Deja Vu

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.

Best of Both Worlds Kit, September 2020
Pattern Papers
Best of Both Worlds Kit, September 2020

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.

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.

Just a little humble brag ;)

Last week I was playing along with Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine’s fall issue challenge. I had a good time creating layouts for most of the prompts. Though the prizes are closed, you can still go check out the inspiration for day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4.

Anyone participating could email their projects to the magazine for a chance to win a bit of a prize. While I didn’t win, I did get a layout spotlighted. It was weird to scroll through the blog and suddenly see my work there. And while I like the layout it really isn’t my usual style. It is very bold and a project I just wondered if it was “too much.” So here is my layout. (And you can see all the other entries from the challenge on their blog post.)

So, the lesson is 1) beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and 2) go ahead and give a magazine submission a try and see what happens. The worse thing that happens is, well, nothing.

And here are the other layouts I made for the challenges.

(Photos captured from Reddit, unknown photographer.)

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.

First YouTube Hop

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.

—> Day 3: Saturday, September 12, 2020 (videos go live at 9am EST)
Alice Boll
Kathy Sonnier McElfresh
Nicole Bingaman
Jody Compton
Vanessa Bell
Jacqie Malzahn
Moira O’Reilly
Roni Sue Scrapper
• Misty Murphy—> You are here with me.
Miranda Webber

Day 4: Sunday September 13,2020
Christy Harriman will start off the day and you can follow her links from there.

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.

Forgery on the 4th

What does that mean you ask? Well, let me tell you! The Counterfeit Kit Challenge group offers ways for you to use up your stash. By giving us an inspiration kit to work from, the challenge lets us all shop our stash and use what we already own to build wonderful kits.

But what if there is a product in the inspiration kit you really wished you had but don’t already own? You can produce a forgery! Let me show you how I forged two items from the inspiration kit.

And here is the short version if you prefer to get your inspiration this way.

Our inspiration comes from the Scrap Room kit club. They offer fun kits that are on the affordable side so if you want to support them, please do! However, if your budget needs an alternative don’t be shy about DIY! Go ahead and mimic the inspiration you see in the world. Here is the inspiration


First up I replicated some wood veneer apples that I really liked from the inspiration kit by layering punched elements of cardstock and wood grain pattern paper. Simple!


Next up I mimicked a sheet of pattern paper by simply stamping & doing a tiny bit of water coloring. It took some time but it wasn’t hard.


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!