Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pumpkin Chai - October Counterfeit Kit

Hello hello everyone! Welcome to the beautiful month of October. My favorite time of year starts right about now and ends just after Christmas … autumn, in all its glory, with just a hint of winter. It's not just the pumpkin spiced lattes that make me giddy this time of year (although those are the best!) but also the calm sense of routine, the vibrant landscape with its changing leaves, the quiet rainy mornings and the sound of the foghorn echoing across the inlet. My heart was full this morning as I flipped the calendar over to a new month.

As always, a new month means a new kit to counterfeit! If you're not already familiar with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, you can head on over here to read all about it and join the fun. We have some new faces this month, so be sure to stop by and say hello to Clair, Susan and Kelly as they join us on the counterfeit team!

This month we are switching things up a little and are pulling inspiration from this gorgeous Case File

When I saw the case file, I immediately knew that I wanted to work with that color scheme (orange, yellow, grey, cream/white and pistachio). The color scheme was my guiding force as I pulled my kit together. I began by pulling patterned papers and did my best to make sure each color on the palette was well represented …

Next, I took a look at the testimony file. Here in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving on October 12th so the "thank you note" idea jumped out at me straightaway. I pulled out a few 3x4 Project Life cards that had a gratitude theme to them and added those to the kit. I also pulled some Halloween embellies, because it is October afterall.

I couldn't decide which flair badges to use - so I just included them all! :) 

And last but not least, I pulled together a mini card kit in honor of World Card Making Day which is on October 3rd. My inspiration for the card kit was the evidence file - specifically, leaves and watercolor.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Next up on the hop is Susanne
Be sure to swing by her blog to see her counterfeit kit for the month 

Monday, September 28, 2015

October Afternoon's Treasure Map - North Shore

Is September seriously coming to an end?! HOW is that possible?! This month just zoomed by for me ... but before we jump into October, I thought I'd share one last layout with you all. 

This is another design team layout for Scrapbook Nerd, made using the adorable Treasure Map collection from October Afternoon. On this particular layout, I used the B-side of the Skull Rock patterned paper and layered it with the Shipwreck Coast and the True North papers. 

I also went to town with stamping, using the tiny star stamp from the Clearly Kelly New Adventures set and the Hero Arts Pool to Navy ombre ink pad. I'm so in love with how it turned out! For more details on this layout you can check out the Scrapbook Nerd blog where I shared a quick tutorial.

That's a wrap for me this month! See you all in a few days for my October Counterfeit Kit reveal! 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

September's Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member Blog Hop

Hello there! September is quickly coming to an end which means it's time for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Members' Blog Hop. This hop is a monthly wrap-up of sorts, where everyone gets a chance to showcase projects made using their counterfeit kit. If you're following the hop from start to finish (and, of course, you should) then you arrived here after perusing Tina's blog. If you're a little lost, you can head back here to start from the very beginning.

This month, we were asked to create counterfeit kits inspired by Studio Calico's Pop Art kits. I wasn't a big fan of the Pop Art kits, but I ended up falling head over heels for my counterfeit version - Uptown.

First, let's take a look back at some of the layouts I created with my kit earlier this month ….

For more info on these layouts + to see close-up shots, check out the following blog posts - 

The project I created specifically for this hop was inspired by challenge #1 - keep most of your layout white and use one pop of color for a change of pace. Here's what I came up with ….

Now, I know what you're thinking: I cheated!! Yes … yes, I did. My original plan was to use white + shades of pink to document the day my husband and I went to an Andy Warhol art exhibit in the city. Somehow, a splash of yellow snuck its way in there and then I added black journaling. But you know what? While I didn't follow the exact guidelines of the challenge (sorry Bethany!) I'm really pleased with how the layout turned out. No regrets.

Next up on the hop is Binty 
Be sure to hop over to her blog to see what she created this month