Tuesday, September 25, 2018

09/25/28 - CKC September / Project #6

This is my 6th and final project for the September Edition of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.
I will be going on vacation soon and will not have time to scrap any more for this challenge (if any).
I made 7 last month so w/ one week to spare before the end, I feel like I did pretty good creating 6 layouts this month!
This is a 2 pager in my "Food Themed" Travelers Notebook.
It contains lots of journaling!
"Rolled Ice Cream"

"July 29th, 2018 -
David and I tried rolled ice cream for the first time... and I loved it!
This one is "The Chocolate Monster": Chocolate Cake, Nutella, and Kit Kat - Number 9 on the menu at "The Roll Ice Cream" in Huntington Beach.
I loved the flavor and the texture; the fact that you could chew it a bit before it actually started to melt.
I wasn't a fan of the price though: $7.99!*
IDK if that's the going price or if it's because it's by the beach but yikes!
Anyway, something I would definitely have again, just not very often.

What Is Rolled Ice Cream?

Choose your ice cream and add-ins.  The liquid ice cream is added to an anti-griddle that chills anything  that touches it to (-)4 degrees farenheit. The toppings are then mashed in and just as it all begins to freeze, it's spread into thin layer which is then rolled up and added to a cup. More toppings can be added on top.
Originated in Thailand."

The description of how rolled ice cream is made was paraphrased from an online article; shortened/re-phrased in a few places to help make it fit in my condensed space.

*TBF - the price includes unlimited toppings.
But you wouldn't be able to tell by mine because I kept my toppings minimal...
as a person who suffers from anxiety, when I have too many choices I panic and wind up choosing...nothing, LOL

Coincidentally my very first counterfeit challenge layout for this month included a photo of this ice cream also:

As much as I loved this layout, I felt like I wanted to explain more of what exactly rolled ice cream was, especially after I had a lot of inquiries.
So, I printed another copy of the photo, yes I scrapped the same photo twice, and added a few bits and pieces from my kit, some doodling, and a whole lot of journaling!

BTW - if you recall I was contemplating replacing the "mangled" sticker on my 12x12 layout...
I wound up doing it... it just bugged me WAY too much!
The rest of the stickers will be used so it's not exactly like I wasted money.
Besides, my sanity is priceless, LOL

Sunday, September 23, 2018

09/23/18 - September "Ugly Paper" Challenge

I skipped August, and I don't think I posted July...
I will have to check and if not, post later..
But today I bring you my creation for the "Ugly Games" challenge for September 2018.
A re-cap of the rules:
1. After signing up, the host gives your name and address to another participant
2. The other participant sends you 2 "ugly" papers and at least one ugly embellishment
3. You MUST use both papers; the embellishment(s) is optional
4. You are allowed to use other items as well, as long as the 2 "ugly" papers are included in the layout
5. You are allowed to alter the papers and, if used, the embellishment(s) but they must still be recognizable  
Traditional Layout
"Love Is Love"

"As long as my kids are happy, I'm happy and Joseph is VERY happy right now!"

My son, Joseph, is the one w/ the glasses.
This is him w/ his fiancée
I stole the photos from his Instagram Stories, LOL

The wedding is in May 2019.

Ugly Papers are the BG and the blue flowered paper and the ugly embellishment I used, out of the 3 given to me, is the "Patriotic Top Hat".

I used the top hat for 2 reasons:
1 - Matches my son's Captain America shirt, which BTW was a total coincidence; I didn't even notice he was wearing it until I printed the photo!
2 - Same Sex Marriage is legal in the USA


Friday, September 21, 2018

09/21/18 - CKC September / Project #5

Just dropping by to share my latest:
a page I made w/ my September "Counterfeit Kit Challenge" blog kit.
Before I do, some background...
I have Food-Themed Traveler's Notebook (no big surprise there, right?! LOL)
And it's been a while since I created anything in it.
I pulled it out a couple of nights ago to add to it and as I flipped through previously completed pages I was not liking what I saw.
Oh, I still loved the pages I created! But what I didn't like was the blank pages that proceeded/followed them. For the most part I create 1 page layouts in my journals.
I rarely fill in the other side unless the theme (w/in the theme) corresponds well w/ the other page.
And generally I'm perfectly okay w/ the look of it.
But this time,  flipping through my journal, I felt like the blank page made the book look empty, even...ugly.
So, using my counterfeit kit, I spruced up the other side.
Take a look:



All of the items on the left-hand side are from my kit and since it is the only page I created this go-round it still counts for the counterfeit challenge.
Also because it references a "Fall-Themed" food it counts for their current challenge:
- "Do a project about Fall -Anything Fall related - leaves, apples, cold weather and so on"

BTW the "Forever Autumn " was 2 separate stickers.
The word "Friends" proceeded "Forever" but since I don't have any friends, I cut it off, LOL
And since I was eating a Pumpkin Spice dessert in March what I changed the phrase into was perfect!
Oh, and just a reminder of my kit name, in case you forgot: "You Had Me at Pumpkin Spice"! ::wink::

And feel free to let me know if you've ever done something similar...
(Added to an old layout).

Saturday, September 15, 2018

09/15/18 - CKC September / Projects #3 & #4 and Use Your Stuff

I have already shared 2 layouts made from my September 2018 Counterfeit Kit (as inspired by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog)...
and I am happy to share... 2 more!
I created these this past week.
Both are Traditional 12x12 Layouts:

Journaling: "Starbucks almost ruined my Fall when they got rid of their "light" menu; no PSL for me...until this:
-Grande - Blonde Americano
- 2 Pumps Pumpkin Sauce
- Splash of Almond Milk
and -1 Sweet - N- Low

A substitute recipe suggested by my co-worker. Just as tasty and saved me 145 calories and $1.40
-YAY- "

 I didn't name my counterfeit kit "You Had Me at Pumpkin Spice"; for nothing, LOL

Back Story: Starbucks got rid of their ready-made light recipe line of drinks, both hot and cold …
so I thought it would be no Pumpkin Spice Lattes or Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos for me this year, since I ONLY drink light... but then my co-worker shared how she orders her drink and "saved Fall" for me!
See, I'm not good at recipes in any shape or form (LOL) so I really thought I was going to have to do w/out! I'm so glad that's not the case...though I still need to figure out a Frappuccino alternative.


This second layout was also created from my Counterfeit Kit and is Pet Themed so I am entering it in the current challenge over at the "Use Your Stuff" Blog since their challenge this week is Animals!
As an animal lover and fur-mama, the challenge was right up my alley!

Journaling: "Trying to organize my scrap book albums...trying ::eye roll:: "

Our cat Panini decided to plant herself on one of my albums while I was organizing...
cuz Cats Are Jerks, LOL

- The Title Alphas are actually Gold -

I really, really, REALLY, love this layout!
I think a lot of it has to do w/ brown being my favorite color...
Of course the cute subject doesn't hurt! :0)

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you're having a great weekend so far!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

09/13/18 - Another PL Catch-Up Post (Weeks 25 - 29)

Project Bomb!
Just sharing some more Project Life Pages

- Week 25


- I shared week 26 in a previous post:


- Week 27

-Remember I told you I intermingle PL w/ Regular Layouts?

My  previously shared "July 4th"  and "Chunky Dunk" layouts are also part of this week:


- I shared week 28 in a previous post:
This week includes a few Vegas Layouts also, 2 of which I have created and previously shared and 2 that I have not yet created:


Week 29
Sorry if this is too much but I thought you might like to see how it is going to look in my album w/ the mixture of different types of layouts!
If you haven't already figured out the LARGE photos are of layouts I'm sharing for the first time and the SMALL photos are of layouts I have already shared previously. 

I am enjoying this PL journey... but I am behind, both in creating and sharing.
Not giving up on either though!
I think a lot of my PL Pages will be digital since it's something I can do on my phone an it allows me to include lots of journaling which is something I struggle w/ on traditional layouts.
I also like the cleaner look of them.
I spruce them up w/ stamping (sometimes) and stickers & doodling (all the time) so I'm still getting in some hands-on creativity and it gives the layouts a more personal feel.

BTW - Pretty sure all the future generations are going to think all I did was eat, LMAO!

Friday, September 7, 2018

09/08/18 - CKC September / Projects #1 and #2

Hellooooo there!
Today I am sharing my first 2 layouts with my September Counterfeit Kit as inspired by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.
They are both 12x12 Traditional Layouts, though one is a Project Life Layout.
Oh, and you might notice just how much I love circles by the fact that they both have a large circle in the design... I didn't do that intentionally but my scrappy style does tend to gravitate towards "circle usage".
Oh and they both have a Black and White BG...
again, not intentional, just worked out that way.
Luckily, the dates of the layouts mean they won't be right next to each other in the album though.

"Day At The Beach"
Journaling Top:
"We didn't go to the beach last year, so my goal this year was to go... at least once!"

Journaling Bottom:
"First time trying rolled ice cream
Loved it!
'Chocolate Monster' Chocolate Cake, Nutella, & Kit Kat"
29 July 2018
Unfortunately I mangled one side of that title sticker during the creative process...still debating whether it bugs me enough to go buy another set of stickers just to replace that 1 sticker #TheStruggle, LOL
(Raise your hand if you feel me!)

Next up:

"Project Life - Week 28"
Top to bottom:

1) "I honestly think my life would be incomplete w/out animals. Yes, even this PITA (Pain In The Ass)! Very early morning cuddles."

2) "Reading real books means cute bookmarks! This one was sent to me by my Instagram Bestie: Jenny"

3) "Speaking of books...finished #13. "Why Not Me?" by Mindy Kaling. Good, but not as good as her first."

4) "Ever since they released 2oz sizes of their cookies, I have been obsessed w/ Lenny & Larry's; I order them by the box! Half the size = Half the calories."
I bought the hexagon stickers last year and wound up hating them, LOL
So I was determined to use as many as I could here in order to get rid of them (use it up ladies!)
I used 7 of them..
They wound up working really well w/ the added circle stickers and enamel dots:
Overall, not my favorite layout... I see flaws that I'm trying very hard to not make me crazy... but done is better than perfect, right?!

What you're not seeing is during this same week we went to Vegas for a couple of days,  of which I created/will have created 4 other layouts about our adventures. So in reality there will be 5 pages for this week of PL! 
I've shared 2 of them already: 
Yes, I like to mix things up like that! ::wink::
And yes...
I'm still chugging along w/ Project Life... 
I've said it before, and I'll probably say it a thousand times more: this is my first year doing Project Life and it is a definite learning process!
I'm behind but I had a feeling that would eventually happen. 

I  am desperately trying to catch up... so it's more difficult to plan ahead for actual real-life Pocket Pages which is why you haven't seen those in awhile.
I'm not too concerned about it though, other than my pocket page protectors collecting dust...Doh!
Hopefully I can find the opportunity to fit some more into my album before the year is up... but if not, I'm not gonna worry about it. 
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff.... except for mangled stickers  ::wink::

Sunday, September 2, 2018

09/02/18 - CKC for September

I'm playing along with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog again this month. 
Here is the inspiration kit:
It is the Noel Mignon kit from October 2017 and you can see the full kit here:
And here's mine.
I call it "You Had Me at Pumpkin Spice"
Heads up....
This is my biggest Counterfeit Challenge Blog Kit to date.
I've always felt I had to limit myself to keep with the spirit of the Challenge, but when I saw so many other players,  design team members, guest designers create large kits, I realized that was not the case. 
Good thing cuz 
I had so many items that worked well with the inspiration kit this month!
And really it is still small compared to my full scrappy arsenal!

First my papers:
5 cardstock
6 Floral
2 Woodgrain
2 Polka Dot
5 Fall-Themed / 2 Which are cut-aparts
20 Total

Alphas and Embellishments 
Fall, Wood, Orange, misc...
2 of the sheets of alphas/embellishment sheets are actually by Jillibean Soup and are similar to the Jillibean Soup pieces in the inspiration kit
Also, I had the same Echo Park "Perfect Autumn" set, though theirs is chipboard while mine is a sticker sheet

Lots of Fall inspired patterns and colors along with some scraps 
Included: a spray mist, washi (1 in black and 2 in Fall colors) and Lawn Fawn stamps ... more Winter than Fall but it should still work
Enamel dots/shapes
Lots of Word/Phrase embellishments: stickers, wood, acrylics, cork
And a whole lot of OLD Wood/Chipboard/Corrugated Wood embellishments that I had forgotten I had until I started putting my kit together
Some PL Cards
My circle punch cuz I love using circles*
Coffee PP, Coffee PL Card, and Coffee Stickers (upper left), you know...JIC Pumpkin Spice happens, LOL
Also acrylic Food/Drink stamps cuz I'm a Foodie 
Oh and I snuck some beach stickers in because I still have some beach photos to scrap and the kit does have blue and blue makes me think of blue skies and, at this time of year, beaches
so yeah, I made it fit ::wink::
*I have a smaller circle punch that I misplaced  but hope to find and use
and finally

Freebies -AKA- For My Animals
Because I always seem to be scrapping my fur-babies/hair-kid
Though I did try to keep it in a similar color palette as the inspiration.
It may look like a lot but a lot of the stuff is leftovers that need to be used up. 
And using up items is a large part of the point of the challenge.

If you have time this month, come play along...
Still plenty of time to get your kit together!

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