CKC Oct. 2019 – Layout #3

Good morning,

A quick share of another layout using my CKC October kit. I used three papers from my kit, the navy and white polka dot, the yellow polka dot and the text dictionary print for the background.

I wanted to combine two challenges with this layout, my favourite online store, Annas Craft Cupboard,ย  and FB scrappy group had a mood board challenge for this month which I 72086680_10157321391587931_4661759538892898304_n (1).jpgloved. The colours were perfect for my photo. There was a slight hint of blue in the background of the photo and some lovely creams and golds from my daughters, hair, skin and jewellery. I used three different Tim Holtz oxide inks to grunge up the background using the plastic bag technique, a very simple technique using just ink and water to create amazing layers of colour.ย 

Then I rummaged through my embellishment supplies in my kit and on my desk. I pulled out some very old chipboard frames and a heart, some new Vicki Boutin die cuts, a scrap scallop edge from a chipboard sheet, and some Tim Holtz chipboard quotes and rose die cuts. Also on my desk was some copper glitter and a bag of sequins waiting to be put away, so I decided to use these as well.

I distressed the edges of my matting papers which included a few scrap pieces and the polka dot papers from my kit. I roughly laid out where I would place the embellishments, paper matting and photo, at this stage, I take a photo and use it as a reference later when adhering things in place.

I needed to make some changes to the chipboard frames/shapes as they stood out too much being plain white and cream. I dunked them onto a mix of oxide ink and water (to activate the oxidisation) and create a little implied texture and colour. I added some little specks of glue to each, using my finger, and sprinkled each with glitter, then shook off the excess. Let me just say that I am not a glitter girl and it is rare for me to use it if I do use glitter it is usually on Christmas items. For me, a lot of glitter is gaudy, but a little can add some magic to a layout.

After I added the embellishments, some of that glitter made its way onto the background, once again a little smear of glue with my finger and a very light sprinkle of glitter. Then, I added some sequins and some Nuvo crystal drops ( a recent purchase). I am still trying to master adding Nuvo drops, some had little peaks which I squashed down when they were half dry. The blue Nuvo drops worked every time, the metallic did not!

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I enjoyed putting this layout together, it is always fun to get messy playing with oxide inks. I think the layout came together well and I love how all the embellishments coordinated with the colours in the background.

Keep on scrapping everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

*Note: if you are purchasing glitter, please only purchase the environmental type now available. We all now know how bad it is for the waterways and wildlife. When cleaning up your work surface, use a baby wipe, damp tissue/paper towel which will hold onto the glitter during the cleanup and try to dispose of it in a more eco-responsible way. As crafters, we all have a tonne of glitter in various forms, we need to try and do the right thing. Here are some links with advice on responsible use and disposal…

How to get rid of your plastic glitter

How to dispose of glitter

The eco-friendly guide to glitter

‘Go forth and sparkle responsibly’ย 

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Catching up with CKC Oct. 2019

Good morning,

I’m running behind with using my Counterfeit Kit for October, already it is the 19th and I have only made 3 layouts! This month is busy for me with starting a new teaching term, plus I have a whole different class again, nothing like being swapped around three times in a year.

Anyway, here is my kit and what I have managed to produce…

First, the inspiration for this month’s CKC is based on the โ€˜Summer of โ€˜69 Kit‘ from Studio Calico. It is a lovely summery kit with some cute elements that reminded me of my mum’s country kitchen. There are doilies and bunting with buttons and chevron. The main colours are red, orange, coral, soft pink and little pops of green and blue.

My kit was selected based mostly on pattern and colour, I also included a selection of B side papers similar to the ‘Summer of 69’ kit.

Ok, the first layout, though made with both papers and embellishments from my kit took on a completely different colour palette. Just before starting using my kit I did a tidy up, trying to get some organisation happening with my supplies and some space to work. When cleaning and sorting I came across several leftover kits with bits and pieces left in them and decided that it was easier to use some of the bits than have to put them away. So, glitter, diecuts, chipboard buckles, ribbon and other bits and bobs merged into my kit. On my desk, I also had some Vicki Boutin product and my usual supply of Tim Holtz inks, so what’s a girl to do but use those as well.

Anyhow, the colours in the photos spoke to me, some more strongly than others and my layout took on a lot more ruby red, singing with the theme of my layout…wine!

I toned down the bright red of my Kaisercraft sticker alphas by sanding them, added some glitter to the diecuts and inked up the doily.

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My next layout is using a sketch from Scrapbook Generation, it is from their travel ebook. Sometimes, you just want to scrap and not have to think too much about the detail, just get it done. A sketch can speed things up.

Layout two is made with the same patterned paper from my kit, as in layout one, but what a difference in the look. No mixed media and a gorgeous, jadeite green cardstock make the photos pop.

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Layout three is a completely different colour palette, I went all soft and dreamy trying to use the sky paper and get rid of some of those chipboard buckles. The photos are of my youngest son all packed and ready to move to a new location, and start a new job! He was super excited, who wouldn’t be going to work at a resort, on the beach with bars, restaurants, etc., and amazing wildlife? He is very lucky to be working at a major holiday destination in Western Australia, Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort! Yep, there are dolphins!

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*The little space in the bottom corner is for my journal writing which will be strip journalling.

I’m not sure that this layout works that well, I went a little crazy using the centres of the buckles as confetti embellishments and threw a lot of enamel dots and hearts onto the page. It’s happy and fun and a little crazy, I guess it captures the excitement we were feeling about this new adventure. At least I used those buckles, only about another 50 packets to use up!

Hope everyone is getting some scrappy time this weekend, keep on scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚

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Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack, even more, Layouts!

Hello all,

Here are a few more layouts I completed using up the Heidi Swapp ‘Wolf Pack’ paper pad. I am finding this collection to be very versatile, though it is stretching my mind trying to come up with layout ideas using the bear papers. Hopefully, something will spark and I will conquer the bear!

The first layout is of my eldest son. The papers are from Wolf Pack, but I used a range of embellishments which I found in my stash.

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Next up, a layout of my Step-Dad who has been busy renovating the verandah on their 40yr old home (which he also built). A bit of stamping and splashing around some ink on this layout.

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Some simple layouts, a layout of hubbies bonsai plant after pruning and a layout about a pesky rat which moved into our home for the winter!

I have made up another 5 kits (with photos) using the Wolf Pack collection paper pad. I’m not sure when I will have time to scrap them, as I have several projects on the go at the moment, but I will share when I have managed to finish and kill this ‘Wolf Pack’ paper pad.

 

Happy scrapping everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

June 2019 CKC, Layout #5.

Hello,

Today I am sharing another June Counterfeit Kit Challenge layout. This one is very bright and a little crazy. I am having fun using my kit and most layouts I am creating are very sunny. The photo used in this layout is an old one of my son at a dress up party, the photo is not the best quality but I did want to record this funny moment in time. My son is always a good sport and willing to dress up, at Christmas, he always turns up dressed as Santa Claus and adds to the fun.

I selected a mix of papers and scraps from my kit.

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To start with, a piece of the American Crafts heart cut file sheet to use up, I cut it in half and filled the hearts with scrap paper from my kit.

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Next, I worked on the background, inking up a piece of white cardstock using the plastic bag technique and some gorgeous ‘Mustard Seed’ Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Ink. This colour is still my favourite, it is so vibrant and can be used in many ways, becoming subtle when you add more water and less ink.

Because I had a clear vision in mind of how I wanted the layout set out I added the title first, I needed to make sure I had enough space to fit my photo along the side. The title was cut using an Altnew alpha die set and my Sizzix Big Shot, using the lovely striped paper from my kit.

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Next, I mounted my photo using scraps of patterned paper from my kit. I tried to pull in some colours similar to the clothes in the photo. Then, I adhered my cut file hearts and the mounted photo to the background and went to work adding embellishments. Many of the embellishments were fussy cut from the American Craft cut apart sheet and fixed in place with foam tape. I added some gems for some colour and glitz.

The finished layout turned out just how I had wanted it, colourful and fun!

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Make sure you check out what other scrappers have been creating with their June CKC kits on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community or on theirย blog.

Keep on scrappingย ๐Ÿ™‚

June 2019 CKC Layout #2.

Hi all,

Today I am sharing my second layout using my June CKC kit. This time I am using a lovely photo of my eldest son with his dad sharing some vino. My son works at the local winery and part of his job entails sampling different wines in production. He brought a few bottles around to get our opinion, hubby was more than keen to participate…bring it on!

Selecting papers from my kit for this one got a little crazy, I thought I would challenge myself to use the Dear Lizzy unicorn paper in my kit, how, I had no idea. Then, I thought about how easy it is to overdo the drinking when the wine is free, the happiness and joviality that occurs when you share bottles with family and friends, and the possibility of what might happen. So, here we go…my crazy layout! And yes, I may have been sipping a little wine while creating.ย 

First, the background. I had a go doing a little forgery of one of the inspiration papers, a simple technique of highlighting text on the paper with markers. Then I smooshed on some Tim Holtz Mustard Seed Oxide ink using the plastic bag technique and a paint brush.ย 

On top of this, I applied some Lindy’s Moon Shine Mist, this added a little teal/blue colour and some brassy gold shine. Then I painted on my rainbow using watercolour paints, only using three colours to replicate the rainbow on the Dear Lizzy paper.ย 

Then, I selected a scattered star stamp and some oxide ink and stamped stars across the background.ย 

Next, I layered two pieces of my patterned paper in a square format and adhered it to the page. This is to mount my photo on. Then I fussy cut out my embellishments from the American Crafts paper.

After fussy cutting all the embellishments, I added the title which I normally do at the end. I was concerned that it wouldn’t all fit on my rainbow and that I would have to start the whole layout again. Luckily, I managed to fit my very long title on the rainbow.

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Then, I started adding embellishments and the photo mounted on some patterned paper and banding strips from my kit, adhering them with foam tape and double-sided tape.

The finished layout turned out quite quirky with lots of colour and a fun, jolly theme.

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Share links to your work in the comments section, remember that you need to click on the title of the post to open the page to comment. Already on the posting page, just scroll straight to the bottom and add your comment to the reply envelope. I would love to see what you are working on at the moment. Are you joining in with this month’s Counterfeit Kit Challenge?

Happy CKC scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚

 

June 2019 CKC Layout #1.

Good morning,

Here I am sharing my first layout from my June Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit. The photo I am using is quite recent, it is my eldest daughter and her friends ready to head off to their friend’s wedding reception. They all look so beautiful in their outfits but I especially like my daughter’s dress which has a very distinctive 70s style. I wanted to highlight that free and fun style, somewhat hippy look, within my layout design.

I carefully selected the papers and embellishments from my kit, based on the colours and patterns of the girl’s dresses, and the environment in which the photo was taken (there was a lot of grass green).

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I began by constructing the background using watercolour paints and the plastic bag technique, smooshing on each coloured layer. Then, splashing and splattering paint on top. At a later stage, I realised that I needed to add more paint to my background cardstock if it was going to peek out from beneath the love hearts.

I used the American cut file love heart sheet, filling each space with the quilted patterned paper from the Horizon, Pink Paislee, which matched the colours in the photo.

I adhered the hearts onto my background with double-sided tape.

I mounted the photo onto three layers of patterned paper from my kit and adhered it onto the layout with foam tape.

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Then I fussy cut motifs from the American Crafts cut apart sheet.ย I then arranged and adhered all my embellishments onto the page, including the simple, gold printed title, Beautiful.

I love the end result, the paint and embellishments really pick up the mood and feel of the dresses and the happy occasion. It all works well together and has given me a taste for venturing more into cut files, even if it is a little time-consuming.

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Make sure you check out what other scrappers have been creating with their June CKC kits on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community or on their blog.

Keep on scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

June 2019 Counterfeit Kit Challenge

Morning all,

Here is my June CKC kit, I’m a little behind this month with the sharing. I unexpectedly had family visit for a few days and though I did get some scrapping done, I am behind with my blogging.

So, this month’s Counterfeit Kit Challenge inspiration is another HipKit Club kit from the month of May 2019. I am a 0001891_may-2019-main-kitbig fan of the HipKit Club team and their amazing creativity, so was excited to pull my own similar kit together. I did already have a few of the papers in their kit and some similar ones from other collections which I had only just purchased, which made putting this kit together much easier.

My kit papers are a little brighter than the original kit, though I have included similar patterns and motifs. I have included several papers from the Horizon, Pink Paislee papers. A few American Crafts papers, including a cut file sheet. A couple of black and white prints from the CraftersChoice Galaxy paper pad, a Dear Lizzy unicorn paper and an old TLC (Topline Creations) paper.

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For embellishments, I went through my bowl which sits on my desk, an idea that I got from Janet Madison (RTS Scrapbooking). Every time I scrap I add leftover bits and pieces of embellishments to the bowl which leaves me with a great bowl of goodies to rummage through for the next project. This time I found lots of similar motifs to the HipKit Club kit, some flowers, a cat, bows, quotes, etc., from a range of different companies.

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I also include a cut apart sheet from American Crafts to use for embellishments and a love heart cut file sheet, which I had just purchased with my birthday voucher.

For mixed media, I chose three of the Tim Holtz Oxide Distress inks, a yellow -mustard seed (one of my favourites), a blue-chipped sapphire and a pink-spun sugar. I picked out three stencils to use, one is a gorgeous grunge stencil from Studio Light, another is a floral by Vicki Boutin and a strip from WMK.

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Overall, I love how bright and colourful my kit is and I can’t wait to get working with it. I have a few layouts planned already and am excited to use the cut file sheet, something I have never done before! I have always thought it was too much work and messing around, filling all those empty spaces with little bits of paper.

I will be sharing my layouts on the CKC blog, monthly link up and on their FB group. If you are joining in with this months CKC please do share your creations on both sites.

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Happy scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚

 

May 2019 CKC Challenge #2.

Dreams are the seeds of change.

Nothing ever grows without a seed,

and nothing ever changes without a dream. – Debby Boone

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How beautiful is that quote? This is the second challenge set by the May, Counterfeit Kit Challenge team. Create a layout based on this quote, theme, image or colours.

For me, being a very visual person, it was the colour and image which first grabbed my attention. I love that dreamy blue and blowing those seeds into the wind reminded me of childhood, I knew that my page would be of my grandson or my own children when they are young. When I went through my photo boxes I came across some lovely photos of my grandson sleeping in his car seat on his way to visit us. He looked so peaceful asleep and I’m sure he was dreaming happily, this was definitely the photos to use for the challenge.

When I went through my kit looking for papers, I didn’t find the right blue or patterns in filemy kit. The only patterned paper I had included which was light blue had aeroplanes on it, so I decided to create my own background on cardstock using my new Vicki Boutin stencils.

I started by using the starburst/flower stencil and some white gesso texture paste, stencilling across most of the page. After leaving it to completely dry, I sprayed on some Heidi Swapp Teal Color Shine and gently rubbed it over the texture paste stencilled flowers. This created some lovely shiny areas and enhanced the texture of the stencilling.

Next, I used some Tim Holtz distress inks and the leaf stencil and stencilled the design around the edges of the cardstock, blending the two blue inks to create a more dreamy coloured surface. *The nighttime lighting makes it look a little green and purple in these photos.

Then, I got busy fussing cutting out some white flowers and foliage to use as embellishments on the layout. I found a few acetate embellishments from Kaisercraft and Heidi Swapp to use, and some black and white seed embellishments from the PinkFresh Studio, A Case of the Blahs collection. I mounted my photos onto scraps of patterned paper from my May kit. The title, Dream, is from the Rainbow Roux, Jillibean collection.

The finished layout looks very dreamy and meets the challenge criteria brief beautifully.

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Keep checking in on what other CKC scrappers are creating either on the blog with the monthly link up page or on their FB community page. Please leave any comments below, remember that you need to click on the title of the post to open the page to comment.

Happy scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚

2019 May ACC Sketch Challenge!

Good afternoon,

A quick share of the layout I created for Anna’s Craft Cupboard community May sketch challenge. This month’s sketch has a focus on creating a circular design.

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I have blown my self instigated ‘use your stash’ challenge this month, there has just been too many sales and bargains to be found with ‘inter’ National Scrapbook Day (weekend/week/month) and all the Mother’s Day deals. I spent up at Anna’s Craft Cupboards 13th Birthday sale this month, after all, it is my birthday this month as well, plus Mother’s Day, if anyone deserves a prezzy, I do!

Also, I don’t like to pay for shipping and so I always make sure I spend the minimum spend for FREE shipping. For example, I ran out of white cardstock this week! Yikes, no scrapper can live without white cardstock and so I went online to order more, but 60 sheets did not make the FREE shipping minimum, so what’s a girl to do? Yep, I really did need some masculine patterned papers and who doesn’t need wolf and bear motifs when they live in Australia? So, the Heidi Swapp ‘Wolf Pack’ collection may have also found its way into the cart. Geepers, how does that happen?

Anyway, for this month’s sketch challenge I used some of my new purchases from Anna’s Craft Cupboard. At least I was following my rule about new product, if it comes in the door you must use it straight away. I had bought myself some of the Jillibean Rainbow fileRoux collection and the Vicki Boutin stencils which I had been coveting for quite a while. I was looking forward to trying out the stencils and fussy cutting those Jillibean flowers.

Here’s what I used…

It was a messy process, as I mentioned I had no plain white cardstock left and so I had to use some glossy, mixed media cardstock. It’s a lot like glossy photographic paper, in fact, it probably is photographic paper. Because it was so glossy I got out my Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and splashed some around and tried using the new stencils with the inks. It wasn’t that successful but gave me a background to work with.

Next, I stencilled over the background with distress inks to build up some texture.

Then, some fussy cutting with the Jillibean Dash of Daydream paper.

I didn’t want to use up all my paper and decided to stencil some flowers onto the background.

Surprisingly, the black archival ink I used turned purple on the glossy cardstock. I tried to stencil a ring border and lead it down to the bottom right corner, like in the original sketch.

I cut out a circle of yellow patterned love hearts (the B side of Pinch of Colour, JB2313) and played around with laying out the fussy cut flowers around my photo.

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Happy with the result I fixed them down in layers using double-sided tape, glue and foam.

Then, I added three titles to the layout and a little 1/2 tag which I cut from the Pinch of Colour paper. The bottom title is one of the new Annabelle acrylic embellishments which are gorgeous, they are so fine and delicate. I have purchased a few sets of these and will definitely be buying more in the future. Just be careful when you remove them from the packaging, they are set on sticky dots and one of mine broke because of how I twisted it to get it off the packet. I can still use it, a little glue will fix it.

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The finished layout is very vibrant and fun. I can’t wait to make some other layouts using both the stencils and the Jillibean collection, both are very versatile.

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Who else indulged this month on new supplies? Share what you bought and do join up with Anna’s Craft Cupboard community on FB. Have a go at their monthly challenges and support the store by buying product.

Keep on scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚

NSD CKC Layout!

Hello,

A quick share of my layout created during theย NSD Counterfeit Kit Challenge (in collaboration with the Bash Your Scrapbook Stash NSD community) which I participated in over the NSD weekend. The challenge was to create a kit based on the inspiration kit shared by Leslie Smith from CKC. Leslie made a video outlining the process of creating and participating in the monthly CKC where you create your own kit and then create layouts based on their challenges.

For the NSD challenge, you needed to create your own kit and were challenged to create a layout based on the sketch provided.

IMG_7286 - CopyThe inspiration kit had elements of travel in the patterns and motifs, plus some fun embellishments to add a little sparkle and texture.

 

 

 

Here is my kit…

I selected some similar patterns and colours to the original, inspiration kit and include some dies and stamps to create titles and embellishments.

The sketch was quite simple and open to a lot of different interpretations. I drew on the format but changed up the circles to hexagons.

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It was a quick layout with the added embellishments being the focus for my layout.

I was really happy with the finished layout…you are never too old to have a teddy!

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Happy scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚

May 2019 CKC Layouts #5-#7

Hello everyone,

Today I am playing catch up on my blog, May is a crazy time of the year for me and my family and finding time to sit and blog is tricky. In May, every weekend is a party! We celebrate three (out of 6) family birthdays, mine included, and we also have Mother’s Day in Australia, add to that NSD (day, week, month…haha), the ACC Cyber Crop and then work stuff (standardised state testing, etc.) and life gets busy!

So, here I am sharing 3 layouts which I have squeezed in over the last few weeks, but haven’t found the time to share on my blog. Working backwards today…

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This layout features photos of my friends on holiday with me, we do an Art Trail tour throughout the W.A., South West and Greater Southern Region. As we travel, we stay at different local backpacker accommodation. We prefer cheap accommodation, then we have more money to spend on art/craft supplies, artworks, food and happy juice!ย These photos are when we arrived home late after a fabulous day out meeting artists and talking and viewing art, then a gourmet meal and plenty of happy juice, and we decided to play Scrabble. Things got a little silly, who knew that such words existed…um, they don’t!

Using papers from my May CKC kit, I decided to create a layered border around my layout. I tend to always cut out the middle of the paper when layering, gives you more paper to use later. I thought the text paper would work well, given we were playing Scrabble in the photos.

Next, I thought I would add some letters to the page using stamps and archival ink. I also splattered on some watercolour paint in turquoise, red and blue.

I added a few tag and quote embellishments, some are from Kaisercraft and the little quotes are from Uniquely Creative. Then, I added my title and some subtitles. The main title is using American Crafts, Jewelry Box, Thickers and the subtitle is also an American Crafts,ย  foam Thickers, called Happy Life, which I love and am trying to buy more of, but finding them sold out at most stores.

The finished layout, I am happy with it, it is fun and a little haphazard, much like the game we were playing.

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Layout #6

These photos gave me the opportunity to use some of the tropical papers and embellishments in my kit. Most of what I used came from the DCWV Bahama Mama paper pad which features lots of pineapples, flamingos, bananas and tropical foliage. Some of the papers have pink foil which gives it a little sparkle. I was interested in using the foliage papers, as the local cafe where we were having drinks has lots of these types of plants and you can see them in the photos.

I started by adding some patterned paper (flamingos, which had nothing to do with the photos), a doily and an embellishment 6×4 card which I trimmed down. I thought about where my photos would be placed. I had wanted to include three photos but it just didn’t look right, so one got binned. I ended up trimming down the tropical background and mounting it onto some green cardstock, I seem to have a thing for borders at the moment.

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I felt like adding a bit of sparkle to the layout and strategically splashed on some Heidi Swapp, Mustard Color Shine. This would be my next favourite Color Shine, after the gold, it really glows and is vibrant, some of them are not as showy.

Oops…doily wrinkles will need to be covered.

Then I mounted my photos and began building layers of paper and cardstock behind IMG_7374them. I had fun adding the embellishments, I really wanted to use up quite a few of the embellishments from my kit, many of the ones I used are from a Heidi Swapp ephemera pack and some I fussy cut from the AC Bahama Mama papers.

I like how the layout turned out, it is one more layout towards our family moments album, about our long lost relatives who came to visit.

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Layout #5

This layout, made from my CKC kit, turned out bright and fun. It is a scraplift from a 2016, Becky Fleck Pagemaps.

The layout features photos of my grandson and his cousin using a bouncy castle at the Simmos Icecreamery. It is a very simple design, no mixed media, but I did try and focus on getting in some movement by using downward strips of paper and layering the photos on the diagonal.

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As you can see, all of these layouts still need the dates and journaling added. I am very bad at adding the journaling during the creating process and always end up making the journaling a process in itself, sitting at the computer with a whole stack of layouts and going through them one by one. I very rarely hand journal, as I have terrible handwriting.

Please do keep sharing what you create on the FB Counterfeit Challenge Website and blog? Make sure that you keep up to date with what others are creating on the Monthly Link Up page.

Keep on scrapping everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

 

May 2019 CKC Challenge #1.

Hello,

This month’s CKC challenge #1. is using the inspiration kit clubs sketch challenge layout. How neat is that? It is a fairly simple sketch to follow with lots of scope for changing it up using our kit supplies. Here is the challenge sketch…

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and here is my kit. I have only made a handful of layouts with this months kit and have lots of supplies to choose from.

The use of a circle in the layout sketch reminded me that I had some photos of my grandson riding a train at a local carnival, the train track was circular, though it did have lots of up and down inclines. I originally thought that I could create a train track for the circular background, but I wasn’t happy with how it looked. The perfectionist in me wasn’t happy with the unequal track marks, time to start again.

 

Starting over, I decided to only use pattern papers and layer them up to create the background. It was then a fairly quick process, with some splatter, fussy cutting and embellishment layering.

 

 

The completed layout turned out well, I really liked the embellishment clusters. The title is based on the story, what happened when I took the photos. My grandson did one lap on that train and decided he wanted off, right there, right then! He was scared of the noise and downward speed. The train was stopped and off he got, quick as he could…get me away from here!

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Make sure that you keep checking in on this month’s CKC scrappers…

Counter Kit Challenge Blog

Guest Designer: Leanne Wagner

Cindy

Julene

Leslie

Lori

Tina

Laura

Happy scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚

 

May 2019 CKC Layout #3 & #4

Hello,

Just a quick post to share two more layouts that I have scrapped using my May Counterfeit Challenge Kit. While the rest of the scrapping World is taking the weekend off to scrap, I am trying to squeeze in a few scrappy moments. A very busy weekend here with visitors staying over, some grandbaby sitting and today is my youngest son’s birthday! Can’t quite believe that he is now 27. The whole family is getting together this evening to celebrate his birthday, as he is about to fly off to Victoria, Australia, on his never-ending journey to experience more of life and living. Oh, to be young again and have that freedom to travel anywhere you like.

Speaking of travel, did you watch Leslie Smith (from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge group) live on the FB Bash Your Scrapbook Stash(BYSS)? Leslie did an amazing job explaining IMG_7286 - Copywhat and how the Counterfeit Kit Challenge works and how you can all join in. As part of the NSD weekend, Leslie demonstrated how she made her kit for the special NSD BYSS CKC collaboration challenge. The challenge is to construct a past Studio Calico kit called ‘Expedition Scrapbook Kit’. It is a great travel theme kit with lovely patterned papers and wood veneer embellishments, sequins and alphas. Go check out all the information to join the challenge on the CKC website and watch her video on the FB Bash Your Scrapbook Stash page and join in the fun of constructing your own counterfeit kit and layout using the provided sketch.

Now, my May CKC quick layouts. The layout 3. is a simple scrap lift using a PageMaps sketch from 2016. No mixed media at all this time, just some simple layering of paper and embellishments. It is a bright and fun layout of my grandson on one of the summer carnivals rides which are set up on the foreshore in the lovely (small) city of Busselton, Western Australia.

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Layout 4. is also about the same location, Busselton foreshore, The Goose restaurant is one of the best locations for sipping cocktails and watching the sun go down over the ocean and the famous Busselton Jetty.

A little bit of paint splatter on this layout and an abundance of embellishments…had to get rid of those pineapples in my kit somehow!

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Keep on scrapping and please do share what you are creating during the NSD celebrations around the World. Enjoy NSD ๐Ÿ™‚

May 2019 CKC Forgery on the Third!

Hello again,

Time to join in with the May 2019 Counterfeit Kit Challenge, Forgery on the Third!

For this month, I decided to have a go forging some of those lovely, cute, girly teens which are featured on both the Jen Hadfield’s “Chasing Adventures” patterned papers and the various embellishments.

For me, the immediate image that popped into my head when I was looking at the collection was paper dolls. As a child, I was obsessed with paper dolls, all my pocket money went on buying paper doll books from the local newsagent’s store. I had wedding paper dolls, teen paper dolls and even troll paper dolls. In the seventies, paper dolls were high currency amongst little girls and I remember swapping different dolls with my friends and spending many hours role-playing happy stories with our sets of paper dolls. When we didn’t have money to buy paper dolls we made our own. I spent hours with my younger sister and brother making papers dolls and then designing collections of clothes for them to wear. So, so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

So, for the forgery, I went hunting for paper doll templates online. There are hundreds available and many are FREE. I was looking for teen designs similar to the collection and came across paperthinpersonas.com. What an amazing range of paper dolls are available here! I used the Marisole series of dolls which had a funky teen look. The templates can be downloaded in colour or black and white. I went with colour as I was feeling lazy, but black & white allows you to colour them to match your layout colours.

 

It takes a while to fussy cut out the dolls and their clothes but is worth the effort if you are looking at making some fun girly embellishments. There are also male paper dolls and a range of aliens, TV/film based characters available on the paperthinpersona.com website.

When you are cutting out the dolls and clothes you need to cut off the tabs. Sometimes, when you do this you will leave a little white showing, I just coloured these white bits with a black permanent marker. Then, I used a little tiny bit of the Tim Holtz Micro Glaze 81Bd+w4oVAL._SY550_to rub over the surface of each piece, this adds a little sheen to the printed cardstock. Next, you fix them together with glue and thin foam tape for a little dimension.

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Having taken on this challenge I really had no idea how I was going to use them in my layouts. I didn’t have any photos of my daughters on holiday or travelling, which I hadn’t already scrapped. Then I reflected on what trips and outings that I had taken over the last two years, there were a few trips with my besties and a few events where I took on the role of tour guide (over the Christmas holidays) to introduce some of my husband’s relatives to our region. I wasn’t sure that it was going to work, can images of young teens be inserted into layouts of a bunch of over 50 ladies on an art trail safari?

Anyway, here is what I used and how it all went together.

Layout 1. My papers and paper doll…

The process…coloured pencils to forge the floral paper. Some ink and mist to create a background paper. Layers of patterned paper and a grid design to feature my photos. A few embellishments.

 

The finished layout…

 

That cute paper doll…

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Layout 2.

The papers and doll…

The process… some messy fun with inks and mists.

The finished layout…

Overall, not a bad effort and I had lots of fun reminiscing and making those cute paper dolls embellishments.

Make sure that you check out what the Counterfeit Kit Challenge team are creating this month. There are always some fabulous ideas, skills and techniques used.

Counter Kit Challenge Blog

Guest Designer: Leanne Wagner

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Julene

Leslie

Lori

Tina

Laura

Keep on scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚

 

May 2019 Counterfeit Kit Challenge

Good morning, it’s May! The busy and creative month for scrapbook enthusiasts everywhere and…

Happy National Scrapbook Day (NSD), weekend, week or month!

Hurray, there is so many challenges and fun events happening around the World. The Counterfeit Kit Challenge is off and racing for this month and they have collaborated with the Bash Your Stash FB group to celebrate NSD. Over three days there will be challenges, support videos and lots of fun, from the 3rd-5th of May (for us Aussies that means the 4th-6th). Plus…

IMG_7232I am the May CKC Guest Designer! Please, join in with all the fun and games this month and share all your creativity online.

This month’s inspiration kit has been chosen from the My Creative Scrapbook kit club, using their March 2019 kit. It is a colourful and fun kit made up from the Jen Hadfield “Chasing Adventures” collection. There are so many motifs and themes running through this collection which gives us loads of options when it comes to selecting papers and embellishments to create our own kits. I started by investigating the whole collection to get a good idea of what all the papers looked like on both sides and what motifs were included. You can check out the collection here and this websiteย shows the individual pages.

Here is what I selected for my CKC kit…

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I ended up with a very large kit, as I looked for papers and cardstock with similar colours, patterns and motifs to the “Chasing Adventures” collection. I struggled to find the right greens and blues in my stock, and the floral I found has a dark navy background.

Here are my papers…

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In the kit, there are some papers which have pocket card print pages. I looked for pages with similar motifs to the collection in general.

With embellishments, I focused on motif and theme. Jen Hadfield’s collection has a range of different stickers with images and text, and some have foil. I searched through all my colour sorted image diecuts, pocket cards and text diecuts, as I don’t usually use/purchase stickers, so I only have a few.

I also included some coloured cardstock in my kit to mount photos and use as backgrounds. I will be using white cardstock and some mixed media products to vamp things up, I love getting messy with ink and paint.

I am very happy with my final kit, there are loads of ideas I have for using this kit. I feel that is is very vibrant and fun and I am looking forward to participating in this month’s CKC challenges.

Don’t forget to check out the May, CKC blog hop to see everyone’s counterfeit kits and layouts.

Counter Kit Challenge Blog

Guest Designer: Leanne Wagner

Cindy

Julene

Leslie

Lori

Tina

Laura

Happy scrapping everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Jen Schow & Hip Kit Club Scraplifts!

Welcome back,

Today is a quick share of some new layouts based on scraplifts. Often, when I’m scrapping for fun, and not always working on monthly challenges and other peoples criteria, I just want to relax. When I scrap I am always watching something, either a movie or art/craft YouTube videos. My mind is just enjoying the creative process of scrapping and the crafting videos give me a little company, of others who are also passionate about creating.

Now, those who have been following me know that I am working on using up my April CKC kit, which I have broken down into smaller kits (and photos). A couple of days ago I pulled a kit to work on a new layout and I decided to watch some Hip Kit Club videos. I IMG_6892came across a Jen Schow video of her scrapping a layout with their March kit. This March HipKit Club kit was the inspiration kit for this months CKC. I was impressed with her layout and decide to have some fun trying to recreate it using my supplies. Jen was making the layout for the HipKit Club Friday Challenge, part of the challenge was to use the following design.IMG_6895

It is a cute design which entails using some of your photos as banner flags. Jen uses only IMG_6891one photo in her layout and I only had one photo to work with as well.

I had lots of embellishments and 3×4 cards to play around with and turn into banner flags.

I could watch Jen Schow all day, she is a very talented scrapper and I love how she shares her little tricks and is honest about the process. As we all know, not everything always goes to plan all the time. Jen is one of those scrappers who share everything, the good and the bad. It’s great to see how others make changes to their designs along the way to achieve a pleasing outcome.

Making my banner flags took a little time, but was great fun. I just worked with what I had and made enough to fit across the page. *Sorry about my manky cutting board! Guess what’s on my birthday list?

 

It was a fun layout to complete, though a little fiddly threading on the tags and getting them to sit right. My layout scraplift turned out quite striking, using the black & white stripe background made everything pop! I include Jen Schow’s little signature tear section at the bottom of the page.

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Then, I also watched a Niki Rowland video for the Hip Kit Club, March kit. This layoutย uses one of their free cut files which you can download. I decided it would be fun IMG_6914to scraplift her design using my homemade kit. I don’t use cut files and decided to substitute the text cut file with some Jillibean letter die cuts. I wanted to use some of my patterned papers for some of the letters and so traced and fussy cut out some of the letters.

The photos I used are not that great, a little like prison shots! I had gone away for the weekend (for work) and came home to my husband with his new haircut, let’s just say that I wasn’t impressed. His nephew had come to stay for a boys weekend and offered to cut hubbies hair, this was what he ended up with! Hubby had needed a hair cut and was looking like a crazy scientist with Einstien hair, but………………………………………………this?

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and…

He kept it like this for several weeks! Sometimes wearing it in a ponytail! Secretly he thinks he’s a Viking, in reality, he comes from Scottish stock. He thought it was funny and it made his friends laugh, while I avoided going out with him anywhere.

I live with a crazy person, lucky for him and me the craziness is sporadic, and he often gives me things to scrap about.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy scrapping everyone

 

April 2019 CKC Layout #5

Good Friday and Easter blessings to everyone.

The rain is pouring down here, there is a chill in the air and my fire had gone out! So, after battling the fire lighting with very little paper and kindling, I am trying to catch up on what’s happening in the scrapbooking community. What did I find? The new CKC challenge has been posted and what a beauty it is for this time of the year. It’s all about hiding things on your layout (or in your photos), perhaps I will manage to snap a few photos to use today in our (early) Easter egg hunt and family gathering. Why are we celebrating Easter today? Well, we, as grandparents, like many families I’m sure, have to divvy up the holiday time spent with our grandson and children. It is tough having to share with the inlaws, once your children are grown and settled with families of their own. We are very lucky that the inlaws are all gorgeous people and at times we blend all our families together to celebrate holidays together, such as Christmas.

Anyway, let’s talk about layout number five. This layout killed two goals in one, I had 56158134_1623628067740035_5644509564444344320_n (1)wanted to use up more of my CKC kit and I wanted to enter this month’s Annas Craft Cupboard inspiration challenge. The challenge features henna mandalas, lace and a positive quote about walking your own path. It also has hints of pink, silver, white and fawn. Luckily for me, I had made up a kit which worked beautifully with this challenge and the photo had the same sort of theme…working towards the goal you set for yourself.

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I used the very light pink patterned cardstock as my background and stencilled on some doily and decorative designs in black and light grey. Then splattered and smooshed on some blue watercolour paint.

 

This layout was pretty quick, a lot of layering of patterned paper and die cut embellishments.

It is my first layout using an Instagram photo. The photo is of my son-in-law, making his dream come true, as gaining an apprenticeship (piercing) in a Tattoo store, one step closer to being a Tattoo apprentice. He has since bought out part of the piercing business, so is now part owner. He also draws/designs tattoos for the biz, he is very artistic. It is a really hard industry to get into, you work for nothing for over a year before they consider offering you an apprenticeship, from what I watched on Youtube this is common practice in the industry around the World. We are all very proud of him for making his dreams come true.

 

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I really love how this layout turned out and feel I met the criteria for the ACC Inspiration Challenge. My daughter, however, wasn’t happy with all the pink on what she considered was a masculine layout/photo. She thought it should have been all black & white, I just pulled on the colours in the photo…pink, blue and black! What do you think, yea or nay?

April 2019 CKC Layout #4.

Hello,

Today, another layout made using my CKC kit. This time I wanted to use the colourful watercolour paper which would work perfectly with my photos.ย  The photos capture this lovely moment of my grandson working away on another masterpiece. He is at that development stage where his drawings start to look like actual representations of objects and he spends lots of time adding details to his illustrations. This masterpiece is of a boat, a Viking boat of course, with all those oars. He loves to tell great stories about his drawings and explain every little mechanical detail about how it works, not surprising though, weren’t all the great artists scientists?

These are the papers and embellishments I had decided to use, I wasn’t sure if that grungy, green polka dot paper was going to work with the gorgeous watercolour paper.

I started off by tearing up some border strips and layering them together to create the background. Then, some stencilling with my favourite green ink, Tim Holtz’s ‘Mowed Lawn’. I use this green ink a lot, it is lovely and juicy and vibrant. The stencil came with my WRMK stamping platform kit, it was my first time trying it out. I selected this stencil because the triangular shape was similar to my grandson’s boat image.

Then, a little splatter of watercolour paint in two different blues.

I spent a lot of time building up layers of patterned paper to place my main photo on, distressing the edges of each piece with my fingernail. I wanted to include some of my hand coloured butterflies, so fussy cut a few out. The Live Colorfully title got lost, blending into the background of the watercolour paper and I had to place a piece of the grungy green paper underneath it to make it stand out.

Forty minutes later, after fiddling around and making many changes to the layout, I finally started to fix everything down. The title simply states what he is doing…drinking Milo and using markers! An ordinary day at Nanny’s house.

I do like how the layout came together. I managed to balance the grungy green with all that pretty colour and sneak in some butterflies. I used up a little more of my supplies from my CKC kit and captured another moment in time. The journaling and date will be added to the layout before I pop it into his album.

 

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Happy scrapping x

April 2019 CKC Challenge #1

Hello,

Well, I have attempted the first challenge for this month’s, Counterfeit Kit Challenge. The challenge involves scrapbooking about the weather, for those CKC scrappers above the equator, that means Springtime and us Southerners below the equator are feeling cool with Autumn upon us. As I type this the rain is pouring down and we are cosy inside with our wood fire burning and the washing drying on the airer. I love this time of year, everything seems fresh outside, all the dust washed away and the paddocks begin to become green again.

For myself, I have the added pleasure of school break over the next two weeks and so, on my first day of the holidays, I indulged in the pleasure of a whole day of scrapbooking. What did I scrap? Well, for the challenge I went with a Summer layout using a photo of my youngest son contemplating life while we were having a family day with relatives at the beach. It is not the best photo of my son, he is in shadow seeking shade under a tree with the hot Australian sun burning down on the rest of us. Yes, those little specks in the water are the rest of the family, enjoying the beautiful blue ocean and trying to escape the heat.

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The other thing I have been working on is cleaning up in my studio (aka, oldest son’s reclaimed bedroom), as you do after you have been scrapping for a few weeks. During this cleaning/organising frenzy, I broke my March CKC kit down into smaller layout kits. I find this a great way to get things done with everything already selected you quickly get through making your layouts.

During my clean up, I came across a little booklet from the Summer, International Film Festival which is held in the South West region. When I flicked through the book I noticed the great print on the inside of the cover and thought I could reuse it in some way.ย  Then I realised the colours and theme would work well with the kit I had made up for this layout.

Below are the papers and embellishments which I decided to use, including the booklet cover.

I started the layout off with some soft inking using Tim Holtz’s, Scattered Straw, Distress Oxide ink.

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Next, I played around with using strips of the different pattern papers to create the background.

Then, I double mounted the photo on white cardstock and the Kaisercraft black and white patterned paper. I spent quite a bit of time laying out were the embellishments might go. Once I am happy with it, I take a photo with my iPad, so I don’t forget where to place everything when I begin to fix things down.

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On this occasion, I was not happy with the layout, it had a bit too much negative space and didn’t look balanced. So, I took everything off and stamped some foliage on three of the corners/sides.

This made a big difference to how the layout looked, it added a little more interest to draw the viewers eye and seemed to add balance. I then finished it off with some gold sparkly gems and black Thicker alpha stickers for the titles.

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Another layout for the album. I have many other photos from this day and will be putting together some pocket page layouts using the leftover paper scraps from my kit.

Happy holidays, to those Aussies, also enjoying the school break!

April 2019 CKC Layout #2

 

Hello again,

Today’s share is my second CKC layout for this month. Once again, I started off with creating some more forgery items, this time it is some embellishments. The original inspiration kit for the April, Counterfeit Kit Challenge, was based on the March, Hipkit Club kit and had butterflies in sticker and die cut form. They were coloured either pink & green or in shades of blue. I attempted to copy these by colouring my black & white Kaisercraft butterfly paper with Copic markers and fussy cutting them out to use for embellishments on my layout.

Next, I tried my hand at forging another patterned paper. There is a lovely floral print with pink flowers and foliage and a blue background in the Hipkit inspiration kit. I couldn’t find anything similar in my stash to use as part of my kit, so decided to spend some time colouring in this brown and white Kaisercraft paper. I used a pink Copic marker for the flowers/foliage and a navy pencil for the background. It was a more difficult paper to colour and it was hard to get good coverage for the background.

 

I selected a range of papers to use for the layout based on colours I could see in my photo. I wasn’t sure it was going to work, some of the papers had strong designs and colours.

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Forgeries finished, I got busy using some sprays on white cardstock to create the background of the layout.

After drying and ironing my background, I began to think about building up further layers in green tones. I remembered that there was a patterned paper with large green polka dots amongst the Hipkit Club kit. I decided to borrow this idea and use one of the green papers I had in my kit to make polka dots which I fixed onto my background.

Then, I focused on mounting my photo with layers of patterned papers, including the coloured in patterned paper that I had worked on earlier.

I then trimmed down the background cardstock and mounted it onto the navy and white spot paper, this created a nice frame around the edge of the layout.

After building up the layers under my photo I fixed it onto the background using double-sided tape.

Then, I began to plan out where I would place my embellishment clusters and titles. I added some cameras along the edge which I had fussy cut from some patterned paper. I fussy cut out some flowers to use as embellishments and added my hand coloured butterflies.

 

After adding the titles, my layout was finished, another one for the family album.

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