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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Life Is An Adventure mini kits scrambled to make 5 May 2019 NSD joint challenge with CKC blog and BYSS group

Did you know Friday was National Scrapbooking Day? And that May is National Scrapbooking Month?

well, now you know! Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and Bash Your Scrapbook Stash group had a cross-over kind of joint challenge this weekend. I only got in on the tail end of things today and missed the 5 pm deadline CST. So I posted pics in CKC's Facebook group and on my profile. Now it's time to blog about the scrambled kit and the layout.

The finished 8.5" x 11" layout using 8 patterned papers, 4 solid color papers, and 8 different embellishment types (and there are even multiples of several of these). The provided sketch design was altered especially for the bottom third but I think you can still see lots of referenced elements:

Above: CKC blog ID badge
Link for May 2019 kit reveal:

For the cross-over challenge details there are found in the BYSS's closed group announcements on Facebook. There are 3 questions that have to be answered before your request to join can be processed. Many of the group members are also CKC followers and/or 100 Pattern Paper Challenges group participants (another Facebook group).

I just read on the CKC's May 4th post that Master Forger Susan created this sketch design! Thanks Susan. Sorry I didn't follow the bottom third more specifically. I was challenged by picking the blue with flower bouquets cardstock for the base paper.

If I get a chance this month, I'll try doing a closer reflection of your sketch on another layout.

I didn't follow the different (than CKC's May 1st kit reveal) selected inspiration kit for this BYSS cross-over kit and sketch (Studio Calico kit seen in the May 4th post); instead I pulled papers from my mini kits I put together 2 nights ago and added in a few scraps and more embellishments:

Here are the mini kits again:

scrap piece of the solid yellow was used behind the photo of my husband and I's joined hands

the reverse side of the solid leaf green was used (last paper under the photo); the lighter plain blue (under a glitter heart);

the blue with white dots and flower bouquets was used as the base cardstock

the border/manufacturer strip for the muted red and cream lattice patterned cardstock was used in the journaling section

the peacock patterned paper was going to be added into this mini kit but then I edited out; however I needed another patterned paper and wanted something with blues and greens so I added it in for this 'scrambled' kit

other patterned papers are scraps from previous projects in the past 4 months or so

Challenge for the kit besides being based to mimic colors and prints of a Studio Calico kit was in the ratio and numbers:
a. 8 patterned papers
b. 4 solid color papers
c. 8 different embellishment types (I've got 9 types and at least 11 or more total embellishments):
*stickers of different phrases and a Bible verse
*glitter hearts
*gem dots
*journal/pocket card (hearts print under the photo)
*clear based planner stickers (2= "appt." and "the struggle is real")
*digi image (love)
*tag (actually a sticker but it's shaped like a tag)
*# (6 for our 6th date of 23 leading up to our 23rd wedding anniversary)
*decorative tapes (red micro-thin one that's at the bottom edge of the blue tag; and the navy blue and white grid washi tape strip that is to the left of the photo)

The color hues of the layout are washed out using my cell phone for this view of the layout:

The title states: "you are so loved"; under the photo in the journaling section there are 3 parts= love; "This is the day which the Lord has made!"; and "keep calm and fight on"

My husband was in the hospital but since I spent over 24 hours by his bedside, I counted this as date #6 leading up to our 23rd anniversary. Since he had 14-15 months of cardiac issues before this photo was taken in January, that's why I added stickers like "the struggle is real" and "keep calm and fight on". Date #6 was his 8th mild heart attack in those 14-15 months. And to top it off, last Friday night April 26, he had #9 in the past 18 months!!!! God has been so very good in keeping him here on earth. Two cardiologists believe they can open up and stent his left artery of heart and the back side one which are calcified between 90-100%. If these fail and he survives, he was already in the midst of testing prep for candidacy for heart transplant surgery at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago, so he would finalize that as a back-up plan. Lots to pray about!

I'm glad I got to scrapbook another of our dates. Now to tackle a few more this week, hopefully!--Becca S


  1. Becca, love your scrapbook pages! They are wonderful. I especially love the last one and the sentiment on it. I had to deal with my husband being in the hospital for a month a few years ago. After he got home he was on a feeding tube for a couple months. It was a difficult time, but we went through it together.

  2. What a traumatic time you have had Becca - God is good to sustain you both through it. Love your page, the colours are fabulous.

    1. Thanks so much, Maxine! I appreciate your faithful checking of my postings! And we love our prayer warriors! Our faith has sustained us. God is strengthening us into iron!


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