Saturday, April 16, 2016

Challenge #3

I'm back today with challenge three, to incorporate a little bit of everyday life into a project.

As No1 son opened a kitchen draw to grab a straw, there it was. My bit of everyday life. Since he had his braces fitted nearly two years ago, he drinks most of his drinks through a straw. 

The green straws were a perfect colour match for the layout I was planning. 

My little Scrum Half 

When I first put my counterfeit kit together I was concerned with how i'd use it. Most of my layouts are boy oriented and with a pile of rugby photo's to scrap I wanted to ensure I would try and adapt the kit to include at least one rugby layout.

Keeping it simple with only two patterned papers I used paste and a Tim Holtz stencil for added texture. 
It was the 3rd January 2016.  It rained non stop. It was bitterly cold. They were the only club squad to play a game. They put their heart and sole into it and he enjoyed every minute. They won :) and guess who got to take the squad kit home to wash! 

Thank you so much to the counterfeit team for having me and for getting me back into creating. I've enjoyed it all - even after my initial kit shock :) 

It's a super way to use up stash that you may not usually pick out when putting a project together. I 'm very happy I have three more stories recorded and I'm sure I will be forging kits in the future x 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Challenge #2

Today's challenge is to choose a project from the  C'est Magnifique February Kit Post to inspire one of your own. 

I chose this 4x6 spread to inspire a 12x12 layout. The clean simple lines of the top right hand pocket drew me in. 

Here's how it turned out. 

what a difference 24 years makes eh! 

I used another fabric frame around the photo. I've had these frames for over a year and I'm so glad I included them in the kit and have now actually used some. 

What from C'est Magnifique 's February Kits will inspire you to create ? 

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Challenge #1 Shabby Chic Technique:

Good morning and welcome back.

The first Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to incorporate a  Shabby Chic Technique into a project. 

This challenge brought back memories of my early days of scrapbooking were I used a craft knife to distress the edges of paper pieces. I always wanted one of those distress wheels you ran along the edges.

Using the kit, the two techniques I choose to include are distressing and layering. 

My first background paper choice was the sheets of element paper.

Layering up many patterns, all edges were distressed....

...and held together with a staple. 

I love how it turned out. 

What shabby chic technique springs to mind for you? 

and which one will you choose to use on your next project?

He said "It's not everyday a bird whispers in my ear"

Friday, April 01, 2016

Counterfeit Kitting

Hello... and good morning.

Recently I was invited to be a guest designer at Counterfeit Kit Challenge - an excellent opportunity  for me to get back into the swing of scrapping and sharing. A little nervous I awaited details of the kit we would be forging.

...and here it is Cest Magnifique Kits . A very traditional kit.

If blogger allowed us to have emojis, right now you would see lots of shock, horror faces. 

Feminine, florals, fancy frames, flowers, lace.... eck!

Ahhh  but know us scrapbookers we can't be beaten so I started to pull a kit together that would work for me - keeping in mind the elements shown in the above photos.

I started out by selecting my papers. The main thing that stuck me about this kit is the element of Black in it, hence the first paper I chose was:
  • Black polka dots (no pink polka's anywhere in my stash). Followed by, 
  • A bold floral paper (The only bold floral paper I have). 
  • A sheet of patterned elements paper 
  • A sheet of antique style paper (peaking out of bottom left hand corner)
  • 2x bold patterned paper. Red and Pink
  • and some small 6x6 papers. 
I added three sheets of 12x12 plain Bazzill. 
  • Black
  • Dark Grey and 
  • Yellow. 
Next up, I looked all through my stash to find some,
  • Fabric frames
  • Dollies, Twine and washi tape
  • Flowers (using these would be a challenge in itself!) 

To make this kit work I knew I needed to add some things that I could use with boy photos. So if you haven't noticed I included some rugby flair, Tim Holtz Stencil, Mist and Texture Paste. 

Finally, I would't get very far without a selection of Alpha. 

The one thing that kept popping into my mind throughout this was to keep it simple.

For me, a traditional kit is very overwhelming so I needed to create a kit, inspired by C'est Magnifique, that I knew I would want to use.

And after my initial shock, I have a kit I can't wait to use it. 

Thank you Counterfeit Kit Team.

Before I go you'll want to check out all the team members who will have fantastic kits to share.

See you soon x

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