Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My First Project Life Layout!

Yes, I need to add some photos, but I couldn't wait to share that:

I had so much fun creating these journaling cards and arranging them "just so" in the pockets.  This is for Week One-I am going to try to finish Week Two's cards today, too, so I will only have to print my photos and tuck them in the pockets at the end of the week!

January Counterfeit Kit

I am so excited that I had time today to pull together a kit for this month's Counterfeit Kit Challenge.  The inspiration kit is so fun-lots of red, pink, and aqua.  The kit is called Merry Winter, and it is from a cute little Etsy shop called Paper Issues.  Here is the original kit:

A Merry Winter December FITkit Scrapbooking Kit

Love, love, love it!
And here is my counterfeit version, called "Cold Hands, Warms Hearts":

It looks like I included a ton of patterned paper, but there really isn't that much because most of the sheets are from 6x6 paper pads or are scraps.  I had lots of fun making the die cuts and handmade embellies for this kit.  I absolutely loved the deer print paper from the inspiration kit, so I went with that idea and cut some cute deer embellies using the Cindy Loo cartridge and my Cricut.

I did some other substituting, too, such as my glitter ribbon instead of sequins and the button/music note accents for the rosettes.  I also didn't have the calendar paper from Studio Calico, so I added a date stamp from AC and a calendar die cut to one of my tags.  Here's a larger photo of my embellies:

I am also determined to do more scrapbooking this year.  I LOVE to make cards, but I miss having finished scrapbooks to share.  I have wanted to do Project Life for a couple of years now, but I admit I am overwhelmed by the thought (and the COMMITMENT!)  Inspired by a lot of other frugal scrapbookers, I decided to make my own version of Project Life.  Here is my Project Life Add-On:

Baseball card protectors from Dollar Tree, my own plain white cards that I will embellish using my monthly Counterfeit Kit, one large alpha stamp set, some old calendar rub-ons, and 3 Smash pads.  Total new investment to try Project Life: $1.00!  This format will also allow me to scrap my preferred size (8.5 x 11) when I want to do an entire layout, and still include it in one album.  Fingers crossed that this approach will work for me!

I am off to play with my new kit now-I can't wait to make some little journaling cards and accents to use in my new PL!  Thanks for popping by today!