Thursday, May 23, 2024

May 2024 - Follower's Showcase

It is time to celebrate YOU! While I couldn't possibly applaud everyone individually here, I'd like to shine a spotlight for a bit one of our followers. First, I want to give kudos to Amanda Bass, Penny Potts, Karin Dahllof, and Jessica Haab. You all had posts that I appreciated in various ways!

In the end my job is to pick one person to share with you this month. While I hate picking just one, this crafter had some projects that really caught my attention. Say congratulations to Nelya Shos Take! I loved Nelya's big kit, her forgery item (you'll see it in use later!) and her colorful yet balanced layouts. Let's take a look at everything.

Here is what Nelya says about her experience with CKC...

"I find that I’m more likely to use my stash when I put together a kit. Often I forget that I have something I love; this reminds me of what I have. I’m not tempted to buy more products because I know I have plenty of stuff that I still love. When my choices are narrowed down (from my WHOLE stash), it’s not overwhelming to choose products to use in my layouts. Also, forging products like a specific patterned paper is just FUN! It’s almost like a challenge in and of itself."


Here was Nelya's big kit. Just look at all that goodness packed in there.




Now, let's take a look at her projects.

What a great double page layout. I think double pages have taken a backseat in scrapbooking lately. I know I'm guilty of that too. But look how much you can fit in a story when you go double!


How about an 8.5x11 page? I love that she does those too!



We've made it to the one she used her forged paper on. See all those circles? She created those for her forgery.


She shared one more double layout. Just look at that rainbow border!



And one more shiny project to finish on!


Thank you again Nelya for allowing us to showcase you today. Looking forward to seeing your future work at CKC. 


We have one final inspiration post for you for May. Also, don't forget that the deadline to enter into our iNSD challenge is nearly here.

  • 30th May - Challenge #4 Baby Use Those Scraps
  • 31st May - iNSD challenge deadline
We really love to hear from our followers! Make sure that you come hang out with us on the Facebook Community Group. You can also hang out with us on Instagram by tagging #counterfeitkitchallnge and #ckcMay2024. See you next time.



Tuesday, May 21, 2024

May 2024 - Challenge #3, Sketch Challenge!

 Master Forger Misty back with our monthly sketch challenge. I create sketches and offer them as freebies over on my blog. I chose this sketch from Feb '22 as our design to work with this month. I liked the patterns and shapes. I hope you can take this sketch in whatever direction works for you, from literal to very interpreted.



Now, let's see how the team used this sketch.

Guest Designer Alison had this to say about her project

"I don’t have my silhouette set up at the moment, and can’t freehand draw or cut a heart to save my life, so I grabbed a plate and used it to trace a circle instead. My story only had one photo which meant I could make an enlarged embellishment grouping in the bottom right corner instead of another photo.  The title and embellishments, plus all the words on the paper itself, really help to tell my story, which meant I felt it was okay not to journal on this layout. I may change my mind and revisit that decision later. We will see!

The other projects I’ve made with this kit have been quite soft and it was fun to pull out some of the bolder papers and really lean into all the reds."





Master Forger Cindy

She took the sketch in a more interpreted direction for this sweet layout. This is the perfect example of using what inspires you!




I was running low on papers by the time I got to this layout. I did save the circle burst print for this project though. I had to flip through my story binder to see what would work with this paper. Bingo –– a story about 4th of July and how we didn't get a single picture of fireworks. The pattern paper bursts will have to do!

A process video is up for this layout if you'd like to see more.






Master Forger Ryann 

She has a son who LOVES flamingos!  He found a local nursery with giant flamingos. The kit she put together was perfect for this story.  A Giant Flamingo paper heart in the background to showcase the love!  A simple layout is sometimes the way she likes to go to showcase the focus of the photo, such as this.




Master Forger Tina
Using one of the cutfiles and the reds and greens in the kit for this layout of her 1st Christmas decoration put up last year




The month is starting to wind down. However, we still have some fun left. Here is what remains for May.

  • 24th May - Follower Showcase
  • 30th May - Challenge #4 Baby Use Those Scraps
  • 31st May - iNSD challenge deadline
We really love to hear from our followers! Make sure that you come hang out with us on the Facebook Community Group. You can also hang out with us on Instagram by tagging #counterfeitkitchallnge and #ckcMay2024. See you next time.



Friday, May 17, 2024

May 2024 - Challenge #2 - Confetti Burst

Master Forger Misty here as the hostess of the May activities. Challenge number two always falls on the 18th of every month. It just so happens that May 18th is my birthday! Since today is my birthday, I want you to use something confetti-like. Maybe it’ll be sequins, or perhaps some ink splatters. Show me how you interpret confetti-like on your layout.

Now, let's see how the team interpreted this challenge!


Master Forger Christine

So just like our wonderful Master Forger, the 18th is my daughter's birthday!  But, I've got a twist.  My layout is actually about her fiance's dog Flynt's birthday!  

I integrated confetti with sequins, a journaling card, and the frame I created for my background.  And can you spot the cute little puppy prints and doggie heads?

This was such a fun challenge and was absolutely perfect for the photos of the kids and their pets with the cute party hats. 





Master Forger Jody

My oldest turning 13 was definitely something to celebrate! 
I did not hold back on the confetti like products on my 6x8 layout.  
It is a fabulous challenge that used up some of those little bits!!!





I used a few enamel dots for a pop of color. I added sparkly gems from Prima Marketing. I added gold stars from Elle's Studio. Lastly, I added splatters in the distress oxide ink Spiced Marmalade.  



I created a process video here if you would like to see how it came together!


Master Forger JoJo

This challenge was perfect for the photo I choose to scrapbook on this layout, documenting
my wedding rings, so using bling on this page was easy. I used a old word bling that's been
in my stash for over 10 years, I also used some cute Black heart rhinestones. I used a grid 
design which allowed me to use the squares to embellish in. this month I dedicated this 
month's kit to finally getting my wedding album finished.
 


Master Forger Misty 

Since it is my birthday I really did want to focus on that. It just so happens that this yellow number paper was arranged perfectly to show off the number 5 and 0 – and that is my big birthday this year. I did not plan this ahead of time. So glad I included that paper in my kit. As for the confetti, I simply used a hole punch to punch out circles of paper from other scraps in my kit. This gave me actual confetti to sprinkle on this layout!

Of course there is no photo yet since I have to post this all ahead of the big day. It'll get added later, I promise. If you'd like to see this layout come together, I do have a video.



Hope you enjoyed the confetti challenge. Be sure to check out more on our socials. We'd love to see your confetti layouts as well. 


There are still more challenges to come. Let's see what's next.
  • 22nd May - Challenge #3 Let’s Get Sketchy
  • 24th May - Follower Showcase
  • 30th May - Challenge #4 Baby Use Those Scraps
  • 31st May - iNSD challenge deadline

We really love to hear from our followers! Make sure that you come hang out with us on the Facebook Community Group. You can also hang out with us on Instagram by tagging #counterfeitkitchallnge and #ckcMay2024. See you next time.



Saturday, May 11, 2024

May 2024 - Challenge #1 - Go Geometric

Master Forger Misty here to kick off the first challenge of the month. Since I was immediately drawn to the very first paper in this kit inspiration, we will use that for our first challenge. As a reminder, here is the kit as well as a larger view of that wonderful pattern paper.



Just look at those bold, stylized circles! I'm in geometric heaven! So, today I want you to focus on geometrics. Maybe you’ll use lots of circles like in this pattern paper. Perhaps you’ll go with a grid design. How about lots of triangle embellishments? Those are geometrics too! Whatever you choose to do, make geometric shapes or design the star of the show.

To help get you rolling, let's check out what our team came up with for this challenge.

Guest Designer Alison shared this layout featuring her forged circle paper. Here is what Alison had to say...  

"I used my forgery paper as well as various circular elements from my kit.
The photo is from when my brother and I flew to Glasgow for our aunts funeral. As sucky as the whole reason for the trip was, and as emotional as that day was, it was so amazing to be with family. We left the UK when we were kids, and while I did spend as much time there as I could after my parents died, the distance is hard to overcome. And yet, a few moments together and it’s like no time has passed.
The circles to me are symbolic that we all come full circle in life. That you can always go home again - even after 20+ years. That family and those blood ties bind us together with bonds stronger than mere love."


Master Forger Tara, says this about her layout:
 
I really wanted to do something different than the circles in the inspiration kit and I LOVE hexagons because they are easily connected together like a big puzzle.  Today, I am telling a story about a stack of boxes in my living room.  I used my dies and a hexagon punch to create my hexagons.  I also stitched onto my hexagons after I adhered them to my black background paper. 

 
After I saw our list of Misfit Scrappy Items for iNSD challenges, I just had to use a piece of black cardstock for my background and some white ink spray from Mr. Huey's. I really love how that background made my hexagons POP! 
 



I did add some woodgrain houses from my stash as some embellishments are my two lager hexagon to anchor my journaling block and some embellishments.  I really let my shapes do the work of the embellishing for this layout!



Master Forger Brandi 

I decided to embrace the half & half circles and let that guide my entire layout! I created a background with intentionally uneven circles and continued the circle theme throughout my page with circular photos and embellishments! 





Master Forger Julene 


I used circle paper plus circle chipboard I painted, circle embellishments and even cut my photo in a circle. I made the tag using stamping and a fussy cut bicycle.


Now go create something fantastic! Then come back for more challenges. Let's see how the lineup looks.

  • 18th May - Challenge #2
  • 22nd May - Challenge #3 Let’s Get Sketchy
  • 24th May - Follower Showcase
  • 30th May - Challenge #4 Baby Use Those Scraps
  • 31st May - iNSD challenge deadline

We really love to hear from our followers! Make sure that you come hang out with us on the Facebook Community Group. You can also hang out with us on Instagram by tagging #counterfeitkitchallnge and #ckcMay2024. See you next time.



Monday, May 6, 2024

May 2024 - Mini Kit and Projects Reveal

 If you are low on time then a mini kit may be your solution to still get some crafting done. Two of our Master Forgers are going to show you how they build a mini kit and then how they use them towards projects.  Let me remind you of the Inspiration Kit:


Master Forger Laurie

The first thing I noticed about the inspiration kit was the circles, the houses and the alphabet/letter papers. It instantly reminded me of school so that’s the direction most of my layouts went as you can see. First let’s look at my kit.
 


I was able to create 5 layouts. I may be able to squeeze out one more using scraps, but we’ll see. Four of my layouts were school themed. You don’t need to have specifically themed paper and embellishments to create layouts such as these. I actually ended up using the B side of a couple of the papers I chose. It just seemed to fit my story better.





My last layout is about a bad day. I thought using lemons was appropriate as when life gives you lemons….you get the idea. 



Master Forger Vikki

I absolutely love the colors in this month's inspiration kit.  It's the perfect color palette for the baby girl pictures I'm currently scrapbooking.  I added baby elements to my kit this month. I also pulled a lot of alphas for this kit, but a girl needs options.



I created two 12x12 layouts.  I love how the colors in the kit match the tone of the pictures.  I added a simple black pen outline to the papers in this layout to help them stand out against the background paper.

For the second layout, I did a simple mixed media "smooshing" technique using two different inks spritzed with water.  I love the softness it adds to the page.  I can't wait to see your mini kit and the projects you create this month.



Next up for the month is a dive in to our regular challenges. Our iNSD challenge is ongoing this month. If you missed that, go check out the post to learn how to participate and enter for a chance at one of three prizes!
  • 12th May - Challenge #1
  • 18th May - Challenge #2
  • 22nd May - Challenge #3 Let’s Get Sketchy
  • 24th May - Follower Showcase
  • 30th May - Challenge #4 Baby Use Those Scraps
  • 31st May - iNSD challenge deadline

We really love to hear from our followers! Make sure that you come hang out with us on the Facebook Community Group. You can also hang out with us on Instagram by tagging #counterfeitkitchallnge and #ckcMay2024. See you next time.