Monday, 16 November 2015

Creating Kits {Counterfeit Kit Challenge: November Challenge #3)

We are 'December Planning' over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge for November Challenge #3 so today I'm going to share the inspiration for one of the kits I'll be using this December, along with some tips and techniques for creating a wintertime kit that doesn't include excessive amounts of themed scrapbooking supplies.

1. Start With What You Have: Although I don't have a massive selection of themed supplies I knew that I would have some in my stash so I went searching and instead of starting with cardstock - where I knew themed items would be in short supply - I went straight to my embellishments. I found some Elle's Studio die-cuts; Snowflake Charms and ... well, that was it! So, it was time to ...

2. Get Creative: The Elle's Studio die-cuts were all in shades of turquoise, pink, brown, cream and white - so this, along with the silver of my snowflake charm, became the colour scheme for my kit. I then added more embellishments with more die-cuts, charms, labels, buttons and resin flowers. I also went hunting through my cupboards and found some amazing decorations that will work as embellishments - adding in a small 'sleigh bell', icicle and super sparkly snowflake.

3. Decide On Your Project: I knew that I wanted to make a mini-album that I could use for December's Listers Gotta List Challenge. Choosing to work in a smaller size meant that, rather than raiding my stash for full size sheets of cardstock, I raided the scrap basket instead.  To start with, I chose scraps that matched my colour scheme and then whittled them down to include only those that were at least 4in x 4in.

For a unified kit, I cut down each of the scraps to 4in x 4in (keeping all of the offcuts that this created) and then rounded the corners of each sheet of cardstock.

4. Create Your Own Embellishments: I'll be using some of the off-cuts, along with my favourite stamp sets, to create some co-ordinating embellishments for my kit. Think little banners, cute cupcakes and holiday sentiments. Perfect.

5. Seek Other Sources of Inspiration: I'm hoping that I've inspired you to create your own kit but if you need extra inspiration head on over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge where the team will be sharing their own tips and techniques for creating a kit from scratch!


  1. Looks pretty cute - enjoy it.

  2. Love the colors- it will make lovely projects!

  3. Super cute way to start the kit :) I love your process :) That color scheme seems to be the popular one to use too :) I look forward to see what you do with your kit next month :)

  4. Sigh...this makes me want to put together another December kit! Looking forward to seeing what you do with your beautiful supplies and the Listers Gotta List challenge for December. (I've been getting their emails since this summer but I haven't done anything with them yet.)

  5. I love, love, love your philosophy for putting together this kit. congrats and I'm sure the results will be amazing!

  6. You are a genius and a minimalist, mini-book, design guru for me! Love the tips (I have way too much Christmas stuff for your starting point however!) and will try and keep your minimalist mantra in mind when I pull my supplies. I can't wait to see how your book progresses - will you be sharing?!?!? You are an inspiration. So happy I get to see what and how you create

  7. Very cool--your kit looks amazing!


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