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01 April 2015

April 2015 Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop

Here we are, on April 1st, and it is time for another Counterfeit Kit Challenge Inspiration kit reveal.
No fooling.

If you didn’t start at the beginning at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, you can go back there or find the list at the bottom of this post.

 Peek: This month’s inspiration kit is the inaugural Messy Box kit from A Beautiful Mess.  It is beautifully colorful, graphic and focuses on love and life.

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Plan:
My plan was to make sure that I captured the few iconic items in this kit as closely as possible.  For example:

the piece of paper divided into orange, yellow, and hot pink
a small multi-color print,
multiple black and white graphic patterns, especially the X’s & O’s
the gold alphabet,
numbers, polka dots and hearts,
some see-through items,
and some quote cards.


Obviously this kit is tailor made for pocket scrapbooking, but I included some black and white cardstock for full-size pages.

Presenting: Box of Just the Best Bits
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Papers: As I blogged about here, I had just organized my Project Life cards received in various kits.  That was very serendipitous; I was very familiar with what I had.  I first found the black and white cards I wanted to use, making sure I had a mix of fonts.  Then I discovered the iconic card split into triangles that you see there and used that to limit my color choices.  There are cards from Studio Calico kits, Scraptastic kits (blog prize), an Elle’s Studio grab bag and a few free online printables.  I stamped my own X’s and O’s using Stampin Up’s Big Deal Alphabet and numbers.  I had one gold alphabet which was a reasonable size, but I also included a small off-white chipboard alphabet and gold ink to change its color.

Pretties: Did you notice the messy box had very few embellishments, just hearts and circles?  I limited mine to hearts and stars/asterisks, plus some circular elements in various forms, flair, journal dots, chipboard, epoxy dots and brads.  I included something in every color represented on the cards, plus rub-on borders and old Making Memories epoxy tags to ramp up the black/white factor.  I’m looking forward to working with this kit – and its very graphic look.

Parade: Speaking of looks –  go take a peek at all these kits, why don’t you?

Sharon - aka Scrapping Granny
Jemma
Julene
Leslie
Lisa
Lynnette
Margie
Stephanie
Me - Here - Now!!
Angela

Thanks for dropping by.

31 March 2015

Calvinball Wrap–Up

Well, here we are at the end of the month.  Calvinball over at Get It Scrapped has wound down and is wrapping up!  Yes, we’ve been going in all directions constantly over there.  It has been great fun!

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Wanna see how I did?

Calvinball Scorecard:  225  (scrappy points subtotal 81)
  • 50 Divided page protectors
  • 18  Single Layouts
  • 8  Double Layouts (4 x 2pt)
  • 2   Set of 4 cards
  • 3   6 6 x 8 divided pages
I loved Calvinball.  For lots of reasons – but mostly because it felt good to concentrate on production instead of perfection.  I worked my way through lots of photos -- 4 orders of prints from Shutterfly plus lots of snaps that had been tossed into my ETC. file waiting for their turn.  I used 3 kits that I put together in March, and made a sizeable dent in my CKC kit for April too.

And the most important thing I relearned is that sometimes a page needs to be nothing more than fun – like this one based on a preview of a sketch from the newest Scrapbook Coach class over at Get It Scrapped.  This page came together fast, it tells a little something about me, and it uses a photo I snapped of a nice display in a bookstore we visited recently.  So the more I look at this page, the more I like it.  It makes me smile.  What more could I ask for?

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I am looking forward to powering down the scrapping machine as April is busy with spring cleaning, Easter, birthday celebrations, and at least one other short trip.  It’s time to live a little, snap a lot and leave the cut and paste for the upcoming Creating Keepsakes convention.

So now I bid you a Calvin & Hobbes-worthy toodle-loo:

See you in the funny papers!

If you want to see an humorous explanation of that saying’s origin – check out this article by The Word Detective.

30 March 2015

Me On Monday – Battles Go Better With A Plan

Gosh, I’m a little tired today.  This weekend we took a short notice trip to Marietta, Georgia to attend the funeral of the wife of one of hubby's long-time business associates.  The 6 hour drive wasn’t bad – and we carved out time while we were there to do a little hiking.

Have I shared with you that hubby wants to start hiking?  He has done a few short hikes around town and near his home-town.  I don’t want to be left behind, so I let him talk me into buying hiking boots in January.

My brand new boots got their inaugural hike at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Hubby is a bit of a Civil War buff, and it was close to our hotel.  The plan was . . . wait – there was no plan, certainly nothing resembling research.  The idea was to go and take a walk – kill a little time between breakfast and lunch.

The fact that we had trouble finding the visitors center to the park should have tipped us off that things were not as straightforward as one might suppose.  This park is actually laid out in three separate sections, encroached upon by urban sprawl from every direction, separated by some pretty busy thoroughfares.  Undaunted by our lack of luck and/or preparation and our GPS’s failure to give us good output based on bad input, we located one of their trail parking lots.  We took a quick look at the posted trail map and started off.  After a few minutes of walking to shake off the chill, we came upon various civil war encampment sites and markers with historical accounts of the battle that took place there.  It was going to be a pleasant sunny educational walk.

So here I am along the trail.

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Well, that all sounds pretty straightforward, S?  What happened next?

To make a long story short – what we supposed was a walk of 1 mile, was actually 5 1/2 miles –fortuitously not with any challenging changes in altitude.  Of course, it was only thanks to regular users of the trail, that we discovered this fact halfway into the journey when turning back saves you nothing compared to continuing onward. It might only be fair at this point in the story to let you know that hubby had suggested we turn back earlier - so I have been educated to the fact that his instincts and sense of direction and distance aren't too bad, while mine are non-existent.

Here is hubby, happy to have acquired a cell signal (thank you urban sprawl), letting our friends know we wouldn’t be back in time for lunch, after all.

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We did continue onward, and also happily, that is when we happened upon some of the park’s full time residents, who reminded us that we were novice visitors on their terrain. (Noted!)

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All’s well that ends well, as they say.  (Of course, they only say that until back at home, they belatedly do their research online, only to discover that they actually saw and photographed the back of an important monument and missed the front!!  Grant and Sherman, they are not.)

That is why I’m a little tired today – my feet and ankles are fine due to the very solid and comfortable hiking boots.  A few other muscles remain a little sore – I guess there were a few inclines up and down, after all.  I will work out the kinks at the gym.

Then I will print just a few pictures to remind us of this little misadventure and slip them into an SEI album that I plan to use for our hiking trips (our future, fully planned, researched, completely mapped-out trips.)  We might even get back to Kennesaw, hike up the mountain, and completely circle the missed monument too!

What are resting up from on this Monday – do give Sian a wave and let us know, won’t you?

28 March 2015

Extra Homework–Double Layouts from Second Kit

Well, I meant to post these layouts, before I showed you that third kit I compiled. This second kit did not last much longer than my first kit of the month.  Here’s what I managed to produce.

This 2 page layout documents my daughter’s move in day at college (yes, I obscured the name of said institution).  The directions were provided in my class instructions and I followed them about 85%.  The large rub-on from Adorn-it (not included in the kit) made a great border in the right colors.

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These two pages were the other class layout and I followed them 95%.  The only significant change was in how I did the white cardstock section.  The class directions suggest using a craft knife to cut out between the circles, leaving them to form a grid.  Well, that would have been very time consuming so I took a swiss cheese approach and just punched out several circles – much quicker (because this month it is a competition, after all.)  I think it worked just as well, even though I am biased.  You can even see a little white misting there from the bit I salvaged from the bottom of the bottle I had dropped.  Tags played heavily into both these pages.

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This next double spread scraps some cute pictures of Duke and my son.  I actually got the idea for the title from a teeny tiny sticker on a sheet by Authentique.  This layout was fashioned from another old set of Creating Keepsake class lessons – and it was pretty heavily altered.

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Down to somewhat limited supplies, I decided to do a single page of scenic photos from my husband’s trips to Canada.  I tend to scrap the fishermen-holding-huge-fish shots first, and often the pretty nature shots are set aside for later.  So I went to my 2012 trip folder and picked some snaps I knew I had not printed or scrapped.  This will make a nice intro page for that year’s trip in the fishing album.

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Having burned through that kit, and still in double-page mode, I finished off this counterfeit kit layout that I had started back in November of last year.  You can see I hid any references on the paper to fall, fiddled with the embellishments and turned it into a wine country layout.  The colors worked well for that.  For some reason, it still photographs crooked.


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Hmmm . . . me thinks it is time to tally my Calvinball points again . . . me thinks there should be a little bump in the numbers!!

26 March 2015

These Things Come In Threes

I think Calvinball surpasses even LOAD for motivating one to power through old supplies and get pictures stuck down to paper.  I whipped through my second kit in less than a week, and needed to finish Calvinball strong, so I decided to use one of 3 kits from 3 Scrappy Boys.  Their year-end clearance sale included a 3 kit deal, which I snatched up.  See, it was destined to be Kit #3.

Here was their 2014 September Main Kit, which features Pink Paislee Solstice papers.

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As I had done with my mid-month kit, I looked for that line in my stash, and I had  duplicates of 3 (I kid you not!) of patterned papers and some gold foil stickers.  The theme is summer and sunshine, so I added one patterned paper and a sheet of stickers from Simple Stories Summer Paradise line.  Those were the only two items I had in that line, so it was nice to throw them in to use them up.  Then a quick scouting around the studio gathering up 2 sheets of white cardstock, 2 Thickers alphabets, layered chipboard Pebbles flowers, Chic Tags flair, 2 Berry Creative washi tape and Jolee’s glittered butterflies, rounded out the kit nicely.  I actually edited those cup paperclips out of the kit – they just seemed incongruous to me.  Sorry this picture isn't better, we don't have much sunshine today; the calendar may say spring - but Mother Nature is still toying with us, making us anticipate its arrival.

And here’s what we have:  Sunlit Summer (okay, call me Mrs. Obvious).

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Now I’m off to scrap, scrap, scrap.  At least I hope I can come up with a few quick pages.  I think I'm beginning to hit the Calvinball wall!!  Ouch!