Saturday, November 18, 2017

Challenge #2 - November 2017 - Star Sign Inspiration

It's the 18th which means that it's time for challenge #2. 

Challenge #2 - Star Sign Inspiration

November is my birthday month and those of you who know me will know that I am a passionate Scorpio! Add that in with an obsession love (!) for any paper with star, sky or constellation design and I'm pretty much in heaven. 

So, let's get inspired by the stars or zodiac constellations and use them our projects.

Susan took a very literal approach to this prompt and created this layout:

You can read more about her process on her blog here.

Lisa "cheated" a little but she's hoping you can forgive her because she loves the layout she made! ;-)

You can find out more information and detail shots on her blog here but there were definitely a "couple" of items smuggled into her Counterfeit Kit Challenge November kit, Celebrate, to make this very self-indulgent page! Scorpios can be very devious, don't you know! 

Kelly's layout documents spending Halloween night under the stars so she added plenty of stars to her  page! More details can be found on her blog.

Anne created this beautiful layouts with a sprinkling of stars! She told me, "Um, I added some stars. That was an easy challenge for me because I often use and love them!!" Well, you know how much I love stars so I love this layout too! :-) 

Lynnette created a layout about her theatre star...her son.  Some gold star accents and star pattern paper help to highlight his stardom!

As always, if you're inspired to create a kit, a page, a project or in fact, anything at all, make sure to include them over at our Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community page or over on the CKC blog page Monthly Link Up. We want to see it! Or share on Instagram using @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Challenge #1 - November 2017 - Just the Opposite

Great to see you back for the first challenge of the month using our main kits.

Challenge #1 - Just the opposite

November often gets a bad rap and many here in Europe consider it to be the greyest, dampest, dullest months of the year. 

Some years ago, I decided that I was going to find the positive in this special (for me) month and actively looked for the bright moments that would make me happy. And I have to tell you that there are a lot of them - there are many more blue-sky days than I ever realised and the festive lights and decorations that can often be found in November in the run up to Christmas can always brighten up even those dull, grey days. And of course, it's the end of autumn and beginning of winter, both of which make me very happy! 

So for this challenge, I'd like you to be inspired to find the positive in something and create a project about it.

Anne made this gorgeous layout. She told me, "I thought about the things we do in winter. We're often at home and try something new. So when I looked through my photos I found a pic with my little daughter learning how to get dressed. She looked so adorable with her tongue between the teeth." You can find out more about her layout over on her blog.

Leslie recently had a visit from a dear friend & usually when you have a visitor you show them around & are busy doing. Instead they ended up just hanging out at home & enjoyed the chance to just be together in real life and take a break.

Julene was recently in Las Vegas.The room she had there was not perfect,but she turned it into a positive.

Susanne was inspired to scrap the mood of her fall thus far based on some of the photos in her Instagram and Facebook feeds.  So while she wasn't ready for fall to be here, she has made the best of it. She used many of the patterns in her kit, so this page is representative of the mood of her whole collection - fall with a lighter touch.

In case you hadn't noticed, I love November and I hope this challenge encourages you to find the positive in this month or in fact, anything at all! If you are inspired to create a kit, a page, a project make sure to include them in our Monthly Link Up. We want to see it! Or share on Instagram using @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge


Monday, November 6, 2017

November 2017 Mini Kit Reveal

Love this month's inspiration kit, but not entirely sure if you can play along this month?
  • Maybe you're not sure if you have the time and energy to play along? 
  • Maybe you feel like you haven't got quite enough stash to make a full kit? 
  • Or maybe you're still working with the remnants of last month's inspiration kit and only need a small selection to work with? 
Well, it's time for our mini kit reveal so let's just remind ourselves of the original inspiration kit, "Emerson" by Citrus Twist back in November 2016. If you follow the link here and go to the November 2016 section of the page, you'll find several add ons which could also be inspiration for you in your mini-kits so make sure you check those out too.

Here's the main kit again:

Mini Counterfeit Kits can either be simply smaller versions of the main kit, or they can be specifically aimed at use as card kits, mini album kits, pocket style albums or planners. It's entirely up to you and, of course, you can use the mini-kit option whenever you like!

Shall we see some examples from the Master Forgers?

Clair made a mini kit, inspired by the black and white floral. Her kit contains only black and white cardstock and embellishments and all of it has been drawn from her massive stash of scraps!

Clair used her kit to create a monochrome Pocket Letter.

Kelly created a very mini-kit to use to make a spread in her weekly pocket-page album.

Here is the layout she created. You can see more details on her blog.

Lisa pulled together a card kit from her box of paper scraps following the themes of the inspiration kit - chevrons, arrows, small designs, geometrics, words, veneers and stars. She sprinkled embellishments into the kit and some alphas as well as some elements that she had previously created with the plan to make some cards - great plans, poor follow through!

And then she made four quick and easy cards which will be so useful for her crazy birthday season in November and December!

You can see more details over on her blog here.

Margie was inspired by the chevron paper in the inspiration kit, and had just the paper that she wanted to use-this gorgeous paper by Shimelle, for the Little by Little collection. And then she pulled a few papers from her scrap bin to compliment the color scheme, and had the basis for a page kit:

Which came together nicely for a lovely sweet sixteen page for her daughter:

If you're inspired to create your own main or mini kit then as always, we love to see them so share by including them in our Monthly Link Up, the CKC Facebook community or Instagram using @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Forgery on the Fourth - November 2017

This month's inspiration kit is the November 2016, "Emerson" kit by Citrus Twist. You can find several add ons as well as details of the main kit on the kit page here. But here are some shots of the main kit.

I see veneers, cork, words and simple page patterns that could be forged for your own kits or even some of the die cut shapes. What will you pick out for your own selection?

Let's see what the Master Forgers have drummed up for us:

Leslie loved the patterned wood veneers. See her post HERE 

Guest Designer Anne made some beautiful words using some white foam, her Big Shot and some pretty word dies. Easy peasy but oh so lovely!

Kelly found two videos about how to make your own cork embellishments:

Lisa - as you might have come to expect - had some more and less successful attempts at the cork elements. 

Here are the ones that turned out well but you can find the highs and lows of this experiment over on her blog here!

Don't forget to come back again on 6th November for some mini-kit inspiration as well as the challenges on 12th November and 18th November as well as the ever-entertaining, Scribbles from My Scrap Studio on 24th November. 

If you create any of your own forgeries, make sure you share with us! We love to see your creations and projects.  You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge ) 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Just the Gist of the Kit–November 2017

This month’s inspiration comes from Citrus Kit Club’s November 2016 selection called “Emerson”.

I know it will be a probable disappointment to many, most, if not all of you, but this month I did not research Emerson on Wikipedia.  I know he is a writer, but I am not a scholar of the classics, so my awareness of him ends there.  I do not believe I have ever read him, unless I was forced to do so in high school or college. Alas, poor Emerson, he would be disappointed in me.

But now that you, the important readers of this blog are not disappointed, because I have frivolously digressed at least once in this post as I am prone to do, let us get down to business.  What is the gist of this kit?

Well, that did not come to me immediately.  So I researched what Citrus kit club had said about it.  Alas, they did not wax poetic. How very un-Emersonian of them!  They gave me few clues in regards to this specific kit.  There was no shortage of beautiful projects on their blog showcasing the kit, but they did not boil it down to words.

The kit is fabulous, the inspiration is abundant, and I myself had no problem putting quite a bountiful kit together from this inspiration.  A gander at their add-on kit made it even easier. But reducing the essence of that down to words . . . hmmm.


What is it that made it easy to duplicate the kit?
Well, that I believe goes back to Citrus Kit Club’s own tag line –

fresh, inspired, on trend kits of market favorites.

The colors of their kits are always bright and fresh – often with that citrus twist of yellow.  Even for a November kit, you have to admit these colors are lighter and fresher than we generally associate with fall. Holding onto summer rather than plunging into fall.  There is just an inkling of autumn here.

So, my friends, make that the gist of your kit.  Make it fall, but with a lighter touch – peach instead of orange, aqua in lieu of olive, lighter cork or wood tones favored over solemn forest browns. Add a touch of citrus yellow too.  Make it warm and homey without being heavy.  That is the gist of it.

PS  You could certainly add a poetic touch or two to your kit, and make Emerson proud.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2017 - Counterfeit Kit reveal

Welcome, welcome! Lisa here and I'm thrilled to see you here today, helping me to welcome in my favourite month of the year!

This month, I wanted to give us an inspiration kit that reminded me of autumn but had other, brighter colours to make it versatile enough for the counterfeit kits to be for whatever type of pages you might be making!

I selected the "Emerson" kit by Citrus Twist from November 2016. You can find the details of the kit on their site here as well as several add on kits. You'll need to go down towards the bottom of the page as the link only goes to the main kit preview page but they are there if you look for them!

I think it's got everything I was looking for - a hint of autumn colour but there's still some seriously gorgeous splashes of brighter, unexpected colour too. It's not Christmassy but there's some sparkle to brighten up the darker days and it could be translated into something a little more festive if you wanted.

I hope you like it as much as me :-) 

In November, I'm also delighted to welcome Anne to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge as our Guest Designer. You can find her online at her blog I'll let Anne introduce herself:

My name is Anne. I'm super excited to be this month's Guest Designer here. I'm a 29-year-old student and mum of two girls. I live in a beautiful town in Germany with my family. 

I've been a scrapper since 2011. I started with recipes but after the birth of my first daughter I've mostly documented our family life. I love the creative process, the flow of creating and that I can calm down and refresh my soul while I'm scrapping. 

I'm passionate with stash kits because they're full of inspiration and a special freshness. My self-made kits always surprise and challenge me. I love that I often find new ways to combine my older bits and pieces, different manufacterers or the left-overs from collections and do something recent in my current style. And to use something up is a special challenge to me: it's such a motivational feeling to end up with a blank sheet of something and know your money is well spend. 

So, let's start the month with a new kit full of pretty things from your stash.

Now, let's get hopping shall we? It's a bit larger than usual because we wanted to give you oodles of inspiration as it's the last standard inspiration kit of the year (back with a new one in the new year!) and several of us wanted to make a full kit even if we weren't scheduled to!

Not able to make a full kit this month? No worries! Check back here on 6th November for some mini kit inspiration. You'll also want to mark your calendar for Forgeries on the Fourth (4th November), Challenge #1 (12th November) and Challenge #2 (18th November).

We love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge ) 

Have a wonderful, creative month & thanks again for stopping by! Let's make this month fantastic! 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Scribbles From My Scrap Studio – October 2017

Hello Counterfeiters,

Susanne here, and this month, I have more scrapbooking than scribbling to share.  (Yes, I am sure you’re a bit surprised, as am I.)

With my son’s wedding behind us (which was  a perfectly beautiful day in all respects), I have had much more time in the studio.  I have been diligently working with old photos from the late 1990’s, and I have tackled them using those kits I showed you in my August column.


From June’s kit:



This kit was supposed to be for card making, but I wanted to use up some sheets on a layout.  The base of this page is four 6 x 6 sheets, three of one pattern (only 3 of each in the pad) and one of another.  Then I layered four more 6 x 6 papers on top of that bottom quadrant.


From July’s kit:



This, you can see, was a Daily Life kit, but in late September and early October I was back into scrapbook mode.  So I used two 3 x 4 cards and one 4 x 6 card across this page in a band.  Another 3 x 4 card was cut down for the journal block.


From August’s kit:



I created at least one additional project from each kit and then I disassembled the kits, returning a pittance of supplies back to my stash so that I could concentrate on October and November counterfeit kits.  I wanted to have all my kits used up and/or broken down before the holiday season. I yearned for a clean slate more than the satisfaction of having completely killed those kits.

I admit to you this is not because I want to be an organized scrapper, but to compensate for the fact that I am NOT.  I have too many kits sitting around the studio.  Proven to be fact, when recently I had to move things around so that a new floor could be laid in my studio.  During the process, I misplaced a kit that I needed to make a project just a couple days before my deadline.  Yikes, I had some nervous hours until it was located in a quite illogical location.

Speaking of deadlines, I also need to catch up on Project Life; I am a couple of months behind.   Are you a making a fourth quarter push to get projects done before the holidays?  If so, what is on your list?

Of course, if you are not organized enough to have an actual list – I applaud you, kindred spirit.

Well now, enough scribbling, back to scrapping.