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01 November 2014

November 2014 Counterfeit Kit Hop

As the wind blows the calendar page from October to November, we start the month with a lovely new Counterfeit kit.  If you didn’t arrive here from the creative Stephanie’s blog, then you can hop back to the start using the list below.

Our inspiration kit this month is one I am particularly fond of and wanted to order.  I did not; I counterfeited it instead.  It is from Crop and Create Delivered – Fabulous Fall:

Plan: Fabulous, indeed.  This kit has lots of trendy stuff in it – including  popular lines like  American Crafts Autumn Crisp.  I gathered a few pieces I had in that line.  It put me in the fall mood. 

kit paper

I started to just dig out whatever fall stuff I could find.  I couldn’t stop.  I ended up with a never-ending pile of fall themed supplies!  I sorted through it all again, and whittled it down by half.

kit flats

I planned to whittle some more, and that is where the plan fell to pieces.

kit goodies
I had scooped all the remaining stuff into a box instead of filing it back into my stash, so at the last possible moment I rescued a few little things, and a few more.

kit missed 

I was back to having everything but the kitchen sink in my kit.  So why not name my kit:
The Kitchen Sink Kit.  It certainly fills my (freshly scrubbed and bleached) kitchen sink up.

Kit Nov 2014 -288
Put It All In:

Bazzill cardstock in Twig, Lagoon, Banana Split, Magenta, Arroyo and Burnt Umber,
Kaisercraft Cock-a-doodle Doo Woof,
Basic Grey Basics Table,
Fancy Pants Summer’s End Harvest,
American Crafts Autumn Crisp Autumn,
Basic Grey Persimmon Spiced Pears,
Basic Grey Picadilly Eggs & Bacon,
Pink Paislee Prairie Hill Country Meadow,
American Crafts Amy T. Yes Peas,
American Crafts Autumn Crisp Cherry,
Simple Stories Summer Fresh Yellow Lace,
Fancy Pants Happy Go Lucky Cheerful,
Simple Stories 100 Days Endless Summer,
Kaisercraft Sweet Pea Pretty,
Sassafras Indie Girl Affection,
Fancy Pants Love Birds Circle of Love,
Prima Alla-Prima Low Key,
Bazzill Basics Sonnet,
Doodlebug Petite Prints Bon Bon Dot,
Fancy Pants Summer’s End Crisp,
Basic Grey Persimmon Crumb Cakes,
Basic Grey Persimmon Sticker Sheet,
Jillibean Soup Kraft Lattice Die-Cut Cardstock,
Crate Paper Acorn Avenue Chipboard,
American Crafts Thickers Lost & Found,
Basic Grey Wander Mini Mono Stickers,
My Mind’s Eye Market Street Ashbury Heights Stickers,
Prima Lady Bird Metal Clips,
AC Amy T. Remarks Stickers, Daybook Die Cut Shapes & 2 Tags,
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Leaf & Feather details,
Elle’s Studio Spooky Tales Large Tags & Day to Day Tidbits,
Jillibean Soup Gray Smile Words & Spicy Social Soup Flashcards,
Fancy Pants Happy Go Lucky Ephemera Pack & Label Stickers,
Free Printable Journal Cards from Simple As That blog,
American DIY wood veneer hearts & arrows and burlap bows,
Petaloo Peach Glass Ornament Pins,
A Flair for Buttons 6 Assorted Flairs,
Stampin Up Autumn Wooden Accents,
Sassafras In A Stich Orange Blossoms,
Basic Grey Mint Julep Washi Tape,
Unity Stamp Set – Give Thanks,
Assorted Ribbons from stash, and
and Basic Grey Curio die-cuts left from a card kit.

  1. Binty, Guest Designer
  2. Margie
  3. Lisa
  4. Julene
  5. Stephanie
  6. Susanne - you are here now ;-)
  7. Lesley
  8. Angela
  9. Lynnette
  10. Leslie
While I file away the pile of stuff that didn't make it into my final kit, why not hop along and see what everyone has done.  Did they go big and bountiful or diminutive and deliberate?  Whichever it is, I wish them and you happy fall scrapping!

31 October 2014

Just Shoot Me

Just shoot me because I meant to have this post up days ago, but in my scatter-brained world nothing is going according to plan.  No need for you to join in a pity party – I’m not having one – all these things that are swirling around me like the autumn leaves are good.  There are just too many of them and they are all distracting, so I start something – like posting this in Paper Camellia’s gallery and then I forget to put up the post on my own blog.  Oh S – gather it together, already!!

Just Shoot Me – A layout based on supplies from Paper Camellia’s October Everyday Life Kit 
(Sorry, that one’s sold out, but there will be a new one tomorrow for November!)

just shoot me

This summer my daughter needed a head only photo for her college ID, so I took a bazillion shots.  These are a few of the acceptable ones that I still had on my computer.  She was understandably picky as she would have to live with the photo on her ID for 4 years.  I like the idea of seeing all the slight differences in her expression – I miss seeing her everyday. 

The layout really came together all at once. When I opened the Paper Camellia October Everyday Life Kit and laid out the My Mind’s Eye Jubilee Mint Julep 6 x 6 papers on the desk, I liked how they stacked up, so I stapled them down quickly to a piece of cardstock and then finished the layout right then and there.  The Pebbles flat glitter circles from the kit are lots of fun too. The epoxy hearts and chipboard "flashes" were from my stash.  I am going to have to start using more of my daily life cards on layout pages (or here’s an idea, I could get my butt in gear on Project Life again!)

Please don’t forget to come back by tomorrow and see the latest Counterfeit Kit I’ve “gathered.” See ya.

28 October 2014

Speaking of October - It Is Almost Over

October was “quite something” around these parts – very busy with planned and unplanned happenings.  Since I last caught you up, college girl was home on fall break – here her Dad is about to drive her back.  I’m glad to see she is studying so much, she doesn’t have time to get those bangs trimmed! Winking smile

Speaking of trims,  here is Duke after his recent visit to the groomer.  Poor bald little pun’kin.


He ended up with a summer haircut, because when I said “the usual” I meant the trim he most often gets, but the new gal working the counter took that to be the last cut he got, which was back in early summer.  I hope he grows his hair back soon, before he freezes his little tuckus off.  He is ready with his little pirate bandanna – maybe Halloween will be a hair-raising experience for him.  Winking smile

Speaking of scares, I told you about my MIL falling.  I am happy to report that she received a good report from the doc and is out and about again for all her usual activities.  She can even drive.

Speaking of driving, with us doing so much during October, I was able to finish several audiobooks:

The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy, #2)The Narrows (Harry Bosch, #10)Echo Park (Harry Bosch, #12)Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers

I have caught up on some movies too (no, not while driving):

Product DetailsSaving Mr. Banks (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

That last book and last movie were both tear-jerkers.  I’ve already started listening to Elizabeth Edwards’ second book – Resilience, with tissues close at hand.  Then I am switching to a happy cozy mystery or two.  Maybe one of these that hubby and I picked up at the used book store last Saturday.

So October is about ready to wrap up - Halloween still to come this Friday.  I really don’t “do” Halloween, but sis-in-law Trenna does.  Isn’t this a cute shadowbox! Yep!  That grid design could be translated to a great Halloween layout – if one were to “do” such a thing. (Maybe I'll do one of that little pun'kin pup.)


So November is on the horizon and I'm reminded of this bit from Mary Poppins:

 Winds in the east, mist coming in. / Like somethin' is brewin' and 'bout to begin. /
Can't put me finger on what lies in store, / But I fear what's to happen all happened before.

Are you ready for what's about to happen?

24 October 2014

Listening In . . .

Susanne:  Gee, I really need to do a blog post.

S:  Yes, you do.

Susanne:  I’m nearly caught up reading on everyone else’s blogs, and they seem to be posting lots more than me.

S:  Yes, they are.

Susanne:  What to do, what to do?  I usually have a couple posts waiting in draft form, but not today.

S:  Zero, zip, zilch – that’s what you got.

Susanne:  Okay, I need to change my focus here and think!

S:  Good luck with that!

Susanne:   Shhhhhhh.

S:  . . . . . . . . waiting . . . .

Susanne:  I do have that layout that I did for my GIS assignment.  But it’s not really good enough.

S:  Umm . . . actually it is!  It’s cute, it’s playful, it scraps something you want to document, it’s a stash buster of little tags and glittery stickers, and did I mention it’s cute?

Susanne:  Well, haven’t you come around . . .

S:  Actually, I have!  (Besides, I have a new idea for the GIS assignment.  There are weeks till it is due.  And you are going to need several blog posts between then and now!Post it, I say!


Susanne:  There you go.

S:  Now you need to get to work on the next project.  You’ve been neglecting your October counterfeit kit – just a week left and look at the full box.

Susanne:  Well you’re coming around, didn’t last long, now did it?

oct kit mess-001

S:  (no comment)

Susanne:  Yeah, I “hear” you.  But I just can’t seem to focus on using a kit.  I have pulled together, November and December kits already.  That’s good, right?

S:  Really, you’re bragging about that.  Honestly, you cannot blog that.  There are official reveal posts for that . . . adherence to protocol, etc. . . .  So, no, you get no credit.

nov kit mess-001dec kit mess-001

Susanne:  (pouting)  Yes, I do.  I will be discreet!  Just look there – I’m really keeping December under cover, don’t you think?  And they should know I am trying to be creative.  We want to keep them checking back, don’t we?

S:  Gee whiz . . . whatta lotta scrap!

23 October 2014

Scrapbooking Idea–Use Setting To Tell The Story

Our layouts are meant to tell a story with both words and pictures.  Those visual images include not only our photographs but the papers and pretties we used to scrap.  One method for doing so is to further the story by mimicking its setting on the page.

My Hope-full Chest – A layout for Get It Scrapped

Story: I have had a "hope" chest since I was 20 years old.  Over the years it has become full of mementos of my life, and it is a reminder of how blessed I have been.
Style: The setting is reflected by using attic themed paper that shows a collection of items gathered over the years.  I placed my chest in among the suitcases, ladders and coatracks and added lots of embellishments to add to the feel of things having collected over time. The pull-out tag at the top lists the contents.

hopeful chest collage-001
I’ve taken a little bit of artistic license here as my house doesn’t have an attic, and my chest sits in the guest bedroom.  But that’s allowed, right, because in all probability this chest will end up in a grandchild’s attic one day.  I hope.
Stash: Paper and stickers, Kaisercraft – In The Attic Collection; Alphabet, K & Co.: Metal pieces, 7 Gypsies and Melissa Francis, remaining bits and bobs from stash