Saturday, 30 April 2016

April Finale

I'm just squeezing into the tail end of April with a final page from my current Counterfeit Kit.  It was started for Challenge #2 way back at the beginning of the month; included a Forgery for the Fourth, but sadly wasn't finished until today.

Did I mention that I'm skilled in the Art of Procrastination?!

Anyway, for Challenge #2 (take inspiration from the February posts of the C'est Mgnifique Design Team), I found a lovely page by Shanna where the giant arrow was used as a background for the photo.

Layout detail - Pattern layers - JimjamsSo I set about making a giant arrow to use.  In Microsoft Word I inserted two shapes, an arrow and a chevron, and overlaid them to form an arrow.  I grouped the shapes together and expanded them to fill the width of a piece of office paper, before printing it out to use as a template.  I added dots of colour arround the edge to match my photo and kit.  In the end my arrow wasn't long enough so I split it in two and put it above and below the photo.

The actual page is based on the mirror image of the April Sketch from a Sketchy Scrappers group on Facebook.

Layout - Elly @ 4 - Jimjams

Child No.3 had a toy cooker for her 4th birthday and enjoyed frying eggs for us!  I'm also joining in with the UKS SLYMI Challenge #6 to scrap a happy story ... she was certainly happy with her birthday present.

Friday, 29 April 2016

King Con 2014

When getting bored with my "to-scrap" pile of photos, I sometimes resort to the Facebook uploads of my children.  This does leave me low on journalling because they're not my stories, but some photos just cry out to be included in an album.  One such was this brilliant photo of No.1 Son and his lovely girlfriend all dressed up for their first Comic Con.

Layout - Durham Comic Con - Jimjams

Layout detail - Pattern layers - Jimjams What a perfect pair!  Their costume colours toned beautifully with the Kaisercraft patterned papers in my April Counterfeit Kit, and I could use some of the phrase cards to make up for the lack of journalling. I recognised "Poison Ivy" but had to ask about No.1 Son's character ... apparently "Salamander Coral" was chosen because he is a comic character with dreadlocks!! 

I'm joining in with the UKS SLYMI Challenge #4 to scrap a funny face ... I reckon green and red is pretty funny don't you?!  Especially as his combination of green body paint and red hair dye didn't completely disappear by Monday morning!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Ginger Snaps

Welcome to the not-quite-final post of the April CKCB Members' Blog Hop; if you didn't reach me from Natalie then you might want to start at the beginning with Lisa (the full hop list is here but it's a short one this month).  We had a choice of three challenges to use for the hop (#1 Shabby Chic Techniques , #2 C'est Magnifique, N'est Pas?, #3 Ephemera Encapsulated) or indeed, anything made from this month's kit.

Using my April Counterfeit Kit, I went my own way with a couple of ancient photos of Child No.3 and her Grandad (now sadly deceased).

Layout - Ginger Wisps - Jimjams

The photos were pre-digital so I'm not 100% certain when they were taken - I found these in a stack of early photos still sitting in their delivery envelopes - but I know Grandad only visited on special occasions, so I suspect it was for her 1st birthday.

We nearly missed out a dedicated counterfeiter this month - partly because the CKCB has changed e-mails (it's now - so rather than stopping with me, please nip over to Tina and see what she has to share.

P.S. I'm also linking up to UKScrappers' Scrap Like You Mean It Reboot Challenge #2 as I stamped all over the title letters!

Friday, 1 April 2016

April Foolery

Welcome to another month of kit counterfeiting with the Counterfeit kit Challenge Blog.  This month's Kit-to-copy: February's Enchanted Garden Kit from C'est Magnifique Kit Club has been counterfeited already by our Guest Designer Louise, fellow Master Forger Clair and now it's my turn.

I'll be honest and admit that when I first saw the inspiration kit, my heart sank.  It's full of darkly, vintage florals and really not my thing.  However, I spotted that the whole kit was based around a Kaisercraft collection, and remembered that I had a number of Kasiercraft 6.5"x6.5" paper pads, one of which contained a number of darkly, vintage florals - the perfect basis for my kit. A few flowers, ribbons, arrows and pearls later, this is what I came up with:

There are more papers in the Mr Fox pad than you can see here; I didn't want to pull them all out of the pad quite yet.   I'll add cardstock as required.

Looking back at the original, it's obvious I have a different style for displaying a kit:

C'est Magnifique Kit to Copy

So a more accurate counterfeit might be this ;-)

Kit display - the dark side ;-)

Now let's see what Julene makes of the darkly, vinatge floral inspiration - I'm pretty sure she'll cope!  Happy hopping :-)