Monday, June 24, 2013

Counterfeit Kit Club Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by! If you are visiting as part of the Counterfeit Kit Club Blog Hop, welcome! You should have found your way over here via Leslie's blog. If you are one of my regular followers, be sure to check out the other counterfeiter's creations...the full blog hop list is posted on  theCounterfeit Kit Club Blog.

This month, we were challenged to use our kit and be inspired by a farmer's the displays, colors, textures, produce and over all feel of the place. I took the challenge quite literally and created a page featuring photos of my Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) share. This was my first year participating in the CSA, and even though we're only two weeks in, I'm loving it!

I can't tell you how much I love that pink woodgrain paper! I think I need to buy some more. Those little wooden hearts also make me happy!

When I was creating this page, I realized I didn't include any green patterned paper in my kit, so I stuck with the pink, blue, and yellow I did have, and added in some green accents (the word stickers and buttons) to tie  in with the green of the produce.

The overall design of the page was based on Shimelle's recent Sketch to Scrapbook Page. The major difference is that I used four 4x4 photos instead of one 4x6. You can see her version over at her blog.  

How about a close up of the journaling?

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll visit again...I have another CKCB page I plan on sharing later in the week.

Your next stop on the hop is Angela's blog. Can't wait to see what she created!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Rinda's Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt

It's that time of year again, time for Rinda's Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt. You can read all about it over at her blog, Gallo Organico. The challenge goes all summer long, so you can jump in whenever you want.

I start every morning with a cardio class at our town's rec center. Today I was also delivering Meals on Wheels, so while I was downtown between activities, I decided to head to the Town Green, where I knew I could find several items from Rinda's list. 

First up, item #3 (City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building). Guilford's Town Hall is right on the Green, next to the library. Pretty, isn't it?

Next, a walk on the green led me to item #10,  A bench that is outside:

On the other side of the Green, I paid a visit to Cilantro's, one of our local coffee shops, fulfilling item #18.  Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop.

While enjoying my iced coffee, I noticed that #15.  A fire truck or police car, was parked outside. 

Now fully caffeinated, I headed down to the marina in search of item #19.  A fisherman. Mostly lots of beautiful boats...

But then, success! Hopefully you can spot the fisherman (woman actually!) in the orange waders. Technically, I think they are actually off to catch lobsters, but they are close enough to fish, right?

While at the marina, I spotted more outdoor benches, put in after Hurricane Irene, and then Sandy, messed things up in this area.

Working my way back towards the green, I knew exactly what I could include for item #9.   A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong.

I've always found this building, which I lovingly refer to as the spaceship condo, completely out of place. It is sandwiched between classic New England beach homes, and just looks odd! 

Thinking my hunt was finished, I started to head to my next appointment, when I spotted something that would work for item #7.   A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny. I had to drive around the block to reach it and snap a photo, and  along the way I encountered the other half of  #15.  A fire truck or police car, blocking traffic.

After turning around, I made it back to the sign, and snapped a quick photo from my car (I was pulled over, not driving!). I'm not sure if others will find it as amusing I do, but it made me chuckle. I guess I just don't think of the Puritans as a particularly playful bunch! Great ad for the museum though...I may have to head back downtown this weekend and check out the exhibit! 

All of these photos were taken and edited with my iPhone 4. I still need to work on capturing good shots with it...I find the quality is very hit or miss. Good thing I plan on taking Big Picture Classes Phone Photography class this summer!

I hope you enjoyed this little photographic tour of my town! 7 items down, 14 to go!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

June Counterfeit Kit

It's been a while since I've played along with the ladies at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. I love the concept, and enjoyed the kits I have made in the past, so after coming off a successful Layout a Day challenge in May, I thought I would try to keep the scrappy momentum going!

This month, the challenge was to create a kit inspired by one of these from Scraptastic.

I loved the blue, green, and yellow color combo of the first kit, but I don't have many of those colors in my stash, so I opted to counterfeit the second kit.

I didn't have any of the exact papers in my stash, other than a 6x6 pad of Amy Tangerine "Yes Please", but I had just picked up some new Echo Park "A Perfect Summer" which had a similar color scheme and overall feel. So for my papers, I went with three sheets from that collection, and mixed in some older papers by Jillibean Soup, Echo Park, and American Crafts.

A Sides
B sides
I don't use much cardstock these days, so I included just two sheets of white, one yellow, and one blue. I also threw in a bunch of scraps of patterned paper strips in shades of green, yellow, orange, and pink, as well as the entire 6x6 Yes Please pad. This should come in handy for making embellishments.

I tried not to go too crazy with embellishments, as I just don't use that many on my pages. I picked some Amy Tangerine tags, Hero Arts gems and pearls, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts and arrows, a cute glassine bag I received with an ATC swap, a roll of pink washi, and assorted summery die cuts.

I wanted some variety for my titles, so I selected an old sheet of Basic Grey (Urban Prairie) letter stickers, some old Echo Park (Country Drive), new corkboard Thickers, and some old Basic Grey chipboard letters. 

Here is the finished kit, all bagged up and ready to go! Time to make a page!

Thanks for stopping by!