Today we delve into the mystery of why I could not “kill” my February Counterfeit kit. I am a serious scrapper and experienced counterfeiter, aren’t I?
Hmmm . . . that is a mystery. Let’s call in Miss Marple to see if she can put her finger on the problem. Over a nice cup of tea, I reveal to her that I truly had such fun being back as a guest designer for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Those ladies simply rock!! Although February is a short month, the shortest month, in fact, as a Guest Designer I was given a head start.
Yes, I was also working on LayOut A Day, but that should have been a help, not a hindrance. I did complete all three challenges and ended with 6 from my kit layouts and 2 cards. Still, the kit hasn’t drawn its last breath. There are others who’ve done much much more.
Well, my dear, she’s say, you did start with a pretty ambitious kit. See there. And it’s so very red, isn’t it? Were you perhaps overly optimistic that your counterfeiting skills hadn’t diminished over time by neglect?
Did you stray from your kit too much? Averting my eyes, I downplay grabbing another kit, stating that it complemented this one very well. And it was much less red.
Did you really try your best? She’d ask ever so sweetly reaching for a slice of cake, and waiting patiently for me to offer more explanation. Well, I’d say, a little but not too indignantly, in order to get around to using everything, I employ a little trick. As I use items from embellishment packs I set the packs aside to add the remainders back to my stash later, they remain at hand still in limbo. I know what I have used and what I still need to work on. Hmmm . . . she’d murmur softly, reaching for another slice and mulling that over.
Meanwhile her Christie counterpart, Hercule Poirot would appreciate the order and method to my approach. In fact, he’d applaud my sharp eye and powers of observation that allowed me to add in other coordinating supplies throughout February. Passing on tea, because I have no herbal on hand for a tisane, he would investigate the scene of the crime straightaway to see what evidence remained.
He would not see, nor be duly impressed, by all those small scraps already added to my scrap bin. He would spy that there were 3 sheets from my kit that did not get cut – two by My Mind’s Eye and the one below by Amy Tangerine. He would want know know more about my methods. Adamant about my effort, I related how I tried the MME’s with several photos during the month. They just didn’t work – perhaps it was the papers’ muddy hues.
After further probing, he would deduce that the reason Amy Tangerine’s file and fold sheet didn’t get used, is that it was not what I thought it was, a page of perforated chevron stripes. No, it is a sheet with many small right angle perforations which does not separate completely into pieces. This to my mind, but probably not to his “little grey cells”, was not at all the same. Perhaps he would volunteer Hastings, or better yet Miss Lemon, to help me with the legwork to research how this product could, should, would be used by those in the know.
"C´est ça!" he’d declare, and consider the case solved. Another triumph for him, if not for me. At this point, I prefer to leave this sheet sitting on my desk until I reach my own "C´est ça!" moment.
Lest you think Hercule superior, I must tell you that to her credit, Miss Marple also suggested that I ask around the village if any of you have the File and Fold sheet and how you might have used it. Do tell, my dears.
In fact, now let me play detective and pose a question to you: What was the last product that you were bumfuzzled about how to use? Did you eventually use it or not? Maybe now is the time?