Sherri's "Babbling Brook" Counterfeit Kit
This kit was the most challenging for me because I needed to make three of the papers and the scalloped die cut. My Cricut, punches and stamps got a workout with this kit! I included a punched flower border and a small bubble stamp, plus DIY pockets that I made from one sheet of die-cut ledger paper. for more details, go to my blog http://sherrithompson.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-counterfeit-babbling-brook-kit.html.
Meridy's "Babbling Brook" Counterfeit Kit
I decided to get "close" to the main kit...but substituted what I had to "make it work". I had fun putting this one together.
Bethany's "Babbling Brook" Counterfeit Kit
These papers surprised me. I think I was expecting more of a woodsy feel from this kit. I had fun re-creating the papers I couldn't match well and think this is a good more masculine addition for me this month. Check out my BLOG for a complete list of my kit contents and more pictures.
I recreated 3 of the papers from this kit (THREE!!! I'm so proud of me!).
Dot Paper Tutorial:
Here is the original paper:
And here is what I did:
As soon as I saw the dot paper in Babbling Brook I knew I wanted to re-create it. I went through all of my scrap paper and started pulling any paper that would work well with the other paper in this kit. I used my Cricut to cut out 2 (1 inch) circles from each paper so I could grid them out and see how many total dots I would need.
I used my Xyron to put adhesive on the dots...they are curling up a bit, so I will need to use my ATG to fix some of them. I did a row across and a row down to get my random pattern started and see how many dots I still needed to cut.
I am notorious for doing things crooked (yep, I can even cut crooked paper on my paper trimmer! LOL), so I used a ruler to help me keep the rows fairly straight. I not really good at doing things randomly. No matter how hard I try, things seem to go in a natural order for me, so I really worked at picking a top row dot and completing the sequence after that dot. For the next row, I would move down a few dots in the first row and finish the sequence from there.
Other than slight curling with some of the dots, I am thrilled with how the paper looks and will definitely try it again! I love that it has bits of other papers from the kit. It is a great way to personalize it. And using up my scraps is always a plus, too.
Sherri also made a tutorial for this paper, you can check it out at her blog http://sherrithompson.blogspot.com/2011/03/get-look-cosmo-crickets-cocktail.html
Alphabet Paper Tutorial:
Here is the original paper:
And here is how I recreated it:
I loved the tonal look that it has, so I contemplated using my Cricut, but ended up stamping instead just for something different.
All I needed was an alpha stamp set, colored cardstock and matching ink (I used a slightly darker color...you could use Versamark if you want a more subtle look)
I stamped in small sections so I could work on making it feel more random. Changing the direction of the stamp and stamping partially off the page helps with that, too.
Round Scalloped Paper Tutorial:
This paper was pretty easy to create using my Cricut. I used the Storybook Cartridge for the scallops, (but you could use punched out circles) and the circle. I added faux stitching to mimic the red line on the original paper. I could have glittered the scallops, but didn't really want to. LOL How is that for a reason?
Here are some more links you might like about making your own paper:
Making paper from a napkin