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01 October 2016

October Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop

October 1 – the beginning of the fourth quarter of the year, says this ex-accountant.  Yes, even though I do not have to worry about quarterly SEC reporting or year-end budgets anymore, I still have that accounting gene in me.  But I digress (or do I?).

Start: Welcome to October’s Counterfeit Kit Challenge reveal blog hop.  This month’s inspiration was chosen by Susan.  It is a a collection from Pink Fresh Studios called Indigo Hills.


It’s new! YAY!
It’s trendy! YAY!
It’s not really my thing! OOPS!

Honestly, this is the kind of paper I get all excited about because I see the cute navy and pink, but when I look at the overall style – it would be tricky for me to use for scrapbooking.

I mean really, an accounting type who is not into super-trendy. I imagine you are not surprised! Not one iota.

Style: But hey, I am an accounting type.  So I will fall back on my natural tendency to balance out this dilemma.  Let’s see, on the plus side of the ledger, it is just as well that:

1)  I will have little time to craft in October.
2) Today happens to be World Cardmaking Day.
3)  A small card kit based on what I like about that collection could work nicely.

YAY!  I started by finding a couple of pieces of paper that were similar to theirs:
a watercolor washed sheet and a black/white petite floral on pink.

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Stash: And here are the two pieces I found in my miscellaneous papers bin:
The reverse side of Peanut Deli – Acorn Ave – Crate Paper and Baby Love – New Arrival – Pebbles, from 2012 and 2010 respectively.

In fact, I had an opportunity to use the watercolor paper before the month even started - you can see it here on a layout I did for The Studio Challenges.


I then found a few papers to bridge the color range, including one with juxtaposed diagonal lines and one with clusters of flowers.  You see, I am trying.


I also grabbed this Wildflower Meadow stamp and matching embossing folder by Stampin Up. (Recent LSS rummage sale acquisitions – $4 for the pair!)


Other stamp sets include Botanicals For You with that stunning brush script sentiment and Chalk Talk (with its matching dies).  And to round out the kit how about some cardstock, two shades of Mr. Huey mist, gold and wood accents, die-cuts, buttons and ribbons/twine.  That adds up, quite nicely.


I feel like I took enough inspiration from the kit to heart to make mine a valid counterfeit, but much more suited to my style and my purpose this month.


Stops: How will you counterfeit this collection?  For a few more ideas, be sure to hop around and see what the whole team has done.

  • Guest Designer – Kelly Barron
  • Lisa
  • Lynnette
  • Susan
  • Jemma
  • Julene
  • Kelly
  • Lesley
  • Leslie
  • 29 September 2016

    Brightening Up Black And White Photos

    In this previous post, I told you I had a single sheet of bright floral paper from My Mind’s Eye’s Collectable collection.  I did not have photos in mind for it, so I set it aside in the studio for more than a week.

    Then I was looking for paper to go with this old black and white photo of my Mom.  You may have seen it in my Instagram feed.  (Need I remind you about my Instagram feed now that I am actually using my Instagram feed.  Consider yourself reminded – there’s a link in the left sidebar of the blog to it as well as to the Snaps and Snippets Facebook page which I actually use from time to time too.)


    I tried various vintage lines like Echo Park’s Victoria Gardens and SEI’s Vintage Noteworthy collection.  But for some reason the photo did not seem to work with those soft color palettes – they looked dull and boring and not fitting for a photo that I just love.  Then I spotted that beautiful bright paper leftover from that class kit.  I decided to give it a try.

    The only concession I made to leading into the picture with softer shades was using the grey swirling strip right behind her.  In a way, it echoes the road in the picture and adds to the story.  Good enough I thought.  The rest of the page then came together quickly, that is – until I hit the title.

    Again I tried a grey font and a soft cream one, but they lacked pop.  So I decided not to waiver on my bold decision and found a red alphabet in a slightly old-fashioned kind of font.


    I am guessing Mom would have been about 18 - 20 when this picture was taken, after high school.  And the song that was the theme of my high school class came to mind – “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” by Diana Ross.  I decided to use a line I remembered, or thought I remembered.  As it turns out this is not an actual line of the original song, it was one in an adapted version my high school class used.  I like the connection between the two generations.  If Mom were still alive, this is certainly a question I would pose to her.  How did the life she imagined in her youth compare to the one she lived later on?

    Not wanting to waste a single bit of that gorgeous MME paper, I whipped up these two cards.


    Anybody else remember their high school graduation theme song?  And the accurate lyrics as well?

    27 September 2016

    Two Classes of Two Page Layouts–Not My Own Designs

    But hey, those are adorable pictures of my son, for whom I can claim at least half design credit, right?  These are more pages from Creating Keepsakes classes – last year’s I think.


    Sorry the pictures are a little wonky, believe it or not everything on these pages is straight, I am just using my phone for blog pictures these hurried days and it seems to shoot flat pages as if they are concave, or is that convex -- well, not straight and flat!

    Don’t you just love the vividness of colors that Jillibean Soup uses on their papers?  If I ever need to buy paper again, I must see what their newer lines are!  Yes, right there, did you catch that – I admitted I have too much paper.  So go ahead, tell my hubby, snitch if you must.  But the insiders all know that he’d rather I buy paper than furniture – because I don’t make him move my paper around!  So there’s that.

    Here’s another two-pager from that same class on clustering:


    Can you tell I have been making progress on sorting old photos.  It is a two-pass process.  I tend not to toss many the first time around, and then go back and see if I can sort into groups by theme or time period or common colors.  The second pass sees a lot more pruning.  Yes, I have occasionally capitulated and wanted to pull photos out of the discard pile, but my sis-in-law is working on printed up her digital photos and fighting the same fight.  She is keeping me on track by reminding me that “the more photos you have the more you have to scrap” and “if you’ve already scrapped the best photos out of that bunch, why exactly are you now holding onto the ones you did not think were good enough then.”  It’s mostly working.

    I have also made the decision that I am not going to scan these old photos (well, with rare exceptions) to correct for color or enlarge.  I am intent on just cropping them, scrapping them and honing my skills at strategically placing embellishments to hide things that in a perfect world my photo-editing assistant would have photo-shopped out while I was out shopping for more paper (but not for more furniture)!

    Here’s one more two pager from a class the year before last using MME’s Collectable line:


    And a single from the same class - there was misting on this page and it really warped everything:


    Note that the class pages mostly used the geometric shapes and pattern papers which work well with pictures of boys.  Now what am I to do with a single sheet of the pretty bright floral I have remaining.  Stay tuned.

    25 September 2016

    Watercolours @ The Studio Challenges


    Start: The second challenge of September over at The Studio Challenges is to use watercolours.  I immediately thought of this paper, it is the reverse of a sheet of Acorn Avenue by Crate Paper.

    Style: In keeping with the soft effect that watercolours possess, I decided to layer a very subtle washi tape, a muted stripe 4 x 6 card, and a dotted transparency under my photo. A simple bow and a gathering of wood items and buttons form a cluster at the corner. The little yellow flower picks up the yellow directly from the photo, but the other colors are complementary.  I added see through epoxy dots like dew drops and a sprinkling of mist.  (When the misting was a little too bold, I used more washi tape to soften it.)

    Stash: Patterned paper – Crate Paper, Card, transparency, stickers – My Mind’s Eye,  Alphabet – Sassafras Lass, Epoxy droplets – Kaisercraft, Washi tape – Little B, remainder from stash.

    24 September 2016

    September Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member Hop

    Welcome to September’s member blog hop. We have a great line-up of projects for you today – including all these stops on the hop.

    Today I am showcasing the cards I made to finish off a few more paper scraps and chipboard items from my kit. Washi tape gave a handy assist as well.  Aren’t these fun?

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    September’s Peachy Keen kit has been a favorite kit of mine, and I am very satisfied with the amount of production I achieved.  Not all kits are like that.  In fact, inside information tells me that the very different style of October’s might be a very fun, and perhaps challenging, change of pace.  I cannot wait.   (And literally, I did not have to – love being on the team, having the inside scoop and getting things done early!)

    So there’s my bit for the hop, do enjoy the other stops.