Saturday, May 16, 2015

Let's Tell Stories - Counterfeit Kit Challenge # 3

Greetings everyone! The third challenge of the month went live today over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and it's one that is near and dear to my heart. In keeping with our "Everything Old Is New Again Theme" this challenge was originally featured on the CKC blog back in 2011 (see here) and I'm so glad that Bethany decided to re-issue it!

I love this challenge because I'm a firm believer that, at its core, scrapbooking is about storytelling. We scrapbook to share our stories - sometimes we use pictures to convey our message, sometimes we put down words and sometimes we do both. Today, we want to challenge you to let the words take center stage. The challenge is to create a layout without photos. No pictures, just handwritten journaling!

Here's the layout that I came up with using my May Counterfeit Kit ….

My page was inspired by this layout by the amazing Kelly Purkey. I turned 29 earlier this month, and I loved the idea of making a list of things I wanted to accomplish, prioritize and focus on before turning 30.

Need more journaling inspiration? I recommend that you check out Jill Sprott's blog … she is one of my favorite scrapbookers and all of her layouts include journaling (often lots of it!)

If you complete this challenge, don't forget to upload your creations to the Counterfeit Kit Mister Linky so we can leave you some love!

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!

Monday, April 20, 2015

I've Got A Crush …. (+ A Project Life Spread To Share)

Hello everyone & a very happy Monday to you!  Chances are, you've stopped by my blog today on your way through the Scrap Crush blog hop from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge …. if so, welcome! If not, you should probably head on over here to start the hop from the very beginning. All of us have scrap crushes …. people whose creative style we covet; blogs we visit regularly for a daily dose of inspiration … and the Counterfeit Kit team is here to show you how to pull inspiration from those swoon-worthy scrappers and apply it to your own layouts.

So, let's get started … 

My creative crush is actually a bit of a scrapbook celebrity. She has her own line of products, teaches classes and has partnered with some of the biggest brands and manufacturers in the industry. She's always on point when it comes to the latest trends and her style is colorful, contemporary and very photo-centric. She doesn't use a lot of embellishments, preferring instead to spruce up her projects with stamps and small stickers like label tabs. She frequently journals directly onto her photos (*gasp*) and slices them up to slide into smaller pockets. While she does make 12x12 layouts, what she really excels at is Project Life-style pocket scrapbooking and mini albums.

Here's the Project Life spread I came up with, inspired by my crush … 

I wanted to document my thoughts + feelings on the Charlie Hebdo shooting that took place back in January (…yes, I have fallen way behind on my Project Life and have lots of catching up to do!) My scrap crush keeps her PL spreads fairly simple, with just a sprinkling of stylish, trendy accents. I tried to follow that model on my own spread and used only 4 embellishments - the gold doily, flair badge, letter stickers and flower sticker. I didn't have the guts to journal directly onto my photos, but I did manage to find a photo with words already in it. That photo of the Eiffel Tower was originally a 4x6 portrait photo and I sliced it down so it could fit into the 3x4 pocket.

Any ideas who my scrap crush is?! Leave your guesses in the comments below! You can visit the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog tomorrow, April 21st, to see if you guessed correctly!

Next up on the hop is Susanne 
Be sure to swing by her blog to see who she is crushing on :)