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.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Counterfeit Kit Challenge Christmas Carol

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge for December and we are so excited to share our Christmas build-up with all our followers.

True to previous years, we've decided to shake things up a little and we hope that our daily posts throughout the month will inspire you to get out some of your own Christmas stash and turn it into memories of past, present and even future!

So, what are we up to this month? 

Well, we decided to celebrate A Counterfeit Kit Challenge Christmas Carol!

Yes, you may be scratching your head and wondering what on earth we're talking about so let me help.

First, we will be sharing a post for  
A Counterfeit Kit Challenge Christmas Carol - The memories of Christmas past.

The idea in this post is to show you a small page kit turned into a Christmas memory from the past. We know how hectic these weeks can be so we'd like to inspire you make something quick and easy - something that you might be able to use for any of the many December projects around or just your regular December scrapping or pocket page memory keeping. 

On the second day, we'll be posting 
A Counterfeit Kit Challenge Christmas Carol - The followers of Christmas present.

This is where we'd like to highlight a few of our faithful CKC followers who have taken up our challenge of making their own kit from their own much loved supplies and have contributed to our community. Each of the Master Forgers have picked one or two members to give a loud shout out to and this is our way to say Thank You to ALL of you out here who've been with us all year.

On the third day, we'll be blogging about 
A Counterfeit Kit Challenge Christmas Carol - The expectation of Christmas future.

Each of these posts will talk a little about what we are hoping for scrappy-wise or creatively in the year to come. We might be sharing our present wish lists, our resolutions for the new year, maybe our OLW or even our creative plans for 2017. We hope that you will find something to add to your own letter to Santa or creative goals for the year to come.

And there you have it. As of tomorrow, for the next thirty days, we'll be right here, sharing our Christmas thoughts with you. Of course, it's SO much better when all of YOU are there with us and we hope that you will continue to show us your own creative projects through December on our Link Up page. 

There's no member blog hop this month but we hope to be back with it in January - we are just setting up our CKC goals for the new year so let's see what 2017 will bring for us as well.

So, come back tomorrow to see what Master Forger Susanne has for us!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge in December

December is just a few hours away and we have a lot to share with you though the month.

In fact, we'll be posting every day in December and we really hope that you'll be coming back each day to see what we are up to.

There'll be some story telling, some creating, some finger-crossing and some cheering. 

It's going to be a lot of fun but as always, it'll be piles more fun if you join in too :-) 

So, make sure you come back on 1st December where I'll introduce our plans to you. 

There'll be no bah humbugging round here for sure :-) 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hop-along With November's Members!

Welcome, welcome, WELCOME to the final Counterfeit Kit Challenge Members' Blog Hop of 2016!  We've been counterfeiting, crafting and creating with our supplies and now it's time to sit back and share what we've made.

Did you choose one of this month's challenges?
Or did you get creative with your kit in another way?

Here's the small but very fine Blog Hop order this month ...

... if your name isn't there this month - why not join in with the Members' Hop next year - just drop us an e-mail by January 18th EVERYONE is welcome! The more the merrier. :-)