Sunday, March 6, 2011

"Into The Woods" Kit Tutorials Part 1

First, our Counterfeit Kits...

Sherri's "Into the Woods" Counterfeit Kit
"For my main kit, I was very inspired by the prints-this is an eclectic mix of patterns, that I can't wait to use on my projects this month!  I tried to match the papers as closely as I could.  For my embellies, I took a more "inspirational" approach rather than a "matchy-matchy" approach.  I substituted chipboard butterflies for the stars, a butterfly stamp for the bee stamp, and a package of rub-ons for the Happy Title.  You'll see that the butterfly theme coordinates nicely with my add-on kits."  For more details about Sherri's Counterfeit Kit...visit her blog at

Meridy's "Into the Woods" Counterfeit Kit
I decided to match the kit piece for piece as close as I could get.  I did add an extra alphabet and a few extra pieces...because I know how much I like adding embellishments to my layouts.  I also added fabric rather than the large wood grain canvas sticker...I figured it would still give me the extra "texture".  The orange piece of paper on the lower left is actually wood's hard to see that in this picture.

Bethany's "Into the Woods" Counterfeit Kit

"There is an interesting mix of patterned paper in this kit.  I started off trying to match them, but gave up quickly and just went for the type of paper and feel of the kit.  Check out my website for a complet list of my kit contents and more pictures."

And now...a few tutorials for this kit.

Wood Grain Paper Tutorial:

The "Into the Woods" kit contains a piece of wood grain paper...

The following blog has a tutorial for making your own "wood grain" paper, using a piece of cardstock and a bleach pen.

Adhesive Fabric Strips Tutorial:

There is a piece of wood grain sticky-back fabric in this kit.  Adding fabric to your scrapbook pages can add some wonderful texture.

An easy way to incorporate fabric on your layouts is to use "Heat-n-Bond-Ultra Hold" webbing.  I get it from Wal Mart for about $3 a yard.  Follow the product instructions to iron the webbing onto the fabric, die cut (or hand cut) your fabric into letters or images, and follow the instructions to adhere these designs to your layout.  I would experiment on a corner of your paper to make sure nothing burns...and I would suggest not ironing it to a photograph (the photo may melt). 

Another option for adding fabric to your layouts is to create your own fabric brads with your I-Top.  This Tim Holtz video tutorial is PERFECT for this kit!

Bethany made some of her own fabric covered brads using sticky back fabric and her I-top...

One more  fabric option...tear the fabric into thin strips and use it in place of ribbon...the frayed edges add lots of texture!

Bee Stamp Tutorial:

Here are a few links to bee images that can be used in place of the bee stamp that comes in the main kit.  You can print these bees on transparency paper, cardstock, canvas, or "vintage print" and add them to your counterfeit kit!

A few different bees
Ornate bee hive
This blog has a beautiful image of what can be achieved using the ornate bee hive clipart  (I might just have to print this out and use it as a tag on a layout!)


  1. I just love these kits! Meridy, I can't wait to see what you do with your fabric. I may have to "cheat" and add some to my kit now, lol! And I love Bethany's idea to make the wood fabric brads. I don't have an i-Top yet. Why do I think I might neede to have one after this month? :)

  2. Wow some great ideas there. I have made up my kit grabbing everything I can find that is vaguely woodland. Think I may have too much.

  3. Oooh, I didn't think about using my I-top!!! I have so many toys I hardly remember what I have to play with - I'm worse than a kid!

  4. Great kits Ladies! That bee clip art is lovely. Can't wait to get started on my kit!

  5. I want to try making that wood-grain paper. Where did I put that bleach pen?

  6. I love, I love! Great inspiration and ideas for us!

  7. Awesome job on your kits, ladies!! That is a fabulous idea on faux wood grain, too. I was working on my kit yesterday, and hope to have it posted soon. Your kits are giving me some ideas I didn't think of!

  8. Love the great kits! Thank you for the tutorial about the wood grain paper and for the bee stamps!!!

  9. Rainy day here in Central Maine, good time to get my kit together!! Thanks for the tutorials and bee info!

  10. Your kits look great! I had a ton of fun putting mine together, and I just got some photos I hope to post soon!

  11. Love the kits ladies! I started putting mine together today and then I had a huge decision change and started all over. :) I hope to finish putting it together in the next day or two. :)

  12. Wood grain tags:

    Wood grain DIY:

  13. I did a tutorial awhile back for a crackle wood grain technique. This is a fun altered finish for a scrapbook page or art project!

  14. Here is the direct link to my blog tutorial:

  15. Heidi(aka move4life)March 16, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    not sure this helps anyone but here is a digital freebie kit over at 2peas that looks to have a woodgrain paper. While not usually cheap to print, you could print only what you need for a project, etc.

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