CKC Bonus Challenge

It is challenge time AGAIN over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Normally we have just two layout challenges a month, but since our fearless leader Lisa is hosting this month — in her birthday month! — we get a bonus birthday-inspired challenge. We are going to play with bows or ribbons.

So I grabbed my CKC kit. Here is a reminder of that…

Then I grabbed a bow die from my stash. This little bow came from a Doodle Bug holiday stamp and die set that I got as part of an online event. If I can find. Then I got to work building little bows. I lined them up and built the rest of my page around that.

And here is the full process…

You can find more takes takes on this challenge over at the CKC blog! Don’t forget to play along with this challenge and show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

Until next time, have an artful day.

Mixed Media, Nov ’22

I love a bit of mixed media every now and then. There are two mixed media inspiration groups I play along with once or twice a month. More info on those down at the bottom of the post!

This time around I’m sharing layouts from both groups. First up I played with the Mix It Up Monday group. We had a sketch with plenty of circles. I stretched it to two pages and created a Halloween layout.

You can catch the video if you want to see how I created my circles with masking, spray inks and stamping.


Next up is a layout process with Mixed Media Mayhem. Our inspiration was from Janet Fritz of Galaxy Girl Creations. You can find her at her YouTube channel. My interpretation focused in on the pattern of her mixed media as opposed to any other elements.

And of course I have a process video for that too. This video also includes some experimentation I did with a new-to-me color product.


So if you are inspired to play with mixed media, you can join in on the fun with either group.

  • Piece Craft Love Facebook group offers the Mix It Up Monday challenge (aka MUM) on the second Monday of the month.
  • Mixed Media Mayhem Facebook group is for all the love of mixed media. There is plenty of weekly inspiration over there and a once a month hop that let’s members play along.

SCT Sampler Kit Unboxing, Nov ’22

Getting my SCT Sampler kit in the mail each month is a bright spot. This small affordable package is just enough newness + surprise to keep me satisfied. This month the package contained wintery and Christmas products from Spell Binders and Lawn Fawn, plus a stamp set from Hero Arts. Take a look…

I wouldn’t want to leave you wondering just what to do with these supplies. So I almost always make a project as soon as my box arrives. That way I am sure to use it instead of just showing it off. This time around I made batches of Christmas cards. My card making tends to be simple and repeatable. This batch went together quickly

But I kept going making just a few more designs with the extra supplies sitting around after this batch.

Of course if you want more information you can watch my YouTube video to get a better look at the kit products and my project.

If you want more info on these kits, check out the links and info below.

SCT sampler kit information
Please note: you can not order the current kit. Instead you sign up for a future beginning date for your kits. Kits currently run between $14 per month (1-year commitment billed every 4 months) to $17 per month (4-month commitment billed fully). Extras not shown in the video include a private Facebook group with video shares each month, a cut file download to match the theme word and discounts for prominent online scrapbook shops.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at what these little kits have to offer and seeing it put into action with a project. I’ll be back soon with more crafty goodness. Until then, have an artful day.

CKC Challenge #2, Nov ’22

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Lisa was inspired by all the harvest festivals that incorporate gratitude. So that is our theme this time: Gratitude stories! First off, let’s remember how all our kits started off with an inspiration image. That was offered by a German company called Scrapbook Werkstatt, but it has since been taken down. But we always try to give credit where credit is due!

If you haven’t seen my kit build yet, head over to check that out.

With kit stuff out of the way, back to the challenge… Challenge accepted, with a bit of a twist. I am scrapping Christmas photos with more of a Thanksgiving/Fall color vibe. But since this story is very homey and has to do with food, it all works for me!

This layout included some hidden journaling behind that little “living room scene” (center photo above). The red banner is stapled to a small card to pull out for the words. The other things about this embellishment cluster that I was a little too pleased about. See that butterfly button? In my little scene, the green pattern paper is “wall paper” on the “wall” behind that armchair, and that button is “art” hanging on that wall! It is an embellishment with a larger purpose.

So if you want to hear more about my goofy thinking here is the full process video.

I hope you can check out the other designers takes on this challenge! Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

Until next time, have an artful day.


PRODUCTS USED

Disclaimer: I offer affiliate shopping linked products when possible. This shopping won’t cost you anything extra, but I get a small kick back from the companies for sending business their way. It is an easy way to tell me “Thank You” for the content I provide. I appreciate you using my links!

Mix It Up Monday Hop

For this month’s participation in the Mix It Up Monday (aka MUM) hop hosted by Piece Craft Love Clubhouse Facebook group. We take a sketch and add in our mixed media touches. This time the sketch is from Lanette Erickson on the Scrap Our Stash blog.

Notice the sketch already has some mixed media qualities to it. I took that idea and expanded on it.

My layout used shimmery spray inks over circle masks to create my circular shapes. I think filled in the circles with some stamped Halloween images. A bit of pattern paper and a few stickers and the layout is good to go.

See all the details in the video!

I hope you will go and check out all the creatives on this hop. Most of them are on YouTube, but we have a couple of Instagrammers joing in too. Find the details below.

Until next time, have an artful day.


PRODUCTS USED^^

^^ Disclaimer: I offer affiliate shopping linked products when possible. This shopping won’t cost you anything extra, but I get a small kick back from the companies for sending business their way. It is an easy way to tell me “Thank You” for the content I provide. I appreciate you using my links!

Two Interactive layouts!

Last time I showed you some tip-out elements to make for creating interactive layouts. Tips out are simple small paper elements that are adhered to the page in a way that they can tip or flip open to reveal more space. I’ve been obsessed with this technique for a couple of weeks now, so I’m bringing that obsession right to you!

Layout 1: Uses one of the tip outs I made with only a bit of adjustment to it.

Layout 2: Creates a tip-out from scratch using slightly different techniques! I had lots of lots of journaling and a few more photos, all while still allowing “white space” on the front of the layout.

I hope you enjoy these interactive layouts. Until next time, have an artful day.


Freebie Friday, Nov ’22

I love learning, creating and sharing. That is why I offer freebies up to you each month. I have both a layout sketch (in printable pdf as well as editable psd) and an electronic cut file (in svg). This month I was inspired by a photo I took out my kitchen window of a lovely fall tree.

You can see all the details in my reveal video, or read on for the short version.

Here is a closer look at the sketch and the project I created based on this sketch. This one is in 8.5×11 size format.

If you don’t do 8.5×11 sizes, I also have the 12×12 expanded version of the sketch for you. Notice it is pretty simple with the base 8.5×11 added to a 12×12 and then extra embellishments included with that.

So that large title block I designed specifically to fit my cut file for this month.

While I did cut that title at a small(ish) size, it is designed to fit a full 12×112 layout if you want to go large with it.

Download Files below…

Or… head over to my Freebies Page to peruse the catalog of files I have offered in the past. And if you have any ideas for sketch or cut files, I’d love to hear your ideas. I can’t make promises but I can take suggestions!

Until next time, have an artful day.


Kit Additions, Nov ’22

As a design team member over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge group I play along with as many of our monthly inspiration challenges as I can. The Forgery on the Fourth project is definitely one I enjoy! That is where we see a scrap product we like and set out to recreate it with supplies we already own. This month, I’m also one of the Master Forgers tasked with the mini kit and project segment. Since both challenges involved me making things to add to my main kit, I’m sharing both here at once.

As a reminder, we are being inspired by the October Kit, Herbstzauber (NOTE: the kit has been removed from the company site so please check out their main site listed next…) offered by a german company called Scrapbook Werkstatt.

If you know me, then you will know that I love wood elements, including those buttons tucked on the far right side. So that was they natural place to go for my forgery.

Video episode about making wood button embellishments.

The mini kit task was a perfect opportunity to pull some scraps from my paper that had elements inspired by our host kit this month and create some interactive layer items for my kit. Having these pre-made will make creating layouts just a little bit faster.

So that is it for this time around. I will be back very soon putting those tip-outs to use on some layouts!

For more creative ideas, the CKC blog has more forgery examples to check out. I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can recreate your favorite products with supplies you already have on hand. Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

Until next time, have an artful day.


PRODUCTS USED^^

^^ Disclaimer: I offer affiliate shopping linked products when possible. This shopping won’t cost you anything extra, but I get a small kick back from the companies for sending business their way. It is an easy way to tell me “Thank You” for the content I provide. I appreciate you using my links!

CKC Kit Build, November ’22

Wowza. Another new month is here. This last part of the season has just whipped by and I don’t feel like I’ve given my previous kits enough love. Sigh. But time progresses and so do I. With that, lets move on to my new kit as part of the design team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge project. If you are new to CKC, we take an inspiration kit each month and proceed to replicate it, or as we say, counterfeit it. This is a free, friendly group that helps inspire you to use up supplies you already own. We are not about needing to buy the latest and greatest thing (though we won’t stop you if you enjoy new crafty goodies😉 ).

Let’s welcome our guest designer Machelle Willing to the team for November. She’s been around the CKC block before so she will bring her experience to the team again this month.

Our inspiration kit this time around is the October Kit, Herbstzauber (NOTE: the kit has been removed from the company site so please check out their main site listed next…) offered by a German company called Scrapbook Werkstatt. This kit is centered around product by PinkFresh Studio, Maggie Holmes and Paige Evans, all of which I have used in the past. I had to dig in my stash to see what I may have still had on hand from these pieces vs what I’d need to replicate.

Before we get to my kit, let’s peek at most of the inspiration pieces.

For my build I started with the same PinkFresh paper line and it turns out that I had a partial sheet of the ticket style print to tuck in my kit. I added in a map print based on the inspiration. Next came a jumbo text print from Shimelle to take the place of the word print from PinkFresh. Then a bunch of decisions had to be made to get to the final paper selection (see the video below for all the details!)

Next up was embellishments. As last month was a jumbo embellishment month, I kept things calmer this time. I drew very heavily from the inspiration in pulling these bits together. Notice I’ve got blank wood buttons in my kit. I bet you know I’m going to dress those up somehow for the Forgery on the Fourth project at CKC. Just a little hint for you!

Okay. That is my kit. Now… there is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. I had a hard time finding the right name. I’m going to call this one Across the Seasons since I brought in more springy purples and green as well as richer autumnal yellows and blues.

If you want to see my thoughts behind my kit choices, check out my kit build video.

I hope you can follow along with the other designers and see how they interpreted their own kits.

Here’s the full hop link list

Have fun kit building and don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

I’ll be back on the 4th, for our Product Forgeries using those blank buttons. Until then, have an artful day!


PRODUCTS USED**

** Disclaimer: I offer affiliate shopping linked products when possible. This shopping won’t cost you anything extra, but I get a small kick back from the companies for sending business their way. It is an easy way to tell me “Thank You” for the content I provide. I appreciate you using my links!

LOAD 1022, Week 3 & 4

Well it has been a bit since I posted week 2 of LOAD, and here we are already in November! So let’s get to the final LOAD layouts for October.

Week 3 saw more work in my COVID album, as well as some design team work. I’m also trying to finish up pages from late 2021 and early 2022 so my story binder doesn’t over lap months! I usually have about 8 months or so of stories saved up in my binder, but I have not been wholly inspired to tell some of the holiday stories I’ve had sitting around. LOAD is a good time to get some of those older stories checked off the to-do list…

…That is if you don’t get distracted by the interesting prompts each day brings! I often get distracted, but this time around I’m trying to keep my focus on progressing on some specific projects!

On to week 4 (and beyond)..

I relied some more on the Project Life app on my phone as well as a fully digital page to get me through some days. Digital really does help on those busy days. You’ll notice that some of my stories are “unfinished” but I designed them that way. Since some of these stories were “right in the moment” I included empty space to allow me to fill in more details as time moved forward.

That it is for this final LOAd of 2022. I’ll be back with more other creations soon and more LOAD in Ferburary. Until then, have an artful day.