Thursday, 24 April 2014


Good morning, well this is the monthly challenge hop courtesy of the Counterfeit Kit Blog which can be found here

This month (as previous) there were three challenges to play along with, the first was to be inspired by one of the design teams blogs to create a layout.  I had lots of fun visiting everyone's blog and was attracted by the fact that three of links (Julene, Lisa and Lynnette) had a polka dot background.  So I went in search of the perfect paper to no avail, so grabbed a paper, a stamp and some inks to create this layout.

I like the fact that the dots weren't perfect.  The white paper was a cut piece from another page that I'd taken the shaped borders off from top and bottom. I used a simple 3 x 4 card on the page, created from a previous kit (and in line with a challenge set later in the month) Cut out labels from some A4 paper that I put eyelets through and added some organza ribbon.

The page documents a geography project made by said 13 year old.  Yes I did say geography project, he made a volcano cake!

The next challenge was to utilise a pocket page type card on the layout.  Now since I did the Simple Recipes challenge on UK Scrappers in February, I've become slightly obsessed with making these mini cards as embellishments and creating them into full layouts.  As my counterfeit kit was getting a little on the thin side (finally) I ended up with these two layouts.

The cards were made with scraps of paper measuring 3.75" x 2.75" and then added a piece in front of them 3.5" x 2.5" and then added the embellishments.  I had cut the butterflies out from an offcut I had and then added, flowers, brads and chipboard to the others.

The photo documents our trip to Chatsworth last year at Christmas when they converted the ground floor into the Land of Narnia!

Next up another Narnia photo, this time the trees and woodland areas.  The cards on this one measuring the same as previous, some of the embellishments are up on foam pads, which you can't really see from this photo!

Final challenge is the Big Title page, now I've seen a few recently where people have created big titles by hand drawing and cutting out the lettering and it definitely appeared in a recent craft magazine, so I thought I'd join the trend and have a go. The photo is from Wallesdon Manor which we visited last year.

I'm quite pleased with the overall effect of the title (including using up those scrabble letters that I've had forever!

The page didn't feel quite right before the addition of the flowers because I felt the cream mid section clashed with the white lettering and journal block.  However I felt it brought it together with the addition of the flowers.

So there you have it more layouts from my counterfeit kit, I've adored the kit this month, definitely very 'me' in the colour scheme, can't wait to find out what we've got to play with in May.

In the meantime you should be on a hop. Which means you should have arrived from Kate's blog and be on your way next to Kim's blog the full list of the blog hop is below.




  1. Wow, wow and wow! Three brilliant LO's. I will never be able to make so many LOs as you do!

  2. More wonderful pages and I have to say that cake looks a m a z i n g !

    Karen x

  3. Beautiful, that big "blue" is fab :)

  4. all three challenges! Great job! I really like how you approached each challenge and took each one in a different direction. Great job

  5. I love the colours in the top spread...and the volcano cake us genius.

  6. Well done,you achieved all 3. I love how you did the polkadots. The cake looks wonderful.

  7. The 3 layouts are all fabulous.Love your polkadots

  8. This month's kit just keeps on giving, you've got some amazing LO's from it and these 3 are splendid examples. Great "out of the box" thinking with the forgeries, too.

  9. lovely! I like those blocked ones a lot, jenx

  10. Wowie! 4 layouts! The are all so cool and you achieved all the challenges well done. I'm liking the center 2 layouts I've never tried that type of scrapping and just might have to give it a go. Just love the lettering on the 3rd challenge and super cut background for that fabulous cake in the 1st challenge.

  11. Your pocket style pages are fab - You've inspired me to try this!

  12. These are all superb Virginia!....I especially like the second one...all those little blue butterflies...yum! :D XXX

  13. Wow you have been busy this month, fab layouts.
    C xx

  14. Wow!!! Beautiful layouts! I to seem to have gotten into cards and love love your layouts with the cards! So much inspiration for me to come back to again and again!!!

  15. All wonderful pages, I especially like the last one with the fab hand cut title :o)

  16. Wow, your kit has inspired many this month!! Love all the grid style layouts since grids are one of my scrapping addictions!!

  17. Love your polka dot background. Narnia at Chatsworth? That must have been something to see. We loved our summer visit a few years ago. I can't get my head round how many LOs you have made this month! Fabulous :o)

  18. Yet more scrappy goodness from you Virginia - my mind is boggling at the geography volcano cake - hope you got to eat it - but if not at least you have scrapped the photo.