Well here we are in November and that means I got to work on new kit builds for the month. First up I have my kit build based on Shimelle’s Best of Both worlds project. Her inspiration had a definite fall vibe. I didn’t go there. I went directly the the Vicki Boutin Storyteller pieces in her kit and planned my kit based solely on that collection. She what I used in my video.
My second kit for the month is my Counterfeit Kit Club challenge and this is where the Deja Vu comes in yet again. Last’s months CKC challenge used an inspiration piece which was all too familiar with me and I talked about how I approached that kit build here. Well, this month the CKC projects features an inspiration kit that I actually own. So I needed to think outside of the box again. This isn’t a bad thing for me. In fact that is part of what I really love about the CKC challenges. It gets me to look at my supplies differently, which exercises my creative muscles!
Be sure to watch to the end of the video as I show a unique way to use Nuvo drops to create embellishments! (PS I have a template for you if you want to try this technique for yourself. Download it directly right here.)
In October the Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit build inspiration piece for the month was the Shimelle Best of Both World kit from last month. I did create a kit from the BOBW project already! So I took a second look at a familiar inspiration piece. I took this project in a different direction and created a smaller kit with richer tones and a teen vibe.
Here is a comparison of the two kits. Kit #1: A softer color palette with more whimsical icons.
And here is kit #2 I created from the same inspiration image this time around. This has a richer color palette with bold pops of black, a smattering of sparkle, and a teen vibe icons.
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.
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.
So this has been a month of firsts for me. I first participated as a guest designer for Counterfeit Kit and participated in the designer project hops there (and I still have more coming!). But today I have my first YouTube only hop hosted by Sara Scraps.
This hop is all about “What Does School Look Like for You?” With the world events this year school is looking very different for many of us. So why not enjoy some inspiration from different points of view on how to document these strange times?
Here is my take, and below I listed links to access all of the other 40 — Yes 40! — YouTubers on this four day hop. Enjoy!
Day 1: Thursday, September 10, 2020 • Sara Scraps, our host, starts off the fun with her video and a giveaway! Sara Scraps-. Follow the day’s fun from there.
Day 2: Friday, September 11, 2020 • Khristina Sorge will begin our Friday HOP on her channel. And you can follow her links for Friday’s fun.
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.
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
My daughter graduated from high school last month and her ceremony was postponed until August in the hopes of having an in person celebration. While the gathering is still currently in the works, the format will be very different, with an outdoor event, limited family member participation, social distance zones on the lawn and no food or social time afterwards.
Still, even with those restrictions I will take some celebration over no celebration. And I want to capture a photo of the important moment and hang it in my craft space. So I designed my own svg file to create a floral wreath. (direct download, or go to my freebies page to find the file).
You can see my process in my latest YouTube episode.
I used my current month’s Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine craft kit, called the SCT Sampler as the base of products for this project. I love these little bitesized kits, but of course you could use your favorite supplies.
And here is how my wreath turned out, graduation photo pending!
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.
I’ve got a new YouTube video up showing the process I went through to create my own SVG cut file. Because I don’t own illustrator, I used an open-source graphics program called Inkscape. You can watch my adventure on my latest YouTube episode.
I ran into a few troubles with this process. I have basic graphics skills so that part was no problem. The challenges came when trying to understand the software itself and how svg files translate into machine-specific cutting software. To begin, the graphics software on my mac was a bit buggy and caused significant user frustration. Plus, it was not very intuitive. I decided to watch a two-hour long tutorial before I could get a hang of the controls.
Once I had those controls problems figured out the actual image creation went smoothly. It was just a matter of welding together some rectangle and text shapes. Voila, lovely graphic simply saved as an svg file type instead of an jpg file type.
How it behaved in the Cricut cutting software and the Silhouette cutting software was yet another story. Find out in my video how it all played out.
If you would like to have this svg file for your use, please visit my freebies page. The video will give you tips on how to make this cut file work if you are using Cricut or Silhouette cutting machines. If you have another cutting machine you’ll have to experiment on how to get it to work in your software.