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25 November 2015

Old is Gold

Old Is Gold – a counterfeit kit challenge pocket page


Story: “On our trip to Southern Illinois we discover an antique mall with many old treasures. But they have nothing compared to L’s collection.  Every holiday, including Halloween, she goes to town on the decorations.”

Look at the last picture – enlarged below.  See that nifty old postal station with all its drawers.  They also had the board with all the keys too.  How unbelievably cool is that!!  It is so rare that they kept the key board up by the register – smart!! 

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I think a trip to this antique mall will have to go on my and L’s agenda soon.  It is her kind of place.
Style: Okay, am I the only one who insists on giving my pocket pages a title?  Maybe it is my love of Thickers or maybe because it then becomes the blog post title as well.  I don’t know, but I don’t recall seeing anyone else doing it consistently.  I think that if the photos can all be tied together in a story, then why wouldn’t it have a title?

Stash: Some from October’s kit and some from November’s, and did you spot the two ringer cards I added in the second row.  I had pulled these out ages ago for my fall kits and then promptly set them aside where I did not rediscover them until it was too late to include them in the kits.   This is why I needed to set up a Project Life workstation.  Luckily, it is never too late to use your stash, as any good counterfeiter will tell you.

I am enjoying those little Lily Bee alphabets I cut up and put on my Raskog cart.  I hope my pages for November can stay as colorful, but recent rains have brought the leaves down to the ground.

A blog editor's note:  November has been one of the most productive scrapping and blogging months in the history of Snaps And Snippets - so the entire scrapping, photographing, writing, scheduling and editing staff is taking a nice extra-long Thanksgiving break - every ONE of us.  See you in early December.

24 November 2015

Let’s Go - And Right Now - the CKC Member Blog Hop and more

Welcome to the November 2015 Counterfeit Kit Challenge members' blog hop.  Here's the order of the hop, so you don't miss a thing.  My post is pretty short, so you definitely have time to hop!

Let’s Go – And Right Now – a counterfeit kit challenge layout


Story: “One great joy of retirement is the ability to get up and go on short notice.  In order to catch the last colorful days of Indian Summer we plan one day and travel the next to Giant City State Park in Southern Illinois.”

Story behind the story: This is actually our second trip to hike at Giant City State Park, which is near where hubby’s aunt lives.  We took a trip there early in the summer, but all the good pictures were lost in the great hard drive crash of 2015.  We only had a few snaps from our daughter’s cell phone.

So we had to get back there and see how it looked in autumn.  These are all shots from my point and shoot (even the selfies).  There are even better ones on hubby’s DSLR, and once we have them printed, those will go into an album of hiking trips.

Stash: This is actually all from my Free As The Wind kit, including the iconic inspiration card shown there.  Because I got a late start using my October kit, you will continue to see it interspersed with my Happy November kit, maybe all the way into December.  The colors will all work together – almost as if I planned – because that is just the kind of counterfeiter I am.

Style: This page took forever!!!  It was only when I stopped trying to add colorful filler cards and went with lighter, less busy cards that it came together.

Okay, let's go finish the hop - and right now!

22 November 2015

Finishing Touches on Crop Layouts

I think I have mentioned a time or six, that in September, sis-in-law and I went to a 3 day crop at a Victorian bed and breakfast called The Paper Doll House.  I already showed you the pocket page about our trip.  Today, I’m showing you some two page layouts.

(Ladies, don’t I get a lot of blogging mileage out of my creative trips!!)

These are constructed on bases that we put together at a Creating Keepsakes class back in the spring that was hosted by The Paper Loft.  The green, blue and yellow color palette of their Persnickety line is perfect for pictures of my brother.

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Before the crop I printed out a picture from each of his annual visits over the last few years.  I had 8 snapshots altogether, and most with a common theme. I added the year to each photo before printing.

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Paper Loft collections only include paper and sheets of printed cardstock labels, so all the other embellishments you see here are from my stash.  It was a nice change of pace not to have embellishments in the collection, it made for better stash-busting.

Back at Creating Keepsakes, I also purchased some of Paper Loft’s Island Sun collection, and I may use that for scrapping our recent Bermuda trip.  Although, without any pink, it may not be the most suitable.

Even if you are not in the market for American made heavy weight patterned paper, you may want to pop over to their website for inspiration, as they sell page kits and have other examples of double page spreads which can be used as sketches.  And you know how much I love sketches.

20 November 2015

Sharing Our Thanks And Gratitude

Welcome to today’s blog hop.  It has certainly been a hoppy happy November, hasn’t it.  BTW, this isn’t even the last hop of the month, as the member's hop in still in the hopper.

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Start: The design team members at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog are using some creative thankful printables by the very talented Allison Kimball to celebrate our gratitude this November.  After all, 'tis the season. 

You can find these fabulous printables to download here and here.  I used two.  First, I cut one in half and made a tag split between two boxes.  Then I used part of another to layer on top.  In Picasa I changed the tone into a warmer and less harsh one than the black and white.

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My other favorite detail of this printers’ tray is the spool of XOs.  My engineer son could explain to you that because of negative torque that wants to unwind the cardstock from around the spool, you need to use lots of adhesive.  It popped off several times until I added  double-sided tape on the spool as well as glue dots on the ends of the paper.

Style & Stash: Because we counterfeiters really like to use up our stash, I pulled out an old class Elle’s Studio kit to make my project.  The kit was called Forever Grateful from back in 2011.  As these things go, of course, the directions didn’t match up with photo sizes I had printed.  So most of the design work here (excepting the bottom right compartment) was my own take using those supplies, plus bits from my stash.

The 12 x 12 papers included in the kit were from Crate Paper’s Random collection and Studio Calico’s Memoir line. The epoxy LOVE was from Momenta and chipboard squares with my family members’ initials are from Making Memories.  The black Thickers are from American Crafts, and the skinny black washi is from Tim Holtz.

I would be remiss if I did not end this post with thanks to you for hopping along with us at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge.  We are grateful that you do. 

Furthermore, I would be doubly remiss if I did not give a shout-out of gratitude to the wonderful team at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge – these gals are not only talented, but a joy to know and work alongside!

18 November 2015

Thankful Thoughts

There’s a new kind of challenge over at Scrapbook Challenges today.  It’s called Recycle-It.


The idea is to reuse an old sketch for a given type of project and a given theme.  I used Sketch 412 and here’s my card.


I “interpreted” everything – the stacked log photo card represented the quilted background.  The stamped image of the tree and pumpkins is from a Stampin Up stamp set called Happy Scenes that we used at a recent class.  The sentiment from an older retired set.

I divided that upper block into 2 “inside” and “outside” sections by using a marker-stained frame with a house nested within. The sentiment was put on a separate block and anchored with wooden circle.  Both hearts were backed with tangerine tango cardstock that matched the color of the sentiment.  A simple gold ribbon ties the elements together.

I am pleased as pumpkin at how it turned out.