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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Counterfeit layouts

I love the counterfeit kit I put together this month. I had big hopes of getting a lot of layouts done with my great summer kit. As it turns out I have just been too busy to have much scrapping time. I have done five layouts this month. I have about six more layouts set up to make and I hope I can get them all done before the new kit reveal on the fifth. Here are three layouts that I made with my June kit and didn't post yet.

The first layout is from Disney. We go every year with my daughters dance school. This is the first year in the last six years that we aren't going with them. We are going on our own later in the year. I am using the time before we go to get some of the previous years layouts done. This was the group picture from our dinner at the Hoop-Dee-Doo-Revue.
The second layout is of my niece Katie. She is the only person on our side of the family with freckles and I have always wanted to take her to one of the freckle contests (you win by having the most freckles and she has tons) but she won't ever go. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw this old picture of her cute freckled face.

And the last layout is of this Easter. We took Cassie and Ben to the boardwalk which is our yearly Easter tradition. They got to ride some rides and see the Easter Bunny. We have gone every year since the girls were babies so I am happy that Cassie is doing the same thing with Ben.

I am not sure if you can tell from the picture, but I pleated the flowered paper so that it would look a little like ribbon. I am so happy that I was able to use some of my new Sassafras goodies on my layouts this month. It makes me feel less guilty about the shopping :)

Thank you for looking. Come back later in the week to see the rest of the layouts I am working on.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sassy Lil' Sketches June 7th

This is the June 7th sketch from the Sassy Lil' Sketches blog. A great sketch for using three photos on a single page layout. I didn't use three but I like that it was an option :)
I made this layout to go with the layout in my previous post. This was right after Ben came out of the OR after the c-section and he got to meet his dad.

I used Sassafras paper whimsies as a border down the side and I didn't like the way they looked separately so I searched for something to connect them. I wanted to use staples, but the space between cards was just a hair too wide so I went with the circle grommets and I like the way it looks more "finished". Kind of like it is one big embellishment instead of a lot of pieces.
When I put this elephant paper in my counterfeit kit, I imagined it with pictures of one of my girls when they were a baby. It was funny when I was looking through the pictures of babies, these were the ones that seemed to work. I still am not sure about all of the patterns and the overwhelming amout of busy on these two layouts, but I think they are starting to grow on me. Thanks for looking.

Bird is the Word-Amazing

I used this sketch from the Bird is the Word challenge blog to make my layout.Here is the layout I made. It is one of the first pictures of my daughter Cassie and her baby Ben. This was right after her c-section when the nurse brought him over to meet her. It was the first minute that I felt relief knowing that they were both ok after the emergency surgery.
Here is a close up of my embellishment cluster. It is not something I usually do, but I like it.If you don't know about the counterfeit kit challenge, take a look at their blog and be inspired http://www.counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com. It is a blog where you are challenged to counterfeit on of the current kit clubs with your own supplies. It is a great way to feel like you have new things and use your stash without spending any money. It works, try it :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June Counterfeit Kit

I was so excited to see the inspiration kit for June at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Burlap and Butterflies put together the great kit in this picture.
I really liked all of the pink, orange, blue and green in the original kit so I tried to stick with that. As my main paper and color reference I chose an old sheet of BG that I have had for years. I love the elephants and the colors were just right. I ended up with fifteen patterned papers.
My embellishments... What can I say, I went overboard. I couldn't help it. I have all of these great Sassafras goodies from my mystery box so I needed to add some to my kit. I have a few things in here from last month, and a few things that I have had for a long time. I have some buttons, ribbon, and bling mixed in with some tab stickers, chipboard, and journal spots.

I made the summer add on and I managed to only use four papers! And only a few little embellishments. See, I have a little self control...
But then it ended. I tried to pick a few alphabets but I couldn't. I decided that for this month I am happy that I picked papers and embellishments. I am going to try using my kit and adding cardstock and alphabets as needed. I have so many that I am trying to use up and I don't want to be limited with them. Since I don't know what pictures I am going to work on I think this will work the best for me. I counted the packs of thickers on my shelf today and there were 105! That is crazy. I know there are more around the room and in kits, so I need to use them. I want to have a stash, but I want it to be more reasonable. Much more reasonable. So for the rest of the month this is my stash. It doesn't look like too much when it is all in one pile. Thanks for looking and I hope you all get some scrapping time soon.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sassy Lil' Sketches made with counterfeit kit

This is the May 28th sketch from Sassy Lil' Sketches. I like this sketch because it has two pictures.
I used the sketch to make a layout about Ben meeting Pinocchio. Cassie loves to see the characters at Disney and she is making sure that Ben loves them too. Like mommy like baby :)
I decided not to use any embellishments on my layout other than the arrow pointing at the title. I used the arrow because it duplicates the arrows on my patterned paper. I didn't add any other embellishments because between all of the patterned papers and the banner it was busy enough. This was my first time making a banner and I actually like it. The banner says NOW APPEARING. All of my papers and thickers came from my counterfeit kit. I added the small rub-ons from my stash. I am so happy that I found the counterfeit kit because I am USING my stash.