Thursday, July 16, 2015

Merci, Paris ... A Layout + Tips For Using Project Life Cards

Okay. Somebody get the confetti dispenser. Someone else conduct the choir in a lively rendition of the "Hallelujah" chorus. It's real, folks. It's happening. For the first time in months, I ACTUALLY scrapbooked a layout - and photographed it! And uploaded it to this blog! I think an impromptu dance party is in order …


Alright, enough dancing. Let's get down to business.

The layout itself is nothing fancy. It's for my Europe album (surprise, surprise) and it features a 4x4 Instagram photo of the Eiffel Tower that I took during our first day in Paris. I'm planning to add some journaling to the bottom right-hand corner, but I'm going to add all my journaling at the end once most of the album is complete. 

The latest challenge over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog is to alter an embellishment. I have a huge assortment of Project Life cards in my stash and I often use them as embellishments on my 12x12 layouts rather than pocket fillers. So, in honor of the challenge, I thought it would be fun to show you how I altered two Project Life cards + incorporated a third onto the layout above.

Basically, I pulled out my scissors and got busy slicing and trimming. 

→ I loved the 3x4 die cut with the X's and O's on it, but I sliced it in half and adhered it so that it was peeking out from beneath my cluster … that way, it looked like patterned paper rather than a small pocket card!
→ I had another Project Life card that had a tag on it with a gold foil heart. The tag didn't do anything for me, but I loved that heart so I carefully cut it out. I then adhered it to my layout using 3D foam squares, making it appear to be a proper embellie.
→ Last, but certainly not least, I incorporated a 4x6 Project Life journaling card into the cluster of patterned papers.

I hope I've inspired you to dig through your own Project Life cards and alter them to suit your projects. Now, let's get back to dancing, shall we?! ;)

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