Saturday, May 18, 2019

May 2019 - Challenge #2 - Dream On!

Just in case you still have anything left of your May kit (ahem)
here's a little extra inspiration.

Ahhh... blue sky daydreams...

Challenge # 2:
Dreams are the seeds of change.
Nothing ever grows without a seed,
and nothing ever changes without a dream. - Debby Boone
I hope you can find inspiration from this quote or the image provided.
  What do you think some of our Master Forgers have been dreaming about?

Guest Designer Leanne Wagner has this gorgeous dreamy page to offer. Read more about it on her blog HERE

Master Forger Leslie found the dandelion image an irresistible chance to document her daughter's baby nickname. Read more on her blog post HERE.

 Master Forger Tina found the dandelion image and quote a creative way to document my first days of my business, some of the seeds to the starting of going out on the road.

Blog post is here

Master Forger Laura found the dandelion image inspiring and it reminded her that she had yet to scrap this photo. The quote seemed fitting as the journalling for her page

Master Forger Lori found inspiration in the image to get these photos of her granddaughter scrapped. There's nothing better than picking dandelions and making wishes!
You can read all about it in her blog post here.

 We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us!
You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using#counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcmay2019).


Sunday, May 12, 2019

May 2019 - Challenge #1 - My Creative Scrapbook March sketch

 Welcome to our first challenge of May.
But first, here's a reminder of the inspiration kit.

My Creative Scrapbook March 2019 main kit

Challenge #1: 
One of the inspiration kit club's perks is 
a monthly sketch inspiration. Let's do it!

May Guest Designer Leanne Wagner created this fab version of the sketch for Challenge #1. You can read more about it on her blog HERE.

Master Forger Julene has created a layout based on the sketch using silver corrugated cardboard on the right hand side and a strip of washi tape on the left. For the full explanation see her blog.

Master Forger Cindy used one of the Design Teams layouts for her inspiration. 
You can find more on her blog here

Master Forger Leslie tipped her sketch to the right & eliminated the ribbon element.

Blog post link HERE
Don't forget to come back on the 18th for our second challenge!

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us.
You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using#counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcmay2019).

Monday, May 6, 2019

May 2019 - Mini Kit Reveal and Projects

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the idea of a big kit this month?

 Perhaps you just want to pull together a few products to get those creative juices flowing again.

Maybe a mini kit is the answer!

Today we'll be sharing a couple of mini kits and projects to give you a little inspiration.

First, here's a little reminder of the kit we're using as our May inspiration
- the My Creative Scrapbooks March main kit:

My Creative Scrapbooks March Main Kit

A mini kit can be a smaller version of the main kit, or a small kit specifically curated for use as a page kit, card-making, a mini album, pocket scrapbooking or planning. Whatever works best for you! We are all about using up our supplies so whatever fits into your schedule - you can use the mini kit option at any time you like!

Let's take a look and see what Master Forgers Susan and Lisa put together this month.

Susan was inspired by three particular components in this month's inspiration when she selected supplies for her "very mini" mini-kit:

And here is the page she made:

You can find all of the details on her blog here.

Lisa created a card kit picking up the summer theme of the original kit.

The stripe, the spots and the cut apart sheets pick up the motifs from the inspiration kit and then a sprinkle of die cuts, some word stickers and some mini alphas along with a yet-unused stamp set came together really quickly with the intention of rustling up a handful of cards to refill her supplies!

As always, she went for really simple designs allowing the papers and patterns to do all the work. A few card bases and stitching were all that was added to the kit to make these 7 cards.

You can find out more detail and some extra shots over at her blog here.

Come back for more fun later in the month! 

May 12th & 18th:  We'll give you two challenges to help you use the kit you've made.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us!  
You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community
or share them on Instagram 
(we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and you can tag us using 
#counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcmay2019).

Saturday, May 4, 2019

{inter}National Scrapbook Day - Saturday 4th May 2019

Oh boy! We are excited to be here today on 
{inter}National Scrapbook Day 
and although this might be an unusual time of day for us to be posting, I hope you're having fun this scrappy-filled day and are enjoying all the creative inspiration that can be found online today. 

We are so happy that you're here and hope that you enjoy this extra inspiration we are bringing you on this special day for the scrapbooking community. Don't forget to share and join in with kits, layouts and makes!

We are thrilled today to be in collaboration with the 
who can be found on the link below the photo here. It's also a private Facebook Community and its focus is most definitely using up your beloved scrapbook stash and being part of a warm, welcoming, happy, sharing community. 

That sounds familiar! Don't we always say that about The Counterfeit Kit Challenge community?!?

We thought it was a perfect complement to CKC and are excited to be joining them today to share the scrapbook stash love.

Bash Your Scrapbook Stash on Facebook here

The Bash Your Scrapbook Stash group presents monthly and weekly challenges of a different nature to encourage their members to use their stash with specific items, techniques or tools to create scrapbook layouts, projects, cards, tags or even embellishments.

A short time ago today, our darling MF Leslie was on FB Live in the BYSS community presenting an extra, exclusive, just-for-iNSD-at-BYSS kit and a sketch challenge. If you head over to the community, you can find the replay and see what she has to say about kit making and her take on the kit. 

Bash Your Scrapbook Stash on Facebook here

But of course, we wanted to share the kit and our own creations with you here on our own blog too as our own {inter}National Scrapbook Day celebrations!

We picked out the June 2018 Studio Calico kit, "Expedition" and hope that you love it as much as we do! It's got some constellations (who might love that I wonder?!?), some travel items, a bunch of pretties and some lovely colours so what's not to love?

Studio Calico describe it as "Set out on an adventure – the world is yours to explore! You’ll have everything you need to record your travels when you return home. We’ve combined bright colors, organic elements, and an outdoorsy, vintage vibe for a look that will have you dreaming of your next “Expedition"". 

That sounds like my kind of kit and the consensus among the team was that it was a winner!

Studio Calico June 2018 kit Expedition

But that's not all! We also have an EXCLUSIVE {inter}National Scrapbook Day sketch for you today, created by our wonderful  MF Susan. It's got so much to love with the full page design, the space for lots of journalling, the showcase photo and the oodles of room for interpretation.  

Sketch credit: Master Forger Susan

This is the original page she made from which she made the sketch so I'm super curious to see the different interpretations on this design:

The ladies over at Bash Your Scrapbook Stash will also be offering two exclusive to their membership challenges so if you want more more more, then I recommend you head over there and join in the stash bashing activities!

And now I'd like to share with you what our team of talented Master Forgers have created with this exclusive {inter}National Scrapbook Day inspiration!

Susan pulled some 6x6 papers for her mini kit, basing her choices on the colors in the inspiration kit.

Then she turned her sketch upside-down, repositioned some of the elements, and translated it all to 12x12 to make this layout:

You can read all about her process on her blog here.

Julene put together this mini kit.

and with that mini kit she created this page with hand cut vellum circles.

The full details can be seen on her blog.

Cindy put together this kit along with a the DIY stripe paper, the details can be found here.

Lisa had stars in her eyes, promptly falling in love with the constellation paper in the original kit. Surprised? Not really! Therefore she built her own kit around a constellation designed paper by Crate Paper and then added in a few more papers that were inspired by the designs of the original and matched the starting paper colour wise. 

The kit came together really easily from there and she goes through her process over on her blog.

There are two forgeries in her kit - the quote paper and the labels. Again, you can find more details over on her blog but they are super easy to make. As you can see, she designed the quote paper in Photoshop and then printed it out onto a simple paper which was cut down to 8.5" long (she only has a standard size printer. It's pretty close to the original!

The second forgery - the pile of labels - were fussy cut from sheets downloaded from the internet and printed out on heavy duty printer paper. That's a whole bunch of labels which will be so useful on this and many other kits.

She used the download on Kaitlin Staffer's blog here - go to the downloads page for a full array of fabulous labels in different colours. There are also may different downloads on Pinterest - just search for "printable labels" and be astounded at the results!

And even though she hasn't used Susan's wonderful sketch so far, the day is young so you never know! 

Instead, she created this relatively simple page, inspired by that wonderful piece of constellation paper which triggered a long-forgotten memory! You can find out all the details relating to her kit, forgeries and this page over on her blog here.

Laura created this rather full kit based on the inspiration kit " I absolutely love the Studio Calico inspiration kit, and once i started pulling from my stash, i found it hard to stop! This kit is going to be good for so many layouts and i cannot wait to dig into it!"

Tina created a good size kit to play with this weekend, just fell in love with the inspiration kit and found some fun things in here stash for the kit:

 and the layout she created using the sketch.

Leslie curated this kit which include a few forgeries - the large alphas, the "Shine" paper, and a Project Life card that imitates the ledger paper.

 Her page is a 12x12" take on SuSan's sketch. Read more about it at her blog (link below) where she also shows some other paper combos she put together with alternate paper choices (that she forgot to show in the Facebook Live presentation over at BYSS.)

Blog link HERE

We love seeing your work so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )


Friday, May 3, 2019

May 2019 - Forgery on the... Third?

We are a day early for a great reason - [inter]National Scrapbooking Day is tomorrow! 
There will be a little bit of extra fun so don't miss celebrating at CKC.

May's inspiration kit:

My Creative Scrapbook March Main kit

Based on the Pebbles/Jen Hadfield "Chasing Adventures" collection that colorfully celebrates being active & adventurous. Bright florals, cute pocket cards, travel themes like airplanes & luggage and lots of fun things happening to the cast of characters. The collection includes a llama patterned paper if you have any lingering in your stash!

This is another kit where I expect to see some stamping used & maybe some fussy-cut elements.

Our team of Master Forgers has a few tips & tricks below to help you with your kit.

Our Guest Designer, Leanne Wagner, had some fun playing with paper dolls!

Blog post HERE

Master Forger Lisa found some interesting Pinterest finds for printables and other ideas which were inspired by the items in the original kit:

This post features matchbox covers which are printable and look like tiny suitcases - if, like me, you'd be fussy cutting those cute cases out of the "Ready Set Go" paper anyway, then this could be a great alternative!
Kate's Creative Space -

And while this post is in Japanese of which I don't speak a single word(!!), I think you can still work out how to download and make up the fabulous suitcase notecards. You could create a 3d display with these or use them in an interesting add on for your own kit.
Sanpodoh -

Free Pretty Ideas For You has a great set of free flamingo print papers that are downloadable here:

And Mein Lila Park has a cute lady flamingo to print too! :

If you're lucky enough to have a Cameo Silhouette or other electronic die-cutting machine, you might want to have a look around for free cut files. I tracked a few down with travel or adventure themes:

Free Pretty Things For You has a link to a bundle here:

SVG & Me has this cool "Adventure Awaits" SVG file here:

Love SVG features this cute airplane element with matching phrase:

Master Forger Laura included lots of washi tape in her kit this month, and put it to use making a colourful striped paper, similar to that in the paper collection. She even realised she had a llama print washi, so that went onto the paper!

She also went a little bit old school, and used scraps to make some palm tree layered embellishments

And not wanting to waste any of those scraps, she used the left overs from her palm trees and some punches to punch out some extra little embellishments. Impressive, Laura!

Master Forger Cindy used a die set and stamps to make a few forgeries this month.

Check out the blog post here for more details.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us!  
You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community
or share them on Instagram 
(we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and you can tag us using 
#counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcmay2019).