeit Studio Calico exclusives!  In September 2012 we had paper and ribbon counterfeits for their pretty paperclips:


In 2013 we introduced Hey ... I Can Make That! summary posts to gather the monthly forgeries together so that there would be a variety of counterfeiting help in one place.


This post from July 2013 is no exception with faked black and white Thickers (ueseful for this month's counterfeiting), washi-striped patterned paper, home-made Bingo Cards, pretend Pebbles clothes pegs and some counterfeited Elle's Studio stickers!

Even our Guest Designers get crafty with counterfeiting.  Elaine (Chidkid) was one one of the contributing forgers on this post from March 2014 which included home-made stencils, stitched journalling spots, faux flair, DIY patterned paper and free printables to help with the fakery.


Following some changes on the CKCB, we renamed our monthly makes entry as Forgeries On The Fourth and this post from November 2015 was jam packed with creativity as you can see from this collage:


And of course those forgeries are still coming every month including this month.  Take a look at the Tutorials category of our blog posts as there is a wealth of inspiration there - both from our own Forgers and plenty of links to instructions out there on the web.

Happy International Scrappbooking Day!
Jemma
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If you’ve been inspired to create by any of our “Fabulous Forgers’ Fantastic Favourites”, we’d LOVE to hear from you over on our Link-up page.

Of course, you could also use this inspiration to join in with our member blog hop later in the month. You can find out how to be part of the hop on this help page or at the bottom of our regular challenges.

So be sure to let us know you're following along and how you're using up your kit this month.

{I}NSD - The Fabulous Forgers' Fantastic Favourites - Fun stuff for Susanne!


Hello, Susanne here. Sharing with you some of my recent new scrappy acquisitions.  Fab new fun products.  Most of these came to my attention at the recent Creating Keepsakes convention (yes, the one I have been going on and on about on my own blog.)  Oooooo - look,  quick - shiny objects!!


Love these "leather" bows, with their nice low profile - great for pockets.


And these shiny acrylic shapes, from this fabulous paper line.


And this sticker kit (they come in gold and silver).  You can get the gold foil look without the gold foil machine.  I purchased some rose gold foil too - to have another option.


And last, but not least, does anyone do floral right now as lovely as Felicity Jane.  Me thinks not.

I do think that these items would make the basis for a wonderful kit.  And I hope they inspire you in some way too.

Signing off for now,



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If you’ve been inspired to create by any of our “Fabulous Forgers’ Fantastic Favourites”, we’d LOVE to hear from you over on our Link-up page.

Of course, you could also use this inspiration to join in with our member blog hop later in the month. You can find out how to be part of the hop on this help page or at the bottom of our regular challenges.

So be sure to let us know you're following along and how you're using up your kit this month.

{I}NSD - The Fabulous Forgers' Fantastic Favourites - It's words all the way for Susan

 

Hello - Susan here and when it comes to scrapbooking, I am definitely all about the story. Although I love to write and want most of my pages to have meaningful journaling, sometimes I just can't figure out what to say or how to say it. There are a few things I do when I come up against writer's block that usually help get me back on track and I'd like to share them here, along with some of the pages they helped me complete.

Focus on one detail. We all have groups of photos from events that happen every year. Birthdays and holidays can be challenging to write about just because of their repetitive nature. Think about the basics in the photos (who, what, where, when, why, how) and then try to expand on just one of those details. Out of all the photos I took one Easter, the photo I took of the colorful plastic eggs stood out to me more than any other. In the layout below, I used the "what" (the plastic eggs) to talk about our evolving family tradition:

Write a list. It's easy. It's quick. It gets the job done. And a list doesn't have to be limited to just words; sometimes numbers can tell a great story, too:


Get someone to do it for you. Although it might involve a teeny bribe, it's nice to have someone else's perspective on a scrapbook page. You can ask them for their memories of a particular day/occasion and use those words on your page. For this layout, I had my daughter complete a quiz I'd found online and then I just paired her answers (in her handwriting) with a her photo:
Here's a link to the survey I used for my page: Write.Click.Scrapbook Summer Survey.

Use a quote. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to quotes and sayings that eventually will make it onto a page. Quotes can be a title, the journaling or both.

And if your quote is long enough, you can put a nice dent in your letter stickers as well!

Relax. Not every page has to have Pulitzer Prize-worthy journaling on it. You can't force it - sometimes it's best to just let it go. Take a break. Try working with other photos or do something else entirely. The inspiration may eventually hit you but if it doesn't, just record the basics and move on. As I said above, I like most of my pages to have meaningful journaling. I have plenty of pages that list just the facts and that's perfectly fine with me.

Happy {I}NSD!

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If you’ve been inspired to create by any of our “Fabulous Forgers’ Fantastic Favourites”, we’d LOVE to hear from you over on our Link-up page.

Of course, you could also use this inspiration to join in with our member blog hop later in the month. You can find out how to be part of the hop on this help page or at the bottom of our regular challenges.

So be sure to let us know you're following along and how you're using up your kit this month.

{I}NSD - The Fabulous Forgers' Fantastic Favourites - Kelly's a-Sketching!




Happy {i}NSD! This day is definitely one of my favorite holidays! And since I love sketches, I'm sharing three of my favorite sketches with you.

The first sketch comes from the Scrapbook Challenges blog (where I am on the Design Team). I usually am a 1-photo-per-page scrapper, so I like how this sketch allows me to add several pictures to one layout.

 

Using this sketch, I created a page documenting a recent trip we took to visit my sister and her family.


Next up is a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog. I am a big fan of their weekly sketches--particularly this one, which puts a photograph (or 2--see below) front and (just slightly off) center.



This page is the result of the sketch above. Instead of one large vertical photo, I substituted two horizontal pictures. 


My final favorite sketch comes from me! I love sketches so much that I have created a few of my own, based on my favorite page designs. This sketch is simple, but can be interpreted in so many different ways.


One layout I created using this sketch tells the story of waiting . . . . This is a photo my daughter took of me while waiting for the vet to come check one of our horses. Since I was facing in towards the center of the picture, I flipped the position of the photo and journaling block so that I am looking into the middle of the page. Such a versatile sketch!



I hope you are inspired by one of these sketches and create your own page with one (or all) of them.

Now go create!

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If you’ve been inspired to create by any of our “Fabulous Forgers’ Fantastic Favourites”, we’d LOVE to hear from you over on our Link-up page.

Of course, you could also use this inspiration to join in with our member blog hop later in the month. You can find out how to be part of the hop on this help page or at the bottom of our regular challenges.

So be sure to let us know you're following along and how you're using up your kit this month.