Monday, April 24, 2017

Scribbles From My Scrap Studio – 2017 April


How’s your life going?  More specifically, how is your Project Life going?

Me:  Life is good.  Project Life is very good. It is April and I am still caught up. What could be better, I ask you.

Yes, my minimalist approach is proving sustainable.  Picking only 1 or 2 photos a week, means that I have been focusing on the more unique aspects of what is happening in our lives.  And because I am not sharing all of it publicly, the journaling has become more personal as well.

There are a couple of other aspects of Project Life I am enjoying too.  Like using the different types of cards included in my core kit – the original Project 52 kit.  Here are my favorites:

  1.  The weekly card is what I am using for most of my journaling. I usually journal in Word to be printed on the card, stamp the weekly Sunday date and then embellish at the end of the white rectangle, overlapping the first digit of the week’s number.  It adds a continuity that I like to my album.  I made it all the way to week 12 before I messed up the card and could not make it work using the reverse. I had printed a picture on it by mistake, which might have worked with the right photo - mine was not that. Thank heavens I could buy the digital version online. For $3.99, problem solved and I have insurance against future mishaps.
  2. The cards with the built-in text are fun – it would be cute to cut off the grid portion of the card, and use the rest as an overlay on a photo.  That’s one perk of a core kit, you get multiples of most cards so you can cut into them fearlessly.
  3. I love a “fill in the boxes” card.  Fun, easy and informative.
  4. Another grid card for journaling or matting a photo.
  5. I also love “circle the answer” cards. Alternatively, an enamel dot, wood veneer star or acrylic check mark work if you do not want to circle or underline, or trying stamping the date over the appropriate month with a roller date stamp.
  6. And then the pièce de résistance --  – an overall pattern card.  Now there’s a blank canvas waiting to be painted, or more specifically, a mini-layout waiting to be designed.  I wish there were more 4 x 6 cards in the kit, therefore I picked up the matching 6 x 6 paper pad so I can add more.

    So what does one do with a mini canvas like that?  Well, here are a few sketches I have drawn up.  I first started drafting sketches when I was on the design team over at Sketches In Thyme – Project Life Style.  I have only done a handful, but I am finding myself noticing potential mini-layouts on advertising pieces, book covers and even greeting cards.  Want to see a few?
Project Life Card Sketches

And then how about some finished cards based on those?


Did you notice I added to the “madness” by mixing vertical and horizontal pieces on the top card?

Did you notice that I layered two pieces of washi tape so that the camera pattern was more visible?

Did you notice that even those who design patterned paper for a living, may need spelling lessons? Winking smile

So what do you think?  Do you use sketches for greeting cards or layouts; have you ever used one for a pocket style card?

If not, why not?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 2017 Challenge #2: National Animal Cracker Day!

Challenge #2: National Animal Cracker Day!

This could take you in many directions. First might be a favorite childhood treat. With all the cute whimsical animals in the main kit inspiration you may have something in your kit that will inspire. Or that iconic box with the circus train car may take you in a whole new direction!

Lisa once again earned her MF nickname of "Last Minute Lisa" and made this layout against the clock, promptly forgetting to add her journalling in her rush to take the photos! Never fear, she'll find time in the next few days to add some words about her delightful niece on this layout before it gets put away. If you'd like to see more, head over to her blog here.

Don't forget that there's more ways than ever to join in the fun:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 2017 Challenge #1: Feelin' Fresh!

Challenge #1: Feelin' Fresh!
Choose an object from real life or online (think Pinterest, perhaps) that says FRESH 
& let it inspire your project. Color, shape, pattern - maybe it reminds you of a memory!

Our April Guest Designer, Beth Moloney, crafted this stunner page about picking 
fresh fruit - clever girl! Check out her process video on her YouTube channel.

Kelly designed this page based on a fresh color scheme. See the details on her blog!

Don't forget that there's more ways than ever to join in the fun:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 2017 Mini Kit Reveal

Love this month's inspiration kit, but not entirely sure if you can play along this month? 
Maybe you're not sure if you have the time + energy to play along?
Maybe you feel like you haven't got quite enough stash to make a full kit?
Or maybe you're still working with the remnants of last month's kit and only need a small selection to work with? 


Whatever the reasons, we've been busy working on a new feature which we hope will help you out when time, energy or stash are a little bit lacking! In addition to the main kit reveal on the 1st of the month, we'll also be creating our own smaller 'Mini Kit' versions of the inspiration kit, along with some ideas for using them up quickly! 

Mini kits can either be simply smaller versions of the main kit, or they can be specifically aimed at use as card kits, mini album kits, pocket style albums or planners. It's entirely up to you. And you can use the mini kit option whenever you like  ... 

  • If you're still loving (and creating with) an older kit, but want to play along this month.
  • If you don't have enough stash that suits the new inspiration kit. 
  • If you're busy, but still want to feel creative. 
  • If you love the 'Main Kit' but could have taken it in a different direction. Use the mini-kit as way to explore those other options. 
  • If you need *more* kit. Use the mini-kit as an 'add on'. 
  • In fact, use the mini-kit inspiration in any way that you want! 

Here's a look at our mini kits and how we've been using them:

Susan made a page kit and layout. Check her blog to find out how she was inspired by the exclusive Cocoa Daisy exclusive papers and their March page sketch.

JULENE created this mini kit using inspiration from 2 papers

She created a concertina album.

See all 10 pages on her blog.

Stephanie was immediately inspired by the original kit's color palette - specifically the bright yellow, navy and lime green combo. Here's the simple page kit she pulled together using that palette as inspiration:

And here is the layout she made using her mini kit.
For more details + a few tips on using bold (practically neon!) colors on a layout, visit her blog 

Don't forget that there's more ways than ever to join in the fun:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Forgery on the Fourth - April 2017

 April's inspiration:

Cocoa Daisy February 2017
 Watercolor & polka dot papers make an easy-peasy forgery, and that mustard geometric lattice would be perfect done with washi tape! And that multi-colored alpha? Perhaps break out those expensive coloring pens & doctor up a plain white set. If you are fortunate to own an electronic diecut machine, choose some scripty words that will work with your photos. If you've tossed in some papers with whimsical elements, get busy fussy-cutting a few for embellishments.

 Now let's see what the Design Team has turned up or created to inspire you!

Susan forged a variety of items from the Day in the Life Kit:

Details here

Lisa tracked down some cute hot air ballon freebies online:

Super cute free cut files of balloons and clouds!

Free set of digital summer themed background papers which includes balloons -

Printable balloons to colour in yourself -

A set of free printables including cards and elements -

and also some free cut files for such as:

"Love you more"

"Oh hello spring"

"Salty but sweet"

"Make today amazing"

Make sure to share YOUR mad counterfeiting skills with us on the Link-up Page and/or the brand new Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group! Or share on Instagram using @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Just The Gist Of The Kit –April 2017

Let’s make this quick ladies, so you can get to pulling a brand new counterfeit kit based on this month’s inspiration kit.

It was chosen by Master Forger Leslie --- Ashton Court from Cocoa Daisy.


I think Cocoa Daisy’s description of the kit is spot on:  “bright and happy design . . . yellows and blues, some reds and pinks mix with a nice balance of white.”

If I were to add to that, I would say that you should think at least one geometric, a red mini floral, deep blue for contrast, definitely some dots (medium and/or mini) and something with a whimsical touch like birds or hot air balloons.  A pop of some very neon lime or tangerine wouldn’t go amiss either.  Add lots of white too.

In fact, I had no problem pulling cheerful colorful papers.  Here are some I would use to give this month’s kit the most variety from prior months selections.  It is no accident that half of these papers are Jillibean Soup, the brand that springs to my mind for happy cheerful colors.  I do not know the makers of the other sheets, but am happy to have pulled them out of my miscellaneous paper bin. It was the lime green kicker in the inspiration kit that really caught my eye.


How did I do?  Does that give you just the gist of it?  What is it that will catch your eye as just the gist of this kit?

Happy kitting!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 2017 Counterfeit Kit Reveal

Happy April!

Please give a warm welcome to our April Guest Designer!

Hi, my name is Beth Moloney. I'm 38 and I live in a lovely little village in the English
countryside on the outskirts of Nottingham, UK. I have four children...two girls who
are 5 & 6 and two boys who are almost 17 and 20.
I started scrapbooking just over 6 years ago when my oldest daughter was around 6 months old.
I really wanted a way to preserve all of the memories and photos that I was taking - many
more than I had when my boys were born, pre-digital cameras! I started with a mini album of Christmas photos and was hooked!!
I now do traditional scrapbooking in 12x12 and 8.5x11 size, pocket scrapbooking
in 9x12, digitally using the Project Life app, and also mini projects such as December Daily
in 6x8! My style is relatively clean and simple... I love white space and get through tonnes
of white card stock, but I also like to use mixed media on my backgrounds.
I'm really looking forward to playing along with Counterfeit Kits this month! I love putting stash kits together to get a different look and find it much more inspiring than working within a collection.

Now let's take a look at April's inspiration kit!

I chose this month's inspiration kit,  
because of it's bright, fun vibe & the touch of whimsy in the elements.

The Cocoa Daisy February reveal also includes bright & happy March planner kits, like this.

So I hope you are inspired this month to pull together a kit of your own, 
using both old and new stash, to make projects that you love.
Don't forget to visit our Forgery on the Fourth feature April 4th
for ideas to counterfeit elements from the inspiration kits. 

For kit making inspiration, take a quick trip around our Master Forgers' main kit blog hop!

Remember that we now have a mini-kit option for our Master Forgers.
Stay tuned for that reveal on April 6th - you may find a smaller kit suits you better!

 And make sure to share YOUR kit & projects with us on the Link-up Page, 
or on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge.

I hope you enjoy the kit choice this month & challenges on the 12th & 18th!
Can't wait to see what you create - Leslie