Confused? Let me explain. I am sure most of you have seen or visited the Counterfeit Kit Blog. The premise of CKB, is taking popular Kits and using your own stash to compile a similar Kit. I think this is a fabulous idea, but alas, I have been too lazy to ever get a Kit together. Well, I got a little inspiration last week, when I received a tweet for an awesome Studio Calico blow-out sale. I popped over to take a look at what they had and there were $30 or more kits going for $10 and under. I was READY to start shopping!! But then, I took a closer look at the Kits and I noticed that in more than half of them, I already had most of the same papers in my Scrapbooking stash. So I argued with myself, to buy or not to buy, that is the question. In the end, my frugality won out and I decided to save some photos of the Kits and get to work and put my own together. Shocking, I know!!
Okay, so now I'll show you the Studio Calico Kit, that I drew inspiration from and what I put together. I focused mainly on the papers, since I had some good matches in that area. I went a little more rogue on my embellishments, but I think it worked out well for my page. And do not laugh at my Kit photo, because it is no where near as fabulous as Studio Calico's photo!! :)
Okay, my photo DEFINITELY is not as fabulous as the Studio Calico photo!! :) Next time I do this, I will try to work on a better shot of what I put together. So here is what I did, I had matching papers to the Kit as far as the Black & Cream pattern from MME, the ruler pattern from Crate Paper's Farmhouse collection, and the red Chevron from Fancy Pants. I also had the alphabet pattern from October Afternoon, but forgot to add it in (but I probably wouldn't have used it on the page I'm gonna be sharing, anyway). :)- For the other papers, I chose patterns and colors from my stash that were similar to what was used in the Kit and for the solids, I decided to work with the Gray and Brown for this layout. As far as embellishments, I added in a few Amy Tangerine goodies. And on my layout, you will see that I added in Thickers, October Afternoon buttons, a die-cut Gray tag, and a Flair Button from Ormolu...this is where my laziness came into play, because I just didn't feel like separating all of that out from my stash and adding it to the picture!! :) NOW, onto the layout...
I just had to document these photos, because let me tell you...I have been through potty training with two girls and I was not prepared for a boy!! It has been rough going!! We make it to the potty plenty of times, but as far as actually "accomplishing" anything...well, let's just say we're about 1 for 100!! :) One of my friends said to leave this page from being plastered on the Internet for saving our son's embarrassment, but hey, he's only 3, so I am sure I will find more opportunities between now and the teenage years to embarrass him!! :) I didn't really have a design pre-planned for this layout. I just kind of placed a few things on the page and then started sticking them down. But it came together fairly easy, and I think it's because I put the Kit together ahead of time. This probably won't be something I do for every layout from now on, but I think it's a great idea for when I'm going to a Crop and of course, I could use the same Kit that I put together for several layouts.
So, there you have it!! A little look into a fun way to prepare for your next layout. Find a Kit you like and see what you can put together. It's a fun way to find new uses for old things in your stash and a great way to deplete your stash...so you can buy more new stuff!! :)
Products Used: Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Fancy Pants, MME, Crate Paper; Thickers: American Crafts; Font: Geodesic & Rustler; Buttons, Stickers, & Mini Market Stickers: October Afternoon; Remarks Sticker & Die Cut Cardstock Shapes: Amy Tangerine; Flair Button: Ormolu; Pen: Sharpie