Sunday, April 30, 2023

050123 Archiscraps May Challenge

Be inspired by Legos!

 Another great inspiration from Julene for our Archiscraps followers!

I just happen to have a number of Lego-maniacs in my family, but one outshines them all.

The photos are old but his enthusiasm still has no bounds.

I managed to find a "building block" font that was perfect for the layout. Really glad to have this scrapped!

Won't you find some inspiration from Legos at Archiscraps this month? This could be small coloured pieces to make up your background or mosaics or something else you can come up with.  

Be sure to check out what the Design Team has done or catch up with the other followers on our Archiscraps Facebook Community page, where you can post your own work for us to applaud! 


Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, April 1, 2023

040123 CKC April Kit Reveal & Blog Hop


Happy Spring!

Master Forger of Ceremonies Misty has ferreted out a new inspiration kit source for us this month as well as a Guest Designer! Meet Kathy Leicht-Gregg:


Hi…Kathy here from Washington state, USA. I have lived in Washington for 35 years now and am always amazed by the beautiful and diverse scenery that this state offers. I am married and have 2 adult sons, one lives in Seattle and the other lives in the other Washington. I’ve been following CKC for several years now but have never actually posted a layout or in fact, made a kit. I’m one of those who will spend hours looking through my stash for the perfect piece of paper or embellie so the idea of one kit seemed way out of my comfort zone. 


I have known Lisa for 10 years now (met in LOAD 2012) and she has tried to convince me to “just make a kit and try it!”. But I never did and then I met Misty a few years back, we are practically neighbors, and she asked me if I would be the guest designer. After much thought I decided it was time to get out of my box and try this approach as my stash overflows! I am looking forward to seeing what I come up with and where this takes me!

I have been scrapbooking, as we know it now, for over 20 years and love everything about it…all the stuff, all the stories I’ve told and that have been shared with me, and mostly all the wonderful people I have met along the way. You can find me on IG @codakathy. But honestly, I don’t post much and have never posted a layout there (not too many on FB, either, for that matter). I am thinking about creating another IG account with just layouts but just haven’t come up with a name yet. One of these days! 


Now to check out Misty's kit choice: 

I wanted to pick something a bit different this month so I chose the SCT Sampler Kit from April 2022. These kits from the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, are pint sized collections that pack in a nice sampling of products. The fun thing is you still get a wide variety of ideas, with two different themes to choose from! You can pick and choose one idea or the other, or combine them for one bigger kit. Don’t let the small paper sizes fool you—you can always take your kit to the paper size you need! This kit also has a few fun goodies for forgeries as well. I hope you enjoy this twist on our typical monthly kit idea.

March 2022 SCT Celebrate Sampler kit reveal HERE
 (scroll to the bottom of this SCT blog post to see the actual kit)

* The reveal post on the CKC blog has detailed images of the inspiration kit *

My first inspiration was the smaller papers - I decided to go with 6x8" paper and chose 1) K & Company's Antique Garden, a really beautiful springy floral/nature inspired paper pad and 2) Vicki Boutin's 2019 Art For Everyone ready-to-use mixed media paper pad. I have decided to try a very simple weekly memory planner - more about that in a minute!

This is my planner kit:

Includes a dollar store notebook, a Felicity Jane 2015 stamp set for the little number stamps, an ANCIENT Making Memories magnetic custom alphabet stamp set for the days of the week, and three Heidi Swapp 2013 & 2019 planner stamp sets.

I will have a 6x8" page on the right with one main photo & the left will be a few tiny photos of the random daily that we are so fond of taking but rarely do anything with! I'll have a sample for you later in the month for Challenge #2...

The inspiration kit had a Celebrate die, so I gathered this 2014 Hero Arts die/stamp combo with the intention of making cards

and the Simple Stories 2022 Celebrate! Bits & Pieces ephemera pack included below. That theme & the floral motifs in the original stamp set gave me my inspiration.

My "Memory Lane" full kit:

Additional items: 4 Vicki Boutin stamp sets - 2021 Sweet Rush, 2022 Print Shop, 2021 Fernwood, and 2020 Color Study; My Mind's Eye 2013 Chalk Studio stamp set; 2009 Sizzix branch with leaves die, 2018 Avery Elle Star Frame die, and 2015 Momenta bird die set.

I think that's everything, other than a big forgery download on the 4th. Stay tuned!

If you need more inspiration, our hop team has you covered. Check out how they interpreted this kit for their own use.

We always have lots of inspiration to share all month long, so here is a break down of what is coming!

  • April 2nd:  JUST THE GIST
  • April 6th:  MINI KITS
  • April 12th:  CHALLENGE #1
  • April 18th:  CHALLENGE #2
  • April 30th:  KILLING THE KIT

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 Community or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcapril2023).

Thanks for stopping by!