21 August 2016

Three cards with my August Counterfeit Kit leftovers...

my August Counterfeit Kit is almost finished by now, so I decided to make some cards with the leftovers. I was inspired by a challenge from a scrapfriend, Ckettel: using metallic color (like Olympic medals!). I chose gold.

The first card's sketch is from Sketch-N-Scrap: I switched the big picture with the cluster of butterflies, I moved the stripe on the right edge and I only used one circle: the doily).

Here is the sketch:

The second card's sketch is from CAS(E) this sketch:

Here is the sketch:

And the last card's sketch is from from Freshly Made Sketch:

Here is the sketch:

I have very few leftovers from my august kit, now! 
I really enjoyed to scrapook again. I hope I'll find time when school will start again in september... But I'll work part time this year, so things should be easier... I hope so!

19 August 2016

Using my fringe scissors for the first time...

Here is another (and last) layout with my August Counterfeit kit. I used almost ALL the tools that I put in my kit! And the few missing tools, I plan to use them for making some cards with my kit's leftovers...

Among the tools, there were fringe scissors that I've bought for cheap a long time ago and that I've never used. So I used them to make a fringe border on my layout... I wasn't sure I would like it but I do!
I used a sketch by Scrapbook Generation.

I had only a few (homemade) embellishments left in my kit: a vellum flower, a gold embossed fox and tiny tag. So I decided to add more gold as accent and I used gold perfect pearls on my background stamping. It was such a long time that I didn't use my perfect pearls!

Here is a little tip to add a wood texture look on a die cut title: use kraft paper and light brown ink with a woodgrain stamp.

On my layout, I also added glossy accent on the title for more dimension.
This layout was inspired by Shimelle's "20 projects": using embossing folders. Mine was already in my kit!

16 August 2016

Using chalk with modeling paste (quick tutorial)

I wanted to play with some challenges run by two scrapfriends, Cherrypicker and Heather.
Cherrypicker asked us to cut our photos in circles, and Heather asked us to use only 6 by 6 papers. Fun!
I love to play challenges with scrapfriends...

I am still working through Shimelle's "20 projects", so I added another challenge: using something often forgotten. I chose to use my old chalks... If you're new to scrapbooking, you probably don't even know what I am talking about!

I didn't use papers from my august Counterfeit kit, but everything else comes from it: butterfly stencils, homemade embellishments, ribbon, gems and stamps (flourishes and alphabet).

I made my background with the 12x12 butterfly stencil and modeling paste. But the modeling paste was cream-color and I didn't like it on the white background.
Here is how it looked for the card (see below) I made with my layout's leftovers:

So I rubbed off some chalks (blue and silver) to add some color. Then I added some flourishes stamps (I stamped first on a paper scrap and I stamped again on my background without reinking).

I made the blue labels with several stamps and embossing powders (gold and white).It was fun to create the little bunch of flowers! I love to make my own embellishments.
Another favorite of mine is sewing folded ribbon, especially white organza ones!

I used a sketch from Scrapbook Generation.

So I decided to make a card for my brother's graduation with the leftovers on my desk (it was in June... Yes, I'm that late!). Here are some pictures about how I did my background:

Step 1. Spread out some modeling paste over a stencil. White acrylic paint or gesso could work too. (I didn't find my old credit card, so I used a scrap of cardstock). Allow to dry.
Step 2. Color the raised areas (with a Q-tip for small patterns, or with cotton balls for bigger ones).
Step 3. Smooth everything with a cotton ball.
Step 4. Add shadows with some metallic chalk and gently rub on with your finger to smooth it. 

Here is the finished card:

Now, I will definitely use my chalks more!

13 August 2016

Washi stamp: I love them!

Here is another layout inspired by Shimelle's class "The 20 projects": using a busy background.

I used my august Counterfeit kit and a sketch from Scrapbook Generation.

It was the first time that I used my washi stamps (with silver ink). I love these stamps and I will probably use them very often!

Actually, using our brand new things was a challenge from a scrapfriend, Deb, and I thank her for the push! Here, I used a camera stamp, a tiny bow die and feather dies (cut from old patterned vellum) for the first time! (Well, I had no time for scrapbooking this year, but you could always find some shopping time, right?!)

I used colored ink markers to stamp my label, and I added 3 tiny pink brads. I love to make my own labels! They are cheaper, they always match my layout, and they are in my maternal language (my family doesn't want me to use english on my scrapbooks)...

The blue ribbon (and also the cream one) was offered by a scrapfriend, Hilsmom, thanks to her!

12 August 2016

A butterfly layout

For this layout, I used my august Counterfeit kit.
I decided to use also my butterly stamp set for the first time. (I was inspired by Shimelle's class "The 20 projects", about using your new stamps):

This is the august sketch from Creative Scrappers:

I love this stamp set! You can layer the butterlies with two different inks... I fussy cut them and I added some faux stitching on the edges (there is also a vellum butterfly from my august Counterfeit kit).

I also used more homemade embellishments from my kit: a stamped tag (with gold embossing powder), a vellum flower and a "faux cuir" label. 
The title is cut from gold glittered paper.

This layout was also inspired by a scrapfriend's challenge (Pam in Iowa) about using ribbon (I used ribbon for the sketch's stripes).

06 August 2016

A double page layout (August counterfeit kit)

This week, there are Olympics games! In my little scrapcommunity, a scrapfriend, Jaffa, created a sketch with circles and 5 photos laid out in the formation of the 5 Olympic rings.
I picked photos of my village, that's why I preferred to blur them... I used my August Counterfeit kit.

The journaling is about our come back to my childhood village, and how happy I was to see my children growing up out of the town, and going to the same tiny school I went to!

Here is the sketch of Jaffa:

I enjoyed it a lot!

And here is a close-up of my embellishments:

I used a word stamp and my colored ink markers to create the faux stickers in the cluster on the top left. I cut flowers from vellum and layer them (top right). I white heat embossed a banner on vellum and stitched it (on bottom left). I used several small stamps and colored ink markers to create a small bunch (on bottom right).

Making my embellishments is one of my favorite parts in scrapbooking!

05 August 2016

My first layout since such a long time!

I finally made a layout, inspired by Shimelle's "20 projects" (changing up your title technique), with a sketch by Scrapbook Generation:

I used the alphabet stitching template that was in my August counterfeit kit. It's the first time I use it like this... I like the look of it!

This layout is about my youngest son when he was two years old and started to make things on his own (watching books, putting on shoes...): he absolutely didn't want any help!
But if he caught our look on him, he used to ask us to tell him the name of everyhting, and it could last a very long time... So we used to hide ourselves to look at him (he was so cute, telling stories with his baby words!).

The embellishments are wood buttons, brads, stamped stars, punched vellum stars, date label cut in metal paper, "faux cuir" stamped teddy bear, and a homemade tag (blue cardstock with word stamp white embossed and an eyelet).

04 August 2016

My August 2016 Counterfeit kit

I am back to scrapbooking, and so happy about that... After a very tough year with absolutely no time for anything except work, I am ready for scrapbooking!
I decided to start again with the Counterfeit kit blog, because I usually feel very inspired by making my own counterfeit kit.

I named my kit "Maisonnette enchantée" (it means "enchanted tiny house"), because it reminds me some fairy tiny house in the forest!

This month, the kit to counterfeit was the March 2016 kit from Paper Werkstatt. Here is my kit with the inspiration kit for comparison :

I chose to switch the black with navy and I selected the blue for the main pastel color of my kit, because I know that these colors work well with my boys' photos. I also used only gold and none yellow. I added a pic of the b side of my papers, because I often use them too.

I made my embellishments with dies and stamps, gold or white embossing powder, vellum... and I also picked some basics: ribbons, brads, eyelets, buttons.

Usually, when making a kit inspired by the Counterfeit Blog, I firstly look at patterns in my paper stash, then I try to match with the color palette of the kit.
I always feel free to switch things to fit what I like and what I know I will use, but trying new things is exciting too!

In my kit, I also included tools ; this is mostly brand new things that I want to use for the first time (look at this cute fox stamp!). There are older things too, like the woodgrain background stamp that I plan to use on my titles (inspired by the woodgrain alphabet in the inspiration kit).

I can't wait to play with my kit!