Wednesday, December 1, 2021

December 2021 - Scrappy's Counterfeit Kit Challenge Advent Calendar Kit! Day One


Counterfeit Kit Challenge is all about shopping our own stash & creating a personally curated kit. 

Today is the beginning of “the most wonderful time of the year” but that often means our crafty time gets pushed aside. The LAST thing you need is another item on your To-Do list, BUT we still need a little craftiness in our days – and we’re here to help. How about working on a holiday gift to yourself?

We will have a quick daily prompt to hunt & gather a box of goodies for Christmas by spending 1-5 minutes each day tossing a prescribed item into a kit box for a project of your choosing to be tackled in January, or even between Christmas & New Year’s Eve! Easy-peasy.

 

We begin that journey by deciding what we are building our kit FOR.  There are a few different ways to zero in on a kit that you can make good use of:

You may already be prepped & producing a daily December project (& we can’t wait to see!) but if you plan to document AFTER December this may be a painless way to be ready with your supplies. Maybe jot down your in-the-moment journaling & then all that’s left to do is drop those photos into a digital folder for printing!

(My 2018 December Daily ephemera - gulp!)

OR

If you are like most memory keepers there is probably a UFO – UnFinished Object project - waiting in the wings to be crafted or completed. Go find it & set it aside. Go ahead! We’ll wait

(I've got quite a few choices!)

OR

Choose a theme (travel, All About Me, bucket list), color palettes, a special person or relationship, celebrate a season, a“personal favorites” project, etc. 

OR

Pull your kit together with the purpose of using your scrappy supplies in your art journal. 


Now that you’ve made your choice grab a container, designate a drawer, or dedicate a spot on your worktop to collect your items. Toss in a pen & a sheet of blank paper or a notepad to jot things down as they come up.

That’s it for Day One!

Tell us about your choice over in the Facebook Counterfeit Kit Challenge group! Some of our Design Team will be playing along, too. 

Beginning tomorrow you will be given something to add to your kit. We hope you will share in the group as you add new things! It will be fun to watch our kits grow over the days until Christmas Eve.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

November 2021 - Kill that Kit!

And so I find myself at the end of my favourite month and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

I have to confess that I have been a total fail as far as creativity goes and have made absolutely nothing! But it's ok - I have my mini travel kit waiting to be filled with memories from my Scotland trip and a full kit with wonderful products that I am looking forward to dipping into when the time is right. I try not to worry about the times when I'm too busy to create or my mojo goes walkabout. It will come back when it's ready and then I'll be good to go!

Therefore, a post about how I killed my kit seems rather fraudulent and so I decided to give you all the ideas from 2021! I hope you find something to inspire you to finish off your November kit or in fact, any kits you have lying around 😉

1. Using scraps and leftovers to make up a layout

October - MF Tracey

February - MF Lisa

2. Making cards

August - MF Lisa

June - MF Tara

May - MF Julene

April - MF Leslie

January - MF Lisa

3. Tags and elements for future crafty projects

September - MF Tina

July - MF Lisa 

March  - MF Clair 

It's really worth your time clicking on each of the links above to the individual blog posts as sometimes, our MFs have offered three or four different ways that they've used up their kits.

 These ladies are beyond creative and talented - let's learn from them!

 Please make sure you come back tomorrow to find out about our December project! 

As you might know, we take a month off kitting at Christmas - there's always so much to do and so much inspiration around that we like to come up with something a bit different. It's a good one this year - well, they are good every year to be honest! - and MF Leslie and Misty will be leading the way. It's going to be a fun month so please drop by and join in!

There's nothing left for me to say except to wish you all a very merry Christmas time as we head into the final stretch!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

November 2021 - Follower Showcase

It's that time of the month when I get to showcase one of our talented followers who's caught my eye this month - I love it this job! 

Scrolling through the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook community this week, I was surprised at finding several newbies with their first ever counterfeit kit of their own! It's so great to see people taking that first step into bringing their own supplies that they love together into a kit inspired by the original kit we present each month. I was determined to showcase one of these new kittens... but how to choose! They are all great and of course I'd love to highlight them all. 

However, this month my showcased follower is Evelyn Rios who pulled together this fabulous first time kit. She's been a member of our community for a long time but just took the plunge this month and we love it!



When I contacted Evelyn, she told me:

"The [... Counterfeit Kit Challenge] blog post was extremely helpful with guiding me on how to bring in my stash and make a coordinating kit for myself. While making the kit I kept in mind the layouts I want to create and the pictures I might use and picked the pattern paper 1st, then the embellishments and stickers and thickers and kept in mind that I would need it to coordinate in order to make layouts using just this kit. I also took out embellishments and stickers that I knew I wanted to use. Once I had a solid foundation of the pages and colors finding lil tidbits to add came easy and I got excited with the pages I could make. I love kits for that purpose that everything coordinates so I kept that in mind."

Evelyn also shared some of the layouts she's already made with her kit! It just makes me so happy to see our followers finding the love of kitting and then creating pages that capture precious memories - this is the reason we do this. 





Great job Evelyn and we can't wait to see more in the months to come!

We've still got our Killing Kits post to look forward to at the end of the month as well as our sneak preview of what we've got coming for December so keep on coming back to the blog, the Facebook Community and Instagram so you don't miss out on any of the inspiration.

  • 30th November: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

Please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2021). 

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

Thursday, November 18, 2021

November 2021 - Challenge #2 Celebrate Your Kit!

Yay! You're back for our Challenge #2:

Celebrate Your Kit!

In my celebratory month, I decided it was time to just have some fun. Take out the absolute favourite items from your kit and turn them into a layout that you love. 

Don't double think your choices - if it sparks joy (pun intended), then it deserves a place on your page.

Record a story that is full of joy and celebration and match it up with a photo that makes your heart sing. 

What could be better as a celebration of this wonderful hobby of ours?

Here are our MF's celebratory layouts and I can't wait to see all that love!

Guest Designer Susanne created these double pages and you can find out all the details on her blog including a video HERE:  

Susanne's blog post including a video can be found here!

MF Cindy pulled out the last of her Amy Tangerine flower paper from the Stitched paper pad. It's one of the paper I keep passing over because I love the colors. It goes perfectly with my Grandson's shirt. 


Blog post here.

MF Leslie began with a very treasured retro base for her layout. The background is a full sheet of perforated stitched ready to use banners! Nothing more celebratory than a birthday, especially when the fam gifts you with a Cricut! My kit even yielded a perfectly matched minty cardstock to diecut (what else?) a Cricut embellishment! I did a little hand stitching to pop the numbers. This page will forever make me smile.

MF Tina grabbed her favorites from her kit for her layout. Who says you can't use fall collections for other times of the year. 


Doing a half and half page (quick and easy!) the Pinkfresh Studios papers and embellishments was part of the things she used to pull this together. To find out more about this layout you can go check out her blog for the info :)

MF Tara had many favorites in her kit this month, so it was hard to choose! In the end, she decided to scrapbook pictures of her first granddaughter as a baby.  



We still have one or two things up our sleeve for the end of November and of course, we will be revealing our December inspiration! You might know that we shake things up a bit in at Christmas and rather than posting a kit, we offer you some daily inspiration which you can incorporate into other December projects! Leslie and Misty have been working hard behind the scenes and we can't wait to share this year's idea with you - keep watching to find out all the details soon!

  • 24th November: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 30th November: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

Please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2021). 

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

Friday, November 12, 2021

November 2021 - Challenge #1 Celebrate Friendship

Great to see you back here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge for Challenge #1

Celebrate Friendship!

November is often a time when I really think about all the About all the wonderful friends in my life - both online and in real life. Many of my friends and loved ones also celebrate birthdays in November so it's often a time to reconnect and feel grateful for having these people in my life. And of course, I've already told you that I'm delighted to have fellow-Scorpio online friend, Susanne, with us this month. 

November is just a full on celebratory friendship love-fest! 

I wanted to bring these two celebrations together into one challenge and ask you to make a page or project where you celebrate friendship. Old friends, new friends, best friends, lost friends, friends in real life or friends made online. 

Friendship brings so much happiness to our lives that it's time to capture some precious details or stories on your page. 

Now, let's see what the team have to inspire us with today!

Guest Designer Susanne

"I used 12 x 12, 6 x 6 and 3 x 4 papers for a fun layered look. Of course, I wanted to include lots of paper scraps on a page about my scrappy pals."

Head over to Susanne's blog here for all the details on this layout.

Susanne's blog Susanne Stamps and Scraps features more details.

 A recent photo of us, 60 years ago, surfaced and last year I met up with 3 other girls who were in that old photo. We have kept in touch all that time and now live near each other again.


MF Tara created a layout as a tribute to her best friend made online many years ago but became a real life friend too. You can check out the details on her blog post-linked above.


MF Misty talked about long term friendships shifting as these teens head off to college.



We've still got more to offer in November so make sure you come back for Challenge #2 and our end of month activities too!

  • 18th November#2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th November: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 30th November: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

Please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2021). 

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

Saturday, November 6, 2021

November 2021 - Mini-kit Reveal and Project

Sometimes, you just don't have the time or motivation to make and use up a full kit. Maybe you need to replenish your card supplies, or have a small mini-album in mind to make. Perhaps November is a really busy month - I KNOW that feeling 😉 - but you still want to have something creative to fulfil that need to interact with paper and pretty supplies!

This is the post for you.

This is where we show you two mini-kits that we've made up as well as the small projects that we made with those supplies.

Today, MF Laura and Lisa are sharing their ideas and hope that you will also feel inspired to give this a go if you need to take a slightly different direction this month!

A quick reminder of the inspiration kit in November to kick-things off - Felicity Jane September 2021 Emily:

Felicity Jane September 2021 Emily

Master Forger Laura


Master Forger Lisa

At the time this post goes live, I will be on a short break in Scotland and what better excuse to make a small mini-album than a trip! So I knew the direction I wanted to go from the start. 

And I explained to you in the kit reveal hop back on Monday (see here) that I went full-rogue on my regular kit. Well, I've only gone and done the same for my mini! 😳

When I went through the mini-kits I'd got from Studio Calico I spotted one from November 2015 and lo and behold, the colours were very reminiscent of the original kit this month! I took a few things out, added in a couple of items from the other mini pouches I had and here you go! I fished out a Simple Stories 6x8 mini album (top left) and plan to use these supplies as my travel album, trying to keep it quick and simple. I'll be taking it with me and will try to fill in some items while I'm there but my record isn't perfect with that kind of thing so let's see how that works out 😉

Here's my "Lowlands" mini-kit and you can see all the colours from the Felicity Jane kit as well as many of the original paper patterns. The embellishments feature leaves, stars, hearts, dots and stickers! It feels like it has a bit of everything I need and am excited to pack up some basic supplies to take along - photos can wait until I get back.



I've made a really quick title page using the November card, a note card and a sprinkle of embellies. I'm keeping it very simple in an attempt to make this project doable for myself and easy to complete (without photos) on the road. I will share more when I get back and you can see if I was successful!

Master Forger Laura says this about her mini kit this month:

My mini kit this month may not look too mini...but it actually is! I have been making a project life style album for this years photos, so decided to make my papers for the kit 6x4 size so I can incorporate them easily into my album. So all the papers in my kit are 6x4 and the journalling cards 3x4. I added in plenty of fussy cut florals and some word phrases just like in the original kit, and also my forged days of the week die cuts. These will work great in my memory planner insert that I am also working on. I absolutely love this month's kit inspiration and my plan is to take some of the 6x4 papers and layer them up with some of the labels and flowers to make my own project life style cards for my album.

Here’s some close-ups as well!


A quick reminder that we still have our challenges for you coming up later in the month so keep on popping by so that you don't miss out on any of the fun or inspiration here at The Counterfeit Kit Challenge:

  • 12th & 18th NovemberChallenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th November: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 30th November: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

Please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2021). 

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

Thursday, November 4, 2021

November 2021 - Forgery on the Fourth


We're back today to give you an idea or two of how to make your own elements for your November Counterfeit kit! 

Let's just have a quick look again at the original inspiration kit from Felicity Jane - September 2021 Emily

Felicity Jane - September 2021 kit Emily

Of course, Felicity Jane kits are full of exclusive products so making up your own embellishments or having a go at re-creating the papers can be a fun way of getting the same look even if you are not a subscriber! 

These tutorials are often so simple and easy that it really is a perfect chance to try out an idea or two - make sure you share if you do! We love it when are motivated to give it a go!

Now it's time to see what our talented team have come up with - this is always such an inspiration for me. The Master Forgers often create things that would just not have crossed my mind.

 So talented, so resourceful, so inspirational!


Guest Designer Susanne was inspired by the journalling cards.

"I tried my hand at some forgeries - specifically journaling cards. The featured Felicity Jane card that was divided into thirds caught my eye. So I tried my hand at it. 

The top card is actually one with a thank-you message on the back that was included in my old kit, I simply added the floral to the middle. 

On the second card, I tried to recreate the honeycomb pattern with my stamp, and was fairly successful. 

 enjoyed playing around with 2 different colors on the other cards too." 

Susanne Stamps and Scraps

Master Forger Tara created some library cards that are very similar to the ones in the inspiration kit!  

Check out her blog here to get the details!

Master Forger Julene did her own checked paper using a white gel pen.

Keep a ruler close by so you don't run totally "off the rails"

and close up


MF Lisa fell in love with this autumn printable from the Old Salt Farm blog - you really have to check it out and download to print! You could fussy cut out the elements as die cuts for your kit or just print it as a card to include in your kit! Too gorgeous!

MF Juliet went rogue (nothing new for her) and noticed the chipboard flare.  She doesn't have a lot of chipboard but she loves flair.  She has made these in the past.  She has these 1" and 1.5" epoxy discs.  She either punches out the circles or she will even just stick them down and cut them out. She even has some plastic blank 'button's' and made a few with those.     

Here is the finished product:

MF Misty was inspired by the number chipboard circles as well as the phrase sticker sheet, so she forged both of those. 

The numbered circles were created with an old stamp from her stash and a circle punch. They were layered up with extra punched circles to give it the thickness of chipboard.


The word strips were made with a newer Concord & 9th stamp and die set made for greeting card sentiments. The words are general enough to be great for scrapbook sentiments! 

Here you can see the whole pile. 

And on each side of the pile there are individual words as well as phrases that can be easily used for layouts.

Master Forger Laura created some days of the week stamped images!


“I made my own version of the days of the week stamps in the kit. I just chose a font I liked on the computer, typed the days, printed and fussy cut them out! Easy peasy!”

There's plenty to keep you busy in the rest of the month so make sure you head back to see how we use up our kits and creations!

  • 6th November: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th NovemberChallenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th November: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 30th November: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

Please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2021). 

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