Thursday, 9 April 2015

Glitterati {April's Counterfeit Kit}

I'm still scrapping with my Counterfeit Kit from March, but couldn't resist playing along with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge again as the Inspiration Kit for April (The Messy Box from A Beautiful mess) is so much fun!
Initially, the black made me feel a little scared. It's not a colour that I use frequently in my scrapbooking, usually opting for softer colours. But then, I remembered a stack of black envelopes, that have been sat on my shelf for ... oh, at least two years now ... that I really should 'use or lose.'

I've added in cardstock sheets in black, orange and hot pink. I hesitate to mention exactly how long they have been in my stash. Let's just say that I bought a box full of card-making sheets when I first started crafting and I found that box at the back of a cupboard when cleaning last month. It may or may not have been incredibly dusty. *sneezes*

Inspired, I then went digging through my older stash and found some amazing sheets from American Crafts, We Are Memory Keepers, My Mind's Eye, Echo Park and Sassafras.

Then I went hunting through some more recent additions to my stash - and by recent, I mean from the last six months or so. First, there's an amazing sheet of Gold Glitter 'Foam'. I have absolutely no idea how I'll be using it, but it had to be added. There's also two packets of Hot Pink Thickers that are just uh-maz-ing!

I really wanted to add in some of the 'Pocket' elements, so went in search of some suitable journalling cards and I've included several from Sodalicious and Echo Park, along with some that I made myself from stash. Rounding off my kit, I've added in a selection of random embellishments that I thought went with the colours and 'modern feel' of the kit.

I'm hoping that I'll find some time to use all of this beautiful kit (and am desperately looking forward to popping along to my local scrapbooking club at the end of the month) but it's becoming a little difficult to squeeze everything in at the moment. I'm having fun though, so eventually, I'll have lots to scrapbook about!
If you're one of those amazing people that manages to have a busy, busy life and still scrapbook, please do tell me your secrets! x

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop {March}

Hello! Hello! Welcome to this month's Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop. Hopefully, you have arrived from Lisa's lovely blog - Recklinghausen Musings If you haven't come across the Counterfeit Kit Challenge before it might be worth starting there - it's definitely worth the time. It's full of amazing challenges and inspiration!

Challenges like these ones -

Challenge #1: Border Craze: Get crazy with borders
Challenge #2: Irish Challenge: Celebrate St Patrick's Day with some creativity!
Challenge #3: Desk Challenge: Take inspiration from the state of your desk

I chose to work on the very first challenge and, after folding down a sheet of cardstock to create a lower border on my layout, I went to town adding die-cuts, hand-stamped embellishments, bling and stickers to create a border that's full of fun and colour. 

To balance out the layout, I also added a smaller border to the top, right hand corner - using up even more of my sticker sheet. It feels so nice to have finally broken into that sticker sheet from Everyday Elements. I've certainly had it long enough! 

Hidden down the left hand side is a small pocket, created by folding the top sheet of cardstock. I've hidden some journalling in there to tell this London Story properly.

Now, I'm excited to follow the blog-hop and see what other counterfeiters have been creating over the last month, starting with the next stop on the blog-hop, Gemma over at My Not So Simple Life.

Thanks so much for stopping by, please do say hello before you say goodbye! x

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Late Is Better Than Never {March Counterfeit Kit}

I'm a little late this month joining in with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month - even though I was checking out the kit on the 1st March - because I went to Poland. And - even though I made my kit as soon as I came home - I've been so busy catching up with work that I haven't been able to sit down and start writing about it!

Fully intending to use the oranges of the inspiration kit as the base of my own counterfeit kit, I went in search of suitable papers and only found one orange sheet. Imagine my surprise when I realised it had those lovely hot air balloons (another element of the original kit) on the reverse side. I used that as the base for the rest of the kit then went to town pulling in papers to match.

As a substitute for the die-cut pack, I've added in a small stack of hand-stamped and hand-cut elements (using lots of my favourite stamps in the process) plus a few die-cuts that I had hanging around. The woodgrain ribbon in the inspiration kit caught my eye, so I've substituted with a strip of edge-punched woodgrain paper I had in my stash.

Pretty frames and a hadmade rose embellishment add a little bit of femininity to my kit.

When I saw the arrows and the polaroid frames in the inspiration kit, I immediately thought of this stamp set from Dear Lizzy. It's one of my favourites!

Watercolour pencils and some ink sprays are my substitute for the Gelatos in the inspiration kit. I have no idea what I might do with them, but they are in there - just in case inspiration strikes!

I seem to have a fairly large kit, for such a small amount of time, but I was so determined to at least make a start that I have one completed project already. And, if all that I manage to complete is that one project, it's still more than I managed last month! A slow return to scrapbooking is still a return to scrapbooking. Right?