10 November, 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge for November

I love these challenges - or just making a scrapbook (or card) "kit" similar to those offered by subscribing to a monthly kit club.  Unfortunately I kinda suck at it.  I can pull out 50 sheets of paper in the first 3 minutes of searching and still want more.  😞
Counterfeit Kit Club is a really fun blog where each month a past kit from a real kit club is chosen for everyone to use as inspiration for their own kit that month.  You can learn more about the process HERE.

It doesn't have to look as close as possible.  There are many ways to interpret a kit.  This month it's the November 2016 kit called "Emerson" by Citrus Twist Kits.  Unfortunate timing means the kit details have dropped off the bottom of the website.

Before I start pulling papers out of my stash in a wild frenzy, I USUALLY take some time to analyze the colours, patterns and motifs in the kit and figure out which of those aspects I will and wont include in my kit. (i cant help it - its the scientist in me 🤷)

It's harder without the kit details to scrutinize, but there are a handful of YouTube videos showing unboxing videos and Citrus Twist have a Pinterest board where they put photos of their kits.

I have actually been a Citrus Twist subscriber for a while a few years back so I know (more or less) what add-ons they offer and what I used to order.  I would sub to the main scrapbook kit and their pocket page kit, but would typically get extra pattern paper (doubles of the main kit), their add-on scrapbook kit, Pattern Paper Play (different to the papers in either scrapbook kit but designed to co-ordinate) and their embellishment kit since kit clubs typically don't have enough "stuff" for me.

I wouldn't separate the components, but rather put them all together into one monster kit.

When making up a kit - whether it be a page kit or a larger, I start with one item which has as many of the colours and/or motifs that I want to include and keep it close to hand when choosing supplies. The colourful chevron in the bottom left corner by JillyBean Soup caught my eye first.  While I do have this exact paper, I wanted my kit to have more saturated colour.

Rather than being Autumn here in Australia, it's the end of Spring so while I don't scrapbook chronologically, I admit I have some photos from a day out a few weeks ago that I have wanted to scrapbook and I know I want to use at least some papers from Amy Tangerine's Hustle and Heart collection.  When I thought about it, it WAS just a more saturated version (colourwise) of that chevron paper,

I decided that I would pull extra pattern papers in addition to the main kit, but rather than getting two of every sheet (which I may not have), I would pick one paper to represent the "A" side and one for the "B" side.  Thanks to being familiar with many of the papers and YouTube videos for the rest, I was able to find out exactly what each side looked like and how I would interpret this,

My paper choices (which represent the side reflected in the original kit photo) are shown below

One major difference is that I didn't pull out any cardstock.  I picked subtle patterned papers to take their place.  The rightmost two papers on the top and bottom are my "cardstock" picks.

Embellishments.  Each thing I picked has a counterpart in the original kit,  Some of mine are a bit more generous sometimes (like a couple of 12x12 and a small extra sticker sheet to represent a cut-apart sheet) but I did my best.

Apologies for the sun glare over the stamp set!  

I also have a tray with wood veneer, brads, gems, buttons and clips etc which gets used by pretty much every kit and add-on this month.

Next up are the extra pattern papers I mentioned before.  The side you can't see in the original kit photo.  For example, that bright chevron has an aqua star print on the reverse and I picked an aqua/blue heart paper to represent it.

I haven't picked "duplicates" for the cardstock of course.  The extra paper kit only has the six pattern papers in it.

Next is the Pattern Paper Play.  I can,t find a photo of it online, but one of the YouTube videos showed the papers.  There are four papers in the kit and my picks represent either the front or back.  Whichever reflected the directed of my kit best.  I didn't duplicate this just to get eight choices (although now that I think of it...😉)

Next up we have the add-on scrapbook kit called "Falling For You".  The pic below is the original kit by Citrus Twist.

My papers (and cardstock equivalents which are top and bottom right):

And my embellishments:

And the Pocket Life Kit by Citrus Twist looks as follows:

My version is below.  I didn't count the cards.  I simply grabbed some that were floating around in my not-yet-properly-organised die cuts.

Now I'm not sure whether it's an ongoing or one off thing, but November 2016 had two embellishment kits.  The "Sprinkles" kit as shown below:

And mine:

And the Citrus Twist Embellishment Kit:

And my version:

So that's a lot of stuff, right?  Well I just can't stop and decided I was going to include the following.

Yes the pile of die cuts is pretty huge, BUT many are really quite old and so I think it's fine to include them.  Maybe with enough practice I'll get the hag of this kit gathering business.  Would you believe me if I said it's actually pretty good for me?  Certainly where paper is concerned,  Probably not!! 😂

Well. love and happy kit counterfeiting!


  1. What a great big scrappy kit you've collected there. I see lots of things that I have in my stash as well. And that tray of goodies is oh so tempting. I cannot wait to see what you create while playing along with us this month. Happy scrapping.

  2. Beautiful kit, lots of scrappy goodness in there. I like the idea of the subtle pattern paper instead of card stock. Looking forward to seeing your projects.
    Cindy F

  3. You are definitely a kitter after my own heart! Really enjoyed your post, too :-)

  4. My goodness what a big kit! You'll be busy using that. Pretty choices.

  5. You did an awesome job making all these beautiful kits!

  6. how'd I miss your kit? It's fabulous! I need to get one of those divided bowls for my desk to force me to use my bits and pieces :)