Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Starting With A Single Sheet

Jimjams - March CKCB Kit detailAnother month, another kit to copy.  Welcome to April's Master Forger Blog Hop ... did you reach me from our Guest Forger Sharon?  If not, the start of the kit reveal hop is published on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog today.

Not heard of the CKCB before?  Trust me it's a great way to use your existing supplies to make kits that are easy to use ... because you pick them yourself, using inspiration from an existing kit!  Very good value for money too i.e. generally zero if you have a well-stocked scrappy cupboard!

This month we're starting with Elsie & Emma's March Messy Box which looks like this:

Jimjams - April CKCB Kit to Copy - March Messy Box

Lots of black and white and orange and teal, some dots and stripes ... and not one thing that I can match exactly from my supplies!  I knew that I had some bright papers and some black & white supplies, but when I spotted this sheet I decided it had lots of black and white and orange and teal, some dots and stripes ... and it was the perfect start to my kit:

Jimjams - CKCB Starting Point

At the CKCB we have no rules about how closely you match the original, nor how you take inspiration from the Kit-to-Copy, just as long as you use up supplies.  So here's what I'll be scrapping with this month ... stash to match that single sheet starting point!

Jimjams - April 2015 Counterfeit Kit

Ringtoss from Prima Marketing's Dude Collection (orange floral reverse)
Heringbone/Orange, Looking Good, Boutique Stripes/Green (from Simple Stories DIY Boutique)
Echo Park's About A Boy 4x6 Journalling Cards (the teal patterned reverse is shown)
Ad Lib Hoopla by Bo Bunny Back To Basics (yellow, teal, lime circles reverse)
Basic Grey Colour Me Silly alphabet stickers
Delight fabric Thickers
Simple Stories Sn@p! Studio lime mini alphabets
Some ampersands from a Simple Stories' Outside The Box sheet
DIY Clear Stickers by Simple Stories
Q&Co and WRMK Washi tapes
Some American Crafts Flair

As usual I'll add cardstock as I need it - and no doubt there'll be a few other additions from my regular stash depending on the photos.

Julene is next on the tour for scrappy kit inspiration and the CKCB has the full tour if you get lost.  Don't forget to check back there on the 4th for detailed forgeries from the inspiration kit.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Wild About Sweden

Welcome to the final post of the March CKCB Members' Blog Hop; if you didn't reach me from  Sherrie 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 Border Challenge , #2 Irish Challenge, #3 Desk Challenge).

I've already had a go with the desk challenge and decided to use my March Counterfeit Kit to make a border for my page using punched shapes from a sheet of ombre paper and a little machine stitching:

Jimjams - Layout - Djurgården

Our visit to Skansen in Stockholm was a great opportunity to show Hubby some of the Swedish wildlife ... Moose (really called Elk in British English or Älg in Swedish), Lynx and Reindeer ... we didn't manage to spot the Wolverines though; it must have been too sunny!

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

Monday, 16 March 2015


Jimjams - Layout detail - sticker cluster
Today's challenge over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog is to reflect your craft desk in a page ... as in the state of it! 

Err - that means I have to admit to you that it's currently a MESS ... in fact I haven't been able to scrap properly at it this year! 
All my scrapping is getting done at my monthly crop and at my dining table as there is no space left on my desk!!!
I'm in the process of clearing up my craft corner to accommodate some different storage and, as ever, I'm making more mess in order to be tidy :-)

So this page for our Disney 2004 (!) album reflects the layers of paperwork, scrapping scraps, half-sorted embellishments, odd pens and a selection of oddments ... scattered around my laptop!

Jimjams - Layout - Hello

Supplies are from my March Counterfeit Kit with the addition of a few Simple Stories word stickers.  Child No.3 was getting bored waiting for me to browse the biggest craft store I'd ever seen and decided she'd feature in the photographic evidence!  The air-conditioning was a welcome respite from the Florida sun, but the kids didn't appreciate the time it was taking me to decide which scrapbook supplies to spend my holiday $$$ on.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

March Madness

Welcome to March's kit counterfeiting with the Counterfeit kit Challenge Blog.  This month our Guest Designer Janine joins us in forging the January Cupcake Kit from A Piece Of Cake Designs in Australia.

My first thought was "Oh no not more pink!"
But then my fellow forgers pointed out that the pink was mostly labelling and upon closer inspection I realised that the kit was lovely shades of teal and yellow and woodgrain ...

Piece of Cake Designs January Cupcake - March K2C

This month we Master Forgers are letting you know our "top tips" for putting together and using a kit.  Whenever I put together a counterfeit kit I start by finding my favourite part of it.  This is the thing that will seed the ideas for the rest of the kit.  I just take a colour or a pattern or even some embellishments that I really would love to use and let the kit grow from there.

So I started with the woodgrain sheet ... and the teal patterns ... and then grabbed a sheet with some tiny bicycles (my substitute for those hot air balloons).  That set the tone for the rest of the kit.

My next step is to search my supplies for patterns, journal cards, alphas and embellishments to match the starting elements ... without looking too closely at the original kit while I do this.  This helps me focus on what I actually have in my stash and keeps the kit cohesive.

Jimjams - March 2015 Counterfeit Kit

To finish a forgery off I look back at the kit-to-copy and check that I've included enough of the embellishments to get a feel for the original ... and this month I added wordy frames, some buttons (I'm sequinned out after last month's kit) and a border strip or two.   

I don't worry about counterfeiting each individual piece (though I know that works for some) which ensures that my kit size stays manageable and is more likely to get used up before I get bored with it!

MME Cut & Paste Charm Carefree Mellow (giant chevron)
Thin woodgrain paper (gift from Lesley)
Teal chevron paper (gift from Lesley)
MME Cut & Paste Charm Sweet Spin (cream diamond)
6x6 MME Cut & Paste Charm Hey You (teal arrows)
6x6 MME Cut & Paste Charm Multi-cycles (ombre )
6x6 MME Cut & Paste Charm Sweet Spin (yellow cycles)
Teal, grey and yellow alphas from Simple Stories
Cream punched borders
Various journalling cards from my stash
Yellow chevron glassine pocket
A selection of buttons and wood veneer shapes from my stash
Live Laugh Love Pennant (gift from Lesley)
Wordy frames (gifts from Lesley)

You will have noticed rather a lot of stash supplied by Lesley ... my tribute to a good friend ... who is very generous with her scrappy supplies!

For more kit tips and forgeries please carry on with the hop by visiting Julene (the complete list is published here on the CKCB).  Happy hopping!

P.S.Why March Madness?
Well, I thought I'd prepared my kit weeks ago ... but when I came to write up the blog post I could find neither kit nor photographic evidence that it had ever existed ... apart from in my dreams perhaps?!?!  Cue last minute kit preparation within hours of the reveal!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Two For One

Jimjams - Layout detail - sequins and vellum
Welcome to February's edition of the Members' Blog Hop from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog; our guest designer Doris started us off and now you have me!  I've been a bad blogger again, so today, you'll get not one but TWO layouts made with my February Counterfeit Kit!

The first was done for Challenge #1 this month - use something sheer or transparent on the page.

I'd included some brightly coloured vellum and used it to mat one of the journal cards from my kit which formed the title to a page from last summer's road trip with fellow Master Forger Lesley:

Jimjams - Layout - Not The Destination

A "random" sprinkling of sequins from the kit added some texture above and below the vellum.

In fact Lesley "features" on my second offering for the hop because I borrowed her Sizzlit Notecard alphabet dies to make the title feature on this double layout from my Scandinavian album:

I often do a double page in holiday albums to include lots of photos of architecture or views from the cities and attractions that we visit, giving a feel for the place rather than telling a story.

Jimjams - Layout LHS - Stockholm

It was a little tricky with this month's kit as many of the papers were from a 6x6 pad, but careful use of strips behind the photos gives you the impression that I used larger pieces!

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

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Miles Away From The Original? Across The Miles to be counterfeitedWelcome to another month of kit counterfeiting with the Counterfeit kit Challenge Blog.  This month we have Doris as our guest designer and you should have reached me via Stephanie if you've followed the hop from the start.  We're all making our own versions of's "Across The Miles" Kit

I thought I could match the papers with yellow diagonal stripes and multi-coloured tiny arrows ... and dived into my stash!  No fancy vellums or gold foiled papers there, but I did find some flair, some sequins and  travel themed items ... and so my counterfeit kit was born:

Jimjams - Feb 2015 Counterfeit Kit

Crate Paper Boys Rule Beep Beep, Cool Kid , Mix Tape (named for the "other" sides!
6x6 24/Seven Good Stuff (typewriter numerals)
6x6 Urban Traveller Jet Set (map)
6x6 Urban Traveller Boarding Pass (travel labels)
CP Boys Rule Accent Stickers

Jimjams - February 2015 Counterfeit Kit embellishments

American Crafts wood veneer stars
Black and yellow sequins (circa 2002)
Tiny red star buttons
Various flair buttons from my stash

Jimjams - February 2015 Counterfeit Kit accent cards

Various accent cards (mostly left over from last May's kit so I'm determined to use them up)
We R Memory Keepers Enamel Shapes

As usual I'll add cardstock as I go along and may dig out some more coloured alphas from Simple Stories (when I locate them in my messy craftroom).

I'm not a million miles away from the original kit but they're probably second cousins once removed rather than siblings!  Let's see if Susanne has a closer counterfeit today.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Turning A Negative Into A Positive

Welcome to the final post of the first CKCB Members' Blog Hop of 2015.  If you didn't reach me from fellow Brit Virginia then you might want to start at the beginning with Lisa (the full hop list is here).

My layout was created back at the beginning of the month's crop for the CKCB's #3 Challenge: Turn Negatives Into Positives.  I think that the intention was to use negative shapes from die-cuts or punches, but I've also used an attempt to sabotage a photo last Easter to make a page about No.2 Son.

Jimjams - Layout - One Of A Kind

He's not a great lover of my camera and often pulls strange faces ... but funnily enough, he actually used this one as his FB profile for a while!  Supplies are from my January Counterfeit Kit - including that perfect sticker - he certainly is one of a kind!