Wednesday, March 22, 2017

House + Love = Home | Mini Album with Elsie

Hey CTK friends, it's Elsie here and I'm really excited to share the mini album I made with this month's Oliver kit. I had such a blast working with this kit!

To me, creating the structure of mini albums always seems like a really overwhelming and gruelling task, because I’m impatient to get into the fun decorating bit. But the 6x4 chipboard pieces in this months Main kit, made the mini album ‘construction’ super easy! 


I created a cover from the chipboard pieces, a small piece of cardboard (for the spine), some fabric and mod podge… and that’s it! No fancy tools or tricks and I had a sturdy and pretty album cover in no time. You can totally switch out the fabric cover for paper, but I think the fabric gives the album an extra bit of durability, and I’m notorious for accidentally ruining paper mini album covers!

Also to decorate the spine I used the Life Adventures stamp set and heat embossed the label with some gold embossing powder, for some extra sparkle!


I decided to split the book into two halves. The left side holds a small pocket which I'm storing a couple of spare photos and a tag with some journalling on it. And on the right side, I made this book out of white cardstock which is bound together with an accordion folded spine. (I'll hopefully have a tutorial up on my YouTube channel by the end of the week, to show you exactly how I made this)


This little book isn't actually adhered to the cover. I decided to not attach it because as you can see, it's a little chunky (!) so I wanted to be able to remove it so it was easier to look through. 






The first spread in the book doesn't have a photo. I wanted to create a title page and I mainly used some of the pieces from the Domestic Bliss ephemera pack (from the Sprinkles kit), to create a little scene.


This might be my favourite page in the album as it really makes me smile. The household ephemera pieces worked so perfectly with this photo that I've been wanting to document for a while. I was also pretty proud of using that washing machine, as I didn't think I would be able to find a way to use it as it is!



I love the spring colours in the papers from the Main kit, I grabbed a couple of flower and leaves stamps from my stash and fussy-cut them out. This was a super simple technique, but I love how fresh the page feels.



I love the exclusive CTK paper in this month's kit, it's such a gorgeous shade of yellow. I only have the tiniest scrap of it left, and I'm seriously going to have to hoard it!!



The Crate Paper cut-apart sheet from the Oasis collection had some really lovely elements I could to fussy-cut out. This page came together really easily because of that. And the exclusive cork pieces and stamps set from CTK were the perfect finishing touches to use for this page. I love that 'shenanigans' stamp, it's such a fun phrase to use!


I always like to make my mini albums as tactile as possible, so I always try to include different textures, flaps and pockets with hidden journalling or photos and windows... so I literally created a little window, where you can see the photos on both pages at once. I think this looks super whimsical and works well with the "home" theme of this album. 


Thanks for joining me today, I hope your inspired to create a mini album with this month's kit! 

- Elsie x

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bible Journaling with Jessy

Hello again! I'm back to share with you what I have created with the March GraceBox. Absolutely love this month's box (in fact I love each month)! It is filled with so many colourful elements & designs. Imagine the amount of pages you can create with these awesome goodies :) I love the fact that the Illustrated Faith paper pieces and CTK journal cards have scripture prompts that you can jumpstart your journaling. Truly, love mixing all these awesome products on my bible pages!


First off, I created this page based on the Psalm 103. It is truly because of His love and blessings, I can live a happy life! A life knowing that my God has prepared a good present and future life for me & my beautiful family. 




The second page, it is about Psalm 30 - God's joy comes in the morning. As a SAHM, it is refreshing to know that God's joy is indeed my strength every morning, intact all the time. 



Lastly, this page was created based Judges 18:5-6. It speaks about new journey or new season in life. When we are unsure, inquire the Lord and He will lead and guide us because God always wants us to succeed in everything we do! We serve a great God!




Thank you so much for coming by! Hope you are inspired to pull your GraceBox and create. Share with us your creations, we would love to see!

Xoxo Jessy



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Sketch | Gina Rodgers


Happy Sunday everyone! I'm here with this week's fun sketch and hoping you can play along too!


and here is my take on the sketch..I've changed it up just slightly, according with what I had to work with in the gorgeous Oliver Main + Sprinkles kits, such as using pattern paper rather than tags and reducing the banner at the top of the page. It's always fun to put your own spin on your creations.







To play along this week, create a layout inspired by the sketch and upload it to the CTK gallery, include today's date in the title (03/19) One lucky winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to spend in the CTK Store

Have fun!
Gina x
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

3 to Inspire with Lilith


Hello everyone. It's Lilith with a new 3 to inspire challenge. This month I got to work with the March 2017 "Home Life" Add-On Kit and the Pattern Play Paper kit. For my three to inspire I decided to do something different and stepped away from my plane white background. 


The patterned background is the first of your prompts:
Here are all three:

  1. Use a patterned paper as background
  2. Add a diagonal design element
  3. Create a central focal point with the photo

I love all the die cuts which came in the kit and they can be used in so many ways. 

Play along with our weekly 3 to Inspire challenge and earn a chance to win some happy mail. Each week we will pick one winner and we'll send out an envelope with a little happy mail. To earn a chance to win, participate in this challenge and upload your layout to the Citrus Twist Kits Gallery by Saturday, March 25th and include "Inspire 3/25" as part of your title.

Have fun playing with the kits and the prompts.

Happy Scrapping

Lilith

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pocket Life Sketch Friday with Zinnia

Hello again! It's Zinnia here! Today I am sharing with you my pocket life page that I have created using Citrus Twist March Pocket Life kit.

Here's the overall layout...


I printed out few photos of both of my nephew for this layout. It's super simple and easy. I am kinda impress with the overall. What do you think?

Here's some close-up for you...





And here's the sketch for you to work with....




Thanks for visiting Pocket Life Friday, where every week we share PL sketches and a chance to win. For your chance to win, create a layout based on the sketch in this blog post, post your layout to our Gallery or our Facebook Fan Page by Friday, March 24th 2017. Be sure to include PL 17/03 in the title!

Xo,
Zinnia.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

In My Studio with Andrea! Yay!


Hello! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you my creative space! Well...one of them. I have a few places I like to create...in the living room is one, hanging out with my hubby, on the couch with my scrap stuff spread on the coffee table. And I also have a designated “scrapbook/craft room”. However, because of my CRPS condition, I was finding it increasingly hard to get over to my craft room or the living room to create so I asked my husband last year if we could set up our bedroom so that I could scrap and craft and plan, etc in bed! I am now a huge fan of this idea and I have been encouraging other people who suffer with different disabilities or health conditions or illnesses to scrap in bed also! It has been such a gift to set up my bedroom to make it easier and more comfortable for me to create. I love it!


My husband built me a special desk that I can slide, kind of like a really long tray, over the side of the bed and just sit in bed and work on my projects! It is my “bed desk” and it is so awesome! My husband, Ryan, is an amazing carpenter so the desk is perfectly designed to fit my needs! When I'm not using it, it has a spot in the bedroom where it just sits nicely, below some wall decor pieces that I made (like the little house shelf and the 3 hearts)!



I also asked Ryan if he could make some sort of storage for me to go in the bedroom and so he built a special shelving unit that I designed, which perfectly fits all my mini albums and displays them. It also has cubbies to hold my 12x12 plastic containers which I use to keep different collections and my Citrus Twist kits. And at the bottom, I designed a cute little cabinet section that holds other product and tools and my larger albums and layouts.


I also have a really cute vintage desk in my bedroom. It is up against the window and we painted it pink and it is just my favorite! I love the sweet little vintage pink chair that sits in front of it too. They are not the same pink and I love that! I think they just compliment each other and the rest of the room. I love that when I need to sew, I can just pull the chair out and sit at that desk which holds my sewing machine and do some fun stitching on my layouts and tags and things.


My mom bought me a We R Memory Keepers wall storage piece that holds my paints and glitters and punches and things. The outside is useful too because it has white boards and chalk boards that I can write on and put notes to myself.


I have these cool smaller storage pieces and containers that I have collected over the years to go in my bedroom scrap space. I have newer things from Crate Paper, like the muffin tin that is perfect for holding embellishments like the exclusive cut-apart pieces from the Citrus Twist kits and other ephemera. It is so easy to pull from when I am working on a project and I can see everything easily. 


I also have some neat vintage containers like the aqua depression glass dish with the lid that I like to keep paperclips and things in. I have some wooden boxes and divided storage pieces that my hubby made for me which I love so much! The big pink one that sits on my mobile “bed desk” is so great because I can fit everything for one project in it – the 12x12 papers, the chipboard stickers, the alpha thickers, the ephemera and other embellishments, and I love the drawer at the bottom too because I can put my pictures in there. And for my markers and pens and scissors, I use a simple mason jar.



Here, you can see me working at my “bed desk”(yes, in bed!), using the amazing March “Oliver” kit to do some planner decorating! You can even see the sheets in some of the photos. I hope that this all gives you an idea of how and where I create and that maybe I have inspired you to scrap in your bed too! Wherever you decide to create though, have fun and happy National Craft Month!!!

xoxoxoxo – Andrea (i.e. Fairytale Scrapbook)


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial

"Hi everyone! It's Jessica here for the Tuesday Tutorial! Today, I'm going to show you how I incorporate and embellish ephemera into my yearly album using an insert.

As someone who has recently gone through the whole wedding planning process, I know the pain-staking time it takes to create wedding invitations. For that reason, I always save all the bits that come into the mail and add them as an insert for the week of the wedding. 

1. Determine the color scheme. My friend's wedding colors were purple and gold, but I love the way that the teal from the Oliver kit compliment the purple. I decided to incorporate that color along with the gold in the kit. 


2. Decide on the size of insert. Since wedding invites and ephemera vary in size, you'll need to determine the best starting place for your page protector. I chose 6x8, but remember that it can always be modified later if needed (see step #4). 


3. Make the paper and embellishments work for you. I LOVED the foam Freckled Fawn word stickers in this month's kit, but I knew the black wouldn't show up on the deep purple. Instead of scrapping the idea, I took out my heat gun and embossed gold right on top of the sticker. Worked like a charm! You can do the same thing with paint or inks. 


4. Make adjustments where needed. Since the Save the Date card was slightly smaller than the insert, I pulled out my Fuse tool and anchored it into the sheet. I love the customized effect! I was then able to use the teal patterned paper to frame it in place. This is also a nice way to add glitter or other shaker elements for a fun look. 


5. Add the finishing touches. I wanted to keep the insert simple so that the invitations would show through, but wanted to add a little bit extra. I pulled out the Shimelle enamel shapes and scattered those throughout the cards and finished up with a couple of the Gold Foam word stickers to fill in the empty space. 


That's it! Now, I can slide this in next to my layouts from her wedding day and enjoy everything together for years to come. 

Hope you enjoyed! 

Jessica