Friday, January 18, 2019

January 2019 - Challenge #2 - Mood Board Challenge

It's time for our second challenge of the month!  We'd like you to be inspired by this mood board:

(I had lots of fun putting this together and if you've never made a mood board before, I highly recommend giving it a try!)

So how will you be inspired by this mood board?  Maybe the quote and/or script font appeals to you.  Perhaps one of the designs, like the circles or stripes or curves, sparks an idea for you.  How about the books or the cake or the bulletin board - do they inspire you?  Let your creativity take the lead and see where you go!

Let's take a look at how Master Forgers Laura, Leslie, Lisa and Lori answered the mood board challenge!

Laura was inspired by the picture of the stack of books within the mood board, and used her kit to create a stack of paper strips. Rested on top are the photos documented her son's first proper school reading book.

Leslie fell in love with the overall feel of abundance, layers & repeated motifs.

blog link HERE

Lori was inspired by the messy stack of books to create a stack of paper strips down the middle of her layout. She was also inspired by the colors - mainly the black, white, red, and pink, the circles, and the photo of the "sweet" dessert to create this layout of her and her "sweetheart"! They will celebrate their 29th anniversary tomorrow! You can read more about it on her blog here.

Lisa was inspired by all the circular elements in a couple of the photos, including that arch of plates on the wall, as well as that wonderful quote right there in the middle.

Find out more detail over on Lisa's blog here

Don't forget to show us your work!  You can add it to our Link-up page, post it in our Facebook Community, or share it on Instagram (use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2019).  We love seeing what you make!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

January 2019 - Challenge #1 - Ringing in the New!

We're right at the beginning of a brand new year! For our first challenge this month, we'd like you to scrap about something new.  Did you get something new over the holidays?  Have you recently experienced something new? Are you looking forward to something new this year?  You can even twist the challenge and feature some new items on your project.

Let's see what our Guest Designer Meagan and Master Forgers Cindy and Julene made for this challenge.

Here's what Meagan had to say about her first project for this challenge: "Eighteen months ago we became parents again with the birth of our baby girl. Our youngest was 7 years old! In many ways we felt like we were starting all over again. It has been a fun adventure and I was happy this challenge helped me get this page completed for her baby book."

Meagan completed a second page for the challenge, too! "Scraps were all over my desk after creating the above page so I decided to make the 2019 intro page for my pocket photo journal. I was so happy to use those large numbers! They have been in my stash for years."

"I made my first shaker card and loved the end result. All I did was fill the pocket then stitch the top of it closed. It was so easy and I can't wait to do it again."

"I hope you find time to ring in the new year with some new projects!"

Cindy made a layout documenting a new wreath (sort of) she received. 

Check out her full post here

Julene found a blog about craft knife cutting.

She cut out the circles and shapes to fit 6 photos of squirrels on this page.
The 7 gypsies typewriter keys are new also.

Don't forget to show us what you make!  You can add it to our Link-up page, post it in our Facebook Community, or share it on Instagram (use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2019).  We love to see your projects!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 2019 - Mini-kit reveal and projects

Are you still trying to recover from all the excitement of the holidays? 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 January inspiration:

Felicity Jane "Hannah"
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 Forger Tina and I put together this month.

I grabbed some papers from a couple of paper pads pulling for DCWV The Primrose and yes the brown dotted paper came from the Happy Fall paper pad plus 3 6x6 paper and a scrap border paper to make my mini kit:
Some tickets, die cuts and puffy stickers from Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection, 3 different alphas ( I like choices when I'm scrappin' :) Some enamel hearts, a tassel bow I made in Nov 2018 kit and I thought I may be able to use that pink ribbon with the spots. 

I used that to create this layout:

I pulled several older Felicity Jane papers, along with some from other sources, to make my mini-kit:

Susan's Kit
And I used the kit to get a start on my memory-keeping goal for 2019 with this page:

You can get all the details on my kit and page on my blog here.

Again, please show us what you put together, whether it's a mini kit or the full size version.  You can add it to our Link-up page, post it in our Facebook Community or share it on Instagram (tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2019).


Friday, January 4, 2019

January 2019 - Forgery on the Fourth

Happy New Year! 
January's "Master Forger of Ceremonies" is Susan, who has chosen this fresh inspiration:
Felicity Jane October 2018 "Hannah" kit
Tulle bows??? Oh, my... 
Hand-drawn paper patterns are an easy forgery, and a Felicity Jane kit always includes a stamp set. Add one into yours & make some custom die cuts or even patterned paper. Epoxy alphabets and puffy stickers can be imitated with embossed stamping. 

So what do you think the Design Team creativity produced this month?
Let's take a look...

Felicity Jane kits always have some black & white components, and the Hannah kit has dots, scallops, a grid and a hand-drawn quote - and that's just the papers!  Susan found a free, downloadable set of black & white pocket cards that look like they'd fit right in with Hannah - you can find them here:

And this collection of free, downloadable scrapbook paper contains a floral (bottom row, third from left) that is reminiscent of the hand-drawn one in the Hannah kit:

Leslie forged two of the papers + her crepe paper version of the tulle bows.

Link HERE for more
Cindy forged the bicycle die cut and some tulle bows.

Link Here for more

 We hope you will share your own crafty creations and ideas using the:  Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitkitchallenge and share with #counterfeitkitchallenge)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

January 2019 - Just the Gist of It

Welcome back!  I hope you've had a chance to hop through and see the kits that our team and Guest Designer curated and that now you're ready to start putting together one of your own.  I thought I'd share an approach that you might want to consider when gathering the supplies to make your January CKC kit.

Just to refresh your memory, we are using the "Hannah" kit from Felicity Jane as our inspiration for the month.  Here's one more look at it:

Since all the components are exclusive to Felicity Jane, you might be wondering where to start the search for comparable items in your own supplies.  As I was browsing through the pieces in the collection, I discovered that Felicity Jane offers traveler's notebook inserts that coordinate with the collection and those inserts (and their names) present a great way to distill the kit into just a few colors and patterns.  Let's take a look at them:

Floral, pinkish, woodgrain, diagonal stripe and window pane - those five descriptions will give you a great base for your counterfeit kit.  You can start there for your patterned paper choices and then select embellishments to coordinate with them.

I 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 our Link-Up page, share them in our Facebook Community, or post them on Instagram (tag us: @counterfeitkitchallenge and use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2019).  Come back here on the 4th - we'll be sharing how we made our own version of items in this month's kit.  See you then!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January 2019 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal and blog hop

Happy New Year, Happy January 1st and Happy Kit Reveal and Blog Hop Day!  Wow - I'm excited to be kicking off another year of counterfeiting kits and I hope you like what we have in store for you this month!

December can be very busy and hectic and so when I began looking for a kit to use as inspiration for this month, I wanted to find something a little more restful than the riot of colors and patterns so prevalent during the holidays.  And I found exactly what I was searching for!  

We'll be starting off the new year using the lovely "Hannah" kit from Felicity Jane as our inspiration!  It's fresh and clean and filled with soothing colors and patterns.  Let's take a little look at the kit and components...

You can get a closer look at all the bits and pieces on the Felicity Jane website here.  There's a fun mix of embellishments and textures: die-cuts, pocket cards, epoxy stickers, labels, and of course, those sweet tulle bows.  And the colors are suitable for any time of year. I think this kit sets just the right tone for new beginnings!

And now that I've introduced you to our inspiration kit, I'd like you to meet our first Guest Designer of the year, Meagan Johnson. She jumped right into kit-making and her September CKC kit, filled with lovely trims and textures, was especially gorgeous.  I am so happy to welcome her here this month!

My name is Meagan Johnson. I live in Minnesota with my husband of 18 years and my four kiddos ages ranging from (almost) 17 years to 17 months. I have been a traditional scrapbooker since 2002! I love recording my family’s memories and hoarding my stacks and stacks of supplies. I discovered the Counterfeit Kit Challenge in September of 2018 and have loved the opportunity to see my older supplies in fun new ways! I am looking forward to participating this month!

Meagan has a blog here and you can also find her on Instagram here.

I'm excited to see what Meagan and the rest of the Master Forgers put together this month, so let's get right to the hop! 

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 in January:

  • January 2nd: I'll be back with a "Just the Gist" post to help jump-start your kit-making.
  • January 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.
  • January 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.
  • January 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 #ckcjanuary2019).

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

Monday, December 31, 2018

December 31 - Do you have a "word"?

Hi there, Lisa here for one last post in 2018.

Let me start off by saying how happy we are that our community continues to grow with more people discovering the fun of shopping their own much-loved, but often neglected supplies to make up versions of their own Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits using the inspiration and motivation that we offer! 

It's been great seeing more people join us and getting as "addicted" as we are in the whole "counterfeiting" philosophy.

I'd like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the WHOLE CKC team, to THANK YOU all for being there, for sharing and contributing and for joining in the fun.

And before I continue, I'd like to express my love and heartfelt thanks to ALL the Counterfeit Kit Challenge team - both the active Master Forgers: 
- as well ex-MF Clair who will continue to contribute her {Killing Kits Series} once a month, 
and not forgetting MF Lynnette who's taking some time out at the moment due to family commitments 
but we are ever hopeful for her return! 
Also, ex-MF Jemma is still in the background helping us out with 
Blogger issues from time to time for which we are ever grateful!

I've said it before and I'd like to emphasise it again. It takes a village to keep the Counterfeit Kit Challenge going on a month to month basis 
and I couldn't do it without any of you 
- both team and followers

So, from the bottom of my heart - THANK YOU - and here's to a new year full of more counterfeiting fun and adventure. 


And so, in the meantime, I just wanted to finish off the year by asking you if you have a "word" for 2019? 

One Little Word © is a concept by Ali Edwards and I think she started in 2006. I know that I selected my first word in 2007 and have been selecting and working on a word each year since then. 

These are the words I've had so far:

  • 2018 - mindful
  • 2017 - shine
  • 2016 - composed
  • 2015 - align
  • 2014 - smile
  • 2013 - renew
  • 2012 - choose
  • 2011 - release
  • 2010 - ahead
  • 2009 - calm
  • 2008 - consolidate
  • 2007 - positive

The general idea is to choose a single word which will accompany you through the year on which you concentrate to help bring progress or self-improvement. For me, some years are more successful than others but I love the concept and often reflect on the improvements I've made in my life.

I make a layout each year to document the word and have sometimes ordered items to help keep the word in mind throughout the year, such as a small silver charm for my bracelet or, for the last few years, the acrylic words sold in the Ali Edwards shop. Next year's word is hopefully on its way soon after I pre-ordered it before Christmas. 

2012's word captured in a print-out I kept in my wallet all year.

2018's word is an acrylic word from Ali Edwards

2019's OLW - layout made for the Simple Scrapper premium membership
using a  Simple Scrapper sketch and Story Starter ©,
and my Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, Heatwave from August 2018 lo#5

Each year, I tend to consider this OLW layout as the "end" to my scrapbooking year as I rarely manage to make anything at all during December even though I have every intention to complete a journal of some sort each Christmas period!

If you've never thought about a "word", then why not read up on it and jump right in? 

And if you are a seasoned word'er like me, then it would be lovely to hear all about your own words and see what you're doing to record it and keep it in mind.

And on that note, I'll love you and leave you, wishing you 
a simply wonderful New Year's Eve 
and all the very best for 
a very Happy New Year. 

We'll be back tomorrow - already! - for the first kit of 2019

We are super excited to kick off the year with a fabulous kit and a month of inspiration to get things started again. 

See you there!