Monday, June 1, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge June Reveal and Blog Hop

Land Ho!  It's June and we have arrived with our new batch of inspiration for Counterfeit Kit Challenge.  And it's a big batch as we are challenging you to copy one of eight (yes, that's right I said 8!) of Basic Grey's new offerings!  How about THAT for options?  Check out the introduction on the CKC blog to see the inspiration buffet.

Every summer, I am always drawn to the nautical scrapbook collections.  I never tire of the navy, teal, reds and oranges.  I loved whales and anchors long before they were trendy.  I could buy the new one each season, but I really shouldn't.  So when I saw Basic Grey's "Adrift", it was calling out to me like an S.O.S (Save Our Scrapbook, of course)!

 I had the rare opportunity to shop at a not-so-local-scrapbook store and they had some of this collection.  Oh the temptation!  And to add insult to injury, I knew this was one of the inspiration collections this month.  I'm not supposed to buy it...I'm supposed to forge it!  So here was my compromise:  buy only 2 "starter" pieces to save on my wallet, yet satisfy my scrappy, nautical appetite, and then forge the rest. After all, I know I have a whole fleet of seafaring papers at home.

Here's my nautical kit:

I started off with the dark navy paper and the die cut pack from the "Adrift" collection.  I limited myself to just those 2 pieces.  How's that for self-control?

To add to the collection and make it completely my own, I added papers from the Cosmo Cricket "Salt Air" paper pad.  I scored this huge paper pad a year or two ago at Tuesday Morning (a close-out store that often has scrapbook supplies) for a steal (like 5.99 for the whole 12x12 pad) and felt the papers mimicked the colors in the inspiration. They have a beachy feel, without being too over-the-top themed.

From afar, it's hard to even notice the fish tales and scales.

Here's my printer's tray with all kinds of "nautical nonsense"!  Whale washi, October Afternoon flair, Nautical tags from last year's Fancy Pants collection and of course, the die cuts from the "Adrift" collection.

Here's a peek at some of the contents of the die cut pack.  In the background, some dark navy and teal alphas along with some cork Thickers (how could you NOT have cork in a nautical themed kit?) 


Now, it's time for you to set sail.  How will you choose your inspiration?  Are any of them sending YOU an S.O.S?  Gather your inspiration from the hop below and then chart your course!  The Master Forgers Crew will all be anxiously awaiting your choice and your take on it at the dock.  Share your kit with us on June's Mr. Linky!

A warm welcome to my fellow ScrapHappy/LOAD scrapsister Emma, our guest designer this month.  She has rocked our scrappy boat here over at CKC!  She is a scrapping machine who produces tons of layouts that are inspired and gorgeous.  Simply beautiful!  So glad you are here, Emma!

Guest Designer Emma
Lynnette  YOU ARE HERE!
Margie:  NEXT UP!

So, an important kit building lesson I learned this month:  You don't have to buy a whole collection or even a lot of it!  While I love Basic Grey, I have something that is inspired by theirs, but is uniquely MINE.  That is what is so awesome about Counterfeit Kit Challenge!  You can do...


Thanks for drifting by!