Monday, September 17, 2012

Time to Play!

Hi, all!  I am so happy and thankful that I have had time to play with my Counterfeit Kit this month!  Here are two pages I have already done.  (Or is it considered one?  It's a double page, so does that count as one or as two?  Hmm....)  The first challenge over at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to use an old item in our stash.  Well, these pages have brads on them, and they are as old as they come!  Of course, the largest portion of my stash is old, so it really wasn't a stretch.  And if I can be honest, I was going to add the brads to these pages even before the challenge was issued.  So, not sure if I'm cheating or not! Ha ha!  (I also used an old tool that hadn't seen daylight in a while-my templates.  Just sayin', you know, in case that helps my cause any!)

 These pages are about my son's 2nd birthday party.  (Reminder: he's almost 21 years old now, so these are certainly not current photos!)  First, the two pages together:

And here's each page in more detail:

The number 2 used in the title on page 1 is actually a chipboard letter, a lower case "a" with some strategic cutting to make it into a number 2.  I used a combination of Spellbinder dies and an old template to cut the ovals.  I only have one set of the oval dies, and it happened that the next sized oval up was too big for the look I wanted.  I should get the other set of oval dies that has all the "in between" sizes from mine, but I just don't want to spend the money right now. So, I improvised and used my trusty old oval template to draw and hand cut the sizes I needed.  Hey, it works for me!

I'm also working on another page now, using that great sketch provided from CKC the other day.  I'm almost finished with it, so will be posting it soon!

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Copy That & MIA

It's that time of month again!  Time to play with Counterfeit Kit Challenge.  This month's inspiration kit is the Birds of A Feather August 2012 kit:

I really like the colors and the embellishments.  And some of the embellishments look like they'd be really easy to copy.  (Bonus!)

I didn't get to play *i.e. scrapbook, craft, create, make kits, etc.* as much as I'd have liked to the last couple of months.  (More on that in a minute.)  But, because of that, my July counterfeit kit has gone completely untouched and it's too good of a kit to just put away and forget.  (August was completely skipped, but more on that in a minute.)  So, I decided to go with a small kit for this month.  Here's my version of the September kit that I call "Let's Play" (because it's time for me to get back to playing/crafting/creating/etc.):
It all started with the star paper in the top right corner.  As soon as I saw the starburst paper in the inspiration kit, I thought of this star paper in my stash that I'd been holding on to for like, forever.  I knew I wanted to do a layout of some pictures of my son when he was a toddler with this paper, but just hadn't "got around to it."  (How many things to we all have like that?)  So, I knew it was time to get it finally done! (*cough* Should I mention that my son is now almost 21 years old?  Nah, let's just move on....)  The rest of the papers were just pulled from that.  I didn't include any cardstock, because I thought the pattern papers in the bottom left hand corner can be used instead.  I will add cardstock as I go, if I find a need to.

Here are some purchased embellishments (stickers and rubons),  chipboard letters, stamps, bakers twine, and twill ribbon I hope to use up.  And, yes, you read the prices right on those two packs of stickers and rubons.  I only paid $1 each for those at a local yard sale.  (Score!)

Here are the embellishments that I made to copy those in the inspiration kit:
I used some Cuttlebug dies to cut the flowers from felt, and I went ahead and cut some stars too, since I know I mostly do boy layouts.  The "rulers" are to mimic the ruler washi tape in the inspiration kit.  I made those with  some ink and Cuttlebug embossing folders (except for the blue one which was cut from some product packaging).  The canvas banners and pennants are cut from some scrap material (my husband's old stained shirt that I knew I'd kept for a good reason!) and handsewn along the edges.  I decided to wait on adding any eyelets or brads until I'm actually using them on a page, that way I can color coordinate them if I choose to.  Otherwise I will probably just put silver eyelets on them like the inspiration kit has. The paperclips I made by just slipping some regular paperclips through some bows that I had received in a goodie package from a friend many moons ago and never used (used a spot of glue to make sure the bows didn't slip off).

Here are some journaling cards that I cut with some Sizzix and Spellbinder dies (then inked the edges of the kraft ones with white paint), and some hand made envelopes.  Not sure how or if I'll use the envelopes, but we'll see what happens as I go.

I, of course, reserve the right to pull more stamps (especially alphabet stamps) and maybe some brads or buttons as I go.

I hope to get to play with this kit, as well as my July kit (see my last blog post below for that one), and finally get some pages made for my albums.  Like I said before, I haven't got to play for a couple of months now and have been MIA.  And I certainly have missed playing!!  Unfortunately, I had some health issues to take priority, and they led to a surgery which led to some recovery time.  Thank God, and I'm thankful for the fact, it was nothing life threatening or will need no major follow up treatments.  But, it certainly caused an interruption to "Normal Life."  (Of course, that's a relative term, because is life really any thing like normal around here? Ha ha). But now, I'm at the end of my recovery where I feel ok, but not released to go back to work yet, so I can play (without the guilt) for a while.  Of course, in a week or two, it will be back to work and back to "Normal Life." :)  If I can be honest, it's a bitter sweet thing! :)

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting!