Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Sketch with Claudia

Good morning! I hope you're having a lovely weekend. It's Claudia here with you and today I'm sharing a layout I created using the following sketch;

One of the things I really like about working with sketches is that it gives you a start of point in terms of where to put certain things on your layout. I knew from the start that I didn't want to use 2 photos on this layout so instead of using another photo I just chose to go with another design element. I cut out a piece from the cut apart paper from the Crate Paper Oasis collection which came in this month's Main Kit.

Since my photo was taken in the sky I thought the title 'Let's Go' would be quite fitting. I used the gold glittered thickers from the Main Kit to create part of my title. For the 'Go' part I used some letters from the cut apart paper from the Pinkfresh Studio Dream On and traced them on the pink circle paper from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection to add an extra pop of pink (I can never have too much pink on a layout!). To give the letters a bit more definition I pulled out a pencil and outlined them.

I don't really do journaling on my layouts so I used the numbers that you see on the sketch as a design element, which I think works just fine. Do you have a similar photo? Maybe it would be an idea to put your top 5 favorite / dream destinations on there if you're not too keen on doing visible journaling on your layouts.

I punched out a few tiny butterflies with my punch and added them to create a little more interest and dimension in some places. I finished off the layout by adding some gold splatters using the Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine mist from my stash.

To play along with this week's challenge, create a layout inspired by the sketch, upload it to the Citrus Twist Kits Gallery with the sketch date (3/26) in the title, and you might win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK store.

Looking forward to seeing what you will create!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

3 To Inspire with Emma

Hi friends!  Emma here with another 3-To-Inspire challenge! 

We share this challenge every Saturday for those of you that are looking for a little extra push to get scrapbooking, to keep scrapbooking, or those just looking for a challenge (and the chance to win a little something is an added bonus!).

I hope you'll join in with me this week using the following prompts:

1. Use 2 colours only (can go with multiple shades of the same colour though)
2. Use multiple photo's (3+)
3. Use your stamps!  This one is a big challenge for me; stamps intimidate me haha.

 And here's a look at the page I created:

As you can see I went with green and pink for my page.  I printed my photo's so they looked like a photo strip and centered them on my page.   And to add some contrast I went with black embellishments - I think they really pop against the white/green.

I really love the black foam stickers out of the main kit this month - they are the perfect script font! (don't I wish I could write like that!).  The 'hello fun' tag is actually from the 12x12 (Pink Fresh) paper in the main too.

Don't look to closely at my stamping effort but I am kind of proud that I used them for a change!  Don't get me wrong, I love stamps (and I've got a 6x8 album full of them!) but I always forget to actually use them or I worry that I'll mess a page up just trying to use them, haha.  I used the main kit stamp plus the "Camera Roll" and "Life Adventures 3x4" stamps here :) 

The black paper clips from the Embellishment kit are just adorable!  I popped one one of the black foam hearts on top to add a little more dimension to the top of my page (I also popped a foam dot under the right edge of the paperclip so it sits off the page a bit too).

Now it's your turn! Use the three prompts to create your own projects and share them with us here in the gallery and/or our Facebook Forum.  I really can't wait to see your pages!

Thanks, Em xo

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pocket Life Sketch Friday with Mira

Hello Everyone! 
 It's Mira here with Pocket Life Sketch Friday challenge! Today I have two sketches for You and two Pocket Life pages to get You inspired!
Here's the first sketch:
As You can see I am a fan of design A and I use it in most of my PL pages:

I keep on adding very thick frames around the pictures so the final pages look consistently clean and I have plenty of space for embellishments! Here are the details:

And here goes the second sketch:
... and my inspiration:

This month kits were super bright so I admired absolutely everything what was inside, but I fell in love with one product especially: semi-transparent (kind of washi-tape type) stickers from March embellishment kit {I believe that was from Pink Fresh Studio :)}. Those stickers varied in colors and shapes so I was able to use them almost everywhere! For example to decorate this cool card from PL kit:

or to create my very own card:

What about You? What was Your favorite product from the kits this month? Feel free to share!

And if You happen to use this inspiration when creating Your own pages, remember that You have a chance to win a price! Here's how: Create a layout based on the sketch, post your layout to our Gallery or our Facebook Fan Page by Friday, March 31st and be sure to include PL 03/31 in the title!

Thanks for visiting Pocket Life Friday!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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