Thursday, January 19, 2012

January Counterfit Kit

As if my obsession with "smashing" wasn't enough, now I'm in love with Counterfit Kits! Have you heard of this site?! Every month they post several kits from one of the top scrapbook kit companies, and they encourage you to pull things from your stash to make a similar kit. They also post tutorials and links for making your own embellishments and papers! Well, this month is the first time I've played along, and I must say I'm loving how my kit turned out! Here's the inspiration kit from Cocoa Daisy that I've chosen to copy:

I was really drawn to the vintage feel of this kit. Plus, I have one of the papers already in my stash, and I just bought ruler print and banner print papers, so I figured it would be easy to match at least some things. It was a little trickier than I thought, because at first I wanted to match every single item. Once I got over that and decided to go with the vintage theme, then it was easier, and this is what I came up with:
Here are the 12x12 papers I had in my stash which seemed to match. The top row is old Close to My Heart stuff, and the bottom row is brand new - the three on the left are MME, then Theresa Collins and Graphic 45.

Then I saw this great idea from one of Counterfit Kits' Master Forgers, Helen, on how to duplicate the October Afternoon paper Attic Trunk:


I used 1.5" squares of some CTMH Notebook and Blue Ribbon scraps, as well as some other unknown scraps and inked book paper, and glued them to a 12x12 sheet of cardstock to make this bright patchwork quilt type paper. Pretty neat, thanks, Helen!

Then I pulled out some more scraps, a new pack of Prima mistable canvas, some Prima flowers, a Tim Holtz stamp, some postcards, doilies, shipping tags, trim, and 6x6 papers I won to add to the kit:
I also printed out some vintage images that Counterfit Kits linked up on their site. I'm planning to use them as journaling cards or tags.

And finally, this bunch of stuff:
The top row is left over stickers from CTMH's Notebook line, and the bottom row is an embellishment pack I won from Lovely Bug Bits 'n' Bobs - very cute buttons in this kit! Now I just have to use what's in this kit, and I've already started by working on November's P12 layout with it - I think it's going to look really cool!

Now here comes a bit of a rant, so fair warning - I won't be offended if you skip this bit, and I'll try to keep it short. P12 is changing its format, and I'm really disappointed! Previously, they put out a new Becky Fleck sketch for us to work with each month. They've done away with this, there will be no new sketches. Instead, we are to use old sketches from the past two years. We can use whichever sketch we want for whatever month we want to. We can also incorporate the color suite challenge into our layouts if we want. I don't know why I was so disappointed, this seems like a lot of freedom to do it however we want, which should be a good thing, right? Maybe I'm just PMSing, or maybe I look forward to the new sketches and reveals more than I thought, or maybe I just need more direction and structure, but I'm not excited about this new format (or lack of format!) and I don't think I'll be playing along. Instead, I decided this morning that I will make a counterfit kit each month and use that to do my own month-in-review layout. Feel free to join me!

Okay, that's the end of Roxy's Rant! It is very cold here, (-36 C or something) and the school buses aren't running, but I made my kids go to school anyway. Call me mean, but I think they'll have more fun at school than doing nothing here! Plus, when I'm stuck at home with Brenna, we like to lounge all morning in our PJ's, and the older kids being here would cramp our style! What do you like to do when it's too cold to go out?

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15 comments:

  1. Awesome kit! I love the paper you made!

    Bethany
    Counterfeit Kit Challenge

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  2. You did a fabulous job putting your kit together Rox!! What a great idea!!! Your quilt paper is beautiful!! I'll have to give it a try sometime. Our buses were cancelled today too!! We had snow squalls. I sent me kids to school too but I went with them (reported to the closest school).
    I haven't done P12 but a good friend of mine is trying to convince me I should do Project Life?? I checked it out but so many things aren't available??

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  3. lovin your kit girl! I think I might try to put one together tonight....it's been a while since I played along with them and it IS a lot of fun! I sent Ethan to school today too...and yesterday...it's supposed to warm up tomorrow I've heard! hopefully it does! I kind of agree with u on the P12 thing....it is a little disappointing!

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  4. So glad that you're joining us this month and that you made your own beautiful quilt paper too! Your kit looks great and I love that you mixed the old and the new. I've not done P12 but keep thinking I would like to do something as a round up, just haven't actually got organised yet! Looking forward to seeing what you create :)

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  5. That's quite the kit you pulled together. Can't wait to see what you create with it!

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  6. Oh wow! What a cool idea with counterfit kits... I love it!!! TFS! I love what kits you made up - looked like a really good match!!! Wow it sure is cold where you are at the moment! It's around 33 degrees celcius in Australia at the moment and I have never ever experienced below zero degrees in my whole life! When it is cold (cold for us here is probably normal to you!) we like to watch movies and tv series' on dvd, play board games, read books aloud, draw, make crafty stuff and cook. :D

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  7. So glad you are joining in with us this month. Your kit looks great; and way-to-go on making the paper yourself.

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  8. What a great idea...thank you so much for sharing this!!! It's been frigid here...-46 with the wind chills. I kept my 5 year old home but the grader 2er wanted to go. My hubby will be happy when things warm up a bit, the kids have been pretty stir crazy and he's the stay at home parent. Some days it's a blessing to go to work even if it feels like you might freeze off a body part or two lol!

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  9. Such a great kit and your quilt paper is gorgeous!

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  10. Glad that you are able to join this month!! Love your kit and your counterfeit block paper

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  11. Great kit - you've done a great job of counterfeiting. I too was disappointed with the new P12 "format" ... hardly a cohesive thing to join in with - choose your own sketch, choose your own colours ...
    Hope you have fun with your kit!

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  12. Your counterfeit kit looks like it'll be fun to play with! I've always thought that was a great idea, but have never had a chance to play along... I'm disappointed with the new project 12 format as well. Not that I've used any of the previous sketches LOL, but I so love seeing new sketches each month and all the samples using the same one!

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  13. I love your patchwork paper-great kit!!Thanks for playing along!

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  14. Gorgeous kit! And what a beautiful patchwork paper you made!!

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  15. So there's my answer about your plans for P12!! I really should catch up on your posts chronologically! I totally agree with you (as you know). I think it is a cop out to say "pick a sketch, "pick a topic, and oh btw, here are some colours that you can use to "challenge" yourselves." I like your kit and have never heard of Counterfeit Kits so will have to check them out! What a great idea!

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