Friday, August 18, 2017

August Challenge # 2 - Scraplift Yourself

Ah, scraplifting ... the act of taking a layout you find inspiring and copying 'the gist of it' to create your own version. We've all done it. We pin layouts on Pinterest, bookmark blog posts, screenshot Instagram pictures (is that just me?!) - all with the intention of eventually using the layouts as inspiration for our own work. But, have you ever tried scraplifting YOURSELF?

No matter how hard you are on yourself and your art, all of us have made layouts we're incredibly proud of. For this challenge, I want you to dig out one of those layouts ... a layout that YOU have made ... and scraplift it!

Let's see what our Master Forgers did with this challenge ... 

Lisa here! I've been busy scrapping (but not sharing so much) recently as I've been participating in various challenges such as Shimelle's 25 days of scrapbooking words and LOAD(mini)0817 - Now and Then. My Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits are invaluable to her at times like this as I just picks a kit off the shelf and away I go!

You can find out a bit more about these layouts and see some detail shots over at my blog here.

I picked out this layout to scrap lift which was made for the Shimelle July challenge to include a quote on your page and used my Counterfeit Kit Challenge April 2017 kit, Chirpy.

April 2017 kit, Chirpy lo#4

And then made this follow up layout as part of the LOAD(mini)0817 - Now and Then for the prompt to combine music and summer stories. I used my current Counterfeit Kit Challenge August kit, Restart.

I stayed relatively true to my original design with the layers of paper along the right hand edge, the journalling and title position, and the 4x6 photo mat. I also used similar style and location of embellishments to complete it. Even though you can definitely see that these two are the same design when you see them side by side, they won't be anywhere near each other in my albums and no one will ever notice!

August 2017 kit, Restart #6

Margie chiming in, too: I had a little bit more of a challenge with this, since most of my pages are paper pages, with lots of layering, etc., And my August kit was completely digital, but, I knew I wanted to work on my Disney album from my family's 2016 trip, so I went to my Disney pages for inspiration. The page that I chose was a bit artsy, one that I had made in a Wilna Furstenburg class:

I decided that I could use the general design of my first page for a page in the Project Life and Over apps, using my kit for the month of August (along with a few Project Mouse additions):

Admittedly, this page did take me a couple of hours, much longer thatn I would normally spend on a page in the Project Life/Over apps, but this was a page about a special moment for me, so it felt right to make it a little more special. I am scattering a few of these "special"pages throughout my Disney 2016 book. What do you think? Does this digi lift of a traditional page work?

Don't forget that there's more ways than ever to join in the fun:

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August Challenge # 1 - Phrase Stickers

Let's talk phrase stickers. You *know* you have some lying around ... they're those label-type stickers with words or quotes on them. Phrase stickers are often used as a small accent embellishment, but for this challenge I'd like to see them take center stage on your project. Use them for journaling, to create a title or as a major design feature. Don't be afraid to go wild and use several of them - the more, the merrier!

Let's see what our Master Forgers came up with .... 

Our guest designer Monica used phrase stickers to create some journaling on her layout. You can visit her blog for more information.  

Kelly put phrase stickers front and center on her page--using them to describe a recent trip to a farmer's market. See the all the details on her blog.

Now it's YOUR turn to get creative! We'd love to see how you incorporate phrase stickers onto your projects, so be sure to link up, post on Facebook and/or use hashtag #CounterfeitKitClub on Instagram! Happy Scrapping! xx

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August 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?
Whatever the reasons, our new mini-kit feature will hopefully help out when time, energy or stash are a little bit lacking! In addition to the main kit reveal on the 1st of the month, we are also creating our own smaller "Mini Kit" versions of the inspiration kit, along with some ideas for using them up quickly!

Inspiration Kit from Gossamer Blue

Kits can either be simply smaller versions of the main kit, or they can be specifically aimed to use as card kits, mini album kits, pocket style albums or planners. 
It's entirely up to you. 

And you can use the mini-kit option whenever you like, such as when--
You're still loving (and creating with) an older kit, but want to play along each month.
You don't have enough stash that suits the new inspiration kit. 
You're busy, but still want to feel creative. 
You love the 'Main Kit' but could have taken it in a different direction. Use the mini-kit as way to explore those other options. 
You need *more* kit. Use the mini-kit as an 'add on'. 
In fact, use the mini-kit inspiration in any way that you want! 
Shall we show you what we've been using it for?

Susan put together this mini kit:

Inspired by the primary colors, she then used the kit to make two school-themed pages. You can find more details on her blog here.

Leslie got her inspiration from the Gossamer Blue Traveler's Notebook kit,
 a lighter, fresher take on the main kit.

 and combined elements from Pink Fresh Studio Dream On
& Felicity Jane Caroline collections to scrap her daughter's 30th birthday.

More details found HERE
Julene has put together this mini kit using 2 colours orange and navy.
She decided to make a mini album.
The full album can be seen on her blog.

Don't forget that there's more ways than ever to join in the fun:
post on your blog or our Flickr group
link up on the Monthly Link Up page 
link up and join in the chat on the Facebook Counterfeit Kit Challenge Community
don't forget to like our Facebook Counterfeit Kit Challenge page too!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Forgery on the Fourth - August 2017

This month's inspiration: 

Gossamer Blue July 2017 Main Kit

Graphic & spare - all of the bits are two-dimensional and likely easily 
found in your stash, but why not give it a go at counterfeiting a few?
A quick rummage through your stamp sets may yield images perfect for the sticker sheet.
Tags are always a quick forgery, and the little word sheet is easy enough to print out on zome blue paper.

Let's see what the Design Team has come up with this month:

Lisa concentrated on some easy forgeries this month with a handful of printables that match items in the kit. She tracked them down on Pinterest and is really happy with the results. Here are some links:

Journalling cards, labels and tags in black and white:

Several mini word confetti sheets that I printed out at half an A4 sheet-size.

Here I printed out the tiny words in English and German but there is also a sheet of just English words:

Your choice of words on white on black or black on white by Patricia at My Dandelion Dreams:

Four different coloured backgrounds. I can't find who originally created them but here's the link:

And one last set of words in both black on white and white on black. Again, I can't find the original source but here's the printable page:

A set of printable gift tags that I thought could be useful for the tags and banner items in the original kit:

And last but not least, and with a photo, Kaitlin Shaeffer has a whole series of printable labels in all sorts of gorgeous colours on her blog here:

You can see all of these sheets on Lisa's blog here.

Kelly loved the printed tags in the inspiration kit and decided to make her own--using a surprise element! See the details on her blog.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Just The Gist Of It–August 2017

This month’s kit is the July scrapbook kit from Gossamer Blue.


And the gist of it is:


  • Notice that the papers are mostly one color, tone on tone or with white lines.  Even the circular patterned sheet has very few colors included in the pattern.
  • A quick look at the embellishments shows you solid blocks of color – a bold alphabet, single color tags and simple shaped stickers with white text.
  • So this month, keep your colors few and your patterns simple – use white judiciously for contrast.

That’s just the gist of it.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 2017 Counterfeit Kit Reveal

Happy August everyone, and welcome to this month's Reveal Blog Hop! 

I'm Stephanie and I'm thrilled to be coordinating things around here this month. I'm so glad you've stopped by and I hope you find oodles of inspiration in our hop. 

This month we are using the July main kit from Gossamer Blue as our inspiration. 

While I've been loving all of the pink, teal, flamingos and pineapples that have been popping up in kits these last few months, I'm glad to see something a little different from Gossamer Blue. The navy, green and red color palette is perfect for documenting summer fun ... but also works well for photos from any time of the year! The embellishments are simple, but I'm sure we can all find some shipping tags, phrase stickers, labels and chipboard hidden away in our stash. 

I'd like to introduce you to our guest designer this month, Monica! 

Hello, I'm Monica and super excited to be a Guest DT member this month! I live in central IL with my husband and 3 boys for the last 14 years. That's a long time for me growing up a military brat. I've be scrapbooking off and on since I was in high school and for awhile I found scrapbooking (with all of it's white space) intimidating and stopped. I really got back into papercrafting after working at Michaels where a co worker got me interested in cardmaking. Soon after that my pictures started making their out of hiding and making their way into scrapbooks where they belong!  I love putting pages together and showcasing my pictures of family memories. 

And last but not least, the moment you've all been waiting for ... let's hop!

Guest Designer, Monica -

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

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!! xx 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Scribbles From My Scrap Studio – July 2017


Hello, counterfeiters.  Last month I prattled on about the types of inspiration I reach for – mostly on paper and not the Internet – when I want an idea quickly.  So it should come as no surprise to you that I tend to let paper collect around the studio.  Yes, it stacks up, it becomes a distraction, it gets stashed away.   Not always in a logical way.

In my rush to clear clutter and tidy the studio (like above), I tend to hide it in boxes, where it is forgotten. This goes for crafting paper, as well as note paper, steno pads, post-its, etc. This was proven to me in spades a week or so ago while I was sorting out memorabilia.  In several boxes that were meant to hold mementos, I found a bunch of other stuff!  Like what, you might ask:

1.)  Sketches, sketches, sketches printed off of various websites – including Page 7 from Jana Eubank’s old blog (don’t ask me about pages 1 – 6, I am clueless).  I tossed most into the recycling bin as I am sticking to using PageMaps and Pencilines and Creative Scrappers sketches contained in books and binders (minimizing loose sheets).

2.)  A page torn out of a stenographer’s note book that held good quotes for use on cards or layouts.  Here is a scan of it – maybe you can make out my scrawling script.  There is a nifty tip to use the Stampin Up slot punch to make large scallops, a mention of scrapodex (check out these Pinterest boards to learn more) and a stamped sentiment from Hero Arts, if memory serves:


3.)  On the opposite side were several websites: which is located about an hour from me. This local scrapbook store has moved locations at least twice since I first discovered it, but it is still in business – hurray! where I was looking at their stamp pad holders.  I never purchased their PortaInk cases, but instead first used Stampin Up carousels and now the Pro Ink Organizer from with a (now long expired) coupon code for 30% off the “enveloper” and a free DVD with a $25 order; I did bite on this offer but have used the enveloper maybe once in the all time I have had it.  Now they have an “ultimate tool” which includes this same functionality.
4.)  Notes for an old 10 on the 10th blog post (a blogging prompt from Shimelle), that never appeared on my blog with notes for adding interest to layouts, including
using brads in the shape of a flourish, leaves or petals,
dressing up letters in your title by filling in stamped or die-cut shapes with glitter or other media,
coloring staples with Sharpies,
and making big flowers with ribbon.
There was also a short list of tips/tricks, such as:
using waxed dental floss to separate adhered cardstock, which I did a lot before discovering Undo,
heating Snail adhesive with a heat gun to release, which I never attempted before discovering Undo,
sticking a glue dot on the plastic liner on Mementos gold ink pad to keep it attached to the lid,
substituting drywall tape for Magic Mesh, which I would never do now; the day I finally used all my Mesh was magic, so no need to undo that,
and using hair clips to hold cords.  (I bought foam twisty ties for this purpose which are rarely used, as I am not into electronic gadgetry.)
5.)  A list of my Stampin Up stamps shortly after I stopped being a Stampin Up demonstrator in 2009. It is an Excel spreadsheet to be exact, I was an accountant, after all.   Is my stock larger or smaller now than then, you ask?  As this is the fifth point in this post, I will take the 5th on this point.

6.)  Notes from a Stampin Up training session about how best to conduct a workshop in order to keep everyone organized and on task.  I need to employ some of those techniques on myself, like keeping projects separated in boxes so they can be moved around easily.
Oh wait, S!  You do not do so well with boxes – letting things hide in there for years!
My current, and dare I say, smarter version of this method uses open trays for kits and projects in process.

7.)  An uncharacteristically short craft store wish list that included:  shrinky dinks, thin cork, and Glubers [spelling corrected].  That certainly dates back, doesn’t it. I don’t know whether the thin cork was crossed off because I purchased it or because I dismissed needing it.  Of the three items on the list, it is the only one I actually still use today.

8.)  A list of 50 ways to use stamps from, which thanks to the Wayback Machine website, you can see here.

9.)  A vintage clip art printable from Celeste’s blog here, which no longer appears on source cited, and some vintage printable tickets from 2009 that can still be found here.

10.)  An Ina Garten Food Network recipe for Chicken Piccata, which I was tempted to say I was going to scrapbook so that it wouldn’t be quite so random. Just not true.

Based on the other contents of the box, (yes there were a few mementos in there), all this stuff predates 2011. Times change, but I want to believe some of the old knowledge can still be useful. Would it not be grand if you or I could use one of these tips today. Do you have a quick tip/trick – they call them hacks now – to share in the comments or in our Facebook group?

Until next month, I want to leave you smiling with this last bit from depths of that memento box – stickers!

PS  Wish me luck on sorting out my other memento boxes.