Monday, 24 August 2015

Friends Forever

Jimjams - Layout detail - vellum pocket for journalling
Welcome to the final post of the March CKCB Members' Blog Hop; if you didn't reach me from  Kelly then you might want to start at the beginning with Lisa (the full hop list is here)

This month we had a choice of three challenges to use for the hop (#1 Blank Canvas Challenge , #2 Gift Wrap Challenge, #3 Friends Inspired Challenge).

I've already had a go with the blank canvas challenge so I went with the 3rd challenge, using my August Counterfeit Kit to scrap a photograph of a dearly departed friend, lost suddenly to the big C last month.  It was taken on my birthday last year while we were all still in blissful ignorance.

Jimjams - Layout - Trattoria Pacciano

We four have had several happy times together over many, many years and the memory of this day is a good one. 

Thanks for hopping around with the CKCB Members this month - why not join in yourself in September - EVERYone is welcome!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Prom(pt) Scrapping

At the beginning of each month I get together with a few friends and scrap in my local village hall.  It's a monthly chance to devote myself to using my Counterfeit Kit and try to make a page or two for the monthly challenges.  This month's first challenge at the CKCB is to use a white base for your page ... perfect for these prom photos of Child No.3 in a purple dress, considering there is NO purple in this month's kit at all (and the material of her dress looked a different shade in different lights)!

The white base allowed me to use accents of colour from the garden and incorporate the actual prom ticket which I'd saved with the photos from last summer ... where has the last year gone?!?!

Coincidentally the first challenge for August over at UKScrappers was a perfect fit for this page too ... once I had added an extra flower brad or two: 2 photos, 6 of one embellishment and a heart!

So two separate prompts scrapped promptly for prom photos - a good start to the month I think!

If you fancy being able to scrap promptly with a counterfeit kit (by knowing in advance which kit we are copying) then why not join us on the Master Forger team ... details of how to apply are here.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Sunny Scrappy Canary Yellows

Aug 2015 - Scrappy Canary - Kit-to-copy
Welcome to another month of kit counterfeiting with the Counterfeit kit Challenge Blog.  This month we don't have a guest designer to start us off ... because we're hunting for some new blood: if you fancy being part of the Master Forger apply here!

In the meantime, the reveal hop started here with the Kit-to-copy: June's Globe Trotter kit from Scrappy Canary.

If you have been hopping along you'll already have seen what the lovely Susanne did with the inspiration kit and now it's my turn.

I admired the sunshine yellows, the greys, the diagonals and dots, the multi-coloured arrows and the cork ... and dived into my stash to see what I could find.  As you can see I chose some graphic black & white & yellow ... some multi-coloured diagonals and dots and arrows ... a little cork to cut up ... and an envelope template to make little envelopes with.

Jimjams - Aug 2015 Counterfeit Kit

I added extra arrows in the form of some washi tapes but it feels a little a little "flat" to me so you can bet there will be buttons or flair or bling being added at the scrapping stage.  As ever, the cardstock is just pulled from my stash as required.

½ sheet of Crate Paper Boys Rule So Rad (black & white striped reverse)
Echo Park's Diagonal Dot from their So Happy Together collection (teal floral)
6x6 Urban Traveller Pack Your Bags (travel stamp)
Boutique Newspaper (yellow) from Simple Stories DIY Boutique
A partial sheet of Travel Dots from SS Urban Traveller (Bingo Cards)
A scrap of MME Cut & Paste Charm Carefree Mellow (teal/navy dots)
The woodgrain reverse side of Echo Park's All About A Boy Gears (multi-coloured gears!)

Jimjams - Aug 2015 CKCB Kit - reverse papers

An envelope template from Paper Pizaz
A yellow chevron glassine envelope
Two rolls of arrow washi tape
Some die-cut Polaroid frames from Lesley
Sheets of cork from a DCWV Mat Stack
Simple Stories alpha stickers
Jillibean Soup Smile Mini Placemats

Quite a few pieces are quite small as I'm now making a practice of grabbing toning pieces from my scraps bags once I have picked my main papers in an effort to reduce my mountain of scraps!

Now let's see what Julene makes of the sunny inspiration from Scrappy Canary!  Happy hopping :-)

Friday, 24 July 2015

July's Scraps

Welcome to the start of July's Members' Blog Hop from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.  I chose the first challenge: to use at least 4 photos on my page!

I recently discovered that my camera has a "stitch" function so that I could take really wide panoramas and tried it out on top of the Camera Obscura on Edinburgh's skyline.  The resulting 12 photos were printed at half-size and matched up perfectly but would have needed 3 full pages to be viewed in a row.  Instead, I decided instead to overlap them, trimming the tops or bottoms to emphasise the layering and producing a view from a point!

Jimjams - Layout - Point of View

My July Counterfeit Kit was brightened up by the blue cardstock background and a scrap of brown patterned paper with Broadway Sizzlets helped create a bold title.  I still need to write the date and location on the page though!

To make up for the lack of blogging recently, I'll share another page from the kit for the second CKCB challenge this month - to use an old tool: several years ago when I was on the PTA of my children's primary school I bought some bargain priced mini punches from the school catalogue including a tiny triangle punch ... and this month I decided to use it to make some perfectly regular bunting for a page about the Royal Yacht Britannia near Edinburgh.  I also dusted off some ancient rub-on letters - at one point I used a lot of these but I keep forgetting to use them these days.

Hubby is posing by some fake pints of beer in one of the crew's bars on board.  The boat tour is great fun with an numbered hand-held audio guide for you to listen to at your own pace.  We found it fascinating to see how the "royals" and their retinue lived at sea.

Karen is next up on the Members' Hop; I wonder which of this month's challenges she has chosen?

If you get lost whilst hopping the full order is published on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog today.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


Jimjams - July Counterfeit Kit embellishments
Yes this blog does still exist!

After a very challenging few months, where scrapping has had to take a definite back seat, I have finally been getting creative again with my Counterfeit Kits.  So I am very happy to welcome you to my part of the July Master Forger kit reveal hop.

Hopefully you've just been to see Susanne's kit, but if not, the hop started here with a visit to our Guest Forger, fellow Brit and close friend, Julie who scraps pages about her young daughter and her own childhood.

Scrapabilly March 2015 Kit This month we are counterfeiting a beautiful kit, in my favourite colours, from the German shop Scrapabilly.  Fellow Master Forger Lisa designs for them and has already been creative with the original kit, based on a Kaisercraft collection, so her forging should be fun this month!

I usually like to counterfeit with a twist, and because I already use so much teal in my kits I thought I'd concentrate on the fact that there are lots of papers from one manufacturer, lots of neutrals with a hint of colour, lots of alphas, lots of frames ... and try to use up some papers that I've been avoiding!

Jimjams - July Counterfeit Kit

So there is still some blue, but it's pastel rather than teal, with plenty of cream and beige rather than black and grey; there are plenty of alphas in the form of ancient office rub-ons, the frames will come from stamps and several sheets of Delish Designs paper from their Bistro collection (2008) have been put to good use!

Jimjams - July Counterfeit Kit - reverse patternsSupplies:
Fresh Entree (ornate shapes reverse)
Sizzling Stripes (brown striped reverse)
Sizzling Main Dish (brown reverse)
Fresh Main Dish (cream reverse)
Fresh Stripes (brown dotted reverse)
Various buttonsfrom my stash
Bo Bunny brown rub-ons
Corrugated card from DCWV
EK Success Bookworks rub-ons, dates, business cards and epoxy sentiments
Venice chipboard alphas from 7 Gypsies
Some ancient office stationary rub-on alphas
Various trims and frame stamps from my stash

Now it's time to visit Julene to see how she's interpreted the Kit-to-Copy.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Back To The Beginning

Jimjams - May 2015 Kit detail - vintage rosettes
Welcome to the final part of the May Master Forger kit reveal hop for Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.  Hopefully you've just been to see Susanne's kit, but if not, the hop started here with a visit to our Guest Forger Susan's Flickr page.

I've said it before but it's true that time certainly does fly when you're having fun!  I have been Counterfeit Kitting for just over four years now and this month we have been counterfeiting the very first inspiration kit from back in January 2011.  I missed that month (my debut kit was February 2011) so it's been fun to be going back to the beginning again.

We were given the main kit and an add-on to counterfeit back then, and this year we also had a current add-on added on!  I'm never one for making a large kit, so I just stuck with the main one and decided to add looked through my stash to see what Jenni Bowlin supplies I had.

JBS Dec 2010 Main Kit

As it turned out, not a lot apart from a sticker sheet and 4 journalling tags!  I did come across sheet of paper with a striking geometric pattern plus a grungy, spotty sheet ... and took it from there.  Apart from those two papers, the rest of the kit is scraps, part sheets and random journalling cards.

Jimjams - May 2015 Kit

Not quite as vintage as the original, but it has to work for me and my photos!  My nod towards those Studio Calico Notions are made with a Sizzlet rosette die and pages from a book, but I know that there will be closer counterfeits in our Forgeries on the Fourth post ... on May 4th!

Don't forget to stop by the CKCB tomorrow when we're celebrating {Inter}National Scrapping Day!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Spring Perspective

Jimjams - Layout detail - brad border
Welcome to the start of April's edition of the Members' Blog Hop from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.

I've been creative with my April Counterfeit Kit to make another Disney 2004 album double page spread ... and use up a bunch of square brads from my stash!  Inspiration came from Challenge #3's Spring theme and I met the challenge by matching the fresh and vibrant patterns and colours from my kit with some orange cardstock.

Jimjams - Layout - Gatorland
It feels good to stop hoarding those brads and get them onto a page!  I made the smaller letters for title from three layers of cardstock to match the chipboard "g" of Gatorland using Blossom Quickutz dies.

As I've been so bad at blogging recently, I'll share another page from the kit with a totally different vibe featuring a different tourist attraction and a more recent holiday:

Jimjams - Layout - Camera Obscura - Little & Large

Edinburgh's Camera Obscura has 5 floors of optical illusions and amazing immersive entertainment!  We took dozens of photos of all the madness there including these shots of Child No.3 & I playing with perspective!  More black cardstock for my title, this time with Sizzlet Go Go Boots dies plus a little washi from my kit to separate it from that eye-watering black & white chevron pattern!

Next stop on the Members' Hop is the lovely Sherrie and you can find the full list of participants Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog today.