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Monday, 4 November 2013

Fall Back

After a three month break from the kit building routine, I am ready to fall back, into the flow of creating and using kits made using the inspiration of the monthly Counterfeit Kit Challenge. I busted through two kits last month (my May and June compilations) and disassembled a bonus kit I built a year ago, but never shared here or used in scrapping, (I really like building kits from my stash. Sometime I do it just because.) All that remains in my backlog of kits is the one from July, Community First. And I should be turning to it right now. Finish what you start and follow through responsibly with a wrap-up blog, says the analytical part of my brain. But it is the beginning of the month and that means a new inspiration kit to copy and well, you know how it is with us artistic types. Always want to look at what is new and pretty, and well, pretty and new.

Oh how pretty is this?

And how scrumptious is the add-on? 

 The inspiration kit is from Jenni Bowlin Learn all about the challenge here

I see blues and golds and textures that bring to mind crisp air, clear skies and crunchy leaves underfoot. Just perfect for the season. So to commemorate yesterday, Sunday, November 3, the day that we "fall back" off daylight savings time. And to recognize my renewed commitment as I fall back into a scrapping routine. I would like to present to you my November Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, aptly named "Fall Back"

The usual start is with the papers.
Top row: Three colours of cardstock from Close to My Heart (CTMH).
Multi-Striped, Dream Street Papers, Birdie Bits, Building A Home, Audrey Neal Designs.
 The next two are from a stack that I think was by Deja vu.

Stacks seem to just sit there for me. I forget to look in them for papers. This summer I took apart most all of my stacks and resorted them into rainbow sections. As this kit shows, they are more apt to be used by me if they are sorted into colour families.

Bottom row: The first piece is an odd duck. About 20"x16" it is a folded piece of high quality paper, I found at a thrift shop. It is too heavy for gift wrap so I am guessing it originated in a craft/scrap kit.
Blue plaid, manufacturer unknown. (muk)
Scroll, again from the Deja vu stack.
Off white, Core'dinations Whitewash collection.
Blue diamonds, muk.

I wanted some more variety so made an add-on paper kit.
Die cut Making Memories.
Lattice with corn motif, muk.
Multi pattern with dots, CTMH Dreamin'.
Floral, Basic Grey, Boxer, Slim Fit.
Borders pattern, Basic Grey, Boxer, Corduroy.

For Alphas, I added CTMH mini epoxy letters. I will use other alphas as needed.

Also a roll of washi. Why is it that the manufacturers don't put their name on the inside of the roll? I have only two rolls that identify their makers, and they were from a garden shop.

For messy technique, which I need to encourage myself to incorporate them by adding them to the kit. This month is stamps from Tim Holtz Collection, Stampers Anonymous, Artistic Collage

Then I decided to make it easy on myself. Rummaging through past kit remains, and half packs of die-cuts, I chose a selection that I though might work well for me, without worrying if they resembled the inspiration kit. My goal it to use up these hangers-on.

Some of the items shown are from the following;
Die cuts,  Glitz Whatnot Vintage Blue.
Dimensional stickers, Forever in Time .
My Mind's Eye, Lost and Found Two, Rosy "Everything" Dry Goods patterned paper the "b" side. Will cut apart to use the vintage newspaper ads.

Layered stickers, My Mind's Eye, Follow your heart.
Odd bits and snips, Making Memories, Vintage Findings, Mini birthday kit.
Flowered buttons, H.A.Kidd , Inspire.
Rosettes, American Crafts, delights, Spice.
Slide mount frames, Hot off the press, Attachments, Travel.
Blue chipboard banner, Teresa Collins, Everyday Moments, Chipboard Elements.
Bingo cards and journal cards left overs from Simple Stories cut apart pages.

Borders, K&Company, Que Sera Sera.
Overlay, Seven Gypsies.
Glimmer glass, Tattered Angles, Regal.
Mirror bird, Heidi Swapp.
Asst. stickers, Glitz; Creative Memories.

Glassine paper, Tim Hotz. From this I counterfeited feathers by stamping or free hand and fussy cutting.

Word/definition stickers, muk.
Burlap bag, salvaged from packaging.
Vintage look tags salvaged from Cactus clothes.

and a little bag found in my drawer with buttons, tickets, die cuts, lace, flair, fabric flower (Prima), ribbon, some bits of wood from packaging, etc. all in the brown/gold/orange part of the spectrum.
Journal cards I made using last months leftovers.
Finally a bag of word strips and mini alphas that came from the charity shop. muk.

I expect I will be reaching for ribbon and fibers, inks and punches. I usually do, so there isn't a need to include them to make sure they get used.

So now it's time to make a mug of cocoa, and flip though my photo storage albums. Find some good fall photos that have been waiting to be scrapped.

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Friday, 1 November 2013

Wrap up for Country Cousins

The June mega kit, Country Cousins, has been providing inspiration throughout the summer and now still, into fall. Last weekend, I took it to a retreat and blew through it, decimating its contents. On Wednesday, at Scrapbook Club, I used some that last snips to make counterfeit Project Life cards. At first I tried to keep track of which of the two kits, the layout came from. Either Sam and Mel, or Heather and Gwen. But then when the four kits started to play together, I couldn't tell them apart so for convenience they were all filed together.

Started with a busy layout, all layered up just like my dear subject in the photo.

Used some low quality pics off facebook. Turned the fuzzy one to b&w and layered vellum over it to distract from the pixelation.

It was a special Mom's day. We were all together (surprisingly rare considering the close proximity we are to each other) and 2013 brought around my mother's 80th birthday.

I hope that my scrapbooking can evolve to being less event oriented and more subject motivated.

Oops, not done. Need some journaling to tell the story here.

Do you scrapbook special cards too? My problem is that they are all special to me.

Rebecca and Cohen shared their birthday party.

Because the kit was around for several months, and because I printed lots of pictures on Mother's Day right after our dinner. I kind of lost track of what I had scrapped and have several similar layouts. Oh well, I really enjoyed making them.

This lo was for Whimsical Musings 100 celebration.

Probably go back to this one and fill it up. Too much "white space" for me to feel comfortable with it. Or maybe I can convince myself it's a "zen thing" and call it done.

Very happy with Garden Girl. The journaling is about how when Rebecca saw these photos a couple of months after they were taken, she declared "I want to do it again!"

 It was a banner day when we brought home our new acquisition. A '56 Chevy.

Lady Lucy had her first spa day experience. I took apart and used the flower that they had pinned to her collar. 

A simple, quick layout. No dimension. No array of products or techniques. Just photos, paper, a strip of ribbon and adhesive. 

Really enjoyed making this one. Photo taken of the view just outside my kitchen window.

Cropped down 4x6 photos to 3x3. Note to self, try this more often.

The last day of the weekend retreat, I took inspiration from Lisa H and a single photo layout with lots of layers of paper. Using assembly line techniques, I laid out four pieces of cardstock that were left in the kits. Chose a photo for each one. Then sorted all the off cuts to each photo/cardstock combo that it best supported. Next, keeping half an eye on a sketch I had made of Lisa's work I assembled four layouts in about five hours.

Then I finished off the bits with a small stack of  journal cards.
And thus I concluded the mega (four-in-one) kit, Country Cousins to be completed and kissed it goodbye.  Just two full sheets and two half sheets of pp remained to return to the stash. Normally I would have pushed through to the end, bringing in more paper and items from stash to keep the mojo moving, but I was eager to finish this kit and get ready for the next Counterfeit Kit Challenge, which starts today, so I will see you again soon with a new kit reveal. That was quite a long sentence, so you need to read it really fast, just like I would say it, all in one breath.

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