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A Hip Counterfeit Kit for March


Things seem a little less hectic at the moment and I found time to pull together a Counterfeit kit.  This month’s kit to copy is the February kit from Hip Kits.  It contains Maggie Holmes papers, so my Maggie Holmes pads seemed like a good place to start – especially since I knew one includes a bold floral on an aqua background.  I found matches to most of the papers, gold alphas and some die cuts:

I went with birds rather than butterflies but I’m sure butterflies will appear somewhere.  All the papers are Maggie Holmes from various collections except the woodgrain, which is Studio Calico and the gold glittered cut apart sheet, which is Craft Market.

There are only two (three at best) sheets which I would be likely to use as backgrounds, so I pulled out a couple more potential backgrounds, another cut apart sheet (Maggie Holmes, just for variety!), a part sheet with more flowers and some Studio Calico rub on alphas to make an add on kit:

I’ve done two LOs so far. The first was inspired by the Studio Challenge blog – to use pattern on half the page.  I don’t use plain backgrounds very often so I used the bold floral for half the page, with the pale diagonal stripe for the plainer half:

I thought the colours in these outdoor photos were perfect with the floral pattern.  I added some wood shapes, bling, gold splatters and a chipboard ‘good times’ to my kit; and I’m linking up to the ‘Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge Blog‘ which this month is to use chipboard and something old from your stash.  All of those papers are pretty old!

I also thought that I would have a go at the Challenge YOUrself prompt which is to use negative space.  I’ve always known it as white space (not that it actually needs to be white, it can be any colour).  I’m not sure whether using patterned paper with writing on it counts as negative space, but here’s my page anyway.

The flower was fussy cut from the main floral sheet I used on the other page and I used a gold pen to add some definition to the paper layers and detail on the butterflies.

So that’s 3 and a half sheets and some scraps used in two pages and there’s plenty of life left in the kit yet.  Now I’m off to see what else I can create.

Catching up ……. from July!


I have some catching up to do and I thought I’d start by sharing some pages I made with July’s Counterfeit kit.  Since I started using the kit with photos from The Eden Project, I thought that I would continue with photos from the same day.

First was our delicious lunch:


And then Puddle Duck having a go at milling her own breakfast oats:


Here’s a scrap lift from one of July’s Counterfeit kit Members’ Blog Hop:


If anyone remembers who made the original please let me know so that I can edit this post and add the link.

And finally here’s one I started and then put to one side until I had chance to finish it at my scrappy weekend away: 

There’s still time to win a prize on the Pass the Page Blog Hop – you have until Sunday.  Just follow this link, then hop along and leave a comment on each blog and I’ll put your name in the draw.

Revels in the Vineyard


Welcome back to my first layout with my Counterfeit Kit and thank-you you all so much for the lovely comments you have left.


Challenge 1 is to make a LO with more than 4 photos. My standard go to for multiple 4X6 photos is the course Shimelle ran on 2Peas in a Bucket.  Sadly that site is now closed but the videos are still available on YouTube – just Google ‘Shimelle 4X6 Photolove’ and then add the name of the month which corresponds to the number of photos you want to scrap.  You’ll then find a process video for a layout with that number of 4X6 photos – although of course you could adapt them to other sizes.


Although I had eight photos of the Bachannalian Revels from the Eden Project, I already had a LO in mind with 6 photos.  And here’s my double page:


This is the third LO I’ve made with this idea of a row 6 offset photos.  I think it works well with my border strip forgeries but I’m thinking I want to move the photos around now!  I’m looking forward to seeing what the Master Forgers have done.

If you would like to try this yourself, you can find the video here: Shimelle’s 4X6 Photolove



Killing my June Kit (with a Little Help from a Hitch Hiker’s Guide)


So here we are at the end of June and I’ve just about killed June’s CKC kit.  I must say that it was greatly helped by watching Shimelle’s videos in her Hitch Hikers Guide to Scrapbooking course.  As with all that she does it is truly awesome and available to buy on-line at her blog.

This kit has been very good for scrapping older photos.  This is one from my A-Level Physics class, circa 1982/3.  I took up the one side or the other challenge from CKC with a sketch from (the now closed) Creative Scrappers website, which I used last year.

DSC_0558Then I did another couple of pages for my Eden Project album:


This photo placement is a Shimelle staple and one I have used before.  The next one is something new (or new to me at least) from the Hitch Hiker’s Guide.


I thought the statue was a man until I found something about it on-line.  I think it’s because the dead leaves cover the form of her body and we visited at the end of October, so her usually lush hair had died back to a few whispy strands.

Finally we come right back up to date with a photo from Puddle Duck’s Confirmation at the start of June.


As soon as I saw the ‘My Name Is’ die cut I knew I wanted to use it on a page about how she chose her confirmation saint. It was so funny when she was told that she was supposed to live her life true to her Saint. ‘But I don’t want to join the French Army and fight England.” she said.

I had to pull in a few extra background sheets, since I didn’t have enough in the kit I made up, but it means more photos scrapped and more stashed used up, so it’s all good.

I do have one more page to share from this kit, but that will have to wait, because it is my Guest Designer page for Amanda’s scrap lift challenge.  June has been an uber busy month, so I will be back soon with my Project Life Light pages for May and June.  Now where did I leave that glue stick?……..

June in the North Atlantic


So it’s June already. How did that happen?  June’s always a busy month, with two birthdays and fathers day and the end of school term and summer holidays coming up fast.  This year is also Puddle Duck’s confirmation – tomorrow in fact. It’s also the start of the summer photo scavenger hunt (but I’ll leave that for another post).  Summer has seemed a little slow to start here – we’re still having some quite chilly days.  I’ve been compensating with some summery scrapping.

DSC_0515These photos were taken at the Eden Project and I used scraps left from other pages which will be near it in the album.  I used the sketch by Shimelle from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog International Scrapbook Day challenge.

DSC_0514And then there’s the scraplift from Amanda King’s scraplift challenge.  The original has a stitched circle, but I decided to use a background paper with  a circle from my February Counterfeit Kit, with the scraps left from that kit.  I lifted the embellishment – replacing the brads with yellow buttons topped by red butterflies and a single yellow bottle top topped with a larger red butterfly.  Such a co-incidence, since Daphne has challenged us to use yellow this month, with her gorgeously bright page.

Amanda was kind enough to choose my LO as her winner for May and I will be her guest designer for the scraplift in July.  So excited to see what she chooses to scrap lift next month.  And now I can give you a sneak peak of the kit I will probably be using – my June Counterfeit Kit.


This month’s challenge was to base the kit on one of Basic Grey’s new collections.  I picked South Pacific, since I recently bought some My Mind’s Eye Now and Then paper packs, which included a lovely map print.  From left to right the pears are:

MME Now and Then:

Izzy ‘Smile’ Bloom paper,

Izzy ‘Boys’ Dapper paper,

Mildred ‘Girls’ Garden Paper,

Mildred ‘Hello’ Framed paper,

Izzy ‘Happenings’ Frolic paper,

Izzy ‘Good Times’ Journey paper,

Maggie Holmes,

Teresa Collins,

DSC_0513The floral prints have pink and green polka dots on the reverse.  I added some Mildred and Izzy stickers, die cuts and 3X4 cards for embellishments.  It looks bit more North Atlantic than South Pacific, but it’ll do for me and I’m itching to get started on my first page.

Where There is Story


Welcome to my 150th post.  I created this layout as a homage to Sian’s Story Telling Sunday which ran for three years and sadly ended in December last year.

The story telling tradition is celebrated twice daily in the Mediteranean Biome at the Eden Project. Puddle Duck insisted that we attend both when we visited in October 2012.  As I sat and listened to this story I knew it would be perfect for a layout and Sian’s meme.  But time escaped me (as usual) and it has taken until now to get photo, paper and pen combined and this post written.  i used my Counterfeit kit with the addition of jars cut from American Craft’s Lucky Charm collection to meet the challenge to use a container.


Once, a long time ago there was a man  who travelled the land from village to village and from town to town.  He wore a glorious, embroidered coat, covered with pictures of butterflies, flowers and birds and all kinds of fantastic beasts both real and imagined.  Wherever the man went he was welcomed.  Children would follow behind him and people would open their doors and offer him food and shelter.

Around the same time there was an old woman, who also travelled from village to village and town to town.  But her experience was very different.  She was not beautiful and finely dressed like the man.  She was bent double and dressed in rags. She had a large hooked nose and warts on her face. Wherever she went doors were slammed in her face.  Children would run after her – throwing stones and calling her names.

One day the man and the woman met on the road and they talked about their lives as they walked along.  The man was appalled that the same people who welcomed him would treat her so badly. At last the man realised that although they had talked for some time they had not introduced themselves.  ‘I am Story’, he said, ‘What is your name?’.  My names is Truth’ she replied.

‘Ah, now I understand’ he said.  ‘And I think I can help you.  When we get to the next village, come under my coat and you will be welcomed with me.’  She did so and what he predicted came true.  So they travelled that way for many years.  and that is why, wherever there is Story, you will find Truth tucked in under the hem.


Welcome to Eden


I have three packets of photos from our October Half Term break last year (two from the Eden Project) and hadn’t scrapped any of them until now.  I thought the banner paper was perfect for the photos of the entrance area at the Eden Project.  I had 8 photos I wanted to scrap so I took inspiration from Shimelle’s 4 X 6 Photolove course (which ran in 2011 on 2peasinabucket) and here’s the result:


I used my Counterfeit kit for October, but there wasn’t enough contrast between the pp and white cardstock and I didn’t have anything left large enough to mat behind, so I pulled in a sheet of orange pp.  I also picked out a few extra embellishments and a kraft tag for some hidden journalling.

The photos are mounted on navy card stock from the kit – two sheets to allow it to be folded and more photos to be added:


And here are the other photos and journalling:


My current plan is for this to be the title page in a scrapbook of the Eden Project.  Well I do have two packs of photos to work with!