Hello, hello! Happy Sunday and Happy September 1st! How in the world can it already be September? I mean summer just started, right?! Summer has been so fun this year and I know we still have some summer left, but I am really looking forward to fall. Cooler days - even cooler nights...yep, I think I am actually ready for fall!
The first of the month means that there is a lot going on here on the blog today, so let's get started.
It's time for the September inspiration kit reveal and blog hop at Counterfeit Kit Challenge today! Lisa has taken a different approach with this month's inspiration and had the fabulous Khristina Sorge from The Secret Not Secret Kit Club curate a kit especially for us!
Here is a look at the fantastic inspiration kit:
Here are the kit contents!--Vicki Boutin Molding Paste
--Kaisercraft Dots & Dashes Stencil
--Three cut file viewfinder discs
--Up, Up, & Away Airplane Cut File (Confessions of a Paper Addict)
--Three white tags
--Three kraft tags
--Five mini metal stars
--Scrappin Happy Studio Epoxy Flair
--Boys Will Be Boys Exclusive Stamp Set (Ink Road Stamps for SNSKC)
--Cocoa Vanilla Studios Boys Rule ephemera pack
--Jillibean Soup Rainbox Roux Foam Stickers
--Thickers--Twilight (black foam block letters)
--Jillibean Soup Epoxy Stickers
--two sheets of graph paper
--Cocoa Vanilla Studios--Boys Rule--Boy Stuff
--Cocoa Vanilla Studios--Boys Rule--Messed Up
--Cocoa Vanilla Studios--Totally Rad--Line Up
--Heidi Swapp Wolf Pack--Zodiac
--Heidi Swapp Wolf Pack--Mountainside
--Heidi Swapp Wolf Pack--Woodsy
--Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope--Beyond Words
--Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope--Say Cheese
--Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope--Side Note
--Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope--Kaleidoscope
You can also see most of the items here.
I gotta say - this kit could have been made for me personally! I love the colors in this kit and I love that it has a masculine feel to it. I have so many photos of my boys that I still need to scrap and this kit was just what I needed to get motivated to not only pull a mostly masculine kit together but to also go through and pull a bunch of photos that I want to get scrapped!
Even though I could have made an all-masculine kit, I know that I will "need" to scrap some girly photos, too, so I definitely took a cue from the Vicki Boutin papers to pull in some pinks, yellows, orange, turquoise...well, all the colors! What I ended up with are 2 kits - one mega kit geared towards the boys and one good-sized kit geared towards the girls!
Here is a glimpse at my kit (Yeah, this is just a sampling! You'll have to look at all the pictures to see it all!):
I took a little different approach with my kit this time around. I checked out all of the items in the inspiration kit, I wrote down the colors/patterns/embellishment types, and the mood and feel of the inspiration kit like I always do, and then I really didn't look at the inspiration photos again! I almost always try to match my kits as close to possible to the inspiration kit, but this time I didn't dwell on that, and I love the end result! I mean, I literally had to stop myself multiple times while pulling papers because I wanted to go make a layout right then and there. Which is great, but I needed those papers for the photos of my kit!
Here are my "guy" papers:
When I saw the Cocoa Vanilla "Boys Rule" papers I immediately thought of Simple Stories "So Rad" collection. I loved this collection and I only have one full sheet of patterned paper and one cut apart sheet left - along with a few scraps. That is where my kit started. I used that navy sheet with the multi-colored stars as my inspiration piece. I pulled in more oranges, yellows, blues, greens, and I even added in a bit of red.
I also pulled out several pieces from different Echo Park collections that I have. I couldn't stop there - even though I could have! I also pulled in a few papers from Bella Blvd, some of Pink Fresh's "Boys Fort", and a few papers from Crate Papers older collection - Boys Rule. I added in quite a bit of grey, black and white, and woodgrain papers, as well. I think it's safe to say that I can scrap anything from baby photos to toddler photos to teenage photos and beyond with what I have here!
And, as if that wasn't enough paper, I found a few more after I thought I was done!
Here are the scraps from Simple Stories - So Rad - collection that I want to try and use up:
And, because 48 full sheets of paper might not be enough to get me through, I pulled in some more scraps to use! These range from 3x12 inches all the way up to 11x12 inches...yeah, I need to use some scraps before I cut into a new piece of paper for a one-inch strip!
Oh, and then here are a few more scraps that I forgot to add in with the others:
I added a couple of sheets to do some fussy cutting with:
And then came the rest of my embellishments:
We have star stickers, chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, cardstock stickers...lots of stickers in this kit. (Which means lots of choices for me, which is what I like!) I added in chipboard frames, wood veneer, fabric pennants, and some tab die cuts, too. Everything I could possibly need right here!
Here are my alphas:
I pulled the Simple Stories alphas just as a representation and reminder to myself that I have them to be used instead of forgetting that they are there, in front of my face, on my desk!
I also pulled a few sticker and alpha sticker sheets that coordinated with some of the collections in my kit.
And since I still might not have enough paper, I pulled in a couple of 6x8 paper pads from Bella Blvd, a 6x6 paper pad from Crate Paper's "Cool Kid" collection, and a 6x6 paper pad from Simple Stories' "Daily Grind" collection. I also added in the Vicki Boutin sticker book (which will also work for my girlie kit) and a sticker book from My Mind's Eye:
Now, on to my girlie kit! It's not as big, so not as much to tell here!
I had the Vicki Boutin - All The Good Things- paper pad and pulled a few pieces of paper from it for inspiration for my girlie kit. This collection had a lot of the same colors as the Kaleidoscope collection and the papers I pulled are the first six papers in the back row - and then I just expanded from there!
I really wanted to include a lot of the pinks and turquoise, and yellow that was represented in the Kaleidoscope collection (especially the cut apart sheet) so I raided my Bella Blvd drawer and pulled some papers that I thought would work.
I have a lot of Bella Blvd scraps in the same drawer, so I pulled out all that would go with the papers I pulled to try to get them used up this month:
I don't have nearly as many embellishments for my girlie kit - just a few stickers, cork pieces, enamel dots/shapes, and few die cuts and 3x4 sheets. I do have the Vicki Boutin sticker book that will work, too:
Here are the sticker and alpha sticker sheets that I included with my girlie kit:
I also pulled a ton of stamps and a few dies to work with this month:
Since the inspiration kit had a stencil and molding paste in it, I pulled a couple of stencils and molding paste (I forgot to add it to the photo, but I do have it!) for my kit. I'm not a big fan of mixed media, so we will see if those get used this month!
The inspiration kit didn't have any washi tape in it, but I pulled a few rolls to see if I can put it to use:
There you have it - my two kits for September - and beyond, I am sure! I am so excited to start using up my kit this month!
If you have stuck with me this far - thank you! I know it's been a long post today! Don't forget to hop along to the other design team member's blogs to see the kits that they have put together. Here's the list:
Counterfeit Kit Challenge - http://counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com/Khristina Sorge -https://www.redefinedkreative.com/blog
I hope you are inspired to play along with us and pull your own kit together!
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Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I will be right back with my first project using my kit!