Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial with Karen - Using an Art Medium - GESSO TECHNIQUE

Hi everyone! Karen here and today I'm sharing a simple tutorial on how I used GESSO to create a subdued background. I created this layout using the January 2017 Scrapbook "Oh Darling" Add-On Kit & the "Pattern Play" paper add-on kit.

I love creating with 12x12 patterned paper however the photos and embellishments can get lost in the background. And then someone invented GESSO - how lucky! I like to think of this art medium as a blank canvas, because technically its giving you a chance to 'rub' out some of that background. 

Hint: do not use too much GESSO, start off with a small amount & work your way to more. I use make-up sponges to work with GESSO rather than a brush, it gives it leaves a great texture on the paper. Spread it out across the patterned paper & then wait until it dries, which really isn't that long.

Once dried you then can start adding your layers, photo & embellishments. For this layout I used more GESSO to create an area to stamp on to. I think it turned out great. GESSO is really easy to stamp on. 

I also added a smaller amount of GESSO to the bottom of the page where I planned to add embellishments. I loved how it turned out.

Watch the video below to see more details on how this layout and technique came together.

I hope I've inspired you to try something new.
Karen xx

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hello Fun / Oh Darling Add On Kit

Good morning! I hope you are doing well. It's Claudia here and today I'm sharing a layout I made with this month's 'Oh Darling' Add On Kit and the Pattern Paper Play Kit.

For this layout I'm using a somewhat larger photo than usual and didn't trim it down. The reason I didn't do this is because the photo has some open space which I thought would be the perfect place for my title to go.

I knew I wanted to make a somewhat colorful layout and the paper with the watercolor circles from the Pattern Paper Play Kit was the perfect one to get started with. I cut out the circles (about half of them ones that were on the paper) and put them to the right side of my layout.

I then went through the embellishments in the kit and selected some that matched the colors of the circles. I couldn't find enough matching ones, so I thought that it would be nice to add some of the foam number thickers to the ones that didn't have anything on them yet. If you struggle with using numbers this might a great way for you to use them up! :)

For my title I used one of the gold foiled pieces from the ephemera pack (Hello) and for the other part I used those beautiful black foam thickers again. I love mixing titles - it just makes them look a little more interesting to look at.

Thank you for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout and that you feel inspired to start creating! Have a great day!

xo Claudia

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Hello everyone. What does a Sunday mean? A new sketch of course. Below is a sketch you can use to create a layout.

 This is what I created using the sketch. 

I made some slight changes to my layout from the sketch and that is okay, you can too. Sometimes you have a slightly better idea or it could come down to what products you have to use & then this can differ to what is 'sketched' for you. 

I used a landscape photo, I don't use this size photo very often, so that was the first challenge for me with this sketch. I love to use square photos in my layouts.  The layout is 12x12 in size & I only used one large background layer unlike the sketch. To be honest I'm not use to larger layers so this was challenge number two & even though I gave it shot, I took the layer off & went with just the one background paper. Here are the details of my layout:

To play along this week, create a layout inspired by the sketch and upload it to the CTK gallery with today's date (01/15) in the title and you will be in with a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to spend in the CTK store
Happy Creating.

Karen xox

Saturday, January 14, 2017

3 to Inspire

Happy Saturday and welcome to this week's edition of our 3 to Inspire Challenge!  This week I am challenging you to include the following three elements on a project:

1. Use blue.
2. Journal on a label or tag.
3. Make a title with a die cut.

This is what I came up with using the January "Jameson" Scrapbook Kit:

Blue is such a fun color and I was able to include two shades of it on this layout documenting my nephew's happy smile. I recently purchased a used manual typewriter and am loving having the option to do my journaling on labels. (Here's a tip: adhere your tags and labels to a larger sheet of paper with washi tape--this will make it super easy to roll them through the typewriter!).  To make my title I chose the "I Like You" bubble from the package of exclusive diecuts that are included in the kit this month.

Now it's your turn! To play along with this week's 3 to Inspire Challenge and to be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a small prize from the CTK Store, create a project incorporating the three elements and upload it to our gallery. Make sure to include today's date (1/14) in the title of your project!  Good luck :).


Friday, January 13, 2017

Pocket Life Sketch Friday With Zinnia

Hello! It's Zinnia here today. This time i am not going to share my Traveler's Notebook layout but a pocket life page with a sketch!! Are you excited? Let's take a look of my overall layout.

 This is a 12 x 12 page that I created using Citrus Twist Kit January Pocket Life + Embellishment Kit.

I decided to use the photos of my nephews to create this layout as they are both looking adorable! Don't you agree? 

More close ups....

I also have a sketch for you..

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, January 20th, 2017. Be sure to include PL 01/13 in the tittle! 

Happy Friday and happy creating! 


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Embellishment only layout with Veera

Hi, It’s Veera here today to share a layout I created using only embellishments. I love pattern papers but I might love embellishments even more. The January kits are full of embellishments as always and this time I wanted to feature them! For this layout I used the ”Jameson” Scrapbook kit and Sprikles Kit.

Majority of the embellishments in this layout came from the exclusive ephemera pack. I really love the color combination of yellow and mint. The colors work so well with my picture. As I didn’t want to use any pattern papers I tried to create a design that has interest and flows through the layout. The little triangles were a perfect addition to help creating movement to the layout.

My favorite item from the Sprinkles kit was clearly the Nuvo Jewel Drops! I added the drops directly to the layout and left to dry. Such a cool and easy way to make little embellishments!

Have you tried to create layout using only embellishments?


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Call | January Grace Box

Hi Everyone,  It's Gina Lideros here today to share a new journal entry in my bible using the January 2017 Grace Box.

Inspired by the stamps in this month's Grace Box kit I chose the verse "For many are called, but few are chosen" in Matthew 22:14.

I started off my page applying a thin layer of white paint to the journaling column.  Then I placed random paint marks of coral, teal and white across my page.

I used the journaling pen included in this month's kit to highlight my verse.  After my paint dried I used the stamp included in the kit with black dye ink and I stamped along my page.

In the journaling column I stamped "the call" and "answer the call" and then I added my own journaling.

Supplies Used:
Stamp set (from the Jan Grace Box kit)
Washi tape (from the Jan Grace Box kit)
Illustrated Faith die cuts (Jan Grace Box kit)
Faber Castell Cobalt Green Pitt .5mm Fineliner Pen (from the Jan Grace Box kit)
Ranger Distress Paint, Abandoned Coral (from the Dec Grace Box kit)
Studio Calico: Large Date Stamp
Tsukineko StazOn Jet Black Dye Ink Pad
other: acrylic paints