Saturday, August 31, 2013

Counterfeit Kit Challenge September Reveal Blog Hop

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge (CKC) Blog Hop.  Each month my fellow Master Forgers and I use a past offering from an on-trend kit club to assemble a fabulous array of supplies using our very own stash.  Then we share the inspiration with you to get your creative juices flowing.  If you've arrived here directly, you should start over at the CKC blog and then hop on through the list.  A copy of the hop list is also available at the bottom of this post.  Leave us some love along the way and we will be sure to do the same for you when you post your creations.  And each month we feature a guest designer, so if we see you active on our Mr. Linky gallery, we may just ask YOU!  A warm welcome to this month's guest designer, Isbaha!

So, now onto MY kit for September!

Summer has been fun...crazy, non-stop fun.  So much fun that at times (really, just now at the end) it didn't seem like much fun anymore.  I think that means it is time to re-charge and re-group.  The kids will be back to school in a few days (which brings on a whole other set of busy-ness), but I will have a chance to tend to things around the house, and perhaps even get in some scrapping during the day.  I am looking forward to that very much.

This brings me to my September kit which was inspired by Citrus Twist's July Add-on called, "Adventure". (Note:  This was one of many kits from which we had to choose.  Be sure to scroll down to JULY.  Check out all the options here.)   
Here's the one I chose:

I definitely feel like I've had more than my share of adventures this summer, so I focused
on the gorgeous turquoise featured in this kit and created a calming and peaceful collection.  Take a deep breath, exhale slowly and enjoy the serenity of my September Counterfeit Kit...

Spa Retreat

Let's head over to the towel bar first to see the foundation of the kit:

A cut-a-part sheet from the Pier Collection by Crate Paper and some serene and tranquil patterns will be sure to relieve the stress.  I didn't want to fret too much when assembling this kit, so I left out solid cardstock.  I'll pull those pieces as needed.  Ahhhhh...I'm feeling more relaxed already!

Let's check out the embellishments over by the candlelight.  

Some sparkly flourishes and puffy chipboard clouds set the mood.  Just behind the glass carafe is a 6x6 paper pad by Crate Paper that is also featured in the inspiration.  And what says "peaceful" better than a delicate and lacy butterfly?

Washi tape, in a variety of soothing colors and patterns, hangs out on the mosaic soap pump.  Hoping to finally use that acetate piece tucked behind those turquoise metallic Thickers.  The pattern and frosty feel of the plastic almost has a shower curtain feel.

Some very old, but very perfect My Minds Eye flocked chipboard letters will give a softness to my titles, as well as those delicate paper fern leaves.  Not as easy to see all the way to the far left, there's a sticker sheet filled with Zen-like words to get your "ommmm" on!  

You'll notice an Eiffel Tower image in the inspiration kit.  While I'm not looking for an adventure this month, I had to throw in the Eiffel Tower images I had in my stash.  Dreaming about a day in Paris while soaking in a bubble bath sure sounds relaxing to me...and no stressful airport security checks!

And here we are back to the beginning!  How might you be inspired by the many kits available to us this month to counterfeit?  Remember, you can try to match piece by piece or even just be inspired by one color and make it your own.  Be sure to post your creations over on Mr. Linky here so we can leave you some love.   The most important thing to remember is this:  There's no right or wrong way to create a Counterfeit Kit...and that right there makes this challenge blog completely STRESS-FREE!  (insert sigh of relief here!)

And no need to stress about where to go will visit Millisa's inspiring blog here.

Guest Designer: Isbaha
Lesley G.
Lisa H.
Lynnette  YOU ARE HERE!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Lots of summer fun...little scrappy time

It's THAT time of year.  It's the time for memory making.  Summer fun.  Camps.  Trips.  Swimming. Beaches.  Not so much time for scrapping.  Sometimes that makes me cranky, but I try to keep it in perspective and enjoy the non-stop fun while it is here.  I managed to get up early today and sneak down to my scraproom.  I created this layout using my August Counterfeit Kit, "Office Max".

I took this photo of my hubby last weekend during our getaway to Maine.  Our hotel had this cozy firepit with a roaring fire.  The kids allowed us to sit still for a few minutes to enjoy.

I just adore this photo of my hubby and the relaxed feeling it evokes.  Started me thinking how well suited we are for one another.  And with a kit filled with office-type supplies, the title, "You're my type"  works perfectly.  I strategically placed that typewriter ribbon refill to cover "writer" leaving behind, "Know your Type".  Yeah, I think I know mine and he's the one for me.

Did you notice the "home keys" across the bottom?  Just another nod to the keyboard, along with the wood veneer typewriter.

This one was fun to complete and I'm glad I had the chance to get it out of my head and onto paper.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

CKC Challenge #1 - Let's geocache!

Well, hello there.  Thanks for popping in to see the first layout from my August kit, "Office Max".  Challenge #1 over at Counterfeit Kit is to create a layout using the idea of geocaching.   A few years ago, I would have had no idea what this was all about, but my sister clued me in.  She and her family geocache quite often and enjoy the challenge of finding a hidden treasure out in the world using coordinates.  To translate this to scrapbooking, the idea is to include hidden elements within your page.  I struggled with which direction to go with this, but found some inspiration from this Heidi Swapp video here.  Heidi to the rescue!  This was just what I needed to jumpstart my creating.  Here is my layout:

If you look closely, you can see where some things may be hidden on my page.  Yes, that tab will lead you someplace else.  Go can peek!

There's my son and his signature smolder that he keeps making for the camera!

Let's see who we find on the other side...'s my little beach bunny!

And here's the complete layout opened to reveal all the cuties inside...

My husband, the mechanical engineer, paid me more compliments on this one than I ever remember as he  was super impressed with my page with "moving parts"!  It's also a great design when wanting to include many photos on a page.

Hope this inspires you to take part in our challenge.  Be sure to show us your creation on the August Mr. Linky.  Happy Scrappy Geocaching!