Counterfeit-ing is fun! Counterfeit Kitting, that is! I've been lurking around over at Counterfeit Kit Challenge for quite a while now. Each month, they profile a designer scrapbook kit then challenge you to come up with your own version of it using your own stash. Then they give you tutorials on how to make your own counterfeited embellishments, rather than buy, and they even give you challenges to use your "new" kit. I *love* the concept! Who wouldn't? But, I was just never sure if using a kit was for me. I've been concerned that I wouldn't have any pictures to use to match the kit, or that my pages would all start looking the same, or that I would simply get bored with just choosing from a select few items. But, I've so thoroughly enjoyed watching the design team and other followers build their kits, make their embellies, and create so many pages. And I noticed that none of their pages never looked "all the same" but instead had lots of variety and fresh looks, and covered so many different types of pictures (events, etc.) and, more importantly, they were all having so much fun! Well, I finally just had to give it a try! At first, I thought I'd keep in small and simple, you know, just to try it out. But, as you will see below, I kind of got a little carried away, and well, it's anything but small!
This month, the Counterfeit Kit Challenge's inspiration is a kit called Summer Boardwalk from Citrus Twist:
I love the colors and the feel of this kit, and I could already mentally pick which photos in my photo box I could use it for! I went to my stash and started pulling things! I, sadly, am so out of "fashion" with my scrapbook supplies that I did not have any of the trendy chevrons, or that beautiful coral color, or even any of that brilliant turquoise, all of which I love so much! But, I made do with what I do have and I think I captured the same feel. Here is my kit, that I call "Summer Twist":
Here are the embellishments that I pulled together:
Well, that's it for my very first counterfeit kit! I have to say that I'm quite proud of the kit I've pulled together, and I had a LOT of fun doing it! Counterfeit-ing is fun! I'm sorry I haven't tried it sooner! Now, I'm afraid I might have made a little TOO BIG of a kit, especially when you consider what little scrapping time I have these days. But, I figure it's a learning experience either way, I can always keep it together and use it even after this month is over (after all, there are no rules or expiration dates), and the worst that can happen is that I have to put all the stuff back where I got it from in a few months if not used. But, in the meantime, I could possibly get alot of use out of it and possibly/probably will use up alot of my stash and get some great pages for my albums!
Yeah, I think I like my counterfeit-ing. Now, to start using it!
Until next time, happy crafting!