Monday, April 20, 2015

Who's YOUR scrap crush?

A little extra for you today...

For those of you who have followed us for a while, you will know that as a team, we have plenty going on in the background. There are a lot of laughs, conversations, discussions and just all round friendliness.  And then on top of that, every now and then, we have a team activity designed to be  all about the fun  - no pressure and lots of giggles!

Today's blog post is showcasing one of those team activities that we've been working on the last few weeks and now we'd like to share all that fun with you :-)


Photo source on Pinterest here

I challenged the team to decide who their Scrap Crush is - one of the many scrapbooking celebrities that we all love to stalk follow by reading their blogs, pinning their layouts and generally being amazed at what they can create with paper, glue and photos! Often, these "Crushes" have styles that are very different to our own and that's where the fun of this challenge comes.

The team, having chosen their Scrap Crush, was asked to decide what it was about their style that was so appealing and then to create a layout that was influenced or inspired by some (or all!) of these elements.  

In the blog hop below, the team will present their layouts and tell you a little about their Scrap Crush and what details they love so much. The trick today is that they will NOT be telling you who their Scrap Crush is! That's for YOU to see if you can work out and have a guess :-) 

As you go round the hop, leave a comment on each of our hoppers with YOUR guess as to who their Scrap Crush is and you never know, we might pick your happy comment for a small prize!

I'll be back tomorrow when I will reveal exactly who all those scrap crushes are in case you haven't worked it out! 

We do hope you'll join in with our extra fun today. 

Here's the blog hop list for you:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

April Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member blog hop reminder!

This is just a reminder that we are looking for YOU to come and join in on our monthly member blog hop.


This is always a whole lot of fun and a chance for you to show off your amazing creations with your Counterfeit Kits.  So.... if you have created a project using your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit for any of this month's three challenges and have NOT posted it on your blog before, we would love for you to join in our member blog hop and share your creations.



We LOVE it when you share so come on, join in on the hop and inspire us all.

Your project must be something new, using a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, that you have not shown before and only post for the hop.

To be a part of our blog hop:
  1. E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com BY THE 18th 
  2. You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.
  3. You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project based on this challenge and link to the person after you in the hop.
  4. All Blog Hop posts will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)

April Challenge #3: SPRING!


There is something magical about spring!  It means fresh starts and new beginnings!  What does spring mean to you?  How can it inspire you to get crafty?

Challenge #3:  Spring Inspired:  Let Spring help inspire your next project!

Go outside and look around...google the word spring or look it up on Pinterest.  There is plenty of inspiration to be had for this project!  Still in need of some ideas?  Our Master Forgers to the rescue!

Leslie explains her struggles with this one on her blog HERE


Lynnette was inspired by her Spring Break family vacay! Read more on her blog HERE.


Stephanie was inspired by all the pretty flowers that pop up this time of year. See more on her blog HERE



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How can YOU participate? 
Click on the "Monthly Link Up" tab to find Mr. LINKY and link us to YOUR kit and projects using your kit so we can leave you some love!  We will make a brand new Mr. Linky for each month, so get your blog posts linked ASAP!


To make Mr. Linky a little easier for us to use, please type your name and then a description of what you are linking (ie: kit, mini challenge, ect).



We also have a Flicker group, if you don't have a blog, but would like to share your creativity with us!  CKC Blog Flicker Group

If you take a peek at our side bar <<<<<<<<  you will see links to our Facebook and Pinterest, as well.  We hope to see you hanging out at ALL of those places.

End of the Month Blog Hop:
On the 24th of each month we offer a blog hop opportunity to all of our followers!  A chance for you to show off a special project made with your counterfeit kit for that month.

Here is how it will work:
Your Blog Hop Project may be from any of the 3 challenges we offer throughout the month.
Your project must be something new that you have not shown before and only post for the hop.

To be a part of our blog hop:
1.  E-mail us your name/blog address/promise to participate at  counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com  BY THE 18th!  
(No late requests will be able to join due to the work it takes for us to get it put together.)

2.  You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.

3.  You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project 
based on this challenge and links to the person after you in the hop.

4.  All Blog Hop posts need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April Challenge #2: Sketch Challenge


I love it when we get to see everyone's take on the same sketch. SO.....

Challenge #2: Sketch Challenge!  Let's see your best project based on this sketch from The Paper Players:



I would be tempted to recreate it exactly as is!  I really love that feather.  LOL  Design Team?  What did you do with the sketch?

Leslie super-sized the key elements of this loose interpretation of the sketch.
Check her blog post HERE for more details & close-ups. 
 
Angela clustered together some photos for her take on the sketch. Details on her blog here.

           Julene created a card using her Counterfeit kit items. Details on her blog here



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How can YOU participate? 
Click on the "Monthly Link Up" tab to find Mr. LINKY and link us to YOUR kit and projects using your kit so we can leave you some love!  We will make a brand new Mr. Linky for each month, so get your blog posts linked ASAP!


To make Mr. Linky a little easier for us to use, please type your name and then a description of what you are linking (ie: kit, mini challenge, ect).



We also have a Flicker group, if you don't have a blog, but would like to share your creativity with us!  CKC Blog Flicker Group

If you take a peek at our side bar <<<<<<<<  you will see links to our Facebook and Pinterest, as well.  We hope to see you hanging out at ALL of those places.



End of the Month Blog Hop:
On the 24th of each month we offer a blog hop opportunity to all of our followers!  A chance for you to show off a special project made with your counterfeit kit for that month.

Here is how it will work:
Your Blog Hop Project may be from any of the 3 challenges we offer throughout the month.
Your project must be something new that you have not shown before and only post for the hop.

To be a part of our blog hop:
1.  E-mail us your name/blog address/promise to participate at  counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com  BY THE 18th!  
(No late requests will be able to join due to the work it takes for us to get it put together.)

2.  You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.

3.  You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project 
based on this challenge and links to the person after you in the hop.

4.  All Blog Hop posts need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)



Monday, April 6, 2015

April Challenge #1: Pick a Challenge!


Challenge #1: Pick a Challenge...any challenge!  Pick your favorite challenge going on at any other blog (need a fun twist?  Try a NON scrappy blog for your challenge pick) and don't forget to link it up!  Let's see how many fun new challenges can get us scrapping!

Our Design Team has been scouring the web looking for some fun new challenges to inspire us!  Let's see what they've found!

Our Guest Designer, Sharon picked some great challenges to use!  Make sure to go to her blog 
HERE to see what she picked!  Here is the creative layout that resulted:


Leslie chose a S.W.A.T. challenge - learn more about it HERE.

Susanne chose to "Scrap It With A Song" - you can "hear" all the details on her blog.



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How can YOU participate? 
Click on the "Monthly Link Up" tab to find Mr. LINKY and link us to YOUR kit and projects using your kit so we can leave you some love!  We will make a brand new Mr. Linky for each month, so get your blog posts linked ASAP!


To make Mr. Linky a little easier for us to use, please type your name and then a description of what you are linking (ie: kit, mini challenge, ect).



We also have a Flicker group, if you don't have a blog, but would like to share your creativity with us!  CKC Blog Flicker Group

If you take a peek at our side bar <<<<<<<<  you will see links to our Facebook and Pinterest, as well.  We hope to see you hanging out at ALL of those places.

End of the Month Blog Hop:
On the 24th of each month we offer a blog hop opportunity to all of our followers!  A chance for you to show off a special project made with your counterfeit kit for that month.

Here is how it will work:
Your Blog Hop Project may be from any of the 3 challenges we offer throughout the month.
Your project must be something new that you have not shown before and only post for the hop.

To be a part of our blog hop:
1.  E-mail us your name/blog address/promise to participate at  counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com  BY THE 18th!  
(No late requests will be able to join due to the work it takes for us to get it put together.)

2.  You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.

3.  You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project 
based on this challenge and links to the person after you in the hop.

4.  All Blog Hop posts need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Forgeries on the Fourth - April Tutorials

for·ger·y
ˈfôrjərē/
noun

  1. the action of forging or producing a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of art.


Welcome to "Forgeries on the Fourth" where it is no crime to create your own version of the trendy, hip products from the inspiration kit using your own stash and ingenuity.  Each month on the fourth, check out tutorials from your Master Forgers or links to resources they have found for you on the internet.


Our April kit-to-copy comes at you with a BANG this month!  Lots of bold, graphic simple prints perfect for forging.  In fact, many of our Master Forgers took on a very literal interpretation of the kit by creating close replicas of the almost "Pop Art" elements.  Take a look at the tutorials below and be sure to keep reading to see how YOU can put your forging skills to the test.


The Messy Box is here!

The Messy Box

Leslie weighs in with a rather lengthy post HERE that encompasses papers & cards.


Do you have a digital cutting machine?
Our digi-queen, Angela, has a tutorial on how to make
your very own digital cutting files to forge those amazing journal cards.
Or perhaps you'd like to make some printable journal cards?
Angela shows us how to do that too.


Julene shows you how to make mini vellum envelopes using a template.
Her kit focuses on Vellum shapes this month.


And Lisa surprised herself by coming up with four different (but so very easy) 
forgeries for items in the kit. You can find them all on her blog here

Margie  went in a different direction and forged some texture paste to use with her "Messy Box":

No time to forge, but still want to pull off a copycat?  Check out these free printables with a bold, graphic look.

Scroll down midway to this site HERE to find these black and whites.

Free Project Life Filler Cards


The X's and O's totally follow the same vibe as the inspiration.


Find the link to print at Panda Eight Designs

Be sure to show us how you used the tutorials over on April Mr. Linky!

FORGE ON, MY FRIENDS!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tips for creating and working with your own Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits

During March's Counterfeit Kit Challenge reveal blog hop, we each shared our top kit tips to help you to shop your stash and create kits that you love to use. Many of you mentioned how useful you found these so we've brought them together here for you to reference this month while you are getting crafty with April's inspiration kit!

Bethany:

"Make your kit storage/display pretty!  Find fun ways to display and store your kit and you will be more likely to use it up during the month. 
I love to use these 12x12 colorful plastic envelopes to hold any paper, stickers or flat embellishments for my kit.  Everything else gets displayed on one or more of my cute collection of plates.



I also really like the 12x12 Iris cases (I get mine at Michael's when they go on sale)...especially the glittery ones.  Everything fits in it so neatly and they stack well.  Plus, they are clear and I do enjoy seeing peeks of what I am planning on using.  That is very inspiring for me."


Mise en place is a French phrase that basically means 'put in place'.  When a top rated chef begins his/her daily work, the chef will start with organizing all the tools needed, prepping the food and sometimes cutting and measuring so that everything is ready to go and exactly where they know it should be.  It is an essential philosophy for the best run kitchen.

Picture from Bon Appetit

I love to apply the chef's strategy and pull items before I begin to work on my projects so that they are ready as I work on my design.  There is a whole psychology behind starting with a clean and organized set of tools and ingredients.  The more I practice these principals, the more I enjoy the process to creating my layouts, cards or other paper based projects."

Jimjams - heart handsJemma:

"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.
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.
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. I don't worry about counterfeiting each individual piece ... which ensures that my kit size stays manageable and is more likely to get used up before I get bored with it!"

Julene:

"Know your stash and organise it so you can find things easily. I have places where I keep each type of item. My papers are organised by colours."

Leslie:

"GO ROGUE!

Make it your own - one that you will use. I frequently deviate from the inspiration with the color scheme or overall feel of my kit. I almost always begin with the papers and attempt to stay true to the mix of pattern types. All of the other bits & bobs just need to play along nicely :-)"

Lisa:

"Don't feel like you have to match up the kit completely or make a kit that's full of pink, for example, if you use every colour in the rainbow other than pink! Find something that speaks to you and work from there. Make a kit you know you will use that is "inspired" by the original and don't be afraid that the kit-making-police will drop by your door. (Ps: they aren't really real, just in case you were worried - LOL)  You are the one who will be using the kit so make sure it is something you will love using. For example, I always add way more embellishments into my selection than the original because that's what makes me happy. And don't feel you need to forge all the elements in your kit that you don't have if that's not your thing. Creating parts of the kit is a whole lot of fun if that's what you like to do but if the idea of hand-stamping a full sheet of 12x12 fills you with trepidation, try a smaller scale for example, or simply marvel at the creations you see in the CKC team and find something in your paper collection which fits, then move on! 

Another tip would be to watch how you use your kit for a few months and see what gets left in the bottom of the box when you realise you are done with it. It's likely that these items just don't rock your boat any more and maybe it's time to give them a new home with someone who will love them more than you do. I've really streamlined my whole stash - reducing my total by about 50% in the process - by letting go of those items which just don't get used through the kit. That way, I now know that what I pull from my stash makes me happy and is more likely to find its way onto my pages. It's definitely a win-win for me and my niece who gets all my donated items."

Lynnette:

"You may be counterfeiting, but treat your kit like the real deal!  Name it - just like a pet!  LOL!  Photograph it with a prop or two. Have it accessible in a box - just like how you would receive it from one of the fancy kit clubs. Treating it as such will give you a crush on it and inspire you to USE it!"

Margie:

"My tip would be check your stash before you buy anything new-or even counterfeit anything! When I first started counterfeiting I was making all sorts of embellishments to exactly match the kit to copy, and then I found that I was having lots of leftovers, like die-cuts, etc, and I already had packages of beautiful pre-made die cuts that were going unused. So, fast forward to today, when I am making my kits, I always check my stash to see if I either have something I have been dying to use or something similar to the inspiration kit before I make make anything. Of course, if I absolutely love what's in the kit, and I want to make a knock-off, I do, but, make them in much smaller quantities now.
Just enough to fill the craving.

Susanne:

"Know your scrap kit sweet spot, both when making up and breaking up a kit.
After making a few of your own kits, or based on your experience with kit clubs, you will soon find the right size kit for your best productivity, for some that is large with lots of choices and for others it is small. It may vary from month to month or project to project. When you feel you have scrapped the best part of the kit, don't necessarily feel committed to completely use it up, if you find using the last bit and bobs more of a chore than a challenge. Know when it is best to break up with that kit and get a new one. (Sounds like advice to the lovelorn, doesn't it?)"

We hope you find all our years of experience useful and helpful :-) and we'd love to hear your own top kit tips. Why not leave us a comment below?