Monday, January 11, 2016

New Year, New Goals

Hello all!

Well, here I am, back after a fairly crazy holiday season. I ended up not having much time to craft or blog! But now it's the new year, and I'm taking this opportunity to get back on track. I've started using a planner again and it's already keeping me more organized and productive. =) One of my goals for this year was to start scrapbooking again, even if it's only one page a month. I don't think I have done ANY pages since....two years ago?? It might be three now, the way time flies. Whichever it is, it's been far too long. I've mostly focused on cardmaking or other non-papery crafts, but I miss scrapbooking and I need it back in my life. To that end, I've been on the lookout for some scrapping inspiration. One blog that I've been following for a long time, even though I haven't ever participated, is the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. When I saw their post for this month's kits, I decided that making a kit might be a good way to ease back into scrapping. For one thing, I don't even know what supplies I own anymore! So shopping my supplies seemed like a good idea, and it ended up being really fun. Without further ado, let's see some pictures!

First, the inspiration kit:

The thing I found most inspiring about this particular kit were the hexagon elements. Last time I was scrapbooking, hexagons were very trendy and I was a little obsessed with them, so I knew I had some fun hexagon elements in my stash. In fact, the first thing I pulled out were some mistable hexagon shapes Studio Calico made a loooooong time ago. I also knew I had some paper with hexagons on it in my stash of My Mind's Eye paper, and I went to pull that out next. But when I opened up my box of MME stuff (I sort my supplies by manufacturer) I discovered a whole bunch of paper I didn't even know I had! What I ended up with has some of the floral elements of the inspiration kit, but the turquoise, pinks, and oranges are in a much more muted color scheme. Which is fine, because I'm not really into super bright colors anyway. =) 

Here's the paper I ended up choosing: 

(Sorry for the wonky photos. It's winter here and we have about 2 hours of daylight to work with. Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration. Four. We have four hours of daylight.)

Those are all from My Mind's Eye. I added this cool sheet from October Afternoon because I thought I could cut it up and make embellishments with it: 

In this photo you can see the mistable hexagons I wanted to use, plus other embellishments: some die cuts, stickers, rub ons, some tab-shaped wooden pieces (going back to the planner theme of the original kit), a stencil (more hexagons) and some gold-foiled vellum, just because I liked it. =) I also picked out a teeny tiny bow die so I can make my own bow embellishments like in the original kit.

The original kit had washi and flair badges, so I picked some out of my stash that matched my papers. I also randomly found these flowers pieces and that little leftover piece of ticket strip. I figured I could use these up with this kit. And pearls and gems for when I need a tiny bit of shine. =)

Speaking of shine, I also found this random mix of sequins. I think I got these in a monthly kit years ago. The colors matched my papers so I threw these in too.

Well, all in all, there's not much of the original kit to be seen in my final kit. =P  But I'm really happy with what I found and I'm really looking forward to scrapping with it. I should have at least one page to share by the end of the month! =)

Thanks for looking!



  1. You've put your own wonderful spin on the original. I love your hexagon elements and those flower elements. A fantastic kit! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  2. You have a nice vintage feel to your kit and I especially like all those trims and sequins - so pretty! I have that same foiled vellum pad and it's one of my favorites too. Hope your kit is just the thing to ease you back into scrapping!

  3. So delighted to have you playing along this month at CKC! We are always delighted to welcome our stalkers into the fold ;)
    I think your kit is amazing - such a beautiful faded vintage vibe (which I personally love) but yet relating so well to the inspiration. So many pretty bits in there, and especially excited to see what you may do with the stencil.
    I will be stalking the Linky looking for your posts!

  4. I think you've done a wonderful job on compiling a very cohesive kit that you spun off from the original. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work, and I am happy for you to be back into scrapbooking. If your kitting abilities are any indication, you're a natural.

  5. glad you jumped back in! And it's cool that your kit looks new! Great stuff and love the additions of the sequins and shine

  6. Very pretty kit! Love the soft take on it!

  7. Very pretty kit :) I went through a phase like you did with just making cards and things and stumbled upon Counterfeit kit too :) Wow it changed my whole process of scrapbooking and I fell back in love with scrapbooking. So watch out it'll get chu :) Have fun with the kit :) Love the hexagon elements can't wait to see what you do with them

  8. Oh Mary, your kit is delightful. That October Afternoon page, I would apply some of those photos to the hexagons for a modern cameo/locket type photo. Your elements are begging to be clustered. I am off to see your first layout now.

  9. i second what Leslie said - we love it when stalkers finally jump in and find their groove! So pleased to see you here and what a fabulous kit! If this is the first time you've kitted your own supplies, then it would appear you're a natural! I love how you found one element to start with - the hexagons - and took it from there. I smiled when I read about you opening the box and finding stash you didnt even know you had!
    I'm particularly in love with your sequins - I clearly need to go out and find more to add to my stash - yours are simply beautiful! Great kit and I can't wait to see what you make :-)


Thank you to everyone who takes the time to comment. I really appreciate your kind words and encouragement! =)