Thursday, September 6, 2012

September Counterfeit Kit

I think the only fair name for my kit this month is "No Frills."

It was bound to happen eventually......I've run into an inspiration kit that's full of great stuff, but I had a really hard time translating it to all the supplies on my shelves.  Combine that issue with my desire to put something together that was manageable for the realities of my output (that's a nice way of saying I know I'm not very productive right now!), I present No Frills:

I started with the dot paper in the inspiration kit and found a similar piece, with different colors, from AC Chap. From there I just looked for other stuff within those colors. 

Added some trim, some twine, and some leftover cutouts and speech bubbles, and I'm calling it good.

The inspiration kit has those cute canvas banner pieces. I didn't have banner pieces, but I did have a sheet of
canvas stars and some eyelets. Put them together, and I think I see a star banner in my future :). I didn't
add all the eyelets yet, in case I want to use a different color.

The inspiration kit also had that cute puffy alpha. I didn't have any alphas like that, but I did find this reeeeaaaallllyyy
old sheet of puffy tag shapes.  I'm going to see if I can find a way to use these stickers this month.

So, the added twist for our kits this month was to add 3 counterfeits inspired by the recent CHA releases.  I am almost embarrassed to show my first two counterfeits because they're not really counterfeit creations, just counterfeit substitutions.  But they're definitely things I can't wait to actually get my hands on.

The Studio Calico Handbook lines and the Simple Stories Snap collections both include albums and coordinating pieces in a 6x8 size.  I am super excited for these releases, because I had already started my new Project Life project on July 1 in a 6x8 album.  It was just perfect timing to see all these new pieces and page protectors, which will give me some options to use the popular journal card sizes while still keeping my pint-sized project size.

The picture below shows my two easy substitutions. One, my album, which is the same album I used for my December Daily, is a stamp binder from Hobby Lobby.  Now that the other albums are available, maybe I'll try them, but honestly, I'm really happy with this option. They look similar to WRMK albums, so they look nice on a shelf, and they have a very big 2.5" d-ring, so it holds tons of pages.

The other stuff in the picture is my second substitution. I found one of the first Snap items, these 6x8 page dividers for the Take a Hike line. They are really just pre-decorated 6 3/4 x 8 3/8 sheets of cardstock.  I looked around and thought, duh, I can do that!  So I went through my scrap bin and made lots of options to use in my book.  The bonus: I can 3-hole punch them like I need for my binder.  And I can decorate the dividers as needed along the way.

Do you see that post-it note that says "Romney the dog?" Sorry, I didn't realize that little
reminder note was sticking out there.  I need to get a photo developed of our vacation-
packed car, where Junior's crate was wedged between suitcases and bags. We joked
that we might have to tie him to the roof, which led to the "Romney the dog" jokes.
Nothing political, just a little inside (or, really, outside) joke around our house!!!haha
I'm going to save my 3rd counterfeit item for later this month. I wasn't happy with how it turned out, so I need to make some adjustments.

And that's all, folks.  I'm hoping this month can be more productive than last month - there's really nowhere to go but up, I guess!  Hope you have your own productive month and choose to play along with the Counterfeit Kit challenges. 

If you're hopping, your next stop is Susanne, who always has such a great take on our kits. And you can always start from the beginning on the CKC blog. Thanks for stopping!


  1. looks like a lot of great papers and embellies in your kit

  2. Love the beginnings of your star banner and the colours of your kit are right up my street. Nice work (so far)!

  3. I hope you get more excited about your kit this month - it looks fab! And I bet you will find the perfect way to use those puffy tags - can't wait to see :~)

  4. Lovely, warm colour combo on this kit. I admire your KISS approach to the dividers. Keep it Simple, Scrap-sister!

  5. Two of my counterfeits were subs as well, but I'm just easily confused! I actually love your no frills kit - all of the stars are pretty cool and I love how they echo your paper choices x

  6. Pretty kit! I just got those canvas stars in a warehouse box! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  7. I love the wonderful fall colors of your kit.

  8. Love all the stars in your kit! I can imagine lots of ideas for those! Can't wait to see what you create!

  9. wonderful colour scheme, and great stars

  10. I love the AC Chaps line and really loving the star banner you've made! Hope you have fun playing with your kit!