Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It's that time again...May Counterfeit Kit Reveal Blog Hop!

After a productive month with my April kit, I feel satisfied to put the leftover pieces away and start anew.  This month's inspiration comes from a "down under" scrapbook kit club called, "Polly Scraps" and it is entitled, "Shoreline".  Here, take a peek:

March Kit - Shoreline
A trim, ship-shape kit of carefully chosen pieces to convey that nautical vibe. I've always been smitten by the nautical look so I found it easy to create my own version of this kit.

 Here are just a few photos from my collection to prove my infatuation with the sea:

And that's only a handful of them!  LOL!  Let's hop aboard ship and see what kind of scrapping itinerary I have planned for you!



A closer look at my papers...

  I had fun counterfeiting the chalkboard art with this "Mom" tattoo paper.  And a quick google search for an anchor and some careful cutting made an instant stencil for my yellow anchor patterned paper.  That seemed like a "must" for this kit.

It's amazing what you can find on the internet!  I searched "anchor chalkboard art" on Pinterest and found this quote.  Another fun, handmade creation for my nautical kit.  And isn't that whale washi dispenser FAB?  I couldn't resist when I saw it at Joann's.

If you check out the add-on kit, you'll see it includes wooden Bingo chips by Crate Paper.  I thought the addition of red went right along with the seafaring feel.  You can see my counterfeit version above.  Be sure to check back to the CKC blog on the 8th to find lots of links on how you can make your own and other pieces of the inspiration kit.
Wood tone tiny types (those small letters are a "must" for almost all my layouts), clothes pins, and random word stickers will have your layout set sail on the high seas!

Some Thickers and stickers and a handmade envelope.  Silly me...I should have photographed it facing the other way so you can see the button and twine closure.  You get the idea...

Now, be sure to hop along to all of the design team including our very talented guest designer, Sherrie!  The list is below so you can navigate through the sea of creativity and inspiration.

Guest Designer: Sherrie
Lisa H.
Lisa J.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Using my kit...hooray!

Last month I didn't pay much attention to my kit at all.  Penny Candy is a great kit and will stay intact for future layouts, it's just that the month ran away from me.  I'm excited that April is giving me a little bit more "play time" and an opportunity to use my new kit, "Kodachrome".  I used the prompt over at Whimsical Musings (ya know...the great little challenge site that Lisa H. and her friend Pam organize).  I've been a bit of a wayward scrapper over there, too, but they welcomed me back with open arms - as they always do!  It's another great place for inspiration, if you haven't already checked them out.  When I read last week's prompt, I knew just which story and photos to use so I thought that would be a good place to get my feet wet again.  The prompt was to be inspired by cities.  We live about an hour from the Big Apple over in New Jersey.  We love the city and wish we had the time (and money) to spend more time there, although we are fortunate to get there several times a year for a fun outing.

In this layout, my sister and I traveled into New York City to see a live taping of the domestic goddess herself, Martha Stewart.  We took a bus (as there isn't a direct train line out where I live) and arrived in the city without a hitch.  The return trip was a different story.  While we boarded the correct bus line, we did not board the correct bus as it did not make our particular stop on the westbound schedule.  We didn't know that until we saw our exit flash before our eyes as the bus continued to barrel down the highway!  The final destination was about 30 minutes west passed my home.  Luckily, my husband came to rescue us.

I've been smitten with the Basic Grey Blog and used this sketch to get me going.  I was drawn to the banner strips going up as they reminded me of skyscrapers and that Amy Tan wood city skyline piece was a must for this page.  The goodies in my April kit worked well to pull off this urban vibe.

Note to Self:  When boarding a bus, be sure to ask the driver if he makes your stop!

Live and learn!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

CKC Challenge #1 - Photo Inspiration

Here's a little photo inspiration to get your creative juices flowing:

It has been an extremely slow start to spring around here, so this photo is almost like a mirage!

What struck me most about this picture was the deep blue sky and the bright yellow flowers.  Even though the sun is not visible in this photo, it is obvious that it is a clear sunny day.  So, that led me to choose the very on-trend sunburst design for my layout.

  I immediately thought of photos (ones that were taken with film) of our Nantucket trip when our son was a baby.   Here's what I came up with:

While I long for a warm day at the beach, I'd gladly take a day in the lower 60's at this point!  Hope you can find some warmth and inspiration from our featured photo.  We'd love to see your creations over on
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