Monday, 1 February 2016

Mind The Scrap!

Welcome to February's edition of kit counterfeiting with the Counterfeit kit Challenge Blog.  If you are already hopping you should have reached me via Clair.  In which case you'll already know that while we generally forge an existing kit, this month we were given the inside gen on  Mind The Scrap's February Kit.  Armed with a list of the kit's ingredients, I was determined to make a dent in some of my TK Maxx shopping bargains this month and I managed to grab several papers that were a bit of a match.  First some tiny triangles and an ombre pink sheet, then some stark black on white, a transparency and some regular colourful curves, along with some arrow designs ... throw in some washi and some ribbon to add to the embellishments and my kit was born:

Feb 2016 Counterfeit Kit - Jimjams

All papers are from a (bargain) MME Cut & Paste Flair Collection Pack
"Snapshots" Click (ombre chevrons reverse), "Today" Present (journal cards reverse)
"Small" Point (arrows reverse), "Wow" Specs (plain black reverse), "Forever" Always (teal ombre reverse)

Webster's Pages Transparency (3rd time in a kit - MUST use it!)
Feb 2016 Counterfeit Kit extra embellies - JimjamsLuxe Brackets rub-ons
Thickers Regards chipboard alphas
Crate Paper Story Time teal alphas
JBS black alphas
MME Cut & Paste Flair "Small" journalling card
Creative Expressions Pearl Swirl
Webster's Pages camera washi and a stripey washi tape
Various ribbons from my stash
Jillibean Soup Smile Mini Placemats
MME Cut & Paste Flair "Small" Enamel Shapes

Mind you, once I saw the photo of the WHOLE kit-to-copy, I wasn't quite so sure that I'd got decent counterfeit ... maybe I'll check out the Forgeries on the Fourth post to add some extras.

Mind The Scrap Feb 2016 Kit

Now, let's see if Julene has a closer counterfeit today.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Best Laid Plans!

Layout detail - pennant cluster - Jimjams
Oh dear!  Whatever happened to "I'm determined to be a more consistent blogger and scrap more" which I posted back on January 1st????  Here I am squeezing just one layout from my January Counterfeit Kit onto my blog in a whole month!  What a bad, bad blogger :-(  I will try harder next month, I promise.  In the meantime, this page was done at my January crop using Sue's Sketch of the Month and documents the delay we had on our journey between Copenhagen and Malmö.

Layout - Bus Stop - Jimjams

Unfortunately, some inconsiderate person had abandoned their car, blocking the turning circle outside the station.  After waiting in vain for the owner to return and move, our driver attempted a thirty-3-point turn but just could not get past.  Eventually he was forced to reverse back down the crowded street to continue the journey!  I wonder if the red car owner had gone off somewhere on the train ... or was hiding after spotting our coach and the traffic jam behind??

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Hello, How Are You?

Welcome to the first Members' Blog Hop of 2016 from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog; Although we can choose ANYTHING that we've made with this month's November's kit, I'm starting you off with my go at Challenge #2 - a matching card and tag:

Jimjams - card & tag

Sometimes it's good to give a little something to a friend ... just because ... and these two will do very for that don't you think?

Next stop on the Members' Hop is the lovely Cindy and you can find the full list of participants Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog today (where there is also a poll to see what you think of the Members' Hop in general - do let us know what you think)

Friday, 1 January 2016

Goodbye 2015 - Hello 2016

It's already time for a new set of New Year's Resolutions ... have you made any?  Here's one I made at the start of 2014, which fell apart during 2015, so I'm making it again:

"I'm determined to be a more consistent blogger and scrap more"

As I also said back then, what better way to start than by putting together a new kit to join in with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.

Today the Master Forgers are all sharing their takes on this month's kits-to-copy which come from the Scarlet Lime's Planner Society Kits - we were allowed to pick any of the past kits from May 2015 onwards.  If you've been hopping along, you'll have just been to visit my compatriot Clair.  I chose the June Kit to copy as the warm colours and pretty shapes were a tonic after all the cold wind and rain we've had lately.

Scarlet Lime's Planner Society June Kit

Rather than a planner kit, I have been inspired to make a page (or two) kit reflecting the pinks (!) and yellows of the original:

Jimjams Jan 2016 Counterfeit Kit

2 sheets from a Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm pad
1 sheet from an Amy Tangerine Yes Please pad
2 sheets from a Christina Cole 8x8 slab
½ sheet Rainbow Life Happens by Christina Cole
Various journalling cards and mini-spots from my stash
American Crafts ⅝ Chevron knockout punch
KI Memories Softies Corners
Simple Stories Sn@p! Stickers and alphas
Jillibean Soup It Is What It Is Mini Placemats
WRMK yellow woodgrain washi
3 toning flair from my stash
Sizzix This Way Thinlits dies
WRMK Enamel Shapes
EK Success Binding Edge border punch 

I'll add cardstock as and when I need it.

Now it's time to hop over to see what Julene has for you.  If you want to visit all the Master Forgers or you want to know more about kit counterfeiting pop over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog today.

Happy New Year !!!

Monday, 7 December 2015

December Documented with the CKCB

Over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, the Master Forgers are sharing kits to help document December in various ways.  I showcased my kit yesterday ...

Jimjams - CKCB Document December Kit

... and today I am sharing my project ...

Jimjams - 25 Days of Christmas Lean Mean MAXI-book

It's based on my original Lean Mean Maxi-Book, but with an added half-sheet of patterned paper to extend it and allow for 25 photos or snippets of journalling.

A standard Lean Mean MAXI-book needs 2½ sheets of good quality patterned paper for the inner pages (instructions here) and one sheet of cardstock for the cover (instructions here).  My extended version needs 2½ sheets of patterned paper plus an extra ½ sheet (mine was the same pattern as one of the full sheets I'd used for the last half of the book which allowed me to make a double page spread for Christmas Day):

Jimjams - 25 Days of Christmas Lean Mean MAXI-book - day 25

Simply make up the cover and inside pages - but don't stick them together yet!.  Measure the depth of the spine of the inner pages - mine was 3/16".  Cut a 5"x12" strip from the extra ½ sheet of patterned paper.  Score the strip 5" away from the right hand edge of the strip and make a second score line, to the left of this, that is the smae as the depth of your inner pages spine.  Trim the strip 5" beyond this second score line.  Punch a semi-circle half-way along the top edge of the left-hand 5" section.  Adhere the other three sides of the left hand 5" section to the front of your inner pages to make a pocket for a tag.  The right-hand 5" section of the extra strip of paper is now stuck down onto the centre section of the cover, over the ribbon tie (see the cover instructions).  Finish off the cover construction, decorate and you are ready to Document December!

Jimjams - 25 Days of Christmas - cover detail

All of the inner pages are shown on the CKCB today.
In fact there's inspiration every day of December on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog; please join us and share your creations on our Mr Linky page.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Socially Acceptable

Today the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog is sharing their regular Forgeries on the Fourth post and this month several Master Forgers have been counterfeiting add-on embellishments for their November kits.  I chose to recreate the social media wood veneers from Grapevine Studio ...

Jimjams - forging wood veneers

... using various shades of kraft cardstock!  Simply cut several layers of  the same die-cut or punch and glue them together to recreate the dimension of the wood veneer.

Jimjams - forging wood veneers

I found that three or four layers were enough to give me a decently solid shape.  You can see how the un-layered hashtags above are so much less substantial than the @ signs.  As I'd packed some arrow dies in my November kit I made goood use of them as well.

Check out the other tutorials and tips on the CKCB today - there's sure to be plenty more inspiration there.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Not Quite A Collection

Nov K2C - Pink Paislee Cedar Lane Collection
Welcome to the November Master Forger Kit Reveal Blog Hop which started with our Guest Designer Alicia.  If you're following in order you'll have popped over from Clair (if not, the hop order is on the CKCB today).

You never quite know where the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog will glean inspiration from ... this month Bethany has chose a collection pack rather than a kit: The Cedar Lane Collection by Pink Paislee which hit the (US) stores in August this year.  The first thing that struck me with this collection was that sheet of bright purple ... followed by the mix of bright colours against brown ... plus splashes of bright blue and some neutral woodgrain.  Here's what I found in my stash (more or less) along those lines:

Jimjams - November CKCB Kit

I added some arrow dies to help with the counterfeiting, and a splash of buttons as they've been missing from my kits for a while.  There's also a sheet of teal cork to cut my own titles from.  Seeing the two photos together ... I realise Pink Paislee won't be hiring me as a collection designer any day soon ... ;-)

Glitz Designs Sparrow Daisy (orange reverse) and Sparrow Stripe (teal reverse)
All the other papers were from the giveaway pile at my recent Bloggers' retreat - leftovers from a pad of Crate Paper's The Pier collection and a pad of Amy Tangerine from American Crafts one brown polkadot paper fromgoodness knows where?!
Little B's Arrows dies
A selection of buttons from my stash
Arrow and honeycomb washi tapes
Simple Stories SN@P! studio alphas and icon stickers
Teal cork from WRMK

Grapevine Studio Social Media Wood VeneersWe're also counterfeiting an embellishment add-on ... and I chose to have a go at Grapevine Design's social media wood veneers in honour of the smartphone I was given for my birthday ... 21st century, here I come!!!!

Now it's time to hop on to Julene ... I wonder what she has put together for this month and what she'll be adding to her kit?