Sunday, April 12, 2020

April 2020 - Challenge #1: Scraplift

Hello Counterfeiters! With the majority of the world on lock-down, it is my sincere wish that each and every one of you is safe and well (and, also that you have had a little bit of time for a bit of craft.) I know that, in difficult times, it can feel a bit frivolous to devote time and effort to something that doesn't always seem productive, but art can be our therapy. 

My own mojo has been a bit absent over the last few weeks but one tried and tested method to boost my motivation is to choose one of my favourite layouts and scraplift it. So, the first challenge for April is to choose one of my favourite layouts (from my Scrap board on Pinterest) and scraplift it for yourself! 

There's so much inspiration from the Master Forgers this month, but first let's have a look at the layout from our Guest Designer, Mel Davis

Mel was inspired by the bold text on this layout and decided to base her own layout on the cute nicknames she uses on her dog. How cute is that? Mel used lots of the alpha stamps and ink colours that she'd selected to work with her kit, then created a column on one side for her photographs. Who would want to cover up all of that hard work? Mel will have more details on her Instagram, so make sure to visit and see what else she's been creating this month!

Master Forger Cindy picked two inspirational layouts from Clair's Pinterest board for her layouts (below) To see which of Clair's favourites inspired her hop on over to her blog, Cindy's Creations, for the details

Master Forger Julene has followed one of Clair's own layouts, because she loves green this one appeals to her. (Edit From Clair: What's really interesting is that my layout is a 9x12, but I photographed it at an angle. Julene has adapted that into her layout!)

Julene made this layout using mostly items from her kit. The scene is from Christchurch, New Zealand. She has fussy-cut ferns instead of branches, used brads instead of sequins and hand stitched.

Master Forger Leslie turned her inspiration on its head and you can read more about that on her blog, Out of The Mire.

Master Forger Lori chose a layout by Sheree Forcier to scraplift.

And here is Lori's version. You can read all about Lori's process on her blog, My Happy Life.

Master Forger Lisa's (late!) contribution was inspired by a particularly lovely, simple layout by the wonderfully talented Marcy Penner (see the pinned layout here). She wanted to see how she could interpret a simple 8x11.5 design into her own 12x12 style and was quite pleased with the result! Her "Peachy" kit proved perfect for this softer layout and she added a filter to her photo to also give it a softer feel - the strong Sorrento sun means that the original photo is very bright. You can find more detail on her blog today. Sorry for the delay - put it down to the crazy times we are all experiencing at the moment.

CKC April kit, Peach, lo#1

And of course, don't forget that 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: 
  • April 18th: We'll be back with another challenge!
  • April 24th: I'll be showcasing one of the CKC community who's caught my eye this month 
  • April 30th: We'll be offering another instalment in our Killing Kits Series to help you find ways to use up all of your kit. 

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 or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcapril2020). 

Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see your kits and projects this month!

Clair xxx

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