Monday, August 21, 2017

Why do You create albums?


It's Mira Jurecka here today!
Imagine long autumn or winter evenings that are coming. Isn't it a great time to recollect old, good days, sunny holiday or our childhood stories!? When we come back from a trip, I always spend an hour looking at photos and selecting my favorites. I print them afterwards and they go straight to the album. Why? For today I gathered a few reasons that motivate me to create our family albums.

1. Building relationships with individual family members. Looking at the album together is the best way to start a conversation with the people that we love. Apparently children who see themselves in the pictures next to the other family members realize that they are important part of the family. Sometimes, during some emotionally difficult times such a knowledge may be of gold! Recalling our own failures from childhood with children allows them to better deal with their own problems! It also gives the impression that their parents were also children, also made mistakes, lived and struggled with problems! And now we have a thread of agreement!

2. Memory is fleeting - especially when we have a baby that changes very fast and delivers millions of stories to remember! Album motivates me to record those moments, chopping pics day by day! Without an album I would not remember tons of stories about my daughter! And I would not see her changing so fast.

3. Watching the pictures in album is comfortable, and when our photos are taken chronologically - it is easy to get back to specific moments, specific holidays, years or events. The form of album is definitely better than the stack of photographs, buried somewhere in the bottom of the box, which (probably in accordance with some physical law) like to break up, mix and change the order of photographs.

4. The album is also a pleasure to watch for the people who visit us - family, friends - they are often part of it! They are part of our lives and our memories! Sharing the album with them allows me to deepen our relationship as well, because in our albums we tell stories that may be the beginning of further conversations.

5. The risk that our photos will die because of a computer disk failure does not exist! So we don't have to worry about loosing our pictures.

6. And following this quote: "If adventure does not wait on the doorstep - climb out through the window", in extreme cases, the album can motivate us to go out and do something interesting! This is a bit weird and may seem artificial, but it works! Whatever motivates us to make sure our daily life is exceptional - it is worth recommending!

And You? What are the benefits of creating the albums that You found? Be sure to share your opinions with us!

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Sketch Challenge with Aimee Dow

Yay Sunday! I'd love to say I'm a little late posting today's sketch because we slept in, but that would be my dream scenario. The truth is I'm typing this one handed as a toddler tries to pry my watch off the other. Uncomfortably balancing my laptop on my 7 month baby bump, while trying to figure out how on earth I confused my dates again - Oh yeah, Baby Brain. So if all is forgiven she we get on with the fun stuff? Here is this weeks sketch:

and I totally feel off the wagon again...

In my defence, this months kits are just SO beautiful. I lost myself in the creative process and Maggie Holmes goodness.I loved the shiny gold thickers in this months kit, but I felt there was ton of word art that negated the need for a title. There are some truly awesome details and layers to this layout though.

So there you have it for another week - now its time for you to jump right in and give it a go for yourself. Oh and don't forget to share your creations with us on instagram or our Facebook page. There may even be a prize in it for you ;)

Aimee xx

Saturday, August 19, 2017

3 to Inspire

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of our 3 to Inspire Challenge! Each Saturday Citrus Twist provides three prompts to get those creative juices flowing. To play along and be eligible for a fun prize, make sure and post your project in the CTK Gallery with today's date in the title. Now lets get to those prompts!

1.  Use three or more words in your title.
2.  Number it.
3.  Incorporate paper strips.

This is my take on today's challenge:

 For my title, I went ahead and used a journaling card that I cut from one of the papers included in the August Scrapbook Kit. I really felt like the title was quite perfect for these photos from our June trip to the Sierras. I also really liked how the black and white journaling card contrasted with the colors in the photos and paper.  I decided to go ahead and simply number my photos using the ephemera from the kit. Another way to incorporate numbers would be to include a list in your journaling or even add a number into the title.  The final prompt inspired my page design as I cut down strips of paper to layer vertically. 

Now it's your turn! Can't wait to see what you all create!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Today's Narrative

Hello!! Melissa here again to share another project with you all today! 

I'm really loving getting to play with these pretty supplies from the August Kits. Using just a few pieces of ephemera from the August Photobooth PL Kit and stamps from the This is Life Narrative stamp and stamps from the The Good, The Bad, The Ugly I put together this layout in my trusty Travelers Notebook. 

I knew I wanted to use the "this photo says it all" stamp from the The Good, The Bad, The Ugly stamp set, so I went ahead and stamped it up on the top left. The photo is of two of my beach babes playing with one of their friends at the beach in a 'spa' they dug in the sand complete with seats and a tunnel for water to fill their spa. I stapled the 'today' chipboard piece with my tiny attacher to the photo and adhered it to my page. Then I created my own journaling card here using the "today's narrative" and "written by:" stamps from the This is Life Narrative stamp. I created this journaling card by simply stamping the sentiments on a 4"x4" piece of printer paper. I then typed my journaling with my typewriter, and adhered that onto the page. Lastly, I added a bit of washi tape to the top of the journaling card.

For the right side of my layout I used one of my favorite go to methods which is a full size 4"x8" photo. This photo is of my beach babes were digging for sand crabs with the pier in the background. This side came together so quickly. I first stamped the "absolute perfection" stamp from the The Good, The Bad, The Ugly stamp set, to my photo. I attached the "this doesn't happen every day" chipboard piece to my photo with my tiny attacher. Again, I finished off this layout with a slim piece of washi tape (the same print from the left side) under the chipboard set. 

Thank you for following along. Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tutorial: Mixed Media Background

Hi everyone, Gina here to share with you a step-by-step for creating a mixed media background. This is a favourite process to use when creating my layouts. You can also use this technique on white card stock or patterned papers but I love the chalky contrast of the white gesso against kraft card stock

To start, I've chosen a small b+w photo and a few possible embellishments and ephemera pieces from the gorgeous Photo Booth main kit

Lightly pencil in the position for your photo and, using a flexible plastic card or palette knife, scrape thin layers of gesso onto the card stock, working in different directions. I prefer do multiple thin layers and add in a few thicker patches, cutting lines into them, with the edge of the card or knife to add lines for texture

Once the gesso is dry (usually only takes about 5 minutes) start adding some colour with distress stains or a similar product. I've used 3 colours here; a gold and two different pinks and I usually blend them around with my fingers a bit

Applying the stain slightly outside the gesso  will result in a more intense colour directly on the card stock. Wipe off excess stain with paper towel, or if you prefer the colour brighter leave as is

I also added some random white splotches with a paint pen

Add a few watercolour splatters in a contrasting colour

Frame the  photo with a piece of patterned paper and tag. A torn edge to the paper is an easy way to add contrast and texture.

Position embellishments, ephemera and title roughly where you want them. I've add some cotton thread under the button and star

Now it's time to stick everything down. I changed the journal tag to a different colour and stamped a phrase onto it

A good quality black felt tip pen is an easy way to add some 'controlled' splatters to your page

Here is the final result (with a couple of graphite scribbles and more stamping under the b+w flowers)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you're now tempted to have play around with backgrounds sometime using this technique. It's a fun way to customise colours to compliment your papers and embellishments and I can guarantee that every page will be unique! x


Monday, August 14, 2017

Traveler's Notebook - Scotie the rescue dog

Hello hello! Zinnia here today back with another traveler's notebook layout to share with you. 

This is the full layout that I have created. 

Isn't this dog lovely, my neighbour rescued him and send us some photos of him. So I've decided to print out his photo and make a spread of him in my daily journal.

Let me show you some close-up shot...

So i uses CTK August pocket life kit to create this. Supplies that I used were the journal cards, chipboard stickers, stamps and a little of journaling. These are all in the CTK August PL Kit.

 I choose the 4 x 6" journaling cards as the base as the word "loyal" matches with Scotie! 

How do you like this layout? Comment below and let me know your thoughts! 

Thanks for dropping by,
Zinnia <3

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Sketch with Andrea

Hello there everyone! It's Andrea here today with you, to share a cool layout using the Sunday Sketch and the August Citrus Twist main kit. I really enjoyed using this sketch! I think it works well with both the story I wanted to tell and also the goodies in the kit. I think the layout turned out really cute!

Here is the Sketch for Today:

And here is my layout:

As you can see, the layout is about me and my husband and the magic of our love and being together. The pic is from a Disney trip we went on a couple months ago (I like to go there as often as I can), and it is definitely a magical place. However, everyday with my husband is magical because of our love. This is what I really wanted the layout to be about. I've been having an extra hard time lately with my health, so I wanted a little reminder of all the magic in my life...and the person that makes life beautiful and bright even when times are hard – my sweet, prince charming of a husband!

I didn't do a lot of journaling on the page...I plan on adding in more writing later (seperately, on another page across from it in my scrap album, so I can do a lot of writing without worrying about how to fit it all in on the page). I did add some words and things that I thought would help get my story across though. I wrote things like “Ryan and Andrea” and “every moment with you is magic” on my layout. I also included stickers from the kit that say things like “you and me” and “always and forever” on it. Those plus the “magical moments” paperclip and the huge “I love you” gold script title, both from the new Maggie Holmes line, really help tell my story.

As you can see, I followed the sketch pretty closely, but not exactly for this layout. I used one photo as opposed to two in my layout, like the sketch prescribes...but I managed to get the same sort of multi-photo look by using a couple of the polaroid pieces from the cut-apart sheet from Crate Paper. These polaroids really add a lot to the look of the page I think. The carousel horse one especially helps with the “magical” feel of the page and goes along with the theme of my story.

I hope you enjoyed today's Sunday Sketch and layout! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend everyone! Hope I have inspired you a create something about the magic in your life!

Xoxoxoxo – Andrea