CKC November Challenge #2 - Star Sign Inspiration

I was tasked with making a project for our second challenge this month - get inspired by the stars or zodiac constellations.  I decided I would interpret this very literally and pulled out a couple of star punches to use with the papers in my kit.

For the background, I chose a white wood grain cardstock.  I love this paper - I purchased it several years ago and would like to order more but I can't remember the source.  Such problems, right?  

Because my kit has a very whimsical feel, I thought that I would probably be using it to scrap photos of my daughters as little girls.  Inspired by the acrylic "play" from Bella Blvd., I found two photos of my girls playing and printed them in black and white because the colors completely clashed with my patterned papers.  I placed them in the center of the wood grain and stitched a circle of punched stars swirling around them:

I used the silver puffy hearts and puffy sequins (both from my kit) to fill in some of the spaces between the stars, and also added three white acrylic stars that happened to be sitting out on my table.  I didn't really have anything "deep" to say about these photos so I turned to Pinterest and found a lovely quote about play from Fred Rogers.  I printed it out on a label and used it and the acrylic word to frame my photos.

I hope you'll take on this challenge - don't forget to add a link to your project on our monthly link-up page here, or post it on the challenge thread in our Facebook community here, or tag us on Instagram here.  You can even do all three - we love seeing what you put together!

CKC November Kit - Layout Two

Another quick post today to share my second layout with my November Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit.

I told the story of one of my favorite sights from a little summer getaway.

The story of this wishing tree fit very well with my whimsical little kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

CKC November Kit - Layout One

I have a short post today to share the first layout I made with my November CKC kit, "A Touch of Whimsy".  I really enjoy fussy-cutting elements from patterned paper so I took my scissors to three of the papers in my kit (a house paper from Dear Lizzy's Lovely Day Collection, and a cloud paper and a tree paper, both from Shimelle's Little by Little Collection) and created my own little paper neighborhood.

The photo I used was edited with the Waterlogue app.  I added a typed quote and journaling on white cardstock strips.  After I placed a few foam hearts and one phrase sticker, I backed the entire page on a sheet of patterned paper.  This is definitely a whimsical little page!

Counterfeit Kit November Reveal and Blog Hop

Happy November 1st and welcome to my stop on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge November Reveal and Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Susanne's facebook page - I'm sure you enjoyed seeing her fun take on this month's inspiration kit.

Since I'm one of the later stops in the hop, you already know that we are using the November 2016 "Emerson" kit from Citrus Twist Kits as our inspiration:

This kit is such a pretty mix of bright colors, neutrals, bold and classic patterns along with lots of embellishment types.  I immediately focused on the black and white floral peeking out next to that bright chevron paper.  I decided that I'd start with the first black and white patterned paper I found in my supplies and then build the rest of my kit around that, using the colors and patterns in the Emerson kit to guide my choices.  This decision ended up presenting me with quite a challenge and with a kit that is very different from the starting point.

The first black and white paper I discovered was this one from Dear Lizzy's Lovely Day Collection:

It definitely has a whimsical feel so I decided to just embrace that vibe and assemble a playful kit.  I have plenty of photos from my daughters' childhoods so I knew that I could put that type of kit to good use.  Here are the rest of my paper choices:

I stayed true to the Emerson kit when I added the small black and white print and the two yellow patterns.  Instead of the original kit's bright chevron, I included the colorful tree paper and the cloud paper.  I used a small blue tone-on-tone star print in place of the larger patterned blue paper in the inspiration kit and I changed the tan wood grain to a white wood grain.

My embellishments included a variety of labels, rubber shapes, two acrylic words and several foam word stickers, some puffy sequins and stars, a few wood veneer pieces and some stickers from Shimelle's True Stories Collection.  My complete kit, which I'm calling "A Touch of Whimsy" looks like this:

It's a bit different but the happy colors really appeal to me and I hope that I get a lot of use out of this kit!

So that's my take on the inspiration this month.  You'll want to visit Lynnette next and see the lovely kit she's sharing today - I'm sure she put together something very special.  Here's the complete list for the hop in case you missed a stop along the way:

Guest Designer Anne -

Kelly - 
Leslie -

Susan - (you are here!)

I hope you'll join us this month - you can share your kits and projects by linking up on the CKC blog here.  You can also share on Instagram - we're @counterfeitkitchallenge and you can use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2017 to tag your posts.  We have a Facebook community too and we'd love to see you sharing there as well - we're the Counterfeit Kit Community.

#MyThankful30 Project - Mini-Album Prep

Tag/Crate Paper; "Thankful For" stamp/Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey Shop; Leaf stamp/Feed Your Craft
November is just around the corner (gasp!) and once again I'll be working on a gratitude project during that month of Thanksgiving.  You can see my 2016 gratitude project here and here, and my 2015 project here.  

I decided to use an old book that I picked up at our library book sale a few weeks ago.  While I'm not a proponent of destroying old books, this particular one is an atlas that is almost 40 years old and is very outdated so I didn't feel too guilty re-purposing it. 

The book is roughly 5"x7" and I began by removing the pages in bulk using an exacto knife.  I covered the inside with an old piece of patterned paper and then used the We R Memory Keepers Hole Punch and Eyelet Setter to punch holes for the binder rings.  (Just a note here:  many of the products I used in this project are old supplies and are no longer available; I've linked to similar products when I could find them or to the more current products that are still available at the time of this post.)

Chipboard pieces/Feed Your Craft; "Make it Matter" stamp/Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
Then it was time for the fun!  I scoured through my supplies, pulling pieces I thought would be a great fit for the project.  I ended up with a little basket of pocket cards, stamps, tags, labels, frames and other bits and pieces.  I'd also just received the "Many Thanks" kit from Feed Your Craft and planned to use that as well.  The kit has sold out but there are a few embellishment pieces available for purchase here.  

Leaves/Recollections by Michael's; Frame/Crate Paper; Chipboard circle/Feed Your Craft
I used the larger tags and pocket cards for page bases and then added back some of the original book pages as well (I adhered two or three pages together to make each new page more sturdy.).  

I also used a few glassine bags that were the packaging from some recent orders.

Pocket Card, stamp/Feed Your Craft
Pocket Card/Feed Your Craft; Banner/My Mind's Eye
Pocket Card/Crate Paper; Puffy Heart/Feed Your Craft; "Gather the Good" stamp/Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey Shop
So now that I've made the album, what am I going to do with it?   I'm going to be answering prompts from several sources that I found on Pinterest.  You can see my Gratitude Journal Pinterest board here.

"Give Thanks" stamp/Kelly Purkey Shop; Leaf pattern stamp/Feed Your Craft; Confetti Envelope/Target
Doily/Pretty Little Studio; "The harvest..." stamp/Brandi Kincaid for Kelly Purkey Shop; Chipboard Heart/Feed Your Craft

Pocket card/Feed Your Craft; Enjoy the Small Things/Crate Paper
I'll pick and choose the questions/prompts according to what appeals to me each day.  I'll record the answers directly on the pages when there is room or on extra pocket cards that I'll slip into pockets on the other pages.

Pocket Card/Crate Paper; Banner/My Mind's Eye; Doily/Target
Pocket Card/Feed Your Craft; Tags/Pebbles, Inc.
Thankful Pocket Card/Kelly Purkey Shop; Pocket Card/Crate Paper; Rub-on Leaves/October Afternoon
I'm looking forward to filling up this book!  Do you have a gratitude project planned?  Please link it up in the comments - I'd love to take a look!

Typewriter Stamp/Studio Calico
Stamps/Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft and Kelly Purkey Shop
Labels/Pink Paislee

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - October Mini-Kit Reveal

It is mini kit reveal day on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog!  This month we are using Prima's St. Tropez Collection as our inspiration.  Here is a look at the paper pack, which is what I used as the basis for my mini-kit:
This is a beautiful nautical, romantic collection with a few photo-realistic and text papers.  It's not something that I would usually be drawn to but I made some adjustments to ensure that my mini kit was more my style. 

This was intended to be a page kit, so I kept it even mini-er than usual!  The top paper was my first choice and I like that it incorporates elements from the inspiration kit in circles small enough not to overwhelm me with all the patterns.  It's an old paper - a 2010 piece called "On Holiday" from the girls' paperie (remember them?).  Since there was a wood-grain paper in the St. Tropez Collection, I then selected this warm wood-grain paper from the Everyday Eclectic Collection by Allison Kreft for Echo Park from 2012.  I kept the embellishments simple because I already had a lot of pattern going on and just included some gold foam pieces from Pink Paislee's Solstice Collection (a few years old), journaling tags from Daisy D's (remember them?), some cork stars from Studio Calico and a chipboard piece that was sitting in my box of leftover white embellishments.

As soon as I decided on the papers, I knew that I would punch the circles out of the first paper and arrange them in some way on the wood-grain paper.  After I punched the circles, I cut them in half, leaving me with a pile of semi-circles and no idea on how I'd use them:

After a bit of momentary panic, I decided to stitch them in horizontal lines following the lines already on the wood grain.  I placed my photo right in the center, matting it on a large glassine envelope that was the perfect spot to hold my journaling.

I wrote my journaling on several labels, punched a small hole in the top of each and then used a jump ring to attach them together.  They slip right into the envelope.

To finish off the page, I added the chipboard piece, an anchor and several gold dots scattered along the stitched lines.

So, mission accomplished right?  Not exactly. Before I punched the circles, I'd cut the paper into strips and when I finished the above page, those scraps caught my eye.  The reverse of the circle paper was a really appealing blue pattern and so I decided I'd make another page using those scraps.  And here it is:

The photo was in a box that holds "photos I might want to use someday" and it paired nicely with journaling about a few things currently happening in my life.  I used the cork stars on this page and just added a stamped date.

Please stop by the CKC blog to take a look at the other mini kits and projects made by the Master Forgers.  I hope you'll make one of your own too - don't forget to add your creation to the link here.  You can also see more on our Instagram account and in our Facebook community too.

Project Life

Sources: Top Row - Feed Your Craft; Bottom Row - Elle's Studio
Earlier this year when I decided to get back to Project Life, I'd planned to concentrate on completing 2016. I have been working on that year off and on but lately my recent photos have really been inspiring me so I've decided to work with them instead. Whatever works, right?

I've said it before but I definitely think that there's a certain rhythm to completing Project Life spreads.  It takes me a little time to get started, but once I find that flow, it's so easy to finish several spreads at a time. 

I started by scrolling through my camera roll and selected some photos to print at my local Walgreen's.  I generally print any horizontal photos at 4x6 and any vertical photos at 3x4.  If I have any square photos, I'll print them at 4x4 and just add them to a 4x6 card.  

Selecting, editing and printing photos is my least favorite part of the process but I've learned not to stress over it.  My main goal for this project is to give an overview of life from my perspective. I've let go of the idea that I need to print every photo I take or document everything that happened in a particular time period.  It will all even out.

I don't do weekly spreads.  Sometimes a pocket page will cover a week or more, and sometimes it might cover just one day or activity, as in the case of the above page.

Some spreads have a lot of journaling while some have just the basic information.  Again, I'm going with the flow.

Looking back over a few of my recent pages, there are some topics showing up on a fairly regular basis: books I read, the contents of my grocery cart, nature, my daily walks.  I like seeing how these subjects change over the course of a year.  And those photos are perfect for filling the odd pocket or two when my printed photos don't complete a full page.  And while I haven't used any on these spreads, flip-up pockets or photo sleeves are a great solution when I have more photos than pockets.

I'll gather a collection of cards, stamps and embellishments, making myself a little mini-kit to use each session.  That really saves me from wasting time searching for a particular item.  Honestly, I don't think there's such a thing as the "perfect" embellishment; I can always make do with what is right in front of me. 

I've also found that Project Life is a great way to use up those random, leftover embellishments such as the little rubber ice cream cone shown below.  Lately I've been stamping directly on photos and using labels to give myself space for more journaling.

So that's what I've been up to with Project Life lately.  Layouts will always be my first love, but there's also room in my heart for capturing everyday details in little pockets.

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