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.


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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.

Forgeries on the Fourth (aka FOF), Aug ’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. So let’s go ahead and dive in to what I have for you this month.

We are being inspired by this kit from Citrus Twist Kits called Travelogue Life from April of this year.

What caught my attention in terms of embellishments this time were those pennants in the puffy stickers (top left) and the beachy icons on the chipboard stickers (bottom right).

With that inspiration in mind, I created all of these beauties.

I heat embossed words, icons and label shapes onto colors of cardstock that coordinates with my kit papers. I also added some hand doodling with a Quickie Glue Pen and heat embossed that as well. Notice that I also managed to get flamingos in there too? That stamp was very large so I could only use a portion of the image, but I think it works out fine!

I didn’t complete all the steps before photographing my project, but if you want to replicate the texture of chipboard, all you have to do is punch/cut out 3-4 extra blank shapes and glue them behind the image pieces. Those added layers mimic the thickness of chipboard. Likewise you can mimic puffy stickers as well. For that you need some kind of glossy liquid products, like clear Nuvo Drops, to add a layer over the top of the image piece. Let dry and the next day you’ll have the thicker glossy appearance of a puffy stickers.

If you want more details on this process, check out my video.

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 probably 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!

The World of Vellum

Vellum is a product that I love and try to keep a stock on hand at all times. I want to share my love of vellum with you with two videos. The first is all about ways you can use vellum and the second is putting together a layout using a handful of the items I created in the first video. Plus the second video has an additional little vellum technique that you may find handy. As always, if you want the blog version, please keep reading!

Vellum Techniques Video
Layout process video using vellum

So let’s take a gallery journey through the techniques I mentioned. While each photo is captioned, the gallery system’s captions are a bit hard to read, so let me list it out more clearly.

  1. Layered Dimming
  2. Pattern Making
  3. Cluster Layering
  4. Photo Mats
  5. Stamping
  6. Heat Embossing
  7. Backing Cutfiles
  8. Printed journaling
  9. Alcohol Ink (No expensive Yupo “paper” needed)
  10. Embossing Folders
  11. Pockets
  12. Windows
  13. Shakers
  14. Envelopes
  15. Home decor — Votive Holders
  16. Home decor — Stained Glass Window technique + project

Once I had created a pile of goodies out of vellum I turned to creating a layout. If card making is your thing, these ideas totally work for that too! Now, not all the things I created are going to work on one project so the process of finding what will work, and especially giving up on what won’t work, is interesting. I tried really hard to get stamped flowers on my project and they just weren’t working. The flowers got lost in the amount of pattern shining through the vellum. In the end I colored vellum with a marker (that is your bonus technique!) and punched out solid colored flowers to sprinkle on my project.

Layout using vellum

Don’t forget that vellum can be tricky to attach since you can see the glue right through it! If you need ideas on how to overcome that, I’ve got you covered there too! This post shows off vellum attachment ideas. Of course you can take the short cut right to the source video.

I hope this post gave you lots of ideas for incorporating vellum into your paper crafting projects, and even some home decor. I’ll be back soon with more ideas. Until then, have a artful day.

How do you attach vellum?

I hear this question a lot online. Today I set out to answer that question with as many options as I could think of. I certainly may have missed some ideas (in fact I had to film pickup segments as I realized I had missed some things!!). Here is the full video tutorial and idea gallery. Read on for the quick version.

Video tutorial on vellum

Vellum is a paper-like, translucent product that adds softness and a “dimming” effect to projects. But that very translucent quality means you can see any adhesive right through the vellum! What is a crafter to do? Let’s break it down with a gallery

First up is the cover it up strategy. Glue your vellum down, then glue something on top. Here I used all papery elements to cover up the glue, but don’t forget other items like flair, cork and wood veneer will work too and add more charm to a project.

Similar to the cover it is the tuck it. I glued these tabs to the background just on the very edge. That way I could cut my vellum and slide it under the flaps of the tabs. The video is a far better demo of this one.

Next up is the staple it method. You can use staples as a stylistic choice so it doesn’t have to look utilitarian. Along the lines of staples, there is also the option of using paper clips (again, see video).

Using stickers is much like the cover it up method, just with items that have their own adhesive. Washi tape is another self adhesive “cover it” option. But there is one more idea in these two photos. Can you spot it? That’s right, it is enamel dots! They are self adhesive “cover it” items all by them selves!

Fibers and stitching are a next level idea! On the left I used my sewing machine to add both zigzag and straight stitches, but you can add whatever you like. Click on the photo for the zoomed version to really see the stitching. Hand stitching is always an option if you don’t have a machine. Not interested in sewing? Then try punching holes and threading with twine or other fibers. Still too much? Then use some fun or funky fibers and just glue it down like in the cover up method! (Okay readers, for once YOU get the bonus info. I forgot to include the pom pom pic in my video!)

There were a few other ideas covered in the video like brads and specialty adhesives. So if you want the full list you’ll have to check that out.

That is it for today. I hope you found some inspiration here. And until next time… have an artful day.

Forging Scrapbook Supplies

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 from a German kit company, Danipeuss.de . Their November 2021 kit featuring Paige Evans brings us lots to be inspired by.

An additional embellishment pack in the Paige Evan’s line include chipboard pieces with these leaf motifs.

I wanted to recreate something similar in my own color palette.

All the details for this process are included in this video.

In addition to those leaves, I also made a sheet of patterned paper inspired by this kit sneak.

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but I liked the string art style. Here is how my version turned out.

When I was done those projects, I kept going with creating more embellishments; this time I made layered stickers.

For more details and tips (at the end!) to consider when creating layered embellishments check out this video. The gist is that you should use at least three variations of sizes, shapes, and contrasting colors. I also like to create a mix of symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes.

Okay, that is the crafting I’ve been doing lately. I’ll be back next time with a layout process for you, using a completely different set of supplies 😉

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.

Documenting Covid: Mask mandates

I’m on a journey this year to get more stories in my covid album. I started this album during a Crop & Create event class where we created pocket pages using a calendar set up to document an entire year. I knew that this would be perfect for covid! I did purchase a second set of kit supplies since I knew that covid would last longer than a year!

The most details are outlined in this video

Here is a quick look at the base of my album.

I do have a few independent 12×12 pages in there already. In fact I have this t-page spread about when the mask mandates ended in 2021.

And those pages lead right into this new layout about how the mask mandates returned just a couple of months after ending thanks to the delta variant.

The key to this layout was using newspaper (can they really be called newspapers anymore??) headlines from the internet. I took screen shots of the headlines, sized them all the same and then printed them out on photo paper. I was sure to record the news source and the date as part of the layout flow.

The other piece to this layout was the title I created in Cricut using some of the newest features in the software. One of my biggest complaints about the Cricut has been the wimpy features in the software. Well, that seems to be changing! Here is a tutorial on how I created this title.

As always, I hope this gave you some ideas for your own scrappy life!

Interactive Layout: Lift-a-flap

I was inspired by 1) the sheet of paper from Pinkfresh studio pictured below and 2) a prompt from the LOAD challenge to tell a story about community. Those two prompts came together to create a very fun interactive layout!

PinkFresh Studio, Life Right Now Collection, “Weekend”

All the little locations on that map paper reminded me of favorite spots in my own town that I wanted to document. I knew I wanted to add lots of little photos to each of those spots. But I didn’t want to cover up all of the fun map paper. What to do?? Create 15 flaps on the page to open up to reveal the photo beneath!

All the details are easiest to see in this video. But I do have some still shots to follow that I try to explain the process.

Page with flaps closed
Page with flaps open

I used a square punch to create a template to trace on my layout. I cut only around three sides of each square to create all the flaps. Once I cut those flaps through my pattern paper I did have to back it with another sheet of paper. That way I would have somewhere to glue my photos and not just lots of holes through my paper! In the process I sandwiched a binding strip in between those papers. This strip has holes punched in it to fit into a ringed album, and it is thick/sturdy enough to stand up to plenty of touching. Since this layout is so very interactive, it can’t slide into a page protector! You can get a better look at the binding strip here.

On the back of the layout I created a pocket with vellum to tuck in about 3 pages of journaling! Yes, I can get wordy, but this IS a layout about an entire town over 20 years of experience!

I hope this project inspired you in some way to tell more stories in your life. If it did spark an idea, leave me a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Forgery on the Fourth, April ’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 FOF — Forgery on the 4th — project is definitely one I enjoy! So let’s go ahead and dive in to what I have for you this month.

We are inspired by this kit from Scrapbook Doodle from back in 2015. The kit focuses on Bo Bunny’s Sweet Life collection.

Diving deeper into the embellishment pack, I was drawn to the butterflies, especially the white on craft and the text print ones.

I pulled out my butterfly die set and got to work. As you’ll see from the below photos I went a bit wild with creating… not only butterflies but other shapes as well. See the whole process on YouTube, or keep reading for the short version.

Of course the CKC blog has more forgery examples to check out. I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can create forgeries of 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.

Washi Tape review

I was contacted by a company called Grabie.cc with an opportunity to review washi tape for them. They discovered me via my YouTube channel and reached out to me as a way to help promote their young company. After looking over their website I decided I would do the review for them. The did send me a free pack of washi to use for the review; though I will readily admit that the several hours it took me to create and then edit the video comes no where near to actual compensation! I did it because the company claims some philosophy that resonated with me: art as therapy, production of produsts with a zero waste mindset and connecting community. I know anyone can say anything they want on the internet, so I hope these philosophies hold true.

I’ll give you just the gist here, but the video goes into more details. I was generally satisfied with my product thought there was some stickiness inconsistency. Really that is the whole story! So take a look at some photos of everything.

When using this washi as I normally would it all worked out nicely. It was easy to lift and move early on in creating (there was some residue left if I waited until later to move it). I was able to write on it. I could punch through it to create embellishments. All in all it was nice to work with. And the patterns on some of the pieces were designed to line up so that you could get continuous pattern if you applied the tape in adjacent rows. Nice!

Grabbie has some other interesting products that I’m going to check out. Perhaps you want to check them out as well.