He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
"In honour of our German
inspiration kit, and the fact that you might have
had a go at
understanding the kit content list, be inspired by
foreign words on your project."
I managed to make this a double-challenge page by
combining with Whimsical Musings #221, be inspired by water.
This summer we installed a water tower to help provide another
needed commodity up at the cabin, which got me thinking
about documenting how we manage the conveniences of home.
My French title phrase, meaning "That's life", was inspired
by this little bit that was left over on my desk from my CKC July kit:
I managed to get a lot of texture on this page with
textured cardstock, kraft & cardboard alphas, a cork diecut,
a vellum feather with stitching,...
...and a cute little button adorning the camera embellishment fussy-cut from a Project Life card.
It really is pleasant & even fun to get a break from the rat race!
Choose your own foreign phrase to scrap - hey! Pick an Italian pasta!
Can't you just imagine a page about fettucini alfredo?
If you get right to it you could be in time for the Member's Hop.
For details see the information at the bottom of the challenge post linked above.
"Did you notice the gorgeously thick felt and the thick handmade paper
in our inspiration kit?
These are not usually items that we find in our
everyday paper scrapbooking stash.
So follow its lead and find something
from outside your own scrapbooking stash to include on your project."
Of course, the Design Team get a bit of a preview of the challenges,
so I included some rather unorthodox items in my kit with this in mind:
I have been wanting to do a handmade mini-book about our retreat.
The inspiration kit had the makings of one using that felt & the binder hardware.
I toyed with the idea of using a quilted cover but wasn't particularly inspired.
I thought that the discarded leather purchased from a scrap bin would make
a FAB cover foundation - I only wish I could have incorporated that
lovely butterfly (which may yet make an appearance!)
It wasn't quite large enough so I sewed on a piece of wood veneer to finish the length.
The birch bark was a natural (pun intended) & the mossy ribbon is perfect for the binding.
And tiny mushrooms - I couldn't resist tucking them in!
The 4x4" page inserts made me anticipate a square book, but when you factor in
the hardware and the piece of the page that has the holes in it, it came out quite rectangular.
I decided to leave the inside of the cover as-is but tucked a feather into a knot.
The hardware fastener was flimsy so I stitched it on with hemp twine.
Our place is north of us in Gladwin which we've nicknamed "Glad".
I gave the wooden letters a camo treatment with walnut inks & mounted them on vellum.
I added some kraft punched circles on the backside of the letters with Tim Holtz sentiments
& the date we closed on the property. Greg is standing in the driveway, which hasn't been
used in eleven years! Quite an ambitious undertaking...
When we viewed the property a small herd of deer appeared at the end of the road.
That was a real encouragement to us that we would be seeing lots of wildlife!
We bought sweet corn from an Amish family & fell in love with the birch forest.
I will add some journaling in those blank squares.
A visit by a beautiful butterfly (which we identified but can I find the info? no) was another
encouragement, but the real excitement was a pile of bear poop on a log over the trail! A little too exciting, you say? Have never seen another sign of it since...
That log has been named "Bear Poop Log" & will appear on our hand drawn map.
A beautiful feather we found fits perfectly in the 4x4" pocket & looks good from either side.
The start of the next four-square starts with a piece of paper wasp nest.
I'm looking forward to continue to fill the pockets with tiny photos of our progress
in building our cabin & improving the trail. This has been a really fun project!
I hope that you included the option of a mini-book in your kit this month.
Pick up your kit & take on Challenge#2!
Make sure you post to the Linky.
The interesting piece peeking out of the shopping bag is a piece of felt!
The intention is to be able to construct a small album...
I loved the texture of the felt & the handmade paper.
This gave me the starting point for my angle on my kit.
I translated the neutral colorway to a natural one.
In a nod to the origins of the inspiration kit,
my kit is called Tektur Deutsch.
Here are my papers:
They include (1st row) a piece of 2011 Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine, 2002 Hot Off The Press/Barnwood, two pieces of kraft tissue from a recent package, partial piece of cream embossed paper from a Jenni Bowlin class kit, a sheet of Lyon's Stick-on Canvas primed & ready, sheet of vellum, piece of cardboard from the back of a paper pad, (2nd row) half-sheet from WeR/Once Upon a Time paper stack, 2011 MME/Lost & Found Two, Kaisercraft half-sheet botanical, 2013 October Afternoon Public Library/Card Catalog B side, 2011 Authentique Foundations, two sheets grey toned cardstock (3rd row) scraps of Simple Stories floral + unknown alpha paper underneath, half-sheet 2012 MME/Lost & Found/Halloween, 2012 BoBunny Press/Serenity Blossoms B side, Crate Paper/Portrait/Pearls, scrap from Finnabair class kit, 2015 Authentique/Nestled/Observant paper.
Let's see what else is in the Magic Blue Box!
I have ALL SORTS of goodies in there!
Walnut inks, cork, cardboard, rub-ons, buttons, kraft & vellum feathers,
art board fronds, linen ribbon, metal nature-inspired embellishments, twine,
jute, leather, birch bark, grass ribbon, tiny wooden mushrooms! I've
included the makings for a tiny 4x4" book as in the original kit.
I've also got these alphas & a Project Life-style card assortment:
The elegant simplicity of the inspiration kit was so appealing.
Somehow, every month, I end up with a robust assortment of things to play with!
The ultimate beauty of your CKC kit is that it reflects YOU.
Even if the inspiration takes you in a challenging new direction,
you are shopping the kit from things that YOU personally chose.
Dig into your stash & gather up some goodness!
Then post over on the Linky so that we can applaud : )
Stumped for ideas?
Visit the CKC blog's Forgeries on the Fourth post for some help.
Then use your kit to create for the three monthly chall:enges on the 6th, 12th & 16th.
And don't forget the Member's Blog Hop - a chance to showcase your work!
Watch for information at the bottom of most CKC blog posts.
Now hop on for inspiration for your take on the kit this month...
and give a warm welcome to our Guest Designer!
Make sure you leave some love.