Wednesday, January 18, 2023

011823 CKC January Challenge #2 - Make It New Again!

 

Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa says:

In our first challenge of the year, I went back to a design style that I used a lot when I first started scrapping - double page spreads - and encouraged you to give it a go.


On the same theme, this time around I'd like you to think back to when you first started scrapbooking (or at least, look back to sometime in the past) and find a technique that you used a lot which has got forgotten along the way as you have changed and developed your scrapbook style. 


So, bring that technique back into style and find a way to use it on a page today that is right up to date!

 

I took a look back over 20 years ago (!) to refresh my memory, to LayOutADay "LOAD" October 2010. It was my first scrapbooking challenge and I signed up at 11:30 pm the night before it started. I seem to have defaulted often to an "L" shaped arrangement on my pages. Here's a good sampling...

 

 
I'm using this general arrangement with my "Celebrating Us" page kit.
 
(I just realized - I forgot to use that chippy rose!)

Day 3 of the LOAD challenge was to pick a photo that tells a story without words = no journaling but a title is okay. I chose a recent photo of us. We just celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary!

 

  I love how this turned out! I pulled in a Vicki Boutin cheater paper for my background. Apparently I was much more of a minimalist scrapper back in the day! Don't you love to see how scrapping has changed over the years? What a blessing to have all of the things available today.


Be sure that you share your creation with us. If the idea of making a layout every day of the month for the LOAD challenge intrigues you, a new one is starting in February! Here's the LINK.

Remaining inspiration to keep you inspired in January:

  • 24th January: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st January: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2023).

 

Thanks for stopping by!



Saturday, January 14, 2023

011423 Crafty Soup Celebration Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Link HERE to enter for GIVEAWAY!

  Meet one of my CKC scrapsistas, Misty! 

She is an amazing & generous creative, sharing her skills on her Crafty Soup Youtube channel, the Crafty Soup blog,  & also on Instagram @craftysouppics.  Her success speaks for itself as we are here to celebrate her channel reaching 2,000 subscribers UPDATE!!! 3,000 subscribers - before we even got to the party! CONGRATULATIONS, Misty!

 

Create a project using one (or more) of these prompts: 

1) General celebration prompt!

2) Use a Crafty Soup free cut file 
https://craftysoup.com/free-cut-files/ 

3) Use a Crafty Soup free sketch
https://craftysoup.com/sketch-freebies/

 

 I decided to combine 1 & 3 for this layout celebrating Misty's achievement.

I used this FREEBIE sketch of hers, but please pardon my rudimentary PSE skills!!!

Found HERE
 


Let's go to THE HOP!

YouTubers: 

Nikki @NikkisScrapbookingAdventures:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKbcu9uHAYI

Alice Boll @ScrapHappy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvmVq0YrmL8

*Alison Day @LadnerVillageCraftCo5709:
https://www.youtube.com/@ladnervillagecraftco5709

Scrappy Kathy @ScrappyKathy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COpLVfSZNQo 

Sara Scraps @SaraScraps:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzwY_KYDPUA

Laurie @CookScrapCraft:
https://youtu.be/5nEZMMQlPnY 

*Create with Alison @CreateWithAlison:
https://www.youtube.com/@createwithalison

Tara @thepapersnob:
https://youtu.be/oO1oc45SQpo 

Anna @PieceCraftLove:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O-POJhhvz8

Janet Fritz @GalaxyGirlCreations:
https://youtu.be/4cBCM4dhr3o 

Other Socials 

Lisa (CKC):
https://lisahausmann.blogspot.com/2023/01/mistys-2000-subscriber-celebration-hop.html

*Cindy (CKC):
https://cindyscreations-cinmfoster.blogspot.com/ 

Tina (CKC):
https://www.instagram.com/p/CnZnFZSOCes/



Be sure to take advantage of all of the wonderful resources from Misty!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 12, 2023

011223 CKC January Challenge #1 - Sketch It!

 

Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa says:
 
When I first started scrapbooking, almost all my layouts were double spreads and I kind of miss them! So, let's start the new year with a fabulous Page Maps double sketch which was featured in Scrapbook and Cards Today in their Project 12 feature (January 2010). 
 
If you make a lot of spreads, this will be right up your alley and if you don't normally, this is a chance to stretch those creative muscles and give it a go! Double pages are a super way to include lots of photos and journalling with plenty of space for embellishments and all the fun stuff too! 

Sketches are such a fun way to create - copy it exactly, or totally tweak it and make it your own.
 
I knew right away that I would scrap my grandson's first season of football! So many photos to include - this sketch will help me winnow down my choices & do him justice documenting his amazing journey.


 I actually used my daughter's photo collages with a little rearranging and my "Star Defender" page kit.


I fussy-cut some of the cut-apart cards for embellishments.
 
 
I used some of the stamps I included in my kit to add some embellishments to a few photos.
 



My little man! He's not even 11 in these photos but it's happening too fast...
 
This two page sketch might help you scrap some of your holiday photos, or perhaps a short trip? It felt good to have that much real estate to work with! I hope you are inspired to give it a try!
 

And of course, as always, we have a full month of inspiration to keep you inspired!

  • 18th January: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th January: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st January: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2023).

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Sunday, January 1, 2023

010123 CKC January Kit Reveal & Blog Hop

 

A new month, a new year, a new CKC kit to counterfeit, and a new Guest Designer - please welcome Anandi! 

 

"I started buying scrapbook products in 2007 because I love paper, stickers, and stationery. I didn't have the courage to start actually scrapbooking until I did Project Life in 2012. I fell into a slump in 2020 and 2021 (like a lot of people!) and what got me back to my table was the Counterfeit Kit Challenge last summer. I shopped my stash and made whatever layout I felt like making in the moment. So grateful for this challenge!"

Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa has chosen the December 2022 Hip Kit Club main kit.


 I knew right away that I didn't need a seasonal winter kit, so I set out to troll for some paper matches for the 24 patterns represented. Some things I noticed: three dark papers - the woodgrain & the two dark backgrounds; mustard dotted & hot pink patterned, bold floral & diamonds, delicate patterns.

Welcome to my trio of page kits, Triple Play!

#1 Celebrating Us

Hot pink, dark background, bold floral, wood elements.

2018 Pink Paislee Paige Evans/Horizon #04, 2017 Maggie Holmes Flourish Emma, Stampington & Company Artists' Paper from Kim Collister, Recollections painted woodgrain alpha, assorted sequins, 2013 Studio Calico transparency words, unknown floral woodgrain embellishment.

#2 Turkey Day

Mustard dot, diamond, delicate pattern, wood embellishment, diecut selection.

2020 Carta Bella Oh Happy Day/Flower Jars, Stampington & Company Artists' Paper from Lila Levine, 2021 Maggie Holmes Market Square/Memoir, Nov 2016 & Apr 2017 Felicity Jane stamp sets, 2022 unknown wooden turkey napkin ring, 2015 Pink Paislee Cedar Lane puffy stickers, Art-C doilies, assorted sequins, 2020 Simple Stories Cozy Days diecuts & puffy stickers,Reminisce Hello Autumn cut apart "Give Thanks", 2020 Pinkfresh Studio Days of Splendor chipboard flair.

#3 Star Defender

Dark background, woodgrain, b-side of a bold floral

 2009 Basic Grey Basics poll, 2016 Crate Paper Maggie Holmes/Gather My Story, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes/Willow Lane decorative trim, Colorplay Touchdown cutapart sheet, assorted star sequins, Bella Blvd/Make Your Mark Magnifique b-side, 2017 Pink Paislee Paige Evans/Pick-Me-Up /#19, 2016 Thickers gold foil alphas, Jan & Sep 2016 Felicity Jane stamp sets, 2020 Vicki Boutin/Storyteller puffy stars.

This may be the month that I finally kill my kit!!!

Hope your 2023 brings blessing. <3


Here is the hop list so that you don’t miss out on any of the team’s inspiration:

And of course, as always, we have a full month of inspiration to keep you inspired!

  • 2nd January: Just the Gist of It - to help you find an easy way into creating your kit
  • 4th January: Forgery on the Fourth - Master Forgers share simple ideas for creating kit elements 
  • 6th January: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th January: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th January: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st January: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2023).

Thanks for stopping by!


 

Saturday, December 31, 2022

010123 Archiscraps January Challenge

 

 
Julene is starting out the first 2023 Archiscraps challenge with an uber-clever twist!

Incorporate some architecture on your layout! Perhaps in the embellishments, background, or even your photo. Secondly, twist the sketch to suit your photos, or even adapt it for a card!

I have a building in one of my photos - a chicken coop!





Post your version of this month's challenge at our Archiscraps Community Group on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, November 12, 2022

111222 CKC November Challenge #1 - Life Right Now!

 


Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa says,  The original kit includes a pack of embellishments from the Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now! collection and that seems like a great place to start our challenges this month.

Record something about your life right now! 

The small things or the big things in life are always perfect for us memory keepers so dig in and see what makes it onto your page this month!

I love these types of pages! I went to my kit for inspiration & chose tickets from the 2022 Pinkfresh/Life Right Now! Slow Days paper with relevant sentiments.


Then I chose the 2019 Pinkfresh My Favorite Story/Best Chapter for my background.


 I added a sentiment from the 2022 Pinkfresh Life Right Now!/Time For Fun paper, "Enjoy the little things."

I used one of the 2020 Pinkfresh Days of Splendor tags (pictured at top of post) as a subtitle, "Everyday magic" & dressed it up with some of the ephemera collection. Then I hung the tag, plus each ticket, photo & embellishment, from the title. I'm so happy with how it came out! I'm not normally a collection scrapper.
 



And of course, as always, we have a full month of inspiration to keep you inspired!

November is going to look something like this:

  • 18th November: Challenge #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 22nd NovemberAn extra challenge to add a little extra inspiration this month!
  • 24th November: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 30th November: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 


You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2022).

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

110122 - CKC November Blog Hop & Kit Reveal

 

Harvest Time!

Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa has a really inspiring inspiration kit for us this month! But first, let's find out who will don the Guest Designer beret again in November? Lisa's introduction:

This month, I’m delighted to have Machelle Willing join us as our Guest Designer. She’s been kitting with us for a long time and it’s always lovely to see her kits and creations – if you don’t already know her, you are going to love her!

"Hello, my name is Machelle & I am excited to be a Guest Designer once again for Counterfeit Kit Challenge!  I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years, so I have quite a stash built up and I love to follow along with CKC every month for inspiration to use what I have! 

I live in Central Texas with my husband, two dogs and a cat. In addition to scrapbooking, I love to make cards, crochet and pretty much anything I see on Pinterest. You can check out my projects on my website, Small Town Scrap, or follow me on FacebookInstagram or Pinterest."

On to our kit! Lisa says,

I like to have a look around and see if I can find an inspiration kit from outside the US and was rather taken with the Scrapbook Werkstatt October 2022 kit “Herbstzauber” (Autumn Magic) from here in Germany.

 I’m happy that this is a somewhat different kit for the autumn we find ourselves in in the northern hemisphere, but I think it has the option of being taken in different directions to fit where you are and how you feel about this time of year depending on where you put your focus. And of course, it’s a kit with “regular” products rather than kit exclusives so you might have a piece or two in your own stash which is sometimes a good place to start. Anyway, I think it’s bright and funky and full of energy, so I hope you enjoy making your own. Herbstzauber!

 

Scrapbook Werkstatt October 2022 kit “Herbstzauber”  

Papers:


I have to sincerely apologize - this may be my most uninspired kit reveal ever. No excuses. 

I knew I had 3 of the inspiration papers (asterisked below). I had some of the warehouse boxes from Pinkfresh Studios so I used a lot of the embellishments from other collections. But my immediate thrill after a look at this kit was that balloon paper - a cheap knockoff of the featured paper in the BasicGrey 2011 What's Up collection, which I OWN. 

The whole package is in reserve at the bottom of the Magic Blue Box!

Meanwhile, here are my papers & embellishments:

 
A sides Column 1: *2022 PinkFresh Life Right Now/Time for Fun, 2021 PinkFresh Happy Blooms/Memories b-side, *2022 PinkFresh Life Right Now/Slow Days, 2014 Echo Park Getaway/Travel Script; Column 2: 2011 BasicGrey What's Up/Balloon Festival, not pictured - 2022 PinkFresh Life Right Now/Social Hour (replaced pocket cards with phrases), 2019 Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Heritage/Generations, *2020 AC Paige Evans Wonders.

B sides Column 3: *2022 PinkFresh Life Right Now/Time for Fun b-side, 2021 Lawn Fawn Watercolor Washes/Rose Quartz, *2022 PinkFresh Life Right Now/Slow Days, 2015 Elle's Studio Thankful/Sweater; Column 4: 2022 AC Jen Hadfield Stardust/So Fresh, 2022 Cocoa Vanilla No Limits/ Orbit, 2019 PinkFresh My Favorite Story/ Best Chapter, 2022 Asuka Studio Wonderland/Rabbit Hole b-side.


I'm really looking forward to using this kit! Lisa really picked a good one.
 

I hope you're ready for another month of scrappy fun! Join us for the full reveal hop: