Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Exciting news! We have a giveaway!

I've had so much fun organising the kit and challenges this month and was totally thrilled when scrapbooker extraordinaire Alice Boll agreed to be my Guest Designer. To remind you, Alice runs the Scraphappy community and as part of that organises two month-long LOAD challenges for the public and one LOAD challenge for the community each year during February, May and October.

LOAD and the Counterfeit Kit Challenge are the PERFECT combination. Having kits made up and ready to go which are full of products which I bought because I LOVE them is the best way for me to be successful during a LOAD month. Each day I just grab one of my kits and get creating. I don't have to double guess my product choices because they're mine! They fit my style and I made them up according to my own likes and passions at that time!

Now, if you've never experienced a LOAD month before, you might know what to expect! Scrapbooking every single day for a whole month? Really? Oh yes, and each day is a joy! Believe me.

But if you're not a member of Scrap Happy and haven't yet tried out LOAD, you might want to try out the mini-LOAD which runs this year from 13th to 19th August. It's just a week long but still has all the fun, passion and community that you can expect in a full LOAD. 

Alice tells us, "The Layout a Day challenge usually runs for an entire month, with scrapbookers creating a layout daily and sharing it in a private gallery, but a MINI CHALLENGE takes all the fun and puts it into one awesome week of scrapping!

There will be daily video prompts with sample layouts showing how you can use the prompt to tell your stories, prizes and a ton of inspiration. 

The best part is that you will DO some scrapbooking! 

For more details and to register please go to http://scraphappy.org/galaxy"


And here's the BEST bit! 

Alice would like to give one of YOU, our Counterfeit Kit Challenge community, the chance to WIN A PLACE in this summer's 
LOAD mini challenge: Out of this World!

All you have to do is COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST for a chance to win!

You have until 11.59pm MST on Tuesday 26th June to comment. 

Then I'll pull a name out of the hat and hopefully let you know the next day! 
(I'm out of town after that so I'll try to get that done before I leave!)

Thanks so much to Alice for this generous giveaway! 


Monday, June 18, 2018

June 2018 - Challenge #2 - Midsummer Madness!

Midsummer's Day 2017 - summer in the city

It's almost midsummer's day here in the northern hemisphere and I for one, love this turn of the year. Watching the days get longer until they reach this high point before the sun starts to head south again and days get shorter again is part of the year's rhythm that I particularly note. And we all know just how much the Scandinavians mark Midsummer's Day with parties and celebrations. Celebrate the summer solstice (or the winter solstice if you are south of us!) for yourself with your project. 

Cindy was inspired to create a layout of playing games on the patio. You can check it out here 



Leslie was inspired to tell of a little tease that her husband begins on her around this time of year.

The rest of the story HERE

Tina was inspired by her love of summer so building up to Midsummer's Day We prepare-We watch and We have fun.



You can see more of it at her blog.


Lori was inspired to create a page all about her family's favourite summer activity - being in the pool! You can find out more over on her blog 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, po
sting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )


Lisa

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Clamshell Layout Process Video {Killing Kits Series}

Hello! Today, I'm excited to share the latest of our videos for the Killing Kits Series. This time around, I'm working with the leftovers from my October and December 2017 kits from The Wild Hare Kits. I loved the October Kit so much that I asked for a similar kit in December - and, of course, that meant a fair amount of leftovers!


My inspiration for the layout was the beautiful HKC Exclusive Paper by Kimberly Hutchison, that's included in the May 2018 Kit from the Hip Kit Club. This is, of course, the kit to counterfeit this month!


Please feel free to leave comments here, on my YouTube Channel, or over in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community. I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June 2018 - Challenge #1 - A little bird told me!

American Crafts - AT Sunshine & Good Times - Tweet Tweet Paper

One of the papers in the kit features a selection of cute, colourful, rather sweet birds which got me thinking. Be inspired by a story told to you by a third party (aka "a little bird told me") for your project.

Alice's layout has a sweet story about a surprise award for her son that she heard about before the event from her son's coach.

You can find out more about her layout over on her blog here.

Find Alice's layout at her blog Scrapbook Wonderland!

Julene : I chose a twist on this theme and used my sense of humour. A friend told me there were lots of interesting sculptures in Melbourne's alleys and to seek them out.

My layout says "A little birdy told me people in Melbourne ride up walls."

I've used wood veneer bicycles inked and several alphas.



Lisa : I scrapped some photos from just a few days ago which felt really good! I might have twisted the rules a hint by adding in a few items from my stash and interpreting the little bird in a looser way but I hope you'll forgive me! And yes, still Bowie obsessed round here. Can't help it!

I've some some more details and close ups on my blog 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 )


Lisa
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

June 2018 - mini kit reveal

This month's inspiration kit from the Hip Kit Club is large and has many add on kits for you to be inspired by.

But it might be that you just don't need so much for yourself to be creative with this June (see all the details of the inspiration kit/s here).

After all, June can be a busy time of year and maybe you just have too much to do enjoying all of that that a full kit is just a bit big for you to deal with. 

May Hip Kit Club kit

This might be an ideal excuse for you to have a go at a mini kit of some sort and we are here today to help.

Why not have a go at your own mini - it could be a kit for a single page, some cards, pocket pages, a planner spread or entries in a traveller's notebook. Perhaps it's just a small amount of supplies to keep you creative when you have a few minutes whatever that is for you. 

Whatever it is, let our Master Forgers Susan and Laura kick-start those ideas with their own mini kits:


Susan was inspired to build her mini kit around one particular paper in the Hip Kit main kit.  Here is what she put together:


And this is the layout she made with her kit:


You can read more about it on her blog here.

Laura wanted to try her hand at something new and created a smaller travellers notebook kit.


"I decided to take the plunge and try my hand at scrapping in a travellers notebook. I want to use it to scrap all the random and odd photos I take that I love but that don't fit in any other albums." Here is her first ever TN spread.


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As always, 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 )



Lisa

Monday, June 4, 2018

June 2018 - Forgery on the Fourth


Just a reminder for you about our kit this month that we've picked to be inspired by. The May Hip Kit Club main kit or any of the add ons - Paper Pocket page Embellishments / Cardstock Colour kit  

May Hip Kit Club kit here 

I think there might be quite a lot of fun to be had recreating the watercolour effect papers, paper piecing your own tweety birds, die cutting words and summer motifs or even putting together your own fun and funky rosettes. 

But I'm sure that you see other items to "forge" too!

Let's see what our ever talented Master Forgers have tried for themselves, shall we?



Clair, who is delighting us all at the moment with her {Killing Kits Series} each 15th and 30th of the month has made a paper that was inspired by the scallop pattern in the Hip Kit Club kit. I know that we usually show the whole forgery in this post but this time around, you'll have to make sure you come back on the 15th to see the full effect! I've had a sneak and it's gorgeous!


I've tracked down some ideas for making your own paper rosettes similar to those in the original kit.

This link is in German but the pretty rosettes are make out of cupcake papers and I think they are really pretty so I'm sure you can work out the instructions if your German is a bit rusty!
This is a pretty selection of "paper pops" that are super cute and easy to make. http://lorrieeverittstudio.blogpot.com http://lorrieeverittstudio.blogspot.com/2011/12/paper-pops-tutorial-and-my-holiday.html

Here are some very sweet printable glasses which you could use instead of the whole sheet of glasses design paper 

And some printable birds and feathers - always useful for a little birdie embellishment!
And a whole summer collection of papers! 

As always, make sure you give some love to the wonderful designers online who give these types of printables to us for free and make sure you give them credit if you post them online!

Cindy pulled out her punches, dies, die cutting machines and used Word to make these forgeries. You can find how she did on her blog here.


Lori pulled out her dies and punches to make a forgery of the Wild At Heart Stand Out stickers. She also used some banner dies to create a forgery of the sheet of banner stickers that can be found in the Project Life Kit. You can read more about it on her blog here.


Here's Leslie (for posterity as my connections on holiday failed) with a late entry! 
Cameras instead of eyeglasses for the Crate Paper Wild at Heart Daze.

Read more about it HERE

We love seeing how the simplest of ideas can make the prettiest elements for your kit. Why not give one of our ideas a try and join in the fun!

Don't forget to come back again on 6th for some mini-kit inspiration as well as the challenges on 12th and 18th. 

If you create any of your own forgeries, make sure you share with us! We love to see your creations and projects.  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 ) 

Thanks for joining us this month and I can't wait to see what you make,


Lisa
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Saturday, June 2, 2018

June 2018 - Just the Gist of It

This month, I've picked a kit that's full of summer feelings and colours. You can find out all about the May Hip Kit Club kit in our Counterfeit Kit Challenge reveal post here as well as on the Hip Kit Club site itself here.

May Hip Kit Club kit here

There's so much to be inspired by, you might be feeling unsure about where to start for your own summer kit and I'm here to help!

If I had to pick just five things to be inspired by in this kit, what jumps out at me is:


Birds
Palm tree leaves
Watercolour wash
Summer words
Shades of aqua and pink 

Why not start right there and then build on that? 

Pick out five items from your own stash that each feature one of my inspirations and see where that takes you! 

Leave it at that, add more (and more in) or find yourself heading off in a completely different direction! 

I can't wait to see.

Hint: this is exactly what I did for my own kit (see my reveal here) so let's see how different your kit is from mine!

Come back on the 4th for our Forgery on the Fourth feature which hopes to encourage you to make some of your own elements for your kit and of course, the mini-kit on the 6th and the challenges on the 12th and 18th. Everything you need to keep you inspired though these long days of June. 

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 )

Happy kitting everyone!


Lisa