BOBW Kit is live

Hello All. I’ve got my Best of Both Worlds kit build for October 2020 live on YouTube today. I was away camping this weekend and while I filmed the video before we left I couldn’t get to editing it until we came home.

This kit is on the larger size. It mixes and matches elements of fall, cozy home themes and rustic textures.

I plan to be back in a week or so showing the copper heat embossing embellishments I will create as layering elements for my layouts, so stay tuned for that video.

And here is the gist of the kit in photo format.

Pattern Papers + Cardstock
Embellishments including stamps, copper embossing powder, twine, cork, crepe paper, stickers, die cut ephemera, and cutaparts.

HKC Unboxing + Project

My September 2020 Hip Kit Club unboxing video is up. The kit is filled mainly with the Crate Paper Marigold collection. Along with an unboxing I always show a process of a project using the supplies. This way the videos aren’t just about buying stuff, but about putting your stuff to good use! This time I talk about the rule of thirds in design. Then I give some advice on avoiding a mistake that I made in my design process.

SCT Sampler Kit, September 2020

I played with my SCT Sampler Kit for the month of September to create a slimline card. I haven’t done a slimline card in a long while so it is fun to see this card size on a hot trend this year.

This months kit included a stencil from Echo Park so I am getting a little inky. And if you watch to the end of the video I have an envelope making tutorial using the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. Links to products are in the video show notes if you want more information.

And before you head off, here is a peek at the final card & envelope.

Counterfeit Kit Layout Prompt #1

Today I’m back with my Guest Designer post for the first layout challenge that the Counterfeit Kit team has for September. If you haven’t seen the kit I built from supplies on hand for this project, please check it out. The layout prompt this time is to use a grid. I’ve got two examples for you.

First off here is my layout process video featuring a central grid block of pattern papers used to highlight a single photo.

Next up I have a grid built using stitched bakers twine on an embossed white cardstock. The grid is expanded in areas to accommodate larger elements like a big title block and inked highlighting of the embossed words on the paper. Check it out.

I hope you enjoyed my examples of using a grid. Don’t forget to check out the full time design team’s takes on this project.

Guest Designer – Misty Murphy – YOU ARE HERE
Cindy: (This month’s host designer)

Shimelle’s BOBW

If you don’t know Shimelle, then you are missing out. This perky scrapbook designer has a depth of knowledge of design principles and shares them in a way that is easy to understand. In the past she would create a scrapbook kit and post it to a shopping site. The beauty of the project is that you didn’t have to buy ANYTHING if you didn’t want to, or you could easily customize the kit to buy. And that is why the project was called Best of Both Worlds or BOBW! You get the best of a designer coordinating products for you as well as the best of customizing to your taste. And zero commitment to any of it.

BOBW is back and I will be playing along and sharing my journey. She reveals her kits on Facebook lives and talks about the next month’s kit. Here is her September reveal and then my take on this kit.

Counterfeit Kit Guest Designer

I’m was very happy to be invited to be the guest designer for September 2020 over at the Counterfeit Kit group. What they do is offer up a pre-made kit as inspiration and then participants build their own kits from their stash at home.

I love doing this project and I show you my thought process on my YouTube channel. So please check out my video! And since the group has a trend of naming their kits I shall call this one School in the Woods.

And if you prefer just the basics in visual format, I’ve got you covered. I used the inspiration of school, woodland, and fall themes as well as a softer primary color scheme with a dash of green to build this kit. Here are the still images…





Don’t forget to check out all the Master Forgers (the ongoing design team at CKC) for their takes on this month’s inspiration. Here is the hop list:

I’ll be back on the 4th, the 12th and the 18th with more goodness from this kit and challenge inspiration!

SCT Kit August 2020

I’ve got another SCT Kit for you. Today’s video focuses on what to do when designs go wrong. Let’s face it, we all have days when things just aren’t working. Instead of tossing it in the trash, I kept working and was able to take a step back and pay attention to the design principles that were making my project come out poorly, and find ways to use those principles to rescue my project

Counterfeit Kit August 2020

I’ve participated in the Counterfeit Kit Club challenge a couple of times this year and I am really getting into the flow of it. The challenge offers a pre-made kit as inspiration for you to create your own counterfeit kit! Each person is going to draw different ideas and elements from the inspiration and that is the beauty of the process. No two kits will be alike!

Let me show you what I came up with for August.

This kit is filled with teal, pink with just a touch of yellow. I’ve got paper clips, hearts, frames, sequins, wood veneer and flair to add texture. Plus in this kit I created my own faux wax seals! (A YouTube tutorial is coming for that soon, so stay tuned.) I may even do a little bit of brush lettering. Not my strong point, so wish me luck!

So go check out #counterfeitkitchallenge and have fun getting crafty without spending any extra money.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge

I’m taking this challenge for the first time. The basic idea is to mimic a pre-designed kit with supplies you have on hand already. I’ve known about this website for a while. I’ve popped in on occasion to other bloggers’ adventures with their kits. Yet this is the first time I have jumped in. Check out my YouTube episode on how I am beginning my own foray into counterfeiting.

Scrapbooking kit building video.