Thursday, January 12, 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge #2: Zentangles

Now, I will have to be honest. When I saw that this was my challenge, I groaned a bit. I don't Zentangle, and the thought of it sort of stresses me out. I thought and thought as to how I would make this challenge work for me, and I came up with a few different solutions. First I thought, well, I will print out a zentangle that someone else has created and then add it to a page. But then I couldn't come up with any ideas of anything that I wanted to scrap in this style. I could have used some doodle-y papers, like Love, Elsie (yes, I still have some) or some Bella Blvd. But, honestly, I didn't think of that until just now. My next thought was to save a Zentangle jpg and use it as a photo in a Project Life app page  (that is the scrapping style I am really focusing on right now, since I am trying to finish up my Project Life from last year-and I almost have it finished; only four weeks in August left to do). But then I really wanted a camera zentangle, and I couldn't find it, so, back to the Project Life App I went.

I saw a sketchy camera card in Maggie Holmes' Open Book collection, and the decision was made. "Good Enough!" And, so this is how I went from the zentangle inspiration to my page:

Which, I hope is a lesson in making inspiration work for you. As a side note, would you be interested in seeing more of the pages I make in the Project Life App? As I said earlier, I have most of 2016 scrapped this way, and I am really liking it so far. For my 2016 pages, I am printing them in 12x12 size and mixing them into my regular family album. For 2017, my plan is to complete them all and upload them for an 8x8 or 10x10 book. If there is interest, I would share some of them here, and talk about my process. I am definitely still learning, so I could share what I learn as I learn it, as well.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

"Stars and Snowflakes" Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit for January 2017

Happy new year! And welcome to our blog hop for the Counterfeit kit challenge kit reveal  for January! It's kind of hard to believe that it is January already, and the start of a new year. I love the fresh start and the possibilities offered by the start of a new year. The kit that was chosen for us to counterfeit this month is the January kit from Shop and Crop:

And here is my Counterfeit kit,which I am calling "Stars and Snowflakes" (made up entirely from my stash (some of it rather old!):
 I looked through my blues and greens, searching for patterns that  had doilies, and other prints that I felt would be similar to the inspiration kit. I chose few papers from Basic Grey, a few from the Echo Park "Reflections" collection, a blue snowflake print from an old SEI paper collection, a feather print from an Allison Kreft Collection, a whitewashed woodgrain from Carta Bella, a light blue  patterned paper from Prima, and a blue floral from October Afternoon.

When choosing the embellishments, I looked first for items that were found in the original kit: mist (instead of one, I decided to use the whole unopened set of Winter Wishes Glimmer Mist that I have), die-cut pack-the one I chose was a pack of Dapper Dan from Glitz designs, and I added a handful of die cuts from my bin of leftovers, and wood veneer doilies. Then, I added in a few other embellishments that I felt would compliment the kit,  such as the Vivienne wood veneer shapes, silver glitter word strips from Studio Calico, teal glitter heart stickers from Target's dollar spot, blue chipboard stars from Studio Calico, blue glitter star tape, a couple of doilies, and glitter enamel snowflakes. I love blues, and although I may have to add a little bit into the pages ( like a few more sheets of kraft or cream cardstock), I quite like the kit, and think it will be an easy one for me to use.

Looking forward to the new year, I laid out some of my crafty plans for the upcoming year, such as:

  • Cleaning and organizing my craftroom, and doing something crafty and interesting with the old window that I have in there to decorate it.
  • Creating a photobook of Project Life for 2017 in the Project Life App, with one page per week
  • working on (not necessarily finishing) vacation albums for my two trips last year, Washington, D.C. , and our Disney Trip in October. I have just about decided to mainly scrap the Disney trip in the Project Life app as well, and have a nice photobook made from it, maybe with a few regular pages added in to our family album for the year.
  • finish my December Daily album by the end of January (maybe sooner)
  • finish my 2016 Project Life in the app (I have about 20 weeks left from the middle of the year, when I was working 50ish hours per week.) I have done about 10 LO's in the last week or two, so it's definitely doable! This year, I am printing the PL pages that I make in the app at 12x12 size, and just adding it into the progression of my regular family album for the year. This makes me feel free to just skip around and tell the bigger stories, whatever I am inspired by. I love knowing that I have them to jog my memory, and if I don't get around to anything else, I am still recording and printing my photos and stories!

If you would like to see a more in depth post about it, the link is here:

I have a few personal/health/fitness related goals as well, such as:

  • run/walk 365 miles this year. I know that I will have days that I won't feel like running, such as those days in the summer that I am walking 10 miles a day doing my job (photography) outside, and I think I will have to count it in order to reach my goal, but the main thing for me is refocusing on my health and fitness in the new year
  • practicing/improving my skills in photography
  • getting back in the habit of sharing more here, on my blog.
  • finishing projects...home projects, crafty projects, you name it.
  • decluttering! And getting my home back to the clean and tidy state that I love for it to be in, while it is slow at work.
So, I hope to get back to sharing regularly here on the blog all things fun and crafty, so I hope you will check back with me soon.

Alright,  enough about me! Time to hop around to the other designers to see what type of kits they will be using to start their new years out with. Here's the hop list:

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you will leave me a quick hello and come back soon!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Counterfeit Kit Challenge #2: A Walk In The Woods

Challenge #2 - A Walk in the Woods


In the fall, we often take long walks in the woods to enjoy the crisp air and turning of the leaves. For this challenge, let the forest be your inspiration. Create a project inspired by the woods. For ideas, check out this Pinterest board.

My schedule is pretty hectic at work, and I haven't had a lot of crafty time recently, but I did make something for this challenge, using my November Counterfeit Kit. I even used up a few scraps! 

I started by punching a few circles out of scraps of white cardstock:

I embossed the circles with a Shimelle woodgrain embossing folder:

Diecut some doilies with a Papertrey Ink Doily die, using scraps in some fall colors:

And then layered them up with bits from my November kit, featuring the watercolor leaves:

And now I have some sweet little layered embellishments, all ready to dress up a scrapbook page:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November 2016 Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit

Hi, all! I am back to scrapping and all things fun and crafty. I had to take a little blog break, but I should be able to start getting back to more regular posting, as things are calming down a bit at work, and our vacation is past.
This month, we were given the October City Park kit from Cocoa Daisy to be inspired by:
I dug into my stash to come up with a similar style of kit to scrap with for November. This is the kit that I came up with:

And here is a video walk through of my kit for you:
Now that you've seen my kit, be sure to hop around to all of the other designers' blogs and see the kits that they have created to scrap with this month.

I can't wait to get back to sharing what I'm creating with you all, and my Disney adventures soon, as well!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

September 2016 Counterfeit Kit challenge video

I am back, as I promised a few days ago, with a video for my September kit. Here it is, and thank you for being patient with me!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September 2016 Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit

Good morning! When I knew it would be my turn to choose this month's kit-to-copy, I immediately knew that I would choose the Felicity Jane kits, because I always love their selections! The only hard part was choosing which kit to counterfeit. The one that I finally decided to go with was the most recent, August "Maggie" kit. I love the stylishness of their kits, so I couldn't wait to pull a sweet girly kit together from my stash. And let me tell you, I have SO MUCH stuff that would go well with this kit, but I tried to reign it in a little bit. 
And here's my "Girly Glam" kit:

A closer look at the papers:

and embellishments:

Some wood veneer bits and pieces:

Wonderful washi:

Unfortunately, I don't have a video for you
yet this month since I smashed my thumb at work last week and the nail is rather gross looking. It doesn't hurt anymore, but I was watching the video back and definitely need to redo it after I paint my I will post the kit without it and add the video tomorrow after I get it finished.

Until then, here's the designer's hop to keep you busy:

Make sure you stop by and see all of their lovely kits!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 2016 Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member's Blog Hop

"Welcome to my part of the CKCB Members' Blog Hop.
You should have come here from Tara's blog.
Here's a look back at my August Kit:

And a couple of pages that I have made with the kit so far;

First, a new page in response to challenge #1, "Happy Sandcastle Day", as the cork paper reminds me of sand, and what could be more indicative of childhood than back to school memories, with last year's back to school photo of my kiddos:

And some detail shots:

And, of course the page that I made for Challenge#3, "Sounds foreign to me":

I am loving the pages that are resulting from this kit, and can't wait until I get a bit more time to play with it this weekend. 

Thanks for stopping by, and now you should hop over to Tina's blog ...

Here's the list of blogs that are participating in Today's blog hop:

Don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know you were here and happy hopping!"

Monday, August 22, 2016

Magic Monday...#ShowYourDisneySide memorabilia

Good evening! Today's layout features some memorabilia that I brought home from our last Disney trip, a brochure from the #Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event that welcomed us on our first day. I had a fun photo that someone took of us in front of the Magic Kingdom train station, with the Rock Your Disney side banner in the background, and I thought that it would be the perfect compliment to the brochure.
 I used supplies from my July CKC kit:

And here's a look at the brochure (I love just stapling them at the top so that I can fold them out and look at them if I choose to.):

That's all for tonight, I'll be back in couple of days (the 24th) to show what I have been making with my August CKC kit. See ya real soon!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Counterfeit Kit Challenge #3 for August 2016

This is the challenge that we were given:

Challenge #3 for August 2016 - Sounds Foreign to Me!



 UK /ˈfɒr.ən/  US /ˈfɔːr.ən/

 belonging or connected to a country that is not your own: 

Spain was the first foreign country she had visited.

foreign languages
In honour of our German inspiration kit, and the fact that you might have had a go at understanding the kit content list, I'd like you to be inspired by foreign words on your project.

Since I haven't ventured out of the United States as an adult (I need to remedy that!), my first thought was Epcot's World Showcase. I decided to scrap these  photos from the Norway pavilion's quick service bakery, mainly because the name of the bakery sounds so foreign.

All of the supplies for this page came from my August Counterfeit kit, and I have to say I quite love this kit, and the way my pages are coming together with it. I've made a couple more inspired by Shimelle's Project 20 class, which I will share on the 24th for our member's blog hop. Don't forget, we want to see your kits and what you are making with them, so be sure to email us at  and let us know that you would like to participate!