Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 2017 Challenge #2 Mix It Up

Challenge #2 - Mix It Up

Be creative with your title and get mixing. 

Create a title using different styles of font, different sizes of letter or even a combination of letters and ready made words. 

Make a longer title or get clever with a single word that says more than the word itself. 

Embed your title in your journalling or as part of the photo or the background paper. 

Check out Pinterest for some interesting takes on creative titles and incorporate a title that's out of the box!

Let's see what our wonderful Guest Designer Christy as well as creative Master Forgers Lynnette and Susan have mixed together for us!

Guest Designer Christy has this fabulous layout to share with us.

"I approached the title by choosing word art, then adding in the title with mini letters and foam letters. The navy foam letters are comprised of two sets of alphabet stickers. The shade of navy is slightly different. I hid this shade difference a bit with some glitter glue. "

Love it!

Head over to her blog here for more details as well as a video! 

Lynnette is generally about the mix and not the match when it comes to her titles and this double page spread is no exception.  She used letter stickers to spell out the departure and arrival airport codes, a pre-made word and tiny alphas to mix her title.  

Susan created this page for the challenge.  Check her blog to find out what inspired her title!


Don't forget that there are more ways than ever to join in the fun - we love to see you join in!
post on your blog or our Flickr group
Sending love, Lisa

Friday, May 12, 2017

May 2017 Challenge #1 The Good Life!

Challenge #1 - The Good Life

The original  inspiration kit includes some puffy stickers including the phrase 
"The Good Life" which caught my eye. 

Make a page about what you consider to be the good life. 

With May heralding the coming of summer, maybe it's heading outdoors for life under the sun for a few months. Or maybe it's having family and friends around you. Or maybe it's your time of life. 

Tell us what your good life is all about.

Julene has focused on retirement in her layout.

Lisa used the scraps from her mini kit (showcased here) to build a second page kit and made up another name of just another "perfectly ordinary, perfect day"! You can find out more about the page kit and some detail shots over on her blog

Leslie's living the good life in retirement, too!
And scrapping with a little help from this week's Whimsical Musing prompt #256
Vive la France!

Don't forget that there are more ways than ever to join in the fun - we love to see you join in!
post on your blog or our Flickr group

Sending love, Lisa


Saturday, May 6, 2017

(Inter)National Scrapbook Day 2017

Welcome to the second post of the day here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. I bet that surprised you, didn't it?

But we couldn't let (Inter)National Scrapbook Day come and go without at least acknowledging it at least, could we?

Some years we give you posts all day or even all weekend but this year, we're keeping it simple.

I'd just like to share with you some of my favourite Counterfeit Kit Challenge prompts from the last 12 months to remind you of the wonderful wealth of inspiration that you can find on this blog. You'll find a challenge title and then a project made using that prompt. Details for both can be found by following the links!

So let's see which challenges grab my attention, and hopefully you too. 

I'll be making a page today using at least one of these prompts - will you join me?

April 2016

Layout by MF Kelly

May 2016

Layout by MF Susan

June 2016

Layout by MF Susanne

July 2016

Layout by MF Lisa 

August 2016

Layout by MF Margie

September 2016

Layout by MF Lesley

October 2016

Layout by MF Jemma

November 2016

Layout by MF Julene

January 2017

Layout by MF Lynnette

February 2017

Layout by MF Clair

March 2017

Layout by MF Leslie

April 2017

Layout by MF Stephanie using her mini kit rather than the challenge prompt but I just love this layout!

And just as an added bonus, you can find our previous (Inter)National Scrapbook Day posts from here at the CKC blog below:

Don't forget that we LOVE it when you share your kits and projects with us :-)

Use the the Link-up Page, 
the new Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group 
(there's even a giveaway over here to celebrate hitting 1,000 Likes on our Facebook page)
or on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge.

And of course, there was extra inspiration earlier today with our mini kits and more to come with challenges on the 12th & 18th. You'd be crazy not to play along.

Happy creating everyone.

Sending love, Lisa


May 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 and 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 inspiration kit and only need a small selection to work with? 

Whatever the reasons, our new mini-kit feature will hopefully help 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 are also creating our own smaller "Mini Kit" versions of the inspiration kit, along with some ideas for using them up quickly!

Here's a reminder of our inspiration kit, courtesy of the Gossamer Blue March main kit full of fabulous blues and some wonderful patterns.

Gossamer Blue March main kit

There's also a pocket page kit to be inspired by.

Gossamer Blue Life Pages March kit

Kits can either be simply smaller versions of the main kit, or they can be specifically aimed to 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 
  • You're still loving (and creating with) an older kit, but want to play along each month.
  • You don't have enough stash that suits the new inspiration kit. 
  • You're busy, but still want to feel creative. 
  • 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. 
  • 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! 

Master Forger Susanne curated a quick kit and made up a page in no time.  She could have been even quicker if she hadn't chosen an alphabet for her kit that required glitter or microbeads to be added.  She had neither on hand, so she switched it out for a colorful alternative that picks up all the other bits of color.

True to form, Clair chose to raid her 'Scrap Stash', making a mini kit with lots of lovely, little leftovers! She used her mini-kit so quickly, that she had to make a Main Kit and join in on the 1st!

You've already seen the Counterfeit Die-Cuts that Clair made for Forgeries On The Fourth, which she is using with her Main Kit, but here's a little extra inspiration!

When will Lisa learn? Another last minute make made for less than stellar, late night photos!

However, she pulled together her Dreamer mini page kit featuring Pinkfresh Studio and Shimelle products, picking out the blues and green from the inspiration kit.

And then, even though it was late, late, late (almost midnight!), she put this quick page together. You can find out more details about her kit and layout over on her blog here.

Kelly put together a quick kit reflecting the rainy weather she has been experiencing lately.

She used her kit to create this spread for her Project Life album. See full details on her blog.

Don't forget that there are more ways than ever to join in the fun - we love to see you join in!
post on your blog or our Flickr group

Sending love, Lisa

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Forgery on the Fourth - May 2017

 May's inspiration:

March 2017 Gossamer Blue Kit
 Lots of doodly bits in this kit. How about free-hand cutting a large black or white word or stamping the tiny multi-colored alphas? The painterly color block paper truly begs to be forged.

Let's see what the Design Team has provided for inspiration:

Susan made her own version of the dimensional word Thickers included in the inspiration kit.  You can check her blog for the full details.

She also found some free printables for some of the other kit components:

Here are some tag templates to help you replicate the ones included in the Life Pages kit:

These Project Life printables are similar in color and design to the ones in the Life Pages kit and you could use them on a layout as well:

Here's a link to some cute hand-drawn flowers that are similar to the puffy stickers included in the main kit:

Clair is constantly using her stamp sets to counterfeit her own embellishments and this Pennant Banner Tutorial (an old one, but still a fabulous one) could help you to recreate the cute little banner from the sticker set!

And, with the leftovers from her (soon to be revealed mini-kit) she made some added some 'die-cuts' to her Main Kit. There's more details on her blog, Obstinate Pursuit, today.

Leslie wanted to include those cute wood veneers.

Lisa tracked down some speech bubble printables which reminded her of some of the Shimelle stickers included

And then she went off looking for some ways to recreate those cute puffy stickers in some way. These videos tutorials show you how you can use Nuvo Crystal Drops (or similar dimensional products) for your own enamel dots and small shapes including words. 

She's actually had a go with the Nuvo Crystal Drops before (in her Scrapabilly September 2016 kit) and managed to pull off some rather nifty enamel dots and even a few shapes. You can find a few close ups over on her blog here, here and here.

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