Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Scrapping in batches

Hello there.  It seems the pace of my summer has only increased, instead of slowing down.  The kids and their activities keep me busy in a different way than the school year.  It's all fun and it's all good, but it doesn't include much quiet time to myself.  Anyway, I've come to realize that I may need to scrap in batches to get anything done.  Kind of like when you don't have much time to cook during the week, so you whip up a batch of chili, sauce and a casserole on the weekend so you don't have to worry about "What's for dinner?" each night.  That's the approach I'm taking with my summer scrapping and of course, a counterfeit kit makes it that much easier to whip up a layout.  The last 2 days I've had some time to dedicate to scrapping, so I put together 3 to share with you.


I know that I don't HAVE to do beachy layouts just because my kit is named, "Seaside Villa", but I just can't help myself!  I'm thinking this should satisfy my scrappy appetite for a few days until I can get back to creating some more.  Actually, on second thought, I think my scrapbook appetite is insatiable!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Vacancy at the "Seaside Villa"

Summer is not my favorite season.  The oppressive heat bothers me terribly, but if I could spend all my summer days by the breezy seashore, then I think I would change my mind.  So, I invite you to join me at my "Seaside Villa" - my July Counterfeit Kit.  Based on Citrus Twist's June kit entitled, "Summer Boardwalk", my kit will transport you to ocean breezes, warm sand beaches and refreshing waters with cool turquoise patterned papers, warm neutral cardstock and little treasures found in the sand like hexagon chipboard shapes and wood veneer seashells.  Come dig your toes in the sand with me as we take a look:

Yes, this is in my kids' sandbox and yes, I did get a little bit of sand in my Thickers, but I think it was well worth it!

Here on the "boardwalk" you can get a closer look at my collection.  I followed the selection of cardstock pretty closely, along with the addition of the text paper.  I just love the turquoise colors, so I included several different patterned papers in that hue.  On the far left are 2 different wood grains and the obligatory chevron (I do love them, it just seems that they are always in there!) and a chevron mask for the off-chance I can't find some of that zig zag pattern.  The only exact match I had was the Mini Market stickers in orange, so in they went along with a light turquoise set of Thickers.  Here are some close-ups of my embellies:

Some orange chevron (there it is again!) ribbon, My Mind's Eye brads, and a stamp set with similar images as the original kit.
I used my Cricut "George" cartridge to cut out those blurbs out of ledger paper.

The Pink Paislee chipboard hexagons from their Nantucket line are just as quaint as their namesake.  I wouldn't mind my Seaside Villa in that location!  And some wood veneer shapes from Close to My Heart are a perfect souvenir.

Just love that vintage slide from Jenni Bowlin Studios and that "vintage" woodgrain boat and frame came from a stash swap over at Lain Ehmann's Scrap Happy membership site.  I think it is from My Mind's Eye from several years ago, but I loved the woodgrain.  Just goes to show you that if you hold onto stuff long enough, it comes back into style!

So, are you convinced to spend a few days at the "Seaside Villa"?  I wouldn't wait too long to book your stay.  Before you know it, there will be a "NO" on the vacancy sign.  Grab your scissors and your sunscreen and join me for an enchanted retreat.