Friday, July 3, 2015

Shoreline - July Counterfeit Kit

Alright, I admit it … I'm in a creative slump.

This probably isn't a huge surprise to those of you who stop by my blog on a regular basis. For the past few months, I've been putting together really nice kits for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge but I haven't really been using them. I thought coming back from Europe with hundreds of photos to scrapbook would be enough to pull me out of my slump but every time I sit down at my desk and try to put together a layout I end up just pushing papers around. My creative mojo is missing in action, guys, and it sucks.

This month, I'm determined to scrap something - anything! I decided to make a few changes in a desperate attempt to get back into the crafting groove. I completely reorganized my office/scrapbook room, sorting through products and purging LOTS (more on that another day). I've downloaded about a dozen sketches to use as jumping off points.

And, of course, I have my trusty Counterfeit Kit to work with, which I'm calling Shoreline … 

(Apologies for the poor quality photos. The gold foil made it very difficult to photograph!) 

This month, the team at CKC was asked to used the monochromatic March kit from Scrapabilly as inspiration. The kit had lots of turquoise and green, with splashes of brown. To create my counterfeit version, I pulled together a handful of pale blue and woodgrain papers (the closest thing I have to turquoise and brown) and added a little pale pink. I also included lots of frames and 2 sheets of white alphas to mimic the frames and alphabet stickers in the original kit.

Shoreline has a subtle travel vibe to it so hopefully *fingers and toes crossed* I'll be able to use this to get some of my Europe photos documented. I'll also be using my June kit, Bella Notte, since I made a grand total of one layout last month and have lots of product left over! Stay tuned.

Next up on the blog hop is Susanne 
Be sure to swing by her blog to see how she was inspired by the Scrapabilly kit

Monday, June 1, 2015

Bella Notte - June Counterfeit Kit

Hello everyone! Let's just jump right into it, shall we? As today is the first of a new month, there is a new kit to counterfeit over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.

If you've been playing along with us for awhile now you know that, usually, we pick a "real life" kit and use it as a source of inspiration for our own counterfeit versions. That said, sometimes we like to switch things up …. so, this month, we were challenged us to pick one (or more) of the new Basic Grey collections and use it to inspire our own kit.

I've been eyeing the Aurora collection ever since it debuted at CHA. The celestial trend is one that I absolutely love and I'm totally guilty of snatching up everything and anything with stars or constellations on it …. so, no big surprise that I chose to use Aurora as my inspiration.

The Real Collection … 
My Aurora Inspired Counterfeit Kit … 
★ Basic Grey's Aurora Collection ★ 
Color Palette - Black, Blue, Pink, Purple, Gold, Teal
Patterns - Stars, Constellations, Stripes, Squares, Triangles
Overall Vibe - Fly Me To The Moon meets The Great Gatsby

Here are a few more peeks of my counterfeit kit … 

You'll notice I didn't include many embellishments in this month's kit. There's a reason for that - I've come to realize that I prefer to pick out embellishments as I create. I like giving myself the freedom to choose the PERFECT embellishment for a layout, rather than force myself to use something I'd pre-selected. So, this month, I've got tons of papers and I'll pick out embellishments later.

Next up on the hop is Susanne 
Be sure to swing by her blog to see how she was inspired by the original kit 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Waikiki Sunset - May Counterfeit Kit

Yay for May !!!!! The month of May is full of good things for me - my birthday (tomorrow!) and National Scrapbook Day and our big trip to Europe … plus, warmer weather and lazy, sunny days spent reading out on the back patio. Of course, it also means a new kit to counterfeit, which is always exciting. 

This month, Bethany gave us a kit and a theme to be inspired by. The theme is "Everything Old Is New Again" and the kit is actually the very first one ever featured on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog - a Jenni Bowlin Mercantile kit from way back in 2011. Here's a peek of what it looked it … 

Now, I won't lie … when I first saw the kit, my initial reaction was a heartfelt "urgh!" 

I've mentioned this several times in the past, but red and green are the two colours I have the most trouble with when it comes to scrapbooking! I avoid them both like the plague ... and orange isn't exactly one of my "go-to" colours either. I'm not one to shy away from a challenge, though, so I got straight to work creating a counterfeit version that I could work with. Instead of focusing on the colour palette of the original kit, I decided to draw inspiration from the products themselves.

My counterfeit "shopping list" included the following items - label tags, polka dot patterned paper, floral patterned paper, patterned paper with words or letters on it and intricate floral doilies. 

Here's what I came up with …

In honour of the "Everything Old Is New Again" theme, I decided to blend the past with the present. As I mentioned earlier, the kit we were given to use as inspiration dates back to 2011 so when I started pulling together bits and pieces for my counterfeit version, I decided it should consist entirely of new products. Everything in my kit (except the roll of washi tape) are from the most recent CHA releases.

Next up on the hop is Susanne
Be sure to swing by her blog to see how she was inspired by the original kit!