Friday, May 25, 2018

May 2018 - Follower Showcase

This month one of our newest members is in the spotlight! 

Here is Sandy Ross's wonderful May counterfeit kit:

Her enthusiasm brings back good memories of my first month at CKC.
Here is her latest page, a gorgeous monochromatic creation:

It's so fun to see everyone's inspiring work every month so keep posting!
Don't forget to check out the sneak peek of June's inspiration kit coming soon - Leslie

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 2018 - Challenge # 2: 2017 Trends

May Challenge #2 - 2017 Trends: 

(Anyone else think it's wrong that he his prettier than she his???)
No one has ever accused me of being a trendsetter, but I hadn’t heard or noticed many of the scrapbook trends mentioned on the Scrap Gals Podcast 2017 in Review with Tracy Fox - listen HERE.

 Now I see them everywhere!

You can take a look HERE.
Half & Half
Yippee Strippy!
Emoji Love
Ink, Stamp, Repeat
Get Angular
Tropical Leaves
Embedded Embellishments
Decorated Seams
Put a Ring On It
Giant Titles
Triangle Time
Scribble It!

 Choose one of her trends to inspire you!

Master Forger Julene has used Triangle Time.

She drew one triangle then, using scraps, traced around several more (including vellum) and adhered them along the side of the cardstock. After adding more layering behind the photo, the finish product looks like this:

Master Forger Laura decided to try her hand at a layout with a Giant Title, not always easy when you scrap predominately 8.5x11!

Master Forger Leslie combined Half & Half with Decorated Seams for this cute page:

Read more about it HERE
Master Forger Margie tried a twist on the Tropical Leaves trend... It may not be "leaves" but pineapples and other tropical motifs were super popular as well. And this gorgeous Amy Tangerine specialty paper was perfect for a Dole Whip page!

Last but not least, last minute Master Forger Lisa decided to Get Angular with her layout. It was a lot of fun looking through the inspiration layouts on Tracy's blog and picking a trend. The angle isn't quite as pronounced as the original but the overall design was great to follow. You can tell it was last minute because she had to take a photo late at night, hence the less than stellar photo quality! Hope you can forgive her ;-) You can find out more on her blog here.

We love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Monday, May 14, 2018

Introduction {Killing Kits Series}

Hello lovelies! I'm so excited, because today I can finally share the introduction to our new video series, Killing Kits!

Before we start, I wanted to share a little overview of how I store all of my unfinished kits – because, once I found a system that worked for me, it made everything so much easier. Well, until it didn’t … but more about that in a minute.

Normally, I’ll have two or three monthly kits in use and I, most often, will have some leftover at the end of the month. Of course, I could sort the leftovers into my stash, but I tend to think that after all of the effort of co-ordinating a kit, it seems a waste to break it down.

It used to stress me out. I had two or three kits in use – all over my desk – and the leftovers from (at least) the last month, sat around in little dishes or boxes making me feel guilty.

Eventually, I found a solution.

I now store all of my kit leftovers in these Wilko A5 Binders. These frosted binders, came with a small exercise book, dividers and, a set of four removable wallets. I removed the exercise books and dividers (I still have them somewhere!) and found that the wallets were about the size I needed for most of my kit leftovers. They are surprisingly roomy. I went back to the store and, now, I have a set of four folders and a total of sixteen wallets.

The small size of the binder has made it really easy to store them on a shelf, next to my desk – and, of course, it’s so easy to snatch a couple of them off the shelf on my way to a scrapbooking crop. No need to spend time co-ordinating supplies, more time crafting! Yay!

But, here’s the issue. Those little leftovers eventually built up and, when I finally filled the last wallet, I found out that these little binders aren’t available anymore. What?! I really didn’t want to start over with a new system – and, honestly, I would rather spend my money on new stash (or new shoes!) So, I realised that I need to start making more an effort to use those leftovers – and it’s been a lot of fun to take a fresh look at some older kits. It’s even more fun to finally kill a kit.

Whether you choose to use the ideas in this new series to help you finish off your current kit, or whether you haul out the remains of some of those older kits, it’s up to you. But, I hope that the Killing Kits Series will help you to make the most of those little leftovers!

I'll be back on the 30th with the first of the inspiration video series! 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 2018 - Challenge #1 Shapely Photos

May 2018 Challenge #1: Shapely Photos: 

Oops! Off with his head! circa 2000
 Did you guess? We are cutting our photos into shapes for this challenge. I promise you won’t hate me after you see some of the inspiring examples on my special Pinterest board HERE. I was inspired by this paper in the kit, which looks as if a photo or patterned paper was cut into the numbers & words.
 Here's a small sample:

Simple shape repeated in other elements.

Shape that emphasizes the story of the photo.

Graphic use of a repeated geometric shape.

Photo divided into separate pieces.

Guest Designer Emma Clark was inspired by a gorgeous page made by Suzanne Steeden who used white hearts layered on white cardstock. She wanted to keep the page minimal but pretty to make the photo and words stand out.

Master Forger Cindy was inspired to use a chevron shape for her photo and journaling:

Master Forger Tina was inspired to use her creative memories oval cutting plates for the photos on her layout:

Grab your favorite punch or fussy-cutting scissors & channel your inner Edward Scissorhands!

We love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Sunday, May 6, 2018

May 2018 - Mini Kit Reveal

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the idea of a big kit this month? Perhaps you just want to pull together a few products to get those creative juices flowing.  Maybe a mini kit is the answer and we're here to show you the mini kits we've created using this inspiration kit:

Mini Counterfeit Kits can be either smaller versions of the main kit, or specifically aimed for use as card kits, mini album kits, pocket-style albums, or planners.  It's up to you and of course, you can use the mini kit option whenever you like!
Here are some Master Forger versions:

Susan was drawn to the navy and purple in the inspiration kit, and she pulled together a few 6x6 papers and embellishments in those colors for her mini kit:

She made this layout and she's hoping to make another page or two with what she has left:

Lori based her mini kit off of the brighter, more playful side of the inspiration kit.

She made this layout using her kit and hopes to be able to make some project life style cards with it, as well:

We love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using our Link-Up Page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community or on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and use the tag #counterfeitkitchallenge).

Saturday, May 5, 2018

(inter) National Scrapbook Day!

We would just like to wish everyone around the world a wonderful 
(inter) National Scrapbook Day!

Don't forget to share anything you created using your own Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits with us here on the blog on the Link-Up Page here, over on Facebook at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community  or even on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and use the tag #counterfeitkitchallenge).

Come back on 6th for our mini-kit reveals and don't forget that we have challenges on 12th and 18th and Clair's video series starting soon! She'll be here on 15th to reveal the details! 

All in all, this is a fabulously creative month and we hope to see you joining in.

Have a great day everyone,


Friday, May 4, 2018

May 2018 - Forgery on the Fourth

 Here is Leslie's inspiration kit:
April Scrapbooking Main Kit from Mind the Scrap

A closer look at the papers, including "B" sides

 The great mix of graphic grunge/bright & whimsical gives an opportunity for some messy fun.
The embellishment pack looks like a chance for some doodling & coloring.

Here's a peek at the Team's take on some elements of the kit, 
plus some resources for you to utilize:

Cindy made a few embellishments from the inspiration kit and a DIY paper. You can check out her process on her blog here.

Leslie had a little inky fun this month. Find out more HERE.

Hi there, Lisa here! 

In the inspiration kit you can find word stickers that you can foil yourself which reminded me that I should let you know - just in case this is new for you - that you don't necessarily need to have ready-made, designer products or a branded foiling heat product. 

I had some fun with foiling things รก la Heidi Swapp Minc products in the past and wanted to pass on how easy it is even if you don't have the official Minc machine! 

You will need access to a:

laser jet printer
a laminating machine
a set of foil sheets

I use these foil sheets from the Scrapabilly online shop but you find similar ones in all scrapbooking and hobby shops.

What you need to do is:

1. Print out your design on a laser jet printer - this is important because the toner powder will activate the foil sheets. It doesn't work with an ink jet printer.

2. Cover the area that you wish to foil with the foil sheets - so the black laser-jet printed parts!

3. Just to give it a little protection, sandwich the item you are foiling between two sheets of regular printer paper.

4. Make sure your laminating machine is really hot - I left mine to heat up for over 10 minutes.

5. Pass your foiling project through the laminating machine slowly. 

6. Carefully remove the foil sheets and it should have transferred to the areas printed.

Jennifer McGuire has a great video here - - where she shares 5 different ways of transferring foil to your projects including the printing/laminating method I'm describing here!

I found some cute pocket page cards here ( with bold black wording that would work really well with this printing method. 

For those of you who don't have a laser jet printer, you can always use a printing service or ask your boss! I even saw someone online who had sent pages to a printing service with solid black blocks on the paper and then she die cut out of that and sent that through the laminating machine - so clever!

I first did this technique back in 2016 when I had a birthday party at home for Queen Eizabeth's 90th birthday and wanted to send out some rather posh invites! The effect works so well and there are so many wonderful coloured foils to chose from. I know that you can apply foil to all sorts of different projects so you might want to be careful that you don't get addicted!

Julene was inspired by the cat on the above page.

So she went to Pinterest and found these ideas.

There was also a cat outline which was traced from the monitor using thin white paper then cut out.
She has used it on this layout and added stitching detail around the edge, plus a face.

She also found some quotes to go on cards featuring a light globe.

I love you watts and watts
You turn me on
Your future is bright
I think you're brilliant
You brighten my day
and this one...
Electrical Circuit: You Complete Me

Laura got messy and created her own version of the navy blue glitter thickers "I hand lettered some phrases in navy blue pen, cut them out with my trustee pink scissors, added some glue and glitter and voila! I then wondered if hairspray would work as a sort of sealant to stop the glitter transferring. I gave them a spray and it worked pretty well! It was a wee bit fiddly but fun and i love the end result!"

We love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using our Link-Up Page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community or on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and use the tag #counterfeitkitchallenge).