Monday, 25 March 2013

A Universal Experience

Layout detail - embellishment cluster - Jimjams
Welcome to the March Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Members' Blog Hop (or CKCBMBH for short)!  Today we are sharing our takes on the first March challenge - photo-only projects with no journalling - the complete opposite of last month's challenge!  Luckily, I am currently scrapping a holiday album and not every photo has a proper story to tell so this was the perfect impetus to scrap a family shot in front of a landmark object!
All the photo really says is "We were here!".
No words required!

Layout - Universal - Jimjams

Supplies are from my March Counterfeit Kit with the addition of the "people" and arrow dies and loopy border punch borrowed from Ruth at the Bloggers' Weekend Retreat.  Thank you Ruth for letting me cut dozens of extra "people" for later layouts too!

Your next stop on the CKCBMBH is Angela (if you get lost along the way, the whole hop list is published today on the CKCB).

Friday, 22 March 2013

Take My Advice ...

My recent Bloggers Retreat was a chance to meet up with several blogging friends and exchange ideas, learn new techniques, share supplies as well as eat a lot of cake.  One blogger generously shared out piles of blank mini-book pages as long as we promised to decorate them using two colours of Distress Ink and share the results on-line.  I didn't have time to start during the weekend so I took my blank pages and cardboard covers home and got to work with two of my four shades of Distress Ink ...

Jimjams - Quotes Mini-book - Supplies

... along with some rather tongue in cheek quotes and printed in Type-Ra onto some pages from an old stamp album:

Jimjams - Quotes Mini-book - embossed background pages

I incorporated a clear page to include a joke that makes me laugh every time:

Jimjams - Quotes Mini-book - There are 10 Kinds of People

The pages weren't all exactly the same size so some needed some washi-tape to cover up the joins ...

Jimjams - Quotes Mini-book - Quote#4

... while others were fine as they were:

Jimjams - Quotes Mini-book - Smaller sized pages

I loved the mix of colours tied together by the repeated font on scissor-distressed and inked stamp album paper:

Jimjams - Quote Mini-book - Quote#7

Jimjams - Quotes Mini-book - There are 2 rules in life ...

My embossing folders were a quick and easy way to perk up some plain cardstock too.

Jimjams - Quotes Mini-book - Embossed cardstock

Sometimes I could use both sides of the patterned paper for a quote ...

Jimjams - Quotes Mini-book - Double sided papers

... and sometimes I simply stuck a single-sided piece to another sheet:

Jimjams - Quotes Mini-book - Take My Advice ...

Do any of these quotes speak to you? If you do want to take my advice then I'd suggest that:

Jimjams - Quotes Mini-book - Final page

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

A Great Cause

I was intrigued today to receive some mail from America ... it's not my birthday ... I hadn't ordered anything ... none of my friends were over there on holiday ...

Photo-card - Rinda @ Gallo Organica

Upon opening the envelope I had a brief sensation of déjà vu ... I'd seen that striking image before ... a photo-card made by Rinda.  She and her beautiful daughter Clara were thanking me for supporting them with a (small) financial donation as they train for a sponsored half-marathon in aid of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

You can read all about WHY they are supporting the cause right here

I lost a dear school friend to leukaemia 40 years ago and while much progress has been made in treatment since then, there is still a long way to go!  Rinda & Clara have raised a massive 85% of the target they set themselves ... perhaps with a few more donations they can exceed it!   

Good luck girls, both with the training for June 2nd and with smashing that target!

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Beautiful Buttons

Each month at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog we see lovely supplies to copy and we counterfeiters share the ways to make the most of our existing stash.  This month there have been several tutorials from around the web here, here and fellow Master Forger Milissa did a whole week's worth of tutorial posts!

Photo - Counterfeit Epoxy Buttons - Jimjams
Orange Button created with
Diamond Glaze
I myself had a go at counterfeiting the epoxy buttons from the Dear Lizzy set ... using Diamond Glaze (similar to Glossy Accents) and acrylic domed stickers.

First off, I punched some circles from patterned paper scraps and then matched up the circles with various buttons from my collection.  A layer of Diamond Glaze on top, left overnight to dry and I had a shiny, but not very domed layer in the centre of my button ... plus quite a few tiny bubbles in the glazed layer.  Not quite the effect I was wanting and far too time-consuming!

It was much quicker and easier to use my ancient Papermania acrylic domed stickers - especially the ones that exactly matched my smallest circle punch!

Punch circle, stick to acrylic domed sticker, secure to correct sized button
Photo - Counterfeit Epoxy Buttons - Jimjams
Yellow Button created with
Diamond Glaze
Using a slightly larger circle punch and bigger buttons I tried to use the next size of domed stickers.  However, they were slightly too big for both the circles and the buttons, so I carefully trimmed the domed sticker around the punched circle before sticking it to the button.

From above, the domed stickers and the Diamond Glaze look pretty similar (you hardly notice those tiny bubbles), but the domed stickers certainly win for speed and simplicity (and using up old stash)!!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Rain, Rain Go Away!

Challenge #2 over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog involved using at least three contrasting patterned papers ... something I wasn't very keen on doing when I first started scrapbooking, but, having put my Counterfeit Kits together, it's become much simpler to use multiple patterns as the hard work of mixing 'n' matching has already been done.  Here I have combined my March Counterfeit Kit with this month's sketch at Sketchbook365.

Layout - Rain {nearly} Stopped Play - Jimjams

Layout detail - layered tags, vellum envelope and stamping - Jimjams
Can you count how many different patterned papers there are?  I make it ten, counting the vellum of my counterfeit  pocket.  I inked some BG White Chocolate Chip alphas to match the polaroid frame and cardstock.  This page was made during last weekend's Bloggers' Retreat and I was able to borrow all sorts of exciting crafting equipment.  My thanks to Ruth for her fun cog dies and curly border punch and Missus Wookie for her lovely stamps.

The page tells of our worries that the incredible downpour in the afternoon would continue and ultimately ruin our chance to see "Fantasmic" which we had planned for that evening .  Luckily, despite it raining on our journey to MGM Studios, we enjoyed a dry (if chilly) evening and a brilliant show!  My night-time photos were rubbish though so I'm glad that I could get the memory into our Disney 2004 album without them.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Fifty-Five Bags - Week 8

Tagxedo - 55 bags in 55 days - JimjamsAnother week of minimal de-cluttering for me ... and a photo fail with what little I did manage!

As part of the preparations for last weekend's Bloggers' Retreat (organised by Lizzie) I have been setting aside patterned papers, embellishments, mini-albums and stamps that I have no intention of using.  I stuffed a deep pizza box full with assorted papers as well as filling a bag with extras to give away or sell ... including two Clippy-Kit bags.  I had bought three at once to save on postage and have yet to finish decorating one!!!

Photo - Clippy-Kit Bag - Jimjams

The front pockets of the bag were completed late in 2006 I think, but the back of the bag still has nine empty pockets!  There's a matching 12x12 layout about my shopping addiction for my new (at that time) hobby.

Layout - Secret Scrapper - Jimjams
Spiral, stamp, Corner, chipboard, Rub-on
Alcohol ink, Punch, patterned paper
Photo {Pete (Duel)}, Eyelet, embossing, Ribbon
That's a real working mini-pizza box in the centre ... and it opens up to reveal journalling and some miniature bills from my early purchases (sadly quite a few of those shops have now closed)!

Layout detail - Pizza Box Contents - Jimjams

I was not the only person to arrive at the Bloggers' Weekend with unwanted stash and, on the basis of one scrapper's tat being another scrapper's must-have, we enjoyed a good root through each other's cast-offs.

Photo collage - De-clutter Week 8 - Jimjams
My thanks to Julie for these photos
There was still a fair bit of stash left afterwards (see the bottom right photo), but Sandie has connections with Brownies and took all the papers and stickers that nobody wanted ... so everyone managed a great deal of de-cluttering despite picking up the odd sheet or two of paper to bring back home again!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Random Number Loveliness

I'm away scrapping with some lovely blog friends this weekend, so, in the absence of something scrappy to share, here is a little something related to my other love:

Friday, 1 March 2013

Too Much For March

March Kit-to-copy - Noel Mignon's Soda Shoppe
Soda Shoppe from Noel Mignon
Oh my!
What an enormous kit-to-copy we have this month at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog: it's Noel Mignon's "Soda Shoppe" Kit and is simply HUGE!!  Five sheets of cardstock, 20 patterned papers and a gazillion stickers and embellishments!

Today, we Master Forgers are blogging how we took inspiration from it to make our Counterfeit Kits for March, starting with our March Guest Designer Dawn and, if you're following in order, then you will have reached me from Angela at Toucanscraps.

That's a serious amount of stash for your $65 ... but far too much for me to use in a month, so I did some serious paring down.  There are a lot of stickers in this kit which I don't normally buy many of, but, thanks to a recent win on the Echo Park Blog Hop, I have just received their All About A Boy collection which contains two whole 12x12 sheets.  I added a couple of sheets of paper from the collection and then browsed the rest of my stash to see what else would go.  Here's what I came up with:

My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart Be Amazing (blue stars reverse)
Victoria Park Princess Avenue by Lily Bee Design (blue dot ogee frames reverse)
Fancy Pants Childish Things Toy Box (green stripe reverse)
Echo Park's All About A Boy Curious (wood-grain chevron reverse)
MME Dolled Up Favourite Madras (multi-coloured diagonal check reverse)
⅓ sheet So Happy Together Diagonal Dot from Echo Park (multi-coloured dotted diagonal reverse!)
EP's All About A Boy Chevron Stripe (flow chart reverse)
½ sheet LBD Buttercup Blossom (yellow floral reverse)
EP's All About A Boy Rough & Tough (orange diagonal chevron reverse)
½ sheet white patterned vellum for more pockets/envelopes

Cardstock will be added as required from my stash

Element & Alpha Sticker Sheets from EP's All About A Boy collection
 Hemptique Crafters Cord (not the pink I think, just the teal, yellow and cream)
American Crafts Peacock Mini Marks alpha rub-ons (still trying to use these up)
Toning brads
Yellow & orange blooms
Various buttons
Counterfeited pennants
Counterfeited vellum pockets
Counterfeited epoxy buttons (how-to here)
Dear Lizzy date stamp

I'll be back in a couple of days to share my first page the meantime, please join me over at Jennifer's Jumbles and see what she has put together for this month.