Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July Counterfeit Kit Wrap-up

Well . . . . I think it's some kind of sad new record around here, after being so super-productive with my July Counterfeit Kit while away on holidays, we were back home for over a week before I sat down in my craft room, and it's been more than a week again before I'm finally sitting at the computer with any kind of finished project to show you.

First up, here are the two pages I started while I was away, and finished up at home . . .

The only items I added that weren't from my kit were the letter stickers spelling out "Katelyn" in the page above, the "back to school" Silhouette-cut heading in the page below, and a grey marker with which I edged my elements with on both pages.

The final page I had planned to do with this kit was a double page about a visit to the Wallace and Grommit exhibition earlier this year, but I decided I wanted to print more photos for that one, so I've set those papers aside for now.

Before calling this kit "killed" I wondered what I could do with the left-over bits and pieces, so I went looking for a last-minute challenge I could attempt.  I ended up choosing this sketch from ScrapFriends:

I know many scrappers out there are happy to spend seemingly unlimited amounts of money on every page they create, no matter how small the topic they are scrapping may seem.  Me, on the other hand, well obviously I have a small (compared to some!) budget no matter what the subject matter, and some pages in particular I don't want to spend a lot of money on.
So this page, about a cafe we often visit when we travel north on holidays or to visit family, totally fits the "budget scrapping" bill!

  • Background: the white cardstock you sometimes get in page protectors.
  • Papers: all left over scraps from my Counterfeit Kit
  • Home-made mask and home made mist.
  • DIY "enamel" dots
  • die-cuts also from that same white cardstock, then inked to match the page.
  • heading created using letter stamps
  • star-shaped paper clips: similar to some I have seen on recent Two Peas videos, but have been sitting in my stash forever.
And you know what, I love this page just as much as any I've made without regard to the budget! (This is the cafe we like to stop at for lunch when we head north, but there's a different cafe we like to stop for a devonshire tea on the way home, so now I'm thinking I'll have to take photos of the scones next trip . . .)

How about you?  Do you like to try your hand at a budget page occasionally?  Or can I challenge you to try?  You might be pleasantly surprised at the results!


  1. Good on you! I have the same attitude to PL pages that I've just started [well, not as PL, but in order to scrap those pesky Travel pages!!!]...would LOVE to know your enamel dots secret...i've tried nail polish but aren't totally wrapt...anyway, came by to say THANKS for joining us at SF, even in the dying minutes....LOOOVE your misting & mask! And food ...gotta scrap it! Looking forward to seeing your Devonshire tea page now:):):)

  2. Love you layouts. All have great color combos!!

  3. Great pages. I've been desperately trying to cut down on my purchases lately. The CKCB really helps to use and make. So many times I have stopped myself from using something on a page because I knew how much it cost but isn't that why I bought it!?

    1. I love the CKCB for the same reason. I totally believe that we need to stop seeing items in our stash as "too special" to use, once you've bought it you should totally use it, of course! I'm big on a balance of using what I already own, and being thoughtful about what I bring into my stash. Last year I actively had a $1 per use policy, which meant that if I spent $4 on something, I had to use it at least four times before I would consider I had "value" out of it, and also before I would let myself buy another similar product. While I don't follow that policy so closely any more, I still have that in the back of my head when I consider if I can justify any particular purchase.

  4. *sigh* I now SO have Silhouette-envy! That mask is FABulous - so on trend. I really loved all of your pages - great sense of placement & lots of yummy layered effects :~)

  5. Your pages are just fabulous!!! I love the colors and the style of your work.

    Blessings ~~ dawn

  6. I'm a bad girl and give myself a huge budget every month to get goodies that I can't possibly use up! But I love the idea of a budget page and your page is particularly fab. One would never know it was actually made on a budge. It look right on trend. I especially love your mask - made yourself? Wowza! Will have to have a go at that as it's really lovely.