Counterfeit Kit Challenge Members Blog Hop

Hello everyone! It’s time for August Counterfeit Kit Challenge (CKC) Members Blog Hop. You must have arrived from Leslie’s blog!

Every month they have challenges to inspire you to create your projects. The challenges this month are:

For today’s post, I want to share the layouts and cards I created with my August kit. I created a coordinating page about my puppy which I previously created (you can check it out here) with my forgery paper. I found another photo of him taken on the same day which is clearer actually.

Today was fun Scrapbook layout

I used versamark ink with the same plus sign stencil I used on my previous layout. I just wanted the subtle marks on the background of the cardstock. I added some alphabet stickers and some diecuts I cut out with my Cameo. I also used some numbers thickers to document the date of the photos were taken.


I just love using my border punches. Love the look and I figured I must use it more on my layouts to get my investment worth😉


I made some cards too with my kit. IMG_1186

The patterned paper was one the top corner of a 12×12 which I found it hard to use on a layout, so I just trim it down and put it on a card front and stamped a sentiment on it.


The next card, I used the leftover forgery paper I made and made a card with it. I layered some papers and added my stamped sentiment.

Then I also used some bits of paper and a cut apart card from my never ending scrap pile and leftover bits of one patterned paper from the kit as mats to create a simple layout inspired by Challenge #3 – Sounds Foreign to Me.

Delighted Challenge #3 CKC Scrapbook LayoutDelighted Challenge #3 CKC Scrapbook LayoutDelighted Challenge #3 CKC Scrapbook Layout

I scrapbook a photo of a B&B place I stayed in when I was visiting Montreal. I am not even sure how to pronounce it.  It was such a lovely place. I included a brochure of the place too since it had all the information and pictures in it. I used my sewing machine to add some stitching for some interest.

It has been a small kit this month, so I took some bits and pieces from my scrap pile for the projects.  And it’s great because the aim is to use up the stash build up right🙂

As you all probably already know, I am the guest designer for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge for August. It’s been really exciting and fun. I can’t thank them enough for the wonderful welcome and support that they have given me. Thanks so much CKC!

Hop over to Tara’s blog next and enjoy the rest of the hop! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Here’s the complete order for the Blog Hop in case you got lost:
Karen    (you are here)




Scrapping more instax photos

Hello! Today I want to share a layout with more instax photos. My layout was inspired by Sketch 495 on Scrapbook Challenges.

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch 495 Aug 22

This sketch is very fun because it inspired me to use my sewing machine and use some bits and pieces of my scraps for this layout.

Scrapping more Instax photos (scrapbook layout)

It was a very sunny day as we were walking the Waterfront Trail. Even with the ‘Clear’ setting on the Instax camera, the photos came out pretty bright. But it was still fun, it was as though it had filters on it. I added some gold thickers and gold splatters since the instax film had the cute cartoons on it had the shiny gold too.

*tip: for better instax photos – I found that if you are in the shade on sunny days with the Clear setting, the photos will come out pretty good*

More close ups:

So sunny instax photos scrapbook layout close upSo sunny instax photos scrapbook layout close up

And previously I also created a layout inspired by a Sizzlin Summer sketch on Scrapbook Challenges last week as well, I thought I put it on this post as well. I used the same Shimelle True Stories collection.

SS06 Aug 10

Kindred Spirits Scrapbook layoutI ‘ombre-fied’ the fabric thickers with gelatos.Kindred Spirits Scrapbook layoutI diecut the balloons and added hand stitching for the strings. I also added some stamping to the balloons for some interest. diecuts balloons docrafts Kindred Spirits Scrapbook layout

I hope you have some fun with the sketches. Hop over to Scrapbook Challenges for more inspiration from the design team members! Lots of fun for Sizzlin Summer 2016.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

“Friends” – Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #80

Hello! Today I have a card to share with you. I used supplies from my August homemade kit and inspired with the sketch on Sketch N Scrap that is designed by Heather.

SNS 20th Aug Card

Here is my bright card with my homemade kit.

Friends card

I was inspired by the pennants on the sketch, but instead of creating the pennants, I added the pom pom trim which is kind of fun and cute. The original diecut had the word Bohemian on it, so I just my trusty old fun Dymo embossing label maker to make the pink tape “Friends” sentiment for my card.

Just a simple card share today! Hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more design team inspiration and we hope you will play along our sketches! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Photobooth photos Crazy Fun Scrapbook Layout

Hello! Today I have another scrapbook layout to share with you using photobooth photos. In my previous post here, I created a layout of the photobooth photos with a bunch of friends but I still have some photobooth photos as a couple too. It just shows that we never stop taking photobooth photos at the wedding.

My layout was inspired by this lovely sketch by Mandy on Sketch N Scrap:

SNS August 15th

My layout:

Crazy Fun Photobooth Scrapbook layout

I chose a black cardstock for my background like my other layouts whenever I find my photos are darker. Somehow it has a better contrast and I can choose bright coloured patterned papers ie PINK. I chose pink because in the photos I had this really bright fuschia pink boa on.

I did some ink smooshing on the black cardstock. I added a lot of water to my gold paint so it left more of a metallic silver color instead with some gold in it which I found it cool. I used an old packaging that previously stored some pearls so it had the bubble wrap texture in it when I smooshed onto the cardstock. So that was a nice suprise and fun!

Instead of a circle, I used an offset cutfile I made for another project and I never used it. That’s why it’s more of like a funky doily shaped.

Crazy Fun Photobooth Scrapbook layout

Most of the patterned papers are from Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection. I used some of the words strips that I cut from Shimelle True Stories patterned paper and added some punched hearts.

Crazy Fun Photobooth Scrapbook layout

I added the ‘today on arrow’ cutfile just to highlight and draw attention to my photos and title. It was a fun layout to make and hope you are inspired for your project.

Hop over to Sketch N Scrap  for more design team inspiration. Hope you will join us in our sketch challenges – we would love to see your creations! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Scrapbooking memorabilia (again)

Hello! Today I actually have two layouts to share with you. I used two different sketches from Scrapbook Challenges. For the first layout I scrapbook the memorabilia I saved when I visited a lavender farm. I wanted to scrapbook the tickets and also the lavender flower heads and seeds itself.

My layout was inspired by this sketch:

Sketch 493 Aug 8

Here is my layout:


I used a white background and I added some script words for texture with a stencil and texture paste. Then I rub on some gelato (fig) for some subtle purple brushstrokes and drips in the background. I added a piece pink vellum for some color and I also did not want to cover my mixed media background completely. I did a zig zag machine stitching to add my scallop border just for some fun element to my layout. Then I embellished it with some stickers and added thickers for my title.

It was very fun to check out all the different vendors and all the lavender products available. It was indeed pleasant, roaming around aromatic lavender fields. I hope to be able to scrapbook the photos when I get them printed.


I also have another layout inspired by another sketch on Scrapbook Challenges.

SS05 Aug 9.jpg

For my layout I rotated the sketch.

Bow and arrow Scrapbook layout

For this layout, I used the papers from my August CKC kit, and pulled out some alphabet stickers and buttons from my stash.

Bow and arrow Scrapbook layout


For the arrows, I used a pencil and drew the arrows and then I pierced the holes and stitched it with embroidery floss.

Bow and arrow Scrapbook layout

Bow and arrow Scrapbook layout

It was a simple layout and fun to make. I just love the stitching element on layouts.

I hope you will check out Scrapbook Challenges. We are having our annual Sizzlin’ Summer in August where it is a whole month of of sketches and inspiration! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Scrapping older photos – Challenge #1 at Counterfeit Kit Challenge

Hello everyone! Today on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge (CKC) is the first challenge of the month but first off, Happy Sandcastle Day!  (It’s a real thing actually, who knew)

To celebrate today being Sandcastle Day – CHALLENGE #1 :Happy Sandcastle Day. It‘s time to be a little nostalgic, be inspired by the most enjoyable childhood activity and create a project featuring sandcastles.

From my “La bohème” kit, I created a layout with older photos of my husband and his brothers at the beach when they were kids.

Sand Bump Scrapbook layout Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1 Aug6th

I guess they didn’t manage to build sandcastles but they did a great job at making the bump. Most importantly – they had fun!🙂 Honestly, I don’t think I ever succeeded in building any sandcastle in my life.

For my layout, I was inspired to do some stenciling on my dark brown patterned paper since it was so plain. So I grab some white ink and a homemade stencil made with my Cameo.

So it’s really easy to create your own patterned paper or altered a look to a piece of patterned paper for added interest.

Shiny title of Sand Bump Scrapbook layout Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1 Aug6th

I created my title with two different alphabet stickers from my stash. I combined the brown glittered chipboard stickers from Fancy Pants and October Afternoon Mini Market stickers together for my title. It created a more fun look with the dimensional and flat alphabet stickers.  Besides, I didn’t have enough stickers left on my sheet anyway so it was nice to be able to spell out some words. I wrote a short blurp of the day with my Sakura gelly roller pen. It was very nice to write on actually.

More close up pictures:Sand Bump Scrapbook layout Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1 Aug6th

I added my gold ribbon as part of the border behind my punched out edge of patterned paper. I just love the glittered brown alphabet stickers of my title.

Sand Bump Scrapbook layout Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1 Aug6th

I added some zig-zag and straight stitching to the layout for interest.

close up of stenciling and gold splatters

Some close up pictures of the gold splatters. IMG_0977

close up of stenciling and gold splatters

It was a lot of fun creating this layout with my kit. I was extremely pleased that I managed to add some fun techniques in this layout as well. I hope you will join us with this fun  CHALLENGE #1 :Happy Sandcastle Day and create a project featuring sandcastles. Hope over to Counterfeit Kit Challenge for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge – Forgery Paper

Hello everyone! On the 4th of every month the Counterfeit Kit Challenge has “Forgeries on the Fourth” on the blog. It has tutorials and inspiration of creating DIY version of the inspiration kit using your own stash.

From the inspiration kit – there was this kraft paper with the PLUS sign that caught my eye. 1

I created my own patterned paper using kraft cardstock and a stencil. (I already had the stencil cut out from my Cameo previously in my stash) I wanted a bit more texture so I used textured paste. You can most definitely use just paint or inks or markers.


Somehow it didn’t turn out too neatly and there were some gaps since it was a smaller stencil. If you want a continuous pattern with a smaller stencil, you will have to wait for the texture paste to dry before continuing. I was going to cut the paper in smaller pieces  for my projects anyway so it’s okay to have the gaps and the smudges probably will be covered up.IMG_0987

I created this layout with my kit – and use this forgery as a photo mat.

counterfeit kit challenge cutie scrapbook layout

I started painting some white brushstrokes on a brown cardstock just for some interest and added some yellow paint with a polka dot stencil to add some color and life to my layout. I also added some splatters because splatters are fun. Then I cut the circles from a freebie from Scrapbooks & Cards Today.

I used some of my washi tape and adhered them to white copy paper and used them as patterned paper since I really wanted more colors in my layout. If you go back to my post of the kit I created, I didn’t have enough colors. Some of the colors of my embellishments didn’t really go well with my layout. So other ways to add color, can be paint, inks or washi tape in this case.

I love the cute little trim too and I kept turning the little ‘poms poms ‘ for fun. I added journaling with my Sakura gel pen on to my layout. I backed the whole layout on a piece of patterned paper that wasn’t from the kit I created but it’s from my stash, and best of all it was actually a Christmas gingerbread man patterned paper. I used it more for the scripty pattern and muted color showing as a frame, so it was quite fun I got it used up.

counterfeit kit challenge cutie scrapbook layout

counterfeit kit challenge cutie scrapbook layout

As for the remaining DIY patterned paper, I will probably use them in other projects this month. That’s it for today! Hope you will share something that you counterfeit for your kit! I would love to see it! Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Homemade Scrapbooking Kit for Counterfeit Kit Challenge

Hello (again) – this is the second post of the day! I know right, I am busy busy crafting! lol

This is such a special post and a special month for me! This month I am the guest designer for Counterfeit Kit Challenge (CKC). If you don’t know about the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, it’s a blog where you use kit clubs as inspiration to make your own scrapbooking kit from your stash of supplies.

I had loved playing with CKC – I love making homemade kits from my stash. I have shared so many on my blog last year, but I have not been making any for a while now. I was away from home last summer and I moved my craft room when I came back last Christmas and my things were everywhere.  Naturally, the easiest was to just craft with the paper pads and my scrap bin that was on my desk all these time.

So this is really a wonderful opportunity to use my stash and I found out I still have a lot of pretty patterned papers that I had forgotten about.

This month’s inspiration is from The Papier Werkstatt.

Monatskit – papierwerkstatt – März 2016

I created my kit – La bohème. (No, not the opera🙂 – it’s that just my kit had the bohemian feel to it.

August CKC Homemade Kit 2016

La bohème

My kits usually  differ a lot from the kit inspiration because how I usually build my homemade kit is I pick ONE patterned paper from the kit inspiration and go from there, but this time I went with the cardstocks and specialty papers from the kit inspiration.

La bohème kit - start with cardstock

Supplies:  Cardstock: Craft Smith      Mulberry Paper: Daiso Japanese Handmade Paper

I had some neutrals and added the lovely white and cream mulberry specialty paper. I hoarded those handmade papers forever because they feel so nice and I just love the texture.

From there I added to my kit some vintage-style patterned papers. La bohème kit

Supplies:    Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye, DCWV, Pressed Petal

But it’s really a lot of browns – so I have to add in more of my favorite color : PINK. La bohème kit

Supplies:    Patterned papers: My Mind’s Eye

For the embellishments, I recently got this cool ephemera pack from Michaels – it’s from the Recollections Boho collection (hence the name and theme for my kit this month)La bohème kit

Supplies:  Ephemera pack- Recollections Boho, Tags-Craft Smith, Rub ons- Basic Grey, Ribbons – May Arts, Flowers – Recollections

I picked out mostly the pinks and yellows to add the pop of color I needed for those browns. I added some ribbons and kraft tags that would go with the color scheme of the kit.

Monochromatic Scrapbook Layout – Sketch N Scrap #110

Hello and Happy August 1st! Today I have a scrapbook layout to share with you. It’s a layout I would say monochromatic with hints of teals and green in it. But mainly in my favourite color – PINK afterall i am the pinkycrafter!

I will have to say pink it’s not the color for everyone so I hope you will like it as much as I do! lol


My layout was inspired by this lovely sketch designed by Heather on Sketch N Scrap

August 1st 2016 SNS

I wanted to scrap a photo of my pink earmuffs (ear protection)- hence I decided to try out the monochromatic challenge on my layout since I really do have a lot of pink patterned paper on my desk. I was really excited about these pink earmuffs lol so I took a picture of myself with it and of course had to scrap it!

I took mainly pink patterned papers from the Dear Lizzy Serendipity paper pad. As I scrap, I had difficulty as it was getting too much pinks on the layout. So my floral embellishments had some teals and greens in it. The embellishments I fussy card from some patterned papers from Dear Lizzy Serendipity as well.

Pink earmuffs monochromatic Scrapbook layout

My title is in pink alphabets stickers as well. I did gesso a little bit of the script patterned paper so my title wouldn’t seem lost. Pink earmuffs monochromatic Scrapbook layout

I punched a border with my American Crafts Knockouts notepad border punch for extra interest. Then I added some blush pink splatters just for fun. Pink earmuffs monochromatic Scrapbook layout


Pink earmuffs monochromatic Scrapbook layout

That’s my layout for today! I hope you will join us at Sketch N Scrap this month as play with our sketch challenges. We would love to see your creations. Hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more inspiration from the design team!

Stay tune as I have another blog post coming up today! Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy crafting!

2 Scrapbook Layout Share for Scrapbook Challenges

Hello! Today  I have two scrapbook layouts to share inspired by challenges over at Scrapbook Challenges. The first layout is inspired by Sketch 491:

sketch 491 july 25th

I created this layout where I am showcasing my new sunglasses🙂

hello my new sunnies scrapbook layout

The funny thing is I lost them the following week when I went paddleboarding – I fell in the water like 3 times! Oh well, guess lesson learnt is not to wear them while paddleboarding. It’s ok, one good thing is I can scrapbook another layout when I get another pair!

About my layout – I use the papers from Dear Lizzy Serendipity paper pad. I did fussy cut those flowers from one of the patterned paper and used them as embellishment and used some of the 3×4 cut-apart for layering along with some scraps. I splattered some pink and yellow splatters for interest.

I did change the position of my photos from the sketch. I felt my face in the photo needed to rest on the papers so the layout seems more together and grounded.

Some close ups:

hello my new sunnies scrapbook layout

hello my new sunnies scrapbook layout

We also have a weekly bonus challenge – Pattern Challenge at Scrapbook Challenges.

pattern challenge 25th july.jpg

For my second layout – I created this fun layout using 2 instax photos with some fun polka dot patterned papers.

Scrapping Instax photos with polka dots

I actually included lots of different polka dot patterned papers here. I even included some of those patterned in the embellishments as well.

Scrapping Instax photos with polka dots

Scrapping Instax photos with polka dots

I used my Cameo to cut out a large title “Together” in white cardstock since the patterned papers were so colourful and I added a subtitle with Tim Holtz stickers “you can never have too much happy”. that little sticker books really have a lot of fun sayings that are perfect for scrapbooking. I mainly cut out those embellishments from the Shimelle True Stories paper pad as you have seen me doing many times in my previous layouts. I added white hearts on the polaroid shapes cut-apart to add more color contrast.

It’s pretty fun layout – I loved that I am able to scrap these Instax photos. I often find it hard to scrap Instax photos so I am glad I did it🙂

That’s it for today. Hope I was able to inspire you create something today! Hop over to Scrapbook Challenges for more inspiration. Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy crafting!