Saturday, January 31, 2015

counterfeit kit club: february's guest

this month i am delighted to be guesting with the counterfeit kit club.  the premise is simple.  look at a kit you find and love and recreate it by shopping in your own stash.  this is just a brilliant way to get yourself using up your product.  i think i have mentioned many times before that i struggle to scrapbook without a kit anymore.  and yet, i have so much stuff!  making my own kits is the perfect solution.

here is a list of other designers who are joining me in the february blog hop:


i'll first share a little about my layout and then give you some insight into how i go about curating my own kits.

photos:  these are from our trip to visit my sister and her family on vacation in north carolina last summer.  they are the first of that set that i've scrapbooked and i can tell you that i'm going to thoroughly enjoy working with them.  all that beautiful nature and cute little girls to boot.  happy, happy.

story:  this was just a few minutes after we arrived.  riley wanted to take g exploring the creek at the rv campground.  g was eager to oblige.

design:  i was going for bilateral symmetry on this one (sorry, science teacher talking), something i rarely do.  it's fun to shake things up a bit from time to time.  you can see the two photos are aligned along the center with a gutter in the exact(ish) middle of the page.  i also mirrored the flair on either side.  that's about as far as i went with that.  you can see that the rest of the embellishments are scattered loose-y goose-y across the page.  this made for a nice structure, but still an organic design.

technique:  i was watching a pretty intense movie while scrapping and really could hardly take my eyes of my computer screen.  i was thus very haphazard with my patterned paper cutting.  luckily, that look seems to work for me.  ;)

my favorite part of the layout is the confetti words.  i always snip off good words from the bar code strips of my patterned papers before i throw them away.  words scattered across a page is simply the best.  i love the way my salvaged scraps made this page.

product:  this is the kit i pulled together (you can see the sample kit at the very bottom of this post).  patterned paper is the most important part for me.  it really helps to set the stage.  i didn't try to match the sample kit piece for piece.  instead, i looked at it and got a general feel for what it contained:  blues, reds, and golds; clouds; transparencies and vellums; and a travel theme.

next i pulled in alphas and embellishments.  another good rule of thumb is to mix "something new" in with your older product to give it all a fresh feel.  i had just gotten the kit for ali edward's "one little word" class and chose to include it, mainly for the alphas and stamp set.

the rest of the embellishments were then chosen by type.  i have little jars and tins of goodies all over my craft room and simply chose a few of these to include based on what i saw in the sample kit: sequins, flair, label stickers, tiny flowers, and wordfetti.

i love how this first layout turned out and am eager to dive into the next one tomorrow.  stay tuned!  i'll have another counterfeit kit post to share on friday!  :)

sample kit

18 comments:

  1. lovely having you on board this month and what a great kick off for the blog hop! Really love how you pulled your kit together - looks like a fabulous kit to work with. And the first layout is really great. Love love love all those layers. the scattered words really do make it a lot of fun. looking forward to an inspirational month with you

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  2. So much to play with there Doris, welcome!

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  3. I really enjoyed seeing your counterfeiting..

    ..and I'm loving the stitched on clouds here

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  4. Welcome aboard Doris. Very nice layout - I like the idea of wordfetti!

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  5. Stupendous start to the hop. Your layout has me totally captivated. (Note to self.....PULL OUT THE SEWING MACHINE!!) Congratulation on being guest designer. I am going to be watching for more stellar ideas from you.

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  6. Welcome :) Love the start to the hop and love your eye to the kit :) Fantastic start to the hop. Looks like it's gonna be a fun one to do this month :)

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  7. Beautiful kit! Love the embellies you included, and the word fetti idea is fantastic! I'll be using that idea for sure!

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  8. Fabulous approach and looks like a great kit to use. Have fun!

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  9. Welcome! Love the way you presented your layout and kit...detailing each component. You pulled together a great collection from your stash. The container (is it a loaf pan) looks chock full of great cards and goodies for your future layouts.

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  10. I love your layout and I love the kit you pulled together. I love the feel and the colors of the pattern papers you chose!! And the lovely embellishments are awesome!!

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  11. so impressed! awesome presentation of your goodies!! LOVE your LO! It shows a sense of style and talent! fabulous kit to play with!!

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  12. So thrilled to have you here this month! FAB page - love the little off-cuts of words from the papers & how you have them in a little box. I could just dive in to your kit & never surface until it was all used up! Counterfeit kitting is definitely a great way to unearth all the goodies you bought because you loved them. Now you get to show them off :~)

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  13. Fabulous page - no wonder with that great kit as your starting point! Good to have you on the team this month!

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  14. Cute page. I love your idea of using the words on the paper sheet title strips for a layout. I've been lovin how the paper companies often keep pattern on their strips now and have used several. However, I had not started using and words or phrases. Great idea!

    Your kit is super. Love your cloud papers, vellum and collection of embellishments. Looking forward to seeing more of what you create this month!

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  15. Love your kit & layout! The little word/phrase papers are perfect, I really like the way they frame the story behind the photos :)

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  16. welcome to the team for the month. Your kit is beautiful. Bless you.

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  17. Beautiful LO! Creative counterfeiting!

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  18. I like to mix a bit of new product in with the older stuff, too. Love the stitching on your clouds in the layout, too!

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