Saturday, July 2, 2022

3-to-Inspire with Desiree


Hi friends! Today I am here with this week's 3-to-inspire.  Here's what I chose.

1. pocket pages
2. hearts
3. patterned paper

For this spread, I chose to work in my Blueberry Life Crafted Album and the #2 page protectors with 3x4 pockets. These fun pictures from a recent visit to the World of Coke were perfect for this month's kit.

I started by selecting my patterned papers, there were so many good ones to choose from. I chose a 6x8 paper from the Flea Market Findings V2 Papers, a journal card, and a digital paper from the Flea Market Findings V2 Digital Papers. I used the blue diamond patterned paper as my base page and cut hearts from the remaining papers.

I layered the hearts vertically on the page. I also cut my photo into a heart shape to add to the layers. I love working with hearts, there are many ways to use them and add them to your projects. Once I saw all the pretty papers, I knew hearts would be perfect for this spread.

To make the page a little more fun, I decided to unevenly layer the hearts instead of stacking them in a perfect line. I couldn't resist adding the Flea Market Findings V2 Puffy Stickers and the Flea Market Findings V2 Tiny Word Stickers to the hearts. The colors were the perfect balance of softness that I was hoping for.

I saved my pockets for last. I reprinted this brown and white journal card with the flowers and butterflies because it is my favorite. I thought using the design twice would help to create a more cohesive layout. I popped a few of the Flea Market Findings Enamel Dots through my spread. To complete the layout, I added a phrase sticker to the 3x4  picture of my husband and me.
I hope you enjoyed today's spread. I hope you take a moment to try out this week's 3-to-Inspire with the lovely Flea Market Findings V2 kit. Stay crafty!

Friday, July 1, 2022

Life Crafted Inspiration with Kira

Hey there! It’s Kira and I am back with another Life Crafted TN sized layout. I thought it would be fun to show y’all my process when making a layout, start to finish. Here’s a look at my finished layout:

I always start out my layouts with a story. I jot stories or quotes from my children in my notes app on
my phone. I usually just keep a running log, noting the date something was said. In this case, I had a
separate note started for our vacation we took in June since I also wanted to keep track of the places we visited or ate. I came across this sweet quote from my son while I was choosing which story to tell.

Once I chose this quote, I then select my photo. I don’t try and find a photo I took in the exact moment,
but one that will work for the situation. Since this was said while we were in Washington, I wanted a
photo of him in WA where the scenery behind him was indeed “beautiful”. I thought this one of him in
front of the Space Needle was perfect. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and we are clearly in Seattle.

After I settle on my photo, I go ahead and print it out. Sometimes I want a full-page photo or multiple
small photos so I would normally resize at this point. But I just went ahead and printed the photo at a
standard size of 2"x3".

Then it’s time to choose my embellishments. When using a kit, I still find myself overwhelmed if I have
too many choices, so I like to narrow everything down before getting started. I loved the green in this
kit and thought it worked well with my photo. And originally, I thought of pulling in some blues, but I
thought that seemed too “predictable” for a Seattle layout, so I opted for pops of yellow instead since
the sun was shining in this particular photo. I pulled out all the papers and embellishments that fit my
color scheme and theme of the page.

And finally, it was time to put together my page. I started by matting my photo with this green leaf
paper and used the lace trim as an accent piece on top.

I built a cute little embellishment with this rabbit die cut, which has nothing to do with the story, but I
thought gave it a whimsical feel.

At this point, I needed to decide if I wanted my journaling (quote) on this page or make this a two page
spread. Since this was just a quote, I thought one page would work fine. And I loved the idea of having
the journaling “hanging” on the tag.

I finished the page off with some stamping using the new stamps. And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed
hearing more about my process and I can’t wait to see how you use this kit.

xo, Kira

Sunday, June 26, 2022

SUNDAY SKETCH with Suzanne

Good morning CTK friends!

Today I have made 2 layouts using this sketch! I had so much fun documenting them in my 6x8 album as well as my life crafted album.

For my life crafted album, I used the digital papers from June, typed the journaling, and cut them in a small format so they would fit my page. For the background I used a starr  stencil and modeling paste, a  very subtle way to add more layers to your page




For my 6x8 album I used one of this month's cut files, and cut it multiple times. I used watercolor paper so I could add distress oxide to make it match with the digital papers. To layer them, I glued them to vellum paper and placed them behind the photo.


I hope that I have provided some inspiration to use this sketch, and I can’t wait to see what you will create.

Happy crafting

Love Suzanne 


Saturday, June 25, 2022

3-to-Inspire with Patricia


Hello CTK Friends!  I'm super excited to share a 3-to-Inspire with you today using the new 49 and Market Kit!  I had my eye on this kit as soon as it was in the shop, and it doesn't disappoint!  This kit is filled with so much 49 and Market as well as exclusive papers from CTK to complement.  This is a great one to have in your stash as you will find yourself reaching for the colors and the texture for all of your scrapbook project.

For today's 3-to-Inspire, I want you to give these ideas a try:

  • Use a cut file and back only part of it with pattern paper, then use the positive solid cut outs to re-insert.  Before reinserting them, add stamping to them.
  • Create motion by using the transparent leaves, butterflies, chipboard, and die cuts from the kit.
  • Fussy cut images from the CTK exclusives papers that complement the kit.
So many wonderful things to decide to use.  I wanted to really show off the kit, but I also wanted to use the new lower case Emma Alphabet stamp set.  So before adding those positive cut files back into my cut file, I used a variety of letters (no certain ones) to add to the collage and grid feel by stamping in a complementary, but subtle ink color.  

The transparent leaves, butterflies, the chipboard and the die cuts create an arc or semi-circle motion both giving movement and direction to the other side.  For added color to this side, I used the exclusive CTK papers only in the smaller vertical sections of the cut file.  Most of my colors are blush, pink, orange, so the pop of green and yellow and even the subtle blue of the banner chipboard add a nice focus back to the photo and title as well as to create a more defined triangle.

I really love the new smaller 3x8 slim pockets.  I used an entire trimmed sheet from the CTK exclusive paper that had the texture and color I needed from the other side, but enough of a white space that I could trim a die cut piece to add my journaling in the center.  I then used fussy cut pieces of flowers, butterflies, and a trimmed die cut ticket to add to the collage feel as well as continuing that motion from the other side.  I did use a bit of the new washi tape from the June Exclusive kit under that die cut to ground it even more.

Absolutely gorgeous kit and so me!  It gives me the color, texture, as well as the artsy vintage feel that I love.  You can really go crazy with color and texture on your projects with this one or keep it simple, letting the kit pop against a neutral white, black, or kraft colored cardstock.  This would also be a great one to use your punches and create your own grids if you don't have a way to use the digital cut file as I did today.  Have fun with this one!  Definitely one to have in your stash!

Friday, June 24, 2022


Hi Everyone!

So happy to be on the blog today for Life-Crafted Friday. I do hope that you're looking forward to the weekend as much as I am.

I am so enjoying working in my 6x8 Life-Crafted album. The original size holds a very special place in my heart but the 6 x 8 size has always been my first love. 

I was so excited to create this spread using the June Explore kit - I am sure most of us love exploring and for this spread I documented our recent trip to our favourite French restaurant. It's a local favourite so of course I had to use that puffy sticker in my spread.

I am happy that I grabbed these pictures at the restaurant to create this spread and I love how well the Explore kit complemented the images. The little puffy star burst stickers are completely adorable. I can do with an entire sheet of it lol.

Here's a link to the kit I used:-

All the sentiments in this kit fit so very well to document all our adventures. I love the title ephemera and had to use them on both sides of the 6 x 8 pages. I had extra pictures that I wanted to feature so I added them in using the 3 x 8 page protector and embellised with some ephemera and puffy stickers.

I do hope you enjoy my spread. Feel free to ask any questions below.

Here's to days full of Exploration!

Love and Light,


Sunday, June 19, 2022

Sunday Sketch with Lory

Happy Sunday everyone!
It's Lory here today happy to share with you a new sketch inspiration!
What I have to say is to have a sketch as a creative guide is fabulous to create not just a scrapbooking layout but some pocket pages as well.

Sketches make me have a lot of creative ideas :)

Here it is the sketch :)

And here my entry :)

My page is created with some past kits patterned papers and all the goodies from the June Explore kit that I love so much! I adore to tell my everyday stories and keep memories of them. It's an indefinite treasure!

I have created a cluster of embellishments on the left side of the picture fixing the beautiful ephemera of the kit, you can choose how you want to follow the sketch, it's your creative way, but it's perfect when you abradi know what and where, don't you think? 

Here some close ups :)

I have complete my page with the journaling just using the gorgeous stamps ever, the Citrus Twist phrase stamps! Love them to pieces! Everything is in my Calypso album :)

Hope you like the sketch and can't wait to see your creative ideas with it :)

Love, Lory

Saturday, June 18, 2022

3-to-Inspire with AMY

Hello weekend crafty warriors!  Today I am sharing the latest layout in my New Zealand travel album.  This is a double 6x8 layout with a 3-Pocket 4x3 plus Journal Spot page protector in between to hold even more photos.  I wanted to challenge myself to use my stamps in a different way in this layout, and I hope you try it too!

Today's 3-to-Inspire Challenge:

1. 4x6 Tiny Words Explore Stamp

2. Life Crafted Explore Die-Cut Ephemera

3. Citrus Twist Explore Puffy Stickers by Elif Sahin

I used the 4x6 Tiny Words Explore Stamp to create a brick-like background pattern to go in the middle, narrow pocket of the 3-Pocket 4x3 plus Journal Spot page protector on both sides of the cardstock, and embellished them in different ways.  On the front, I stamped the word "wander" multiple times, then stamped "wonder" once and embossed it in a contrasting color. I picked the colors based on the colors I saw in the larger photo.  On the back, I stamped the word "wander" again in a brick-like pattern, and embellished it with a floral piece of die-cut ephemera. I then added a few stars from the Citrus Twist Explore Puffy Stickers by Elif Sahin pack to link with the star photo below.  

The left 6x8 image is embellished simply with part of a journal card from the April Travelogue kit.  It mirrors a similar embellishment on the prior page to create continuity between layouts. The right 6x8 holds the journaling for this layout, and used one the digital journal cards from the Explore kit to tell the story.  I elongated the card a bit in Photoshop to tell my longer story, and cut the top off the card and popped it up using foam dots to give a bit of digital texture to the page.  Finally, I tucked one of the Life Crafted Explore Die-Cut Ephemera under the side to note the location and date.   

I had fun playing with stamps, die-cut ephemera and stickers in this layout, and I'm exited to see how you use them in your layouts!  Be sure to tag me @alphins_little_corner on Instagram, and have a great weekend!