Monday, March 25, 2019

Product Spotlight & a Flip Album with Amanda!

Hi CTK Friends & Fans! 

Amanda here, and I am just loving the new March Life Chapters Life Crafted Kit!
So much gorgeousness!
Today I am shining the spotlight on two of my favorite items from this kit; the cork numerals & the die cut ephemera!
To demonstrate the versatility of our Life Crafted Kits, I've avoided creating pages for my Life Crafted Album or even making scrapbook layouts. Instead, I have featured both items in a super cute, miniature flip album!

"Our Lil' Story"

Squeeee! How cute is this mini album?!! SO adorable! 
Here's a closer view of the cover....

The sweetest!
The front cover features lots of the die cut ephemera, and in particular the book pieces to enhance the story themed album title! I also decorate with chipboard hearts, and the white puffy alphabet stickers from the Life Chapters Kit. 

To create this mini flip album, I select 3 of the Life Chapters 6 x 8" pattern papers and machine stitch them together through the center (at 4"). Fold into half, and voila, a lil flip book ready to decorate!
Here's a look inside....

Life is a fairytale seems to sum it up perfectly! With so many book references in this month's kit, story telling is definitely on the agenda!
How awesome is that cork numeral? Such a statement piece!
All good stories start with number one - so gather around, I have a story to tell.

I layered the cork numeral onto one of the 6 x 4" journal cards from the Life Chapters Kit, and then embellished it with ephemera. Simple, but so effective! I use thick double sided tape to adhere the 6 x 4" journal card to the album pages.

Our story begins with the arrival of our newest family member....

Nawww! Such a cutie! 
I use the mint Tiny Word stickers, as well as the puffy white alpha stickers, to document part 1 of this happy story! More ephemera adorns the page, and that 'found' chipboard sticker graces my sweet photo!

Moving on to chapter 2.....

Isn't this adorable! 
Again, I mount the cork numeral onto a journal card - but this time, I use a 3 x 4" one. The cork number 2 also forms the 'handle' to lift the flap....

I love interactive elements, and hidden stories & photos is such a fun element to any mini album!

I attach the 3 x 4" card with washi tape from my stash, and embellish with more of the ephemera, and chipboard stickers. Simple, beautiful creating made so easy with the Life Crafted Kit!

Chapter 3 signals the close of this flip album.....

Like previous pages, the cork numeral is adorned with the exclusive ephemera and chipboard from the Life Chapters Kit.

The ephemera label, Endings can be beautiful was the perfect sentiment to end this mini with.
And there you have it!

Cork numerals and ephemera stealing the spotlight in this super sweet (& easy to recreate!) mini album!
I hope I have inspired you to get creating with your Life Crafted Kits today!
Needing more supplies? Visit the Citrus Twist Kits store HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
til next time,
Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday Sketch with Marsha

Hello friends!  Marsha here, and I'm excited to be sharing this week's Sunday Sketch.  Sketches are so fun to work with, and CTK always has the best ones!   I hope you will play along!

Here's the sketch for this week:

I love this design!  When I first saw it, I knew it would work perfectly as a layout in my Life Crafted Album.  Here's the spread I created:

For my layout today, I am using the Life Chapters Kit and the This is Life "Bookends" Stamp.

I loved the sketch so much, I decided to follow it fairly closely.  One of the only changes I made was mirroring the sketch.  

To begin the layout, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out one of the free subscriber cut files to use as my background.  I loved this detail from the sketch and wanted to use it on my spread.  I used a patterned graph paper from the kit and then layered it over a striped paper, also from the kit.

Next, I used some of the ephemera, word stickers and chipboard pieces to embellish this side of the layout.  I also did some stamping using the This is Life "Bookends" Stamp.  I love the extra interest stamping adds to a page!

Next, I used a journaling card from the kit, the stamp set, and some of the cut aparts to embellish the pocket, and I trimmed one card into a tag shape for my journaling.  The scalloped pocket from this month's kit was perfect for holding the tag with my journaling.  

For the right side of the spread, I trimmed a couple of the kit papers into narrow strips and adhered them to the edge of the page.  I used more ephemera, cut aparts, chipboard pieces, and stamps to embellish this area.

To finish off the layout, I added some machine stitching.  I love the texture and interest this adds to a project.

Here's one final look at my layout using this week's sketch:

I can't wait to see your take on the Sunday Sketch!  I hope you will play along!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

3-to-inspire with Diane

Hi everyone, Diane here with another 3-to-inspire challenge for you! You can find this challenge here every Saturday for those who need a little extra creative push to get scrapbooking, to keep scrapbooking or for those who just like a challenge! Your take on this challenge can be a layout, Traveler's Notebook page or a pocket page spread and remember that you'll want to include all 3 prompts on your project.

Your prompts this week are:
  1. Use a cut file or hand cut your title
  2. Add some texture and dimension 
  3. Stick with either a warm or a cool colour scheme
Here’s my take on this challenge ...

I decided to create a page in my Traveler's Notebook about my two favourite things: my husband and coffee!

To create a bit of dimension, I trimmed out the stripes from one of the 6x8 papers from the Life Crafted kit and then changed to order of them to create an ombre effect. I stitched them to the tag (adding even more texture!) and then roughed up the edges with my fingers. I grabbed this awesome cut file from the shop and backed the "magic" part with another one of the 6x8 in the same warm colour tones.

On the right hand side of the page, I added my photo after first matting it in the same warm-coloured paper as the title and added one more of the stitched paper strips to the side. I finished of the page by adding a label, some stamps and a few die cut hearts that I used my ink pad to change to black for contrast. I'm really not a messy scrapper so I added some "splatters" with a gel pen instead!

I can't wait to see what you do with this challenge so don't forget to post your layouts in the Facebook Fan Page so we can see!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Life Crafted with Alena

Hello CTK friends, Alena here today.

I am sharing some more pages in my wonderful Life Crafted Album. I used the lovely March Life Crafted Kit .

  like to experiment with the background. This time I combined strips of patterned paper and a puffy alphabet. I also left place for a headline.

 On another page I used the same patterned paper and also added a couple pieces of chipboard. I just cut the paper along the patterned lines.

And here are some more pages I made this month:

 Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Kitten Traveler's Notebook Page with Laura Rahel

Hey friends, it's Laura Rahel Crosby here and today I'm sharing a gorgeous page I made for my Life Crafted album by CTK. To make this page, I'm using the March 2019 Life Crafted Citrus Twist Kit and there's an awesome process video for you to see how the page came together.

This layout was sweet and easy. I wanted a neutral color background paper to go with the neutral colors in my photograph so I created my own. I used lots of phrases from the stamp sets this month and stamped them to make that gorgeous patterned background paper. I layered my photograph on some patterned paper from the kit and embellished using white thread and various ephemera and chipboard pieces from the Life Crafted Kit this month.

My favorite part of this page (aside from the photo of my kitten of course,) is that adorable scalloped envelope and the tag I made to go inside which holds some journaling. I love the simple, neutral mood this page has- exactly what I was aiming for.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this traveler's notebook layout I made! Make sure you follow me on Youtube to see all of my crafty projects and I'll catch you next time. :)

Happy crafting friends,

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

"Currently" with Kira

Hey there!  It's Kira and I am back with another 8.5x11 scrapbook layout using the March Life Crafted kit along with the scrapbook add-on kit.  Here's a look at the layout I created:

I wanted to use this photo of myself and create a layout about my current favorites.  When I had the idea, I remembered on of the Life Crafted cards from this month's kit and thought it would be neat to enlarge it to use as my background.  So I found the card in this month's digitals, and printed it as a full 8.5x11 paper.

I decided to play off of the multiple colored hearts/stripes and do some color blocking with my embellishments.  I pulled in die cut pieces from both the LC exclusives and the PFS pack included in the add-on kit.  I also used some of the chipboard from the LC kit and some puffy stickers from the add-on.

I wanted my journaling to be hidden, so I used the glassine bag that held the cork pieces in the LC kit as a layout behind my photo to hold my journaling.  Then I used a tag from the cut apart paper, Happy Place, to add my journaling and tucked it into the bag behind my photo.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

xo, Kira

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Everyday Documented with Nathalie

Hello everyone!

Nathalie with you today!   i have had so much fun with my kit this month, and my challenge this month was to try and use as much of the Life Chapters kit as i could - these kits are so packed -, so i  am going to show you how i worked the kit into my Life Crafted album.

I love having the chance to add dimension and layers to my album, so i took advantage of the concentric pattern of the paper to add chipboard and ephemera to create this simple page about my nephew's 6th birthday.

This page complements small spread created for CTK IG stories a few weeks back.    For this i mixed similar elements as the previous page, and used layers -even the small glassine bag that carries the cork numbers- to document my nephew's celebration.

If you have seen my work before, then you know that i love florals.  So, I used the floral paper from the Life Chapters kit to create this spread about my crafty friends.

I pulled the "The Story" cut file to create the title of this page, and cut it from white cardstock.  I kept the page rather simple as i have lots of patterns in the page, however, i added the little bird on the title, and used the colors to bring the color in the word stickers into the page.

For the other side of the spread, i used the leftover piece of paper to anchor the scalloped envelope (included in the Life Chapters kit and also available for purchase in the CTK shop)  and build my page on it.  I pulled the small floral ephemera  to decorate this side of the page, and then used one of the large tags to house lots of journal about this day (you can find the tags in the CTK shop).   Love how this came together with the Life Chapters kit!.

This month's Life Chapters kit had a side focus on reading, so i used the large 3x8 tag ( and one of the new inserts coming to the shop in April) to create this spread all about  my reading adventures.   All the coordinating ephemera in the kit and the cut apart elements made this come together in a short amount of time.

And for my last page today, i chose to use the Floral Cascade cut file (free subscriber cut file) to create the large die cut that covers this spread.  Once again, i used one of the Life Chapters kit's papers to serve as a base for the spread.

To balance the spread, i chose to leave the title in the 3x8 page protector, and used one of the large cork numbers, while the other side houses the picture and lines of journal.   I have added some of the word stickers to form a visual triangle, while the vellum butterflies  form a second visual triangle on the spread.

All i have left with are just a few pieces that will slowly make its way to my personal journal or a future spread on my family album.   Having all you need in a bag made it so easy to put all of this together.   Now it is time to start working on the upcoming month's kit, you are going to love it!!!

As always let me know if you have questions on how any of these came together,