First task, to pick a kit to counterfeit and here's what I chose: Roller Rink, the October 2012 kit from Studio Calico.
And here's my version, which I've named "Ticket Home."
I decided to counterfeit every item in this kit, something I don't always do. Let's see how, starting with the papers:
|The original Roller Rink papers|
There's a diamond pattern, a woodgrain, a green, a light blue, a red and white, a grey, a yellow and white and a script pattern.
|My version of the papers|
The "Roller Rink" kit included Woodgrain Thickers and a light blue alpha sticker sheet. I've replaced these with Studio Calico kraft stickers, a Basic Grey set of larger brown stickers, and a very old set of blue stickers from SEI. I also included a sheet of stickers from Echo Park which was in one of the add-ons.
I've replaced the exclusive Studio Calico asterix stamp set with this set from Stampin Up:
One of the embellishments included in "Roller Rink was a "Swan Park" ticket. I've used this as an excuse to use some of the cute ticket cut files I have for my Silhouette:
Also on my Silhouette, I've cut vellum speech bubbles to mimic those in the original kit, and some shapes similar to the American Crafts puffy stickers sheet which included cars, houses, arrows, ampersands, cameras and clouds.
I don't own any washi tape like the wide striped one in "Roller Rink" so I've put in two other rolls, as well as two lengths of stripy ribbon (I have that wide grosgrain in a number of colours, so I'd dearly love to find some ways to use some of that!)
Last but not least, I've replaced their flair with my own DIY version, and topped up my current stock of DIY dimensional dots to replace the enamel dots.
But wait, there's more! Because the other half of the application process is to think up a Challenge, and then create a page based on that chalenge.
The challenge I decided to go with is one based on my Motto for this year, to make a project that incorporates:
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something YOU!
My something old is the grosgrain ribbon (I used some! hooray!) and the blue letter stickers.
My something new is the paper and red letter stickers from Echo Park (not brand-new-release-new, but still new enough for me!)
Something borrowed could be interpreted in lots of different ways, but I liked the idea of using it to borrow an idea. I've taken the idea from Liz Kartchner here to cut a frame into the background sheet of patterned paper.
Finally, my something you refers to the sort of techniques that you (or in this case, I) use all the time - in this case, I've included some DIY flair, which seems to appear on every single page I make at the moment, and distressed edges.
The photos on this page aren't perfect, but I love them anyway because that imperfection is part of the story. If you're a dog-owner you'll know what it's like to have every family member greeted with enthusiasm every time they come home - sometimes you wonder how their tail stays on, they wag so hard! The ticket die-cuts tucked around the page are a symbol of Rohan catching the bus home, back in that first year of bus catching - we always knew he was home when Hamish rushed to the gate to greet him!
Thanks for looking and wish me luck!