Monday, November 16, 2015

November Challenge #3: December Plannin'

December is coming.  Oh, yes, I said it!  There is no need to put your fingers in your ears and ignore it any longer!

Because we are awesome and all that, we are giving you a head start on December!  We always take December off to spend some time recharging, being with family and doing personal crafting, so we have a FUN month of pre-planned scheduled daily posts for you full of inspiration! (Feel free to look back at some of our other December themes … they are also full of great ideas!)

Our theme this year is...

So right now.  Right this very minute, we are issuing you the challenge to go ahead and PULL YOUR DECEMBER KIT to document either this December or a past December.  I'm not talking about just one project, but a daily one that will share things that are special to you about the December season.  Throughout December we will be sharing some great projects to inspire you to document "a" December in your life.  Mini albums, Project Life, December Daily, home decor projects … they are all fair game!

We will not have a set kit that we our counterfeiting next month.  We want you to build your own kit based on all that Christmas stuff you have hanging out in your stash.  You know what I am talking about.  That stuff that has been just hanging around because you ONLY use it once a year? (Why are you blushing? LOL)

As always, we are ready today with some thoughts on how you can find inspiration for your kit.  We can't WAIT to see what you make and are excited to for you to get some serious scrapping done in December.

Inspiration #1:  Why don't you try making a NON CHRISTMAS kit? Pull things that are more neutral, and definitely not Christmas themed, to make a kit that works for you.

For example - why not simplify your thinking and use kraft plus colors like white, red and green for your crafting? And why not use simple shapes like stars, triangles and buttons?  Here's a sampling of cards which caught Susanne's eye on Pinterest.  You could use this as a basis for a card kit, a scrapbook kit, or even gift-wrapping.  More on her blog.

Pinterest credits:  a, b, c, d, e, and f.

Inspiration #2: Need a small project idea? Try a Memorydex. Pink Paislee has some great posts about turning a rolodex into a scrappy project. HERE is one of the posts, you can search their blog for some other examples.

Inspiration #3: If you're an Instagram user, Stephanie suggests buying a 4x4 album like the one below by Teresa Collins. This size is perfect for Instagram pictures, making it easy to print off photos and slip them straight into an album. Add in some decorative pages and journaling and you'll have a perfectly documented holiday season in no time! 

WRMK Teresa Collins 4x4 Gold Heart Album

Inspiration #4: Keep your eyes open for ideas everywhere. Susan found this somewhat non-traditional, but fun, color scheme at her local Hobby Lobby:

Inspiration #5: Start with the photographs. If the aim is to document memories from previous years, find the photographs first. The choose elements for kit based on the colors, patterns or themes to match.
(click image for source)

Inspiration #6: Counterfeit one of ours!

Clair has created a kit from stash, which you could use as the basis for a new Counterfeit Kit. She's showing it off on her blog (there's a sneak peek below) and has some additional inspirational tips and techniques for creating a kit for 'the most wonderful time of the year!'

Margie has also created a kit from her stash, and even jumped off of the deep end and videotaped her December kit:

She still has kit and inspiration photos on her blog that she would love to have you take a look at as well:


Don't forget that we LOVE it when you join in the fun and sign up to be on our member blog hop on 24th! November is the last member blog hop for the year so you don't want to miss it, do you?!? 

This month, we'd love you to share anything you made with your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit that you haven't yet shared on your blog. Have you joined in on our challenges? Or maybe just been busy using up your supplies? Whatever it is, we'd love you to join in.

To be a part of our blog hop:
  1. E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at BY THE 20th 
  2. You will receive an e-mail from us by the 22nd with a list of the hop participants.


  1. I love, love, love the cards with craft and color. They are so creative and beautiful.

  2. OmGosh! December is going to be a fun month :) I love both collection kits thank you Claire and Margie for sharing :) Now time to breathe and wait patiently till Dec 1st arrives :) Looking forwarding to seeing what the other Master Forgers are doing in Dec. too :)

  3. I'm feeling the December spirit right now and ideally, would like to jump out of bed and get going with my Christmas planning!