Monday, June 27, 2016

Creating with the "Away" Add-On Kit

This month I got to create with the fun "Away" add-on, and as the name suggest, it's the perfect choice for scrapping those travel pics! I've used it on this Kraft base layout, documenting my daughter's 4 day walk through the Tasmanian west coast wilderness. 

I've started with a mixed media background of gesso, mists, ink and graphite..

and added some hand drawn leaves and script in white gel pen

On this page, I've opted for a more simple design, added sections of woodgrain card stock and the patterned papers in the kit, along with part of the packaging from the Cocoa Vanilla paper ephemera

I'm loving the texture in the fabric tag!

To finish, just a few splats of the mustard colorshine..

My final project is a fairly similar design on a 8.5 x 11" scale, once again featuring the beautiful nickel woodgrain card stock, along with a few embellishments, alpha and journaling tag (from previous CTK printables)

Utilising the packaging here again, I've incorporated part of a glassine bag, which I coloured with distress stain, and embellished with a couple of hand-cut leaves and a barcode..

Did you manage to get your hands on the Away Add-on before it sold out? I'd love to see how you used your kit if you did, please share your creations in our gallery and Facebook group!

Gina x

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Sketch

Happy Sunday Sketch Day!!

Brooke here to share some sketch inspiration to hopefully get you making something today!  Here's a look at this week's sketch...

Immediately, I'm intrigued by the grid column behind the photo and know I'll use this inspiration as my main design element.  Here's what I came up with...

I thought it would be fun to incorporate collage paper art into this project.  I went with random, hand-cut shapes in a loose grid column to create a playful and carefree feeling...perfect for these photos of my 6-months old niece, Riley.

Originally, this was a 9x12 layout.  But, I went a little overboard and the column ended up being so wide that it almost took up the whole page.  Not wanting to cover any of the elements up with a photo, I decided to add on a 3-inch piece of patterned paper to make this a 12x12 layout again.  This allowed additional space for photo placement and journaling.

Once I had the photos placed, I added in the journaling, silver hearts and the chipboard title to complete the page. 

***Now it's your turn!*** 

To play along with this week's Sunday Sketch Challenge, create a layout based off of today's sketch, upload it to the gallery with today's date (6/26) in the title, and you will be eligible to win a $5 gift certificate to be used in the CTK Store!

Happy crafting!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

3 to Inspire

Hello! Michelle here with this week's "3 to Inspire" challenge!

Your take on this challenge can be a layout or a PL spread and you must include all 3 prompts on your project. This is what I have for you today:

1. Document a road trip or adventure.
2. Incorporate paper strips.
3. Add some mist or paint.

Here is my take using the June "Away" Add-On Kit:

This was such a fun challenge for me! First off, I had been saving this fun picture that I took on our way home from picking up our new truck and the colors in this kit were just perfect for it. Using paper strips in my project were actually a really great solution to incorporating several of the pattern papers that were pretty bold and busy. The bottle of Heidi Swapp Color Shine that is included in the Add-on Kit was the final touch.

Now it's your turn! Use the three prompts to create your own project, share it with us here in the gallery , and you will be eligible to win a small prize from the CTK StoreMake sure to include the date of the challenge in the title of your gallery submission!  Can't wait to see what you create!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Pocket Life Friday - Use some numbers as your composition base!

Hello on Friday! It's Kasia here with another pocket pages inspiration (and a sketch of course!) made with the gorgeous June Capri PL kit and some bits and pieces from sprinkles and embellishments kits!

Probably you know by now that I love when my pocket pages are light, happy and cheerful - I always start with building a base of whatever white elements I can find - luckily there were plenty of them inside Capri Pocket Life kit! Wohoa!

When I looked through my photographs from that week I noticed I only have pictures taken with my iPhone camera - it's ok though, I don't strive to use only camera taken photos for my albums. All the pictures I picked have been already edited for instagram with A Color Story app - it's my go to editing app these days! 


When I started working on my pages layout I got totally inspired by a 3x4 card from the PL kit  which says "5 favorites" - I decided to build my composition around this card's theme. 


I numbered my photos from 1 to 5 and wrote the corresponding journaling on the card. It's a fun way to change things a bit and higlight some favorites from here and now! I'll definitely repeat this trick some time soon!


I prepared a simple sketch for you showing the bones of my spread. It's made with 9x12 album in mind but you can easily recreate it for another format. The sketch will allow you to create a well balanced and airy entry to your album - just follow it, especially if you also love to use your square, instagram pictures!

Below are some juicy details for you for further inspiration how to play with this month's kits.






And here you can see once again my list inspired pages. Using the numbers helps to guide the eye through the page and keeps everything nice and organized. I challenge you to try this technique in summer!


I hope you enjoyed today's post! Have a wonderful and creative weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fast Scrap: Summer Layout With Evelyn

This time I (evelyn) wanna share how to create fast scrap summer layout using alpha sticker and some pattern as a background. It's easy and fun. I will share step by step so you guys here can scraplift it.

Step1: Place the alpha sticker right in the middle of the paste. You can cut the banner of the alpha if you don't like it.

Step 2: Place some pattern papers which has same color combo with the alpha sticker. You can do simple layering with pattern paper.

Step 3: Paste the summer photo that you have right in the middle of the patter papers.

Step 4: Cut a label and paste it to the right side of the page. You can do stamping technique this time using the stamp set that you will get in the main kit.

Step 5: Decorate the photo using some embellishments that you like around the photo.

Step 6: Last but not least don't forget to do hand journaling and write down your memory.

Easy right?! Don't forget to print out your summer photos and scrap it.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sometimes simple is best with Aimee.

Since before Eva was born I have had a crippling fear of scraping her album. I created this perfect little human, how hard can the perfect scrapbook be? Yeah... It's impossible. Especially when said perfect child isn't really big on naps. I've come to the realisation that sometimes done, is better than nothing. Even better than 'done' is a page with a simple clean style that can be done in 15 minutes. Let's rock this out shall we?

Tip One: love your kit. Trina does such an amazing job of giving you everything you need. This page is living proof the you don't need to raid your stash. Paint, glue, the Capri Main Kit and June's Embellishment Kit and your good to go. And you know what? I find that limiting my supplies not only saves me time, it also increases my creativity.  Give it a go, you might surprise yourself.

Tip Two: You often find that Kits have a few sheet from the same collection. Use them to your advantage as they were designed to go together. Also, white cardstock is your friend, who am I kidding it's my scrap supply soulmate.

Tip Three: No one REALLY needs a title. Hell, if you can get away with word stickers who even really needs journaling? Oh how I love Citrus Twist Phrase Stickers <3 <3 <3

Tip Four: Ditch the time consuming processes. Sure I could print a label in one of a million cool fonts  and colours, but frankly it's just easier to use the typewriter. Why get out the sewing machine when a tiny attacher works so well. And by 'well', I mean it drives me less mad when I run out of staples apposed to having to refill and fit the bobbin.

There you have it my CT kit lovers. The secret to simple, chic, streamlined pages.

Can't wait to come back and play next month,

Aimee Xx

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday tutorial: Don't forget you!

If you're anything like me, when your kit arrives all beautiful and new, your first thought is to grab those kiddy, pet or family pics. The ones that you're not in because - surprise! - you're behind the camera. I know I tend to reach for pictures of my daughter (especially when she was tiny) because those are the pictures I like looking at.

But we need to remember to get ourselves in our layouts too: we're an important part of our family's stories and our faces need to be in those albums. But of course, most of us don't love, a. having our pictures taken or b. how we look when we do force ourselves to pose! 

So here are a couple of tips to ensure that that gorgeously unique face of yours makes it onto at least a few of your pages...

1. Pose in front of your mirror whenever you feel even vaguely good about how you look... if you've blow-dried your hair or put on some make-up - get snapping. You can crop out your camera later on.

2. Work out how your camera's timer setting works and see what result you get that way. For this bike shot, I'm posing outside our local takeaway which has lovely white walls!

3. Ask someone to take a shot of you whenever you like your outfit. This shot was taken outside a supermarket, but I was wearing my very favourite mint-coloured cardi.

4. Don't be afraid to pose with a prop. Yes, I felt silly posing away in my husband's glasses for these shots, but I love the resulting photos and they have already graced a few projects (going into black and white is also a top tip if you happen to suffer from rosacea like me).

So come on, girls: let's get ourselves on those pages! God gave us these faces and our families love them, so we should celebrate them too.

Make a page about your favourite outfit, your favourite song lyrics, your hobby or drink... just get yourself in your album and don't feel shy about it. Let's really 'enjoy ourselves'!