Category Archives: Counterfeit Kit

Disney Catch up (Part 2)

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Posting my next batch of Disney LOs is way over due.  I’ve been scrapping in batches – doing a lot and then nothing.  I’ll show these pages from our Disneyland Paris trip in 2014 in album order rather than the order I made them and it was this first one which had me stumped for quite a while.

For the longest time it sat on my desk with just the background paper (Crate Paper’s Boys Rule collection), the strip from Say Cheese II and the matted photos and I just couldn’t think what to do next.  It was great to finally get it done, so that it could slot in before the following pages from that same evening:

I used my August Counterfeit kit for these pages and threw in some extra bits including Say Cheese III and other Disney phrase stickers.  The bright colours are perfect with the larger than life Disney characters.

Next page in the album is Minnie Mouse; yet another character from the same evening.

I’m trying to decide whether to scrap the photos of Strawberry dancing the Macarena for the facing page.

The next pages are from our last day in the park, using my September Counterfeit kit.

This was the first 12 X 8 photo i scrapped for the album and I’m working out how to add some journalling.  I may be brave and write directly onto the photo!

All of these pages have been inspired by the fabulous Magical Scrapbooking course run by Shimelle Laine.  But this final one is a very special page: made at a class with Amy Tan, organised by Birds of a Feather.

The colour palette fits in the album, but the style is a bit different form the other pages.  I think I’ll be looking for an opportunity to do another page with a border and a colourful strip across the top.

I think that’s enough for now.  I am still ‘stuck’ on my villains’ parade double LO which I started at my retreat in September and I have a couple of pages half done from our Come Dine with Us experience at The Beast’s Castle at Disney World.  Here’s hoping my mojo can get those finished soon.

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Death in Paradise

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It may seem like an odd title for a page about a 12th birthday party, but it was a murder mystery party, set on a tropical island and it also is the title of one of Strawberry’s favourite TV shows: so maybe not so odd after all?  And by the time you get to the end you may be thinking ‘Death by Scrapbook Pages’ might be a better title for this blog post!

I used a pp with a circle pattern; from the same Pink Paisley collection as the other page I’ve already done for her birthday, which means I can link up to this month’s Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge to use circles.

I used an accordion fold to include more photos, following a Shimelle design for 7 photos:

I’ve also been creating and using Counterfeit Kits, but I haven’t found time to blog about them. Here is my latest using my July kit and a scrap lift of a scrap lift from a recent Shimelle live on Facebook. It forms a section page in my album for this series of pages from last year’s garden birthday party.  I’ve photographed it in the album, so that you can see how the 6X12 page fits with the 12X12s (again a Shimelle inspiration).

I also have a couple of pages half done from the same kit.  I photographed them in the album too, so apologies for the glare.

I think this was a sketch from a challenge website in June, but I’m not sure which one. I’m still thinking of a title and what alphas to use.  This second one has an acetate pocket (waiting to be machine stitched), following Shimelle’s 4X6 PhotoLove for 9 photos.  

All photos on these two pages were taken at last years Graffiti Festival in Birmingham.  These pages all follow on in my album so I now have a very colourful section for June 2016.  I hope you’ve had a colourful summer.

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Painting with Jellie Bee

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Morgan, aka Jellie Bee, is Strawberry’s favourite artist so she jumped at the chance of a watercolour class with her.

We set off super early because I was worried about traffic on the M6. We arrived in Lytham St Anne’s in plenty of time and easily found R Tilly’s where the class was to be held. With plenty of time to kill we found the Quirky Tea Rooms for a second breakfast of cake.

I decided to use a pocket page for the photos of the tea room. And with no people it fits The Studio Challenge to create a page with no people. Apologies for the glare on the photo.

Strawberry had a great time drawing and painting Amethyst from Steven Universe with Jellie. Everyone else had cancelled so she had a one to one session with her.  I used the latest Stuck?! sketch to scrap the photo of Jellie and Strawberry.  You can’t see her bow very well but it is a large aqua polka dot like the main pattern on the page.


The plain white card stock looked too bare, so Strawberry mixed some ink and water colour paint to the right colour and I added it behind the photo – including some extra splatters for good measure.

After the lesson it was time for afternoon tea at Alice’s Tea Rooms. Those photos will be the other side of the pocket page – once I’ve remembered where I put my Alice themed cards………….

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Jam on Cream or Cream on Jam?

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Now that it is the question.  A cream tea is most definitely a fine British tradition but how should one construct a scone?  I put my jam on first and then top it with cream (and I never use butter with jam – euch!).  But when we went for a cream tea at the V&A with Mrs Wookie, she put the cream on first and then spread the jam on top.

I’ve been told it’s the difference between Devon and Cornwall – who knew? but it had to be scrapped.  One of those moments when I took the photos to scrap the story.  And here is the page; using this month’s sketch at Stuck?! (very apt since it will sit in my album opposite the page I did using last month’s Stuck?! sketch)

I’m on the last of my June Counterfeit Kit.  I’ve got a lot out of it this month.  I’ve done some pocket pages for my 2016 album and that makes the supplies go further.  I also used Shimelle’s 4X6 Photolove for July to scrap seven photos of Tewkesbury Abbey:

And here are the photos on one side of the accordion fold:

And here is the other side:

I decided to use these colours from my kit because the opposite page in the album is a dark blue background with aqua and yellow.  I love how scrapping as an album is helping me to make those difficult choices around which supplies to use for a particular page, so I am quicker getting started.

I have one whole sheet left in the kit and once that is used I’ll call it done and put the scraps in my scrap box.  I’ll be back soon I hope with some pages from my July kit.

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Vintage Charm

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I didn’t think I would have time to blog this month.  I’ve been working long hours and scrapping is much more relaxing than sitting in front of the computer when that’s what I’ve been doing all day.  But today I made a page using the 1 June sketch from Stuck?!

I’ve been using Shimelle’s Scrapbooking Process this month to pull together my 2016 albums – a pocket page ‘Project Life Light’ (on a similar basis to the one I did for 2015 although slimmed down even further) and my main album which is a mixture of 12 X 12 and pocket pages.

The main album didn’t include anything from last year’s summer break in London and I started with 3 square photos from our trip to the V&A.
The title was a last minute change.  I was going to call it V&A Tearooms but when I picked up the embellishment packet with ‘charm’ in it I knew I had the perfect opportunity to use it.

I used my June Counterfeit kit – a mix of MME On Trend 2 and Theresa Collins Daily Stories and Sweet Afternoon.  The background paper is Crate Paper Emma’s Shoppe.

I haven’t shared my kit yet – due to not blogging, so for those Counterfeiters who are interested here it is:
Here are a few more embellishments. And the B-sides to some of the papers And some extra papers thrown in: It’s been a very productive kit so far – this is my fourth 12 X 12 page and I’ve also done 3 pocket pages, all of which I’ve shared on the CKC Facebook Page here.  I have two more pages planned, so I’d best get off and get back to cutting and sticking.

I’ve just realised – I still haven’t used that mask…….

Living the Dream

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An all expenses paid trip to Cyprus.  A room with a balcony and a sea view.  Breakfast on the terrace by the pool.  It sounds like the good life but this was a work trip and I had no-one to enjoy it with. And to make things worse I had to fly out on Mothers Day.  A day when I should have been with family and I was alone in paradise.

A photo taken from my hotel balcony and Challenge 1 spurred me to use the last of my May Counterfeit kit. However, The Grandma pointed out that Limassol is in Cyprus and not Corfu.  Yes I got the place wrong and I had to find a way to cover it up.  I decided on wash tape, which i then put in one or two others places on the page and then added enamel triangles to turn my mistake into a feature.

I considered adding splatters but decided I liked the clean look and I didn’t want to risk spoiling it.  But I think splatters worked well on my page using Creative Scrappers sketch.

I thought I could use some of the Project Life cards left from my kit and the bright alphas as the background, but things didn’t quite work out that way.  The 4 X 4 cards from Shimelle’s True Stories shad the perfect wording and the alphas turned out to be far too busy for the background.  After a bit of trimming and splattering onto white card stock my page tuned out well in the end.  I might go back and add some stitching to the trip at the top of the page once I have made room to get my sewing machine out.

NSD Challenges

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Did you have a good time last weekend, joining in with all the online challenges for National Scrapbooking weekend? Thank-you to everyone who joined in the blog hop and for all the lovely comments you left.  And a huge welcome to everyone who decided to follow my blog as a result.

I wasn’t overly productive last weekend – considering that I stayed in to scrap.  I made three layouts for challenges on Facebook, using my Counterfeit kit.  For the tic-tac-toe challenge I used a sketch from the Scrap Our Stash NSD challenges:

My fussy cut item is the stamped dog in the garland (I think the border punch and patterned paper are self evident!).  The black and white photo and twine were requirements for the tic-tac-toe on FB.

I did a pocket page of Strawberry’s bedroom makeover:

I had terrible trouble with those two small photos.  The ink lifted off and left one looking rather distressed.  It was a new pad of photo paper but a brand I’ve used before.  I think it may have been printing from Word and not being able to specify the paper type which caused the problem.  I’ll give it one try printing from iPhoto with the correct settings and if I have the same problem the pad is going back.

I finally got our trip to see the Room on the Broom in January 2012 onto a page.

The cat, bird and dog embellishments I made were perfect for the subject and Strawberry donated a frog sticker to complete the witch’s companions.

I’ve been buying Promarkers online for Strawberry and the last parcel also contained a part used 6 X 6 pad for me.  Four pages from that pad are now cards for future pocket pages.

The right hand 3 X 4 card has a pocket to slip in a tag or tickets.  Any ideas for a quote or phrase for the 3 X 4 card on the left?

There’s not much of my counterfeit kit left and I have so many ideas.  I’ll be back when I have something to show you.  Until then ‘Keep Scrapping’.