Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's October - Let's Get Our Scrap On! What I'm Playing With This Month …

Hello there and welcome to my favorite month of the entire year … October! I'm going to try and keep this post short and sweet and jump right in to showing you the amazing scrappy products I plan to use this month - namely, my October Clique Kit (Masquerade Ball) and my homemade Counterfeit Kits (Both Sides Now). 

Chances are, if you stumbled across my blog today you are hopping your way through the Counterfeit Kit reveal blog hop. You should have arrived here after visiting Susanne's blog but, in case you didn't, you can head back here to start from the very beginning. 

Each month, the Counterfeit team draws inspiration from a "real-life" kit and creates a homemade, counterfeit version using products that have been sitting in our stash of supplies for awhile. Usually, I create a full kit loaded with papers and embellishments but this month I've decided to try something different. I created two small page kits, each designed to be used to create specific layouts. I'm calling the kits Both Sides Now, after one of my favorite songs by Joni Mitchell. 

For my first counterfeit page kit, I was inspired by the black & white polka dot paper seen in the real kit. I pulled out the only polka dot paper I had in my stash and built the page kit around that, using colorful embellishments to add a fun, festive feel. 

For my second counterfeit page kit, I drew inspiration from the polaroid frames, bows and floral patterned paper seen in the original kit. This one has a more traditional autumn feel to it, and I'm looking forward to creating a Thanksgiving layout with this.

The other kit I'll be working with this month is my monthly Clique Kit. This month the kit is called Masquerade Ball and it's full of amazing papers and embellishments from Kelly Purkey's collection with Basic Grey. I am absolutely *in love* with this kit! You can watch the full reveal in the video below … 

I would really love to see what you are all planning to work with this month! If you're participating in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge be sure to link up your kits over on the Mister Linky page. For my fellow Clique Kit subscribers (or anyone interested in getting more information + inspiration from the Clique) be sure to visit their blog throughout the month for amazing projects and ideas!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Scrapbook Blog Tour - Tag, I'm It!

Last week I was tagged by Fleur Smith at Fleurs by Design to participate in the Scrapbook Blog Tour (also known as the Scrappy Blog Tour and the Scrapbooking Blog Tour). If you don't know Fleur and aren't familiar with her work, you're missing out. Her design resume includes a phenomenal list of companies and manufacturers like Epiphany Crafts, Scrapbook Nerd, Imaginisce and Bind-it-All. It's impossible to visit her blog and leave uninspired.

Fleur sent me a list of questions to answer as part of this tag so let's jump right into it …

1. What am I working on right now?
Technically I'm not working on anything right now as I'm on vacation. Last week, I finished most of my October design team projects for Clique Kits - have you seen the previews of the October kit?! It's incredible! I've also started gathering supplies to make Halloween treat bags for the kids in our neighbourhood. Here's a peek of a Clique Kit layout that will be featured on my blog in the coming weeks ...

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
Most layouts take me about an hour from start to finish, not including the time it takes to choose which supplies I'm going to use. Once I get started on a page I like to work on it until it's done - no walking away and leaving it overnight unless I'm really stumped and feeling uninspired.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
Ephemera packs! I don't know why I never bought them before … boy, was I missing out! Having a package of small embellishments that coordinate perfectly with the papers in a given collection is super convenient. My all-time favorite embellishments, though, are flair badges and enamel dots.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I usually begin by collecting specific products I want to use. I'll pull out a sheet of patterned paper or a handful of embellishments and then try and think of what kind of layout I want to make with them. Once I have a theme or design in mind, I go through my photos until I find one that will work.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration for me. I follow several talented designers and love seeing their work pop up in my feed. I also love watching YouTube videos - specifically, scrapbook process videos. Seeing how someone else creates a layout from start to finish usually gives me ideas on how to pull together my own layouts.

6. What is my signature style?
I'm not sure that I really have a signature style; I use a variety of products and colors and techniques in my scrapbooking. I would say that I tend to scrapbook 12x12 layouts using only one photo and I love layers and clusters of embellishments. If I was forced to describe my style I'd say "feminine" … I love hearts and sequins and usually find ways to squeeze them onto every project I make.

Tag 3 scrapbookers …

I've decided to tag three ladies who are active participants over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. I'd love to get to know them better and am looking forward to seeing their answers. (Ladies, if you've already done this tag and somehow I missed it on your blog then I apologize! Please leave a link in the comments so I can head over and check it out).

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Clique Kits Blog Share - Be Daring

Yes … you read that blog title correctly. As hard as it is to believe we are already at the end of September and that means it's time for the monthly Clique Kits Pep Rally! The pep rally is a blog hop where both design team members and the Clique subscribers get to show off the layouts + projects they've made with the monthly kit. I was a huge fan of August's kit, Glam Camp, and I figured it would be pretty hard to beat …. but then September's kit, Study Abroad, came along and it just blew me away. It's loaded with paper (13 sheets!!) and fun embellishments, many of which were imported from Poland. 

The kit is already sold out but there are still some individual items available for sale in the shop (right here). Don't forget you can use coupon code STEPHANIE10 to get 10% off your purchases. 

Every month the pep rally has a theme and this month's theme is Be Daring. We were provided with the following quote by Cecil Beaton to use as inspiration - "Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." 

When I read that quote I immediately thought of my mom. She has never been one to play-it-safe or shy away from taking a risk and she worked hard to instill that same sense of courage and determination in both my sister and I. She raised us to believe that "where there's a will, there's a way" … no dream was ever too outrageous; no goal too ambitious. I knew I wanted to scrapbook a photo of her for this challenge so I chose this snapshot taken while we were all on vacation in Hawaii. I also decided to incorporate a "daring" scrapbooking technique - the use of white space. 

Everything on this page except for the grey letter stickers are from the Study Abroad kit. 
Can we please discuss the adorable flair and the fun little sequins?! Love them. 

For more Study Abroad inspiration, be sure to do the full blog hop as each lady will be revealing projects made using the kit. Also, if you follow the Clique Kits blog, "like" them on Facebook and leave comments on each blog hop post you'll be entered to win a $10 credit to the Clique Kits store.

Here's the line up from start to finish …

Stephanie <-- you're here