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Counterfeit Kit Challenge – Guest Designer – Challenge 2. Lessons Learned -September 2017


Hey guys I hope everyone is enjoying using their kits this month. I am still loving mine and getting so much use out of it. I know I work so much better with a kit and get loads more done.

I’m here with my take on challenge 2 – Lessons learned. I had been thinking about this layout for a while before I actually put it together. On the walk to my sons nursery I’d been noticing lots of plants and flowers growing in strange and unexpected places, through gaps in stones and rocks and even between the road and the pavement.  I do this walk 4 times a day, 2 mornings a week and it’s not a short walk so my mind tends to wander.  I just thou20864668_515069732219652_683723990_nght how cool it is that no matter what we (as humans) do to the environment, no matter how many stones, bricks or how much tarmac and concrete we pour on the land, these tiny flowers find a way of bursting through.

It made me think about growth and how it can’t be stopped.  It gave me hope that you can still grow even against all the odds and in the harshest of environments.  No matter what gets thrown at you, just keep growing.  I get deep when my mind wanders!

So I decided to take photos of all the different varieties of plant life growing where it shouldn’t and I put them into a collage on the PicStitch app on my phone.


I used some ombre green paper from Pinkfresh Studio – Life Noted and cut it down to 8.5×11.  I layered some dark green tissue paper behind my photo and printed out my typed journaling on to white card.


I used black and gold alphas from Ali Edwards for my title which I decided to place on the photo.  I really like the look this creates.  It’s not a technique I’ve used before because mostly my photos are of people and I don’t want to cover anyone’s face up with the title but for this layout I think it works well, I tried to set the ‘G’ and the ‘O’ where some of the flowers could be seen through the letters.  I used some black and gold washi tape along the bottom of the page which matches the letters.


I added a die cut piece from Cocoa Vanilla Studio that has the words ‘bloom’, ‘grow’ and ‘love’ on which fitted this story really well.  I stuck the frame down flat and put double sided foam tape behind the cut out words so they stood up for some dimension.  I added a blue flower and some cute and tiny wood veneer pieces to the corners.  And I finished the layout off with some sequins (Peacock mix from Lucy’s Cards)


I love the finished look of this layout and I feel like every time I see these plants I take a different message from their perseverance.

What lessons have you learned, recently or in the past? Have you scrapped them?

Check out The Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for more of the teams own ‘Lessons Learned’  and find out how to share your projects if you decide to join in the fun.


DIY Embellishments – Counterfeit Kit Challenge – Guest Designer


When I use a kit, one I have created or one I have received I often feel that I need more embellishments.  I must just have a fairly embellishment heavy style because I like having lots to choose from.  To make sure I have enough to last me the rest of the kit contents I like to make some of my own.  I use papers, stickers and tiny embellishments from the kit to make tailored ephemera pieces that I can pick from when I’m creating.

Here’s how I did that using my Counterfeit Kit for September.

I chose some papers that I knew would co-ordinate with the papers in my kit.  Some of them were the actual papers and some were just scraps I had leftover that needed using.  I knew that mostly I would want heart shapes so I started with those.  I had a heart die cut that I used to draw around and cut out lots of the same shape.  I also used my 1 inch punches (circle and scalloped heart) my 0.5 inch punch (circle) and my tiny confetti punch (heart).  I will sometimes also do larger circles, stars or tags for the basis but this time I kept it simple.


I then layered smaller shapes onto the large hearts, aiming for contrasting colours.  Add tiny word phrase stickers or phrase strips (Ali Edwards) and some doodled borders and they’re done!

My top tips for creating these embellishments are: start by cutting out your biggest pieces first, you get the most out of your paper that way.  Think about the kinds of papers you might use the embellishments on, you don’t want them blending into the background.  Also think about the types of photos you might use them with, for example I have a trip to N.Ireland coming up soon (as I write this I should really be packing) so I have an idea of the kinds of photos I will be scrapbooking with my kit so I was able to choose phrase stickers that I knew would fit my experiences.  Well I hope it will all be ‘best ever’ anyway and no ‘epic fails’.  Finally I love adding the doodled borders to some of the shapes, especially when the colours of the shapes are similar, it really helps them pop.


So go grab your kit and some punches and go crazy.  It makes adding creative hand crafted embellishments to your pages so quick and easy.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge – Challenge 1 – Love This Place – September 2017


Hi guys welcome back to my blog.  I have been loving being the guest designer for this month and my kit has been just what I needed to scrap my trip photos and break my pink/gold obsession.  Saying that this layout features both pink and gold but look there’s green and blue and yellow too so I think I’m doing well.

The process for this video can be found here

Our first challenge in September was called Love This Place and the aim was to look at some of those great sentiments in the Lost River kit (Studio Calico) and use them as a jumping off point for our layout and journaling.  Now, confession time, when I was looking back at the kit and the sentiments, especially in the Documenter kit on the Project Life cards I didn’t check what the title of this challenge was.  So I caught sight of the ‘Love this pladavce’ card and knew I wanted to use that because of the photos I am currently scrapping of my trip to Northern Ireland.  It was only when I came to edit the video I remembered it was the example we were starting with so hopefully there is a range of other sentiments used because apparently I haven’t been very imaginative with this one.

But I really did Love the place haha. dav

I started with a Simple Stories paper and added a black and white border.  I used gold thickers for my title and framed them around the two photos I was using.  I added a doily and a tag with labels and some DIY embellishments.

I used Simple Stories word stickers to add a little journaling to the page but kept my story to the tag.  I wanted the paper to still be fairly visible because I loved the colours and the pattern.
The ampersand paper clip was one of the only davpieces (except Project Life Cards) that I included from the real Lost River Kit – I got the Documenter kit as a subscriber last year and I still had this little beauty so I thought I’d add it here.


I love how this layout turned out and the phrase was perfect for my photos.  Maybe I will try to use one of the other phrases too somewhere 🙂 I’ll let you know if I do.

Make sure to check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog here to see everyone else’s take on this challenge.


Counterfeit Kit Challenge – Project Life – Sept 2017 –


Hey guys welcome back to my blog. Today I wanted to share the first project I created with my Counterfeit Kit for September.

You can see my process video – here

I used cards from Wild Whisper and studio calico with washi, enamel dots, word phrase stickers and some labels.


My favourite card was the studio calico one with the mountains on. Instead of adding mt photo on top of it I cut out the inner circle and added my photo in behind. You can see the main portion of the photo without losing any of the design of the card.


Thanks for checking out my first project as this months guest designer. If you create a kit or create something with it be sure to check out our monthly link up so we can see too – here

Counterfeit Kit Challenge – September 2017 – Guest Designer – Kit Share


Check out my kit share video on my channel here.

Happy Friday 🙂 Can you believe its September already? Time flies. And now its time for a new Counterfeit Kit Challenge. I was so excited to be asked to be this months guest designer. I got hooked on CKC back in June when I put together a kit that I used all month. I became known for my inclusion of tissue paper which you’ll be glad to know is, of course, in my kit this month too.

So our kit for this month is the Studio Calico – Lost River kit from September 2016. Back then I was actually a subscriber to their documenter kit (the project life version) so you’ll see a few original pieces in my kit. Don’t worry though they’re only tiny, the majority of my kit is counterfeit.

I started off by looking at the Lost River kit and the documenter kit from September to see what types of product to include and then looked at the papers.


I went for a mix of green, black and whites and a bit of orange. I’m aware that we are coming into Autumn and that I’m going to be using this kit for my photos from a trip to Northern Ireland so I really enjoyed changing my usual pink and gold colour palette to these lovely forest/river colours. I even have a piece that has tents and campervans on.


I also built a kit of Project Life cards from the Wild Whisper – Adventure range, Project Life – Picturesque, Pebbles, Jen Hadfield – Cosy, various Ali Edwards kits, Brandi Kincaid – Homebodies and some Studio Calico ones (a few from the Lost River Documenter Kit). I mainly do Project Life so I knew I needed a lot to choose from. I noticed in the Documenter kit there was a balance of outdoor vs indoor attitudes so I went for the same sort of balance. The Wild Whisper cards are very outdoorsy and the Brandi cards are very indoorsy. I love that I can cover both with the same kit and even mix them on the same page.


After my papers I chose some large sticker sheets, an Autumn themed one and a travel themed one. I must use some of those travel stickers on my N.Ireland photos. I also added a sheet of labels, because I use them all over and a few sheets of my favoured tissue paper, in blue, yellow, green and two patterned ones, butterflies and owls.


I also chose a stamp set because SC always have a stamp in there. I’m kind of gutted that I decided I was never going to be a stamper and got rid of all my stamps including the set that came with the Documenter kit as it was a great one and now I stamp quite a bit. Instead I added in this Kelly Purkey – Spring Break one for the ‘road trip’, ‘escape’ and ‘let yourself rest’ stamps.


I put in a few washi tapes to choose from, a grey one with a touch of pink, black with gold foil triangles, a green floral which doesn’t get much use because I didn’t realise it was almost used up and a blue chevron. I do still have the numbers washi that came in the documenter kit but its still sealed, its a bit big for my liking.


Then I added a whole load of random embellishments from all over my stash. Acrylic pieces from Bramble Fox, Alphas from Ali Edwards, Stampin up doilies, word phrase stickers & strips from Studio Calico, sequins from Lucy’s Cards, Freckled Fawn enamel dots, labels from various places, some My Minds Eye bits, die cuts from all over the place, some Ali Edwards cork stars and a lone ampersand paperclip from the documenter kit.

I am so looking forward to using this kit with my Autumn and Road Trip photos. I needed something to get me off the spring colours I’ve been obsessed with all year and this is definitely it. I am in love!

Make sure to check out everyone else’s blogs in the hop to see the different kits we will be using all month.

You can find the main Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog here.  If you didn’t come to me from the main blog make sure to check it out as you can see the whole blog hop list from there.

And you can hop along to Julene’s blog here as she is next up.

Thanks for checking out my kit as guest designer this month and enjoy building your kit.

Jess 🙂


Using my first Wild Hare Kit


This August I got my first Wild Hare Kit and I ADORE it!!!!

So if you haven’t yet heard of The Wild Hare Kit here’s what you need to know: it is a new kit club but the difference is that it is totally customisable.  When you sign up for a kit with Wild Hare you fill out a style profile which is then used to tailor a kit to you.  Imagine that your crafty bestie is heading to the craft shop for you – what do you want them to know? Do you have a camping trip coming up or are you scrapping a new baby? You probably need different products for those events – with the Wild Hare Kit you can let them know what you have going on, what types of scrapbooking you do, what colours you love, what designers, manufacturers and brands you like working with and anything you really can’t or wont use.  Then you get a kit sent to you that fits you.  It is awesome!


So I got my first kit as a design team member at the start of August and I was super excited.  You can see my unboxing video here


I got loads of gorgeous pinks and golds, some Maggie Holmes stuff and some beautiful alphas, cut apart sheets and small embellishments.  It was perfect for me!


Now we are half way through the month and all I have left are some scraps and a few of the acrylic pieces from Colour Cast Designs and that’s because I am using them so sparingly because I LOVE them so very much!

I have created:

  1. A double page travellers notebook spread (Video here)
  2. A double page 6×8 Project Life page (Video here)
  3. A full 12×12 layout (Video here)
  4. A double page 12×12 Project Life page (one side you can see here)
  5. A load of DIY embellishments (video here)
  6. A range of single page travellers notebook pages for my 100 days of all about me – A project by Kristin which you can find out more about here You can see some of these pages on my Instagram.
  7. A scrapbook layout 8.5×11 which you can see on my blog here

Thanks for checking out how I used my first Wild Hare Kit for August 2017. Check back soon for my September Kit unboxing, its pretty different to this one.

Using the last of my Wild Hare Kit (Aug 2017)



This month I got my first Wild Hare Kit and I have absolutely loved using it.

You can check out my YouTube playlist of my unboxing and process videos here.

Towards the end of the month I was getting to the point where I had used most of my kit but still had lots of bits left to work with so I decided to create a layout that used lots of embellishments. Its not something I would normally do but I really love the finished look.

I added some twine to the top of the page to create a banner and I added lots of ephemera doe cut pieces and some handmade embellishments. To get the look I wanted I positioned different sizes pieces next to each other to create a varied look.


I also used more ephemera pieces to create a cluster in the bottom corner, I used some bigger pieces so that the cluster balanced out some of the weight of the banner at the top. I also used some strips of paper from my scraps to create a border at the bottom of the page to ground the large embellishment cluster.

To finish the layout off I added some strips of patterned paper behind some ripped edges at either side, it adds another dimension while also using up some of the white space.


I really enjoyed creating this page and using up some of the last bits of my kit.

Make sure to check out The Wild Hare Kits here.