CKC October ’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 before we dive in….Nikki Ihus. Nikki and I know each other from various crafty circles, and she even was a part of my YouTube going through a growth spurt back in the early days. I’m excited to have her join the team this month!

Our inspiration kit this time around is the August Cherry Box** offered by A Cherry On Top Crafts** website. This kit is centered around product by 49th and Market that has a very neutral color palette, and vintage vibe with a nature feel. I’ll admit that the neutral color palette had me guessing for a while, but as you’ll see I figured out how my style would mesh with the inspiration kit!

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

For my build I started with my own 49th and Market stash, which definitely has more color to it. But I picked out the papers with the most neutral overall look. I then added in papers from Simple Stories and others that had more color but kept a bit of a vintage vibe. And butterflies. There were lots and lots of butterflies.

I only chose 11 papers this time because my kits have been too big for my busy schedule lately. Also, October is a LOAD month (more on that here) which means I am creating a layout a day on a very wide variety of topics. I’ve found that in past LOAD months, my one CKC kit often only works for a couple of layouts. So I wanted to keep my kit small to allow more room for other creativity in my variety of story telling.

However, the small kit idea melted down after I started pulling embellishments. If you watch the video, you’ll see just how much of a madwoman I was! Well, through a long process I did narrow it down to still-a-rather-large pile. I think that means this months my layouts will be more along the lines of lots (and lots) of embellishing layers instead of paper layers.

Okay. That is my kit. Now… there is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. So I’m calling mine MAD HATTER both for my lack of rational control in pulling items and for the vintage styling that Alice in Wonderland often encompasses.

If you want to see my entire mad thought process, 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. Until then, have an artful day!


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Freebie Friday — Storage Box cutfiles!

I love learning, creating and sharing. That is why I offer freebies up to you each month. Usually I offer both a layout sketch and and cut file, however this time around I’m working on a bigger, specific project. I am reorganizing my ink pads and other color products into an up-cycled CD “bookcase”.

Eventually all the colors of ink pads will share shelves with these little organizers for other color products! Since I needed to create many of these organization boxes, I decided to create a cut file and share it with you. (Links to the files below.) The video has all the details on the cut file, but if you don’t own a cutting machine, read on for a manual version of this project.

For the Manual Version

You will need to cut and score your boxes following the guide below. White lines are cutting and blue lines are scoring. The squares are cut slightly smaller than the rectangle to allow for stacking and gluing them into the rectangle. They can also be glued to the ends of the rectangle, or to each other for an array of configuration options (see pics below).

The video has a few tips and tricks to assembling these boxes, but really it is pretty straight forward. Fold along all the score lines. The corners will form little flaps. Tucks those flaps into the box and glue down to the sides of the box. Make however many boxes you need!

Get the Cut Files

I do offer a raw svg file for these cuts. However… in order to use the files with both cutting and scoring properties on a machine, you’d need to do some file manipulation to the svg. I do cover those manipulations in the video. But, if you want to skip the manipulation steps, then use the links below to access the Cricut or Silhouette brand specific files. Sorry, I don’t have access to other machine options; you’ll have to use the svg file and figure out how to manipulate it in your software. The video tells you WHAT to do, just not HOW to do it on all software. All links are right here for your conveniences, or you can pop over to my Freebies Page to see what other goodies I offer.

That is it for this week. I’ll see you all next week. Until then, have an artful day!

CKC Challenge #2, Sep ’22

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. We’ve been inspired by the Wildflower Collection by Traci Reed this month, which is largely what I used to build my kit! You can find the details for me kit build on my previous blog post.

Now let’s zoom in to one piece in particular. See those green sneakers near the center? And the blue ones at the bottom right? This collection has these fun shoe icons sprinkled in there. For that reason, our September hostess chose “lacing” as our second challenge!

Oh yeah! I knew right away what I wanted to do. I used the idea of lacing as a storytelling graphic on how these youth are keeping their connections tight while being in so many different physical places with college/adult life.

The lacing did take me a while, but it was well worth it in the end. As always, my process video has much more detail on how this layout came together, including how I repurposed a “failed” mixed media background from a previous project.

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!

Back to School Hop

The lovely Sara Scraps hosts a Back to School YouTube hop each September and opens it up to lots of crafty people. I was glad to be included in the hop. You can catch the video or read on for the condensed photo version!

This is how the layout finished up. I took a Then & Now approach since my daughter goes to an alternative school and hasn’t yet started back for this fall! As I was looking through photos to try and figure out an approach to the hop I realized I had plenty of school photos from the previous year. Since most of her classes for this year relate to last year I thought making notes of what is the same and what is different would be fun.

The little envelopes on the right hold more photos from last year and a journal tag that will have details on how things will be different this year. Plus the envelope flap looks like an arrow, so I added more arrow style embellishments to emphasize the title on the right for this new year.

I hope you enjoy the hop and gets lots of ideas on documenting the school experience. Until next time, have an artful day.


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First CKC layout for September.

I busted out my Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit for the first time this month (okay, really for the first time that I can SHARE!). If you haven’t seen my kit build, here is the gist of it.

I put in a bunch of dies this time around. I have barely used those dies in the many years that I have owned them. Today is the day! That is one of the things I love about the CKC group. It gives me the time to pull out things that I haven’t put to enough use and really get my value out of them. Since they are journal card dies I knew I wanted to do a grid layout with them.

But I just did a grid layout! So… I am going to scraplift myself today. I don’t need to reinvent the wheel every time I create a page. There are enough different photos, sizes, and products, plus the layout will be filed in a different time frame, that the “sameness” won’t really be an issue. Here is a look at the original (on the left) and my new lift (on the right).

Here are a few more details photos for you.

If you want to see the whole thing in action, here is the video.

I’ll be back on Saturday with a Back to School blog hop hosted by Sara Scraps. 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!

Mini Kit for CKC

Mini Kit inspiration is one way the Counterfeit Kit Challenge group inspires scrapbookers. If you don’t feel you have the time for a full kit, feel free to go small! We all need quick projects for those busy times. And honestly, some of us are perpetually busy!! Today I’m taking my full size kit and pulling out just a few pieces to go smaller with it. You can see the full kit build here, but I’ll give you and idea of what it is down below as well.

To start, here is our inspiration for building our kits this month. It is the Wildflower Collection by Traci Reed. I loved the color palette and the shoe icons so much in this one.

Here is a quick rundown of my process. From my larger kit (pictured left, center) I pulled out a subset of supplies (pictured right). There are 6 Traci Reed papers (printed at 8.5×11) and just a couple embellishments. What I forgot to photograph in that mini kit were 2 pieces of woodgrain 12×12 cardstock; just know those are in there too. I pulled only the Traci Reed “stickers” in the color palette I was working with: blue, yellow and green. I pulled out one twine and one tube of sequins. That’s it. Pretty mini for sure!

The reason behind this mini kit was to create a “gallery” page of smaller, detail photos from a camping trip to accompany an existing 2-page spread. In fact I have TWO of those existing spreads, one in each kids’ album, that I need “gallery” pages for. Here is a look at the existing spreads. (Click for larger views!)

And here are how my gallery pages turned out.

Now you can see them side-by-side with their companions.

If you want more details, I talk just a bit more about this process, including an easy tip to create the grid to make things line up easier.

There is one other Counterfeit Kit Challenge designer sharing her mini kit as well. If you want to check that out, head over to the CKC blog!

I’ll be back soon with more crafty goodness. Until then, have an artful day!

Creating Alphabets—Two ways!

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. So let’s go ahead and dive in to what I have for you this month.

We are being inspired by this kit from Traci Reed Designs, called Wildflower. While she does have print-then-cut files available, the alphabet set only comes in digital version. So will a bit of work I created my own. See those alphas in the bottom(ish) right corner?

I imported all the individual png letter files into my Silhouette software. (Note, if you have a Cricut, I have an older tutorial on doing a similar thing on my YouTube channel.) Now this will only work in version 4.4 and up since the software will automatically add cut lines around the files. Once every letter is open, I copy and paste them to my prepared letter size mat to get them ready for printing. I duplicate the commonly used letters like vowels, s’s and t’s etc. Then when I turn on the print-then-cut page borders I make sure all my shapes fit within the boundaries and them I’m good to go. I just realized that in order to store these cut outs I can put a piece of PressNSeal film behind my carrier sheet and then pop the letters back into place. Voila, organized!

If you don’t do digital cutting machines, it is easy to go manual. Just use your favorite alpha stamp and die set. You can decorate up each letter if you have some tiny stamps to add details.

In the video tutorial I include a few tips on how to make this process faster, including stamping all the letters at once right from the carrier sheet. I also give a tip on creating a die cut jig to make lining up the dies for cutting go smoother. If you want those details, give the video a watch.

For more creative ideas, the CKC blog has more forgery examples to check out, including other alphabet styles. 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.

CKC Kit Build, September ’22

I love kit building and I am on the design team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge project. 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😉 ).

Before we dive into kit building, I want to welcome our guest designer for the month, Christine Harden. You can read more about Christine on the kit reveal post over on the CKC Blog. I hope you visit her Instagram and leaver her some love.

Now, on with the show. You can hear all my thoughts on my kit build in this video, or keep reading for the condensed version.

To start, here is our inspiration kit. It is the Wildflower Collection by Traci Reed. I’m a a big Traci Reed fan and I already own much of these supplies. There is a lot more to this collection, but these images give you a taste. I encourage you to go check out her site. And if you aren’t a digital scrapper, don’t be intimidated. I use digital products often in my physical scrapping. Keep reading and you’ll see some of what I mean.

I could have mimicked—counterfeited!—this kit with products off my shelves. But I just plain love this collection and so why reinvent the wheel? I printed out my favorite papers from the paper pack. I do not have a large format printer so I am limited to the 8.5″x11″ (US letter) size. I’m okay with that! I do some scrapping in that size anyway. However, adding in a bit of cardstock is an easy way to get myself up to the standard 12×12 size. I did add in a couple of other papers also. So, my paper selection ended up looking like this.

Embellishments were up next. This month I went a bit over the top! Just remember anything you don’t end up using can always be put away again for another day. I was just so inspired by these products that I wanted to up the ante. I pulled in journaling card stamps & die sets, mixed media supplies in stencils and sprays, twines, enamels, sequins, and the pre-printed “stickers”—I use them as die cuts really—directly from Traci Reed.

There is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. So I’m calling mine Wild Child for the pure glee I had just piling in the embellishments.

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. Until then, have an artful day!

Freebie Friday, Aug ’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 the late summer flowers in my garden to create a coneflower cut file. 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.

If you are a cut file lover, I’ve got you covered too! Here is the coneflower and it’s parts. The flower center layers over the flower to create the final image. I’ve cut my flowers out of heavy weight mixed media cardstock in several sizes and ink blended them for a soft feel.

Download the pdf sketch here, the psd version here, the cut file here 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 sketches 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!

SCT Sampler Kit Unboxing, August ’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 products from Heidi Swapp’s Sun Chaser collection, Lawn Fawn’s All the Dots paper pad and a nested diamond shaped die set from Honey Bee Stamps. It really was a package of goodness!


A quick update before we move on… I now have affiliate shopping links! This means that you you choose to shop, you may use my links to various online retailers and I will get a small commission without your prices being affected. That bit of kickback will help fund future projects and filming quality on my blog and YouTube channel. So, if you are so inclined, I’d be very appreciated if you used my shopping links.

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Okay, enough salsey talk. Back to the crafting! I wouldn’t want to leave you wondering just what to do with all those lovely 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 used that diamond die set to create an interesting background for my layout.

I created a bit of a visual triangle with black diamonds and die cut pieces. And then I simply embellished areas with color-coordinating stickers.

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.