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.

LOAD 1022, Week 2

Week 2 of LOAD has come and gone already so this post is a bit behind real time! For a look at week 1, head over here. I’m still on track for “finishing” this LOAD month. Whew! If you need more info on LOAD, or the LayOut A Day project, follow the link to get the details. Briefly it is a project just like the name implies… we create a layout each day for a month (or in the case of the link I provided, we have a one-week option each summer). October LOAD is for ScrapHappy members only, so you won’t find this month’s challenge as a buy-in option. (If you choose to get a membership, please use my link as I get a very small kick back as a thank you for sending people over the ScrapHappy!)

With business out of the way, let’s look at some projects! Because of the busy times, I did need to rely on my phone camera and editing software to upload some of pictures. They are hastily taken and not the best quality!! But that is a reality of LOAD. Sometimes I can take smooth photos of my project and edit them nicely, and sometimes not so much! Hope you appreciate me keeping it real!

I’ve taken some of this LOAD time to seriously organize my COVID album plans and set to work getting progress made on it. I had done a few odd layouts here and there. I also had the “bones” in place from a pocket page class I took that I knew would go towards this album. So that was a solid start, but it needed just a bit of emphasis on the timeline of the pandemic. So I started gathering those tidbits both from news sources, which I has saved in real time, and my own journal. Here in the US, the CDC has a timeline of COVID events, that I relied heavily on for the Before page you see above. I feel like this helps pull the pieces together to tell not only our family story of the pandemic, but a broader idea of the pandemic. You’ll be seeing more of those layouts next batch!

That it is for this time. I’ll be back with more creations soon. Until then, have an artful day.

October CKC Challenge #2

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our challenge this time is to “Go Big or Go Home”! So I am putting together my layout using a large photo frame. I created the frame as part of my design team work over at the Counterfeit Kit Blog for the Forgery on the Fourth project. (It’s at the bottom of the post so be patient and scroll down!) But here is a quick peek at the frame.

And here is how it made it onto my layout!

Here is the full process video if you’d like to see the layout come together.

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.


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Freebie Friday, Oct ’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 an organizational project I was working on. I needed my own specifically sized file dividers and I turned to Illustrator to get what I needed. Plus, it can make fun layouts as well!. 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! I’ve actually got two files for you, the frame on the left, and the file cards, folder and tabs on the right. The video talks about how to use the first file card to layer over the file folder if you want to layer it will different pattern papers.

The photo frame on the left was described as part of my design team work over at the Counterfeit Kit Blog. It’s at the bottom of the post so be patient and scroll down! Plus I used the finished frame in a recent YouTube video, so you can check it out there as well.

Download the…

  • Sketch pdf version here
  • Sketch psd version here
  • File Frames cut file here
  • File Cards & Folder 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 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.


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CKC Challenge #1, October ’22

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month chose a sketch posted at ACherryOnTop.com**.

https://www.acherryontop.com/articles/Becky-Fleck-Sketch-Challenge-292-18805

The elements I’m picking up in this sketch are the photo and paper block. I’ll mix that up with some stamped “paper” that I create. I’ll pull in more circles inspired by the title block. Finally I’ll use some birthday photos inspired from the overall theme of the sketch.

Notice the blue hearts enclosed in doodled borders? That is my mixed media background that acts in place of a pattern paper layer from the sketch. I don’t have a lot of paper in my layout this time around, so this is one way I get more out of my kit. I also use fewer embellishments and let those die cut felt circles carry a lot of the energy of the layout.

If you’d like to know more, all the details are in the 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.


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** 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 1

October has started off with a whirlwind of activity. I’ve already shared the Crop & Create card making event with you. Next up is the first week of LOAD, or the LayOut A Day project if you are new to this challenge. It is like the name implies. We create a layout each day for a month (or in the case of the link I provided, we have a one-week option each summer). October LOAD is for ScrapHappy members only, so you won’t find this month’s challenge as a buy-in option. (If you choose to get a membership, please use my link as I get a very small kick back as a thank you for sending people over the ScrapHappy!)

With business out of the way, let’s look at some projects! Because of the busy times, I did need to rely on the phone app for Project Life for a few of my pages.

I have two favorites of this batch. I love the Love Notes page for the design and for its intention. This will be the title page to a binder project I’m creating where I will have all the little notes that my kids have given me over the years! My second fav is the Random High School Memories layout. Notice it has some file folders as part of the design. This is not only decorative by highly functional. Inside the folders are journaling cards and tags that hold their own little stories. I’ve written a few of them down, but the folders allow me to add more stories over time.

This idea has opened up a bigger scrapbook style for me! You’ll see when I post Week #2 of LOAD how I reinterpret this idea for use on another page. I think I will be using this technique more often. It is a great way to store memories without having to create a full page for everything. Time saver. Material saver. Memory savor. Good, good and good!

That it is for this time. I’ll be back with more creations soon. 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!


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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!