Monday, March 18, 2019

March 2019 - Challenge #2 - Blue Skies & Butterflies

I was so happy to come across this month's inspiration kit over at Scrapbook and Cards Today (Blue Skies & Butterflies from spring 2018) - full of everything I connect with this time of year. The colours, the motifs, the patterns - just gives me an all round feeling of warm sun and spring blossoms. 

And therefore, I thought it was ideal for a double dose of inspiration this month.

Challenge #2: Make the name of our inspiration kit itself, "Blue Skies & Butterflies", your project inspiration today!

Let's see where those blues skies took our Master Forgers...

Master Forger Cindy pulled out her Page set 2 and pictures of the Montana Skies. 

You can check out her double page layout here

Master Forger Leslie started with a sketch & a special vacation photo:

Blogpost HERE

Master Forger Lori thinks of warm sunny days when she hears "blue skies & butterflies", so she created a traveler's notebook spread about an outside adventure with her granddaughter. You can read more about it on her blog here.

Master Forger Laura took the prompt literally! She scrapped a butterfly against a blue sky photo on blue sky cloud paper!

Head over to Laura's Instagram here to keep up with her scrappy adventures!

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 #ckcmarch2019).


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

March 2019 - Challenge #1 - Frame It Up!

Welcome back to the first of two challenges this month to help you use up your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit and have fun at the same time!

Let's just remind ourselves of the original inspiration kit by Scrapbook and Cards Today - spring 2018, "Blue Skies & Butterflies".

Challenge #1: Our inspiration kit has several frames included in the Pink Paislee die-cut pack as well as patterned paper covered with swirly frames! Include frames in a clever way on your project.

Let's see what our Guest Designer Susanne and Master Forgers Julene, Lisa, Tina & Leslie made for this challenge.

Guest Designer Susanne framed her title, her journaling and her date/place information.  It is a pretty effective way to distinguish the important text from the text background paper she used for matting.  And just to be sure, the whole layout is framed with pretty floral paper and a black outline.  More details and close-up photos on her blog.  

Find out more over on Susanne's blog here

In my kit I had a framed paper with journal lines in the middle.

I decided to use 5 frames with pictures of my trip to Arizona 12 months ago. (6 frames in all!)

  • I had die cut blue frames which I left blue as it matched the paper.
  • I had 2 copies of many of the photos, so it was ok to select parts of photos.
  • The 3 Studio calico frames, I also left neutral.
  • After placing them on the page I used pink twine to link the photos and show a journey from one place to another. Sedona, Monument Valley and Las Vegas.
  • I also had in my kit, 2 doilies, a flair saying "this and that", tags which added extra embellishment and the title, plus a bright blue sequin flower that I put on the Las Vegas showgirl picture. 
  • I couldn't resist the racoon button on the desert photo. 

Master Forger Lisa combined three different frames on her layout to highlight the main photo and to house the journalling which she printed out to fit. Two extra, supporting photos were matted to help them stand out and then all these elements were framed on a block of layered papers. The fussy cut banner at the top of the page is also a framing feature. Frames, frames and more frames. But with such beautiful photos, the page practically made itself anyway! You can find more detail shots over on her blog here.

Master Forger Tina used a variety of frames in a variety of ways on her layout. Using them for both the pictures and embellishing the layout:
 to see more closer photos of this layout check out Tina's blog

Master Forger Leslie had quite a journey getting through this layout!

Read "the rest of the story" HERE

Don't forget to come back on 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 and you can tag us using 
#counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcmarch2019).


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

March 2019 - Mini Kit Reveal & 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 with you.

First, here's a little reminder of the kit we're using as our March inspiration:

Scrapbook And Cards Today "Blue Skies & Butterflies" Spring 2018 kit. Link HERE to see the unboxing video.

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 Clair and Susan put together this month.

Susan pulled together a page kit, basing her choices on the floral paper included in the inspiration kit:

Here is her layout. You can read the details of how it came together on her blog.

Clair decided to base her mini-album on the Pick Me Up Collection by Paige Evans which featured heavily in the inspiration kit. She had lots of 6x6 sheets from the collection, as well as some of the smaller 2x2 swatches and die-cuts, so they formed the base of her kit. 

Nice and easy.

Clair used some of the 6x6 sheets to create the base of a little mini-album, then decorated it with some of the embellishments that she had included in her kit. It's such a cute size and Clair thinks that she'll send it as 'Happy Mail' to one of her card-maker friends!

Come back for more fun later in the month!
  • March 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 #ckcmarch2019).


Monday, March 4, 2019

March 2019 - Forgery on the Fourth

Our fresh inspiration kit:

The 2018 Spring kit from Scrapbook & Cards Today "Blue Skies & Butterflies" kit HERE

 Fresh & bright. Lots of glittered words & some floral embellishments begging to be counterfeited! Will anyone tackle the gingham paper using washi?!? or the adorable curlicued frames? hmmm....

Let's learn a little from the Masters...

Susanne tried various ways to turn acrylic words into glittered acrylic words - which was tricky because Susanne doesn't own any loose glitter.  Here you see what she used on this final attempt - more details on the process can be found on her blog.  

What do you think of the final look?  

She called it shabby chic glitz.

Find out more over on her blog here

Leslie has forged the brush lettered paper plus dimensional pinwheels inspired by the stamp set.


Laura was also inspired by the pinwheel stamp and made some of her own, along with some diy chipboard butterflies, inspired by the little wood veneer ones featured in the kit

Cindy made a couple of the glittery frames and a few different butterflies inspired by the kit, check out her post here.

Tina forged the Pink Paislee: Pick Me Up Paper 19 the paper with the stamped frames. Creating her own version check out the post here.

Don't forget that we love to see your kits and projects so you can show us through our Link-Up page, share them in our Facebook Community, or post them on Instagram (tag us: @counterfeitkitchallenge and use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcmarch2019).  Come back here on the 12th - we'll be sharing our first challenge to help you use up your personally crafted March kit! See you then!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

March 2019 - Just the Gist of It

Welcome back!  

I hope you had a chance to hop through our reveal blog hop yesterday and saw the kits that our awesome Master Forger team and Guest Designer Susanne curated, and that you're now ready to start putting together one of your own.

Sometimes, even if we are totally inspired by the original kit and love the overall look of it, you don't really know where to start.

Colour? Pattern? Product? Theme?

Well, I'm here to help and I thought I'd share an approach that you might want to consider when gathering the supplies to make your March CKC kit.

Here's our inspiration:

Scrapbook And Cards Today "Blue Skies & Butterflies" Spring 2018 kit. Link HERE to see the unboxing video.

Let's think about the power of three and pick out the top three for a few aspects of the kit:

  • Three prominent colours:
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Pink
  • Three prominent patterns:
    • Small, repeating
    • Gingham
    • Stripes
  • Three prominent products:
    • Patterned paper
    • Glitter words
    • Frames
  • Three prominent themes:
    • Butterflies
    • Florals
    • Spring-life

You could pick one of the categories and build a kit around the main three points. Or how about picking one item from each category? Concentrate on your colours or your themes or just pick a single idea and build the whole kit around that! However you do it, it'll be a perfect kit that you'll love because you're using products from your own stash and that what it's all about!

One, two, three... go for it!

I really hope this gave you an idea for where to start this month!

Don't forget that we love to see your kits and projects so you can show us through:

Come back here on the 4th - we'll be sharing how we made our own version of items in this month's kit in our infamous Forgery on the Fourth feature!

 See you then!


Friday, March 1, 2019

March 2019 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal & blog hop

It's good to be here on the first of the month to welcome you all to March


Yes, spring is on its way and I'm so thrilled to be able to inspire you with a wonderful kit full of happy colours and fun elements. This month's kit is Scrapbook And Cards Today "Blue Skies & Butterflies" which was showcased in spring 2018. 

I was particularly drawn to the wonderful spring-like shades and all those fun words, florals and butterflies - you can never have too many butterflies!

Scrapbook And Cards Today "Blue Skies & Butterflies" spring 2018 kit. Link HERE to see the unboxing video.

You can also find layout inspiration directly from the designers who used the original kit 
here at Scrapbook And Cards Today

I'm totally delighted to welcome back our beloved former team member Susanne as our Guest Designer this month. She's such a wonderful, creative scrapbooker - not to mention prolific, organised and inspirational - and I'm so happy that she's joining us in March.

"Hi there, this is Susanne, a scrappy Midwesterner living a simple retired semi-rural life in Indiana with my husband of 30+ years.  Both our children grown and on their own, so I have plenty of time to putter in my upstairs studio. Puttering often turns into pretty layouts and pocket page spreads.  You may remember I was previously on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge design team, before taking a 2 year blogging break. All the while, I kept tabs on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge's Facebook group, and I am delighted to be back as your guest designer this month.  It is the perfect joyous way to jump-start my scrapbooking and my return to blogging at Snaps And Snippets. I hope you will come visit."

Here's the kit reveal blog hop list so that you don't miss out on any of the fun:
We'll be back throughout the month to give you some tips, ideas and challenges 
as you put together and use your kit.  

Here's what we have coming up this month:
  • March 2nd: I'll be back with a "Just the Gist" post to help jump-start your kit-making.
  • March 4th:  We'll have our "Forgery on the Fourth" post where the Master Forgers will reveal how they created their own version of some of the items in this month's kit.
  • March 6th:  We'll reveal a couple of mini-kits and projects, in case you're a little limited for time this month and would prefer a more petite kit.
  • March 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 #ckcmarch2019).

Thanks for stopping by today - I'll be back tomorrow with some ideas to 
help you put together your kit!


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Killing Kits - Mini Album Foundations

Hello lovelies! It's time for the next video of the Killing Kits Series!I'll be here at the end of each month with a new video - and some of the DT will be popping in, in-between, to share their own ideas for Killing Kits. (Did you see Susan's video earlier this month? I must admit that I haven't had chance to watch it, I don't know where the month has vanished to! I'm looking forward to a massive catch up soon!)

This time around, I've created the foundations of a mini-album with some of cardstock and die-cuts from my kit leftovers - and for now, it's a blank canvas. I think it would be lovely to send it as 'Happy Mail', but I also love the idea of filling it with teeny, tiny photographs, or maybe a selection of favourite quotes!

Newer members of our community may like to watch the full series, which includes an introduction and an overview of how I store my kit leftovers and I would love to hear your comments here, on YouTube, or over in the Counterfeit Kit Facebook Community.

I'll be back next month with more ideas for using up these last little bits. In the meantime, let me know if there's anything that you always struggle to use!

Clair x