Saturday, September 30, 2017

3-To-Inspire with Emma

Hi friends!  Emma here with the final 3-To-Inspire challenge for September :)

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 3 different patterned papers on your page (either 3 different sheets of paper or if you have a paper with multiple patterns on it, you can use that too!)
2.  Use a triangle shape AND a circle shape on your page
3.  Add stitching on your page (either machine or by hand!)

And here is the page I created:

I used the Add-on kit for this page - I love all the Turn The Page items included!  And it helped with this page as the Paige Evans Turn The Page "12" has multiple patterns on one side so I was able to use one piece of paper and get my 3 patterns!

I used my trusty scissors to hand-cut all my triangle shapes (so they're all a little wonky) and then put the together randomly at the top and bottom of my page and machine stitched them in place.

Once I had the triangle pieces set I used my little circle punch to cut out circle shapes of the same pattern and layered them on top with a small foam dot behind to give them a little dimension.

My photo's, title and journaling are centered in the middle of my page.  I print all my photo's at home so I'd printed out two of the same photo with one being slightly bigger than the other (at that time I couldn't decide which size I wanted to go with) and ended up using both by just layering one on top of the other!

Now it's your turn! Use the three prompts to create your own project/s and share them with us here in the gallery and/or our Facebook Forum.  I look forward to seeing your project!

Thanks, Em xo

Friday, September 29, 2017

Challenge Winners: August 2017

Today we are happy to announce the winners of our August Challenges!

Each week our Design Team provides you with three challenges to help you get your creative juices flowing. Pocket Life Friday gives you inspiration to use in your pocket style scrapbooking. Saturday's 3 to Inspire challenge brings you three creative prompts to incorporate on a project of your choice. And finally, on Sunday, our Sunday Sketch challenge goes live.

To participate in either or all challenges, all you need to do is upload your project to the gallery within a week of the challenge date, noting the date of the challenge in the title of your project. One winner is picked for each challenge and announced here on the blog.

Thanks to all that participated during the month of August! Here are the winners:

Sunday Sketch: $5 Gift Certificate to the CTK Store
     8/6: stefcia;  8/20: barbp;  and 8/27: sandy r.
3 to Inspire: A small prize from the CTK Store
     8/5: sunie; 8/19: jinnynewlin; and 8/26: sandy r.

Pocket Life Friday: Fun Mail
     8/4: sunie.

**Winners: To claim your prize, please email Trina at and include the date and name of the challenge that you have won in the subject line.

Pocket Life Challenge with Mira Jurecka - let's make it green!

Hello on Friday!

It's Mira here and I have a very green post for You today! I hope You will enjoy this monochromatic Pocket Life Challenge!

I have two prompts and they are both associated with green color:

1. In Your pocket project use the pictures that are capturing something green, it can be grass, a garden. Or maybe some pictures about some the recent trip into the woods? The choice is Yours, but the most important is to choose the pictures with strong green accents.

2. When decorating Your pocket page use as many natural themes as possible. For example flowers, leaves, trees, clouds, etc.

Take a look at my two PL pages and see how I managed to follow the prompts:

I've choosen pictures from our visit to the park of mini trains and lighthouses, where there were plenty of grass, trees and mostly green scenery.

I created two journaling cards using green patterned paper with beautiful flowers. It was included in PL kit this month. 

In my project I also included this super-cool leaf die-cut to emphasice the outdoor character of our visit.

And here's the cork cloud which helped me tell the story about us, enjoying both: sunny and rainy days of our vacations. Those hearts falling from the cloud mean that we didn't mind the rain at all.

So this is it!
I hope You like the prompts that I brought You today and that You'll have a lot of fun when creating Your monochromatic pages.

Thank You for stopping by!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

photo frame layouts | main + embellishment kits | Gina

Hi everyone, today I'm sharing a couple of layouts created with the gorgeous Twin Falls main kit and the embellishment kit

For my first project, I've framed the photo with a few paper layers including torn edges for texture and embellished with die cuts and sticker along with a phrase clip and wooden button from the embellishment kit

I've used a few foam dots under all the layers to even up the space created by the phrase clip on the right hand side.

On this page, I've created another frame and done a little fussy cutting of floral elements from patterned paper, teaming them with floral die cuts and stars. The softness of the foam thickers phrase allows it to be added straight under the photo without overpowering the design or papers beneath

I hope you're having as much fun with your September kits, don't forget to share your creations with us in the Facebook group and/or CTK gallery



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pocket Life Kit Layout with Inkie Quill

What's up scrappy peeps?!

Today I decided to stretch my September Pocket Life Kit to create a sweet little scrapbooking layout, to show you how flexible these kits can be!

I am creating a multiple photo layout with a sweet soft, floaty background. As soon as I saw those cork clouds, I knew I had a sleepy photo of Archie somewhere that was perfect to match with them.

I started with some watercolours and the "packaging technique" before using the papers included in the kit and one of the 4x6" PL cards to layer behind my pics. 

If you would like to see me stretch the Pocket Life Kit each month to also create a layout, please do let me know over on the comments section of the process video or down below! :)

Hope you enjoy the process video below!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Hi everyone, 

Célina here, and today I'm issuing a Pocket Life challenge to you : 

use only black & white photos !!

Are you ready ?

Black & Mustard : the perfect combo !

 Black and pink : so soft !

Grey & Black : the must !

Some green...

... AND BLUE !

And some extra-pages with colors photos photos to inspire you !!

Have fun Girls !!!


Monday, September 25, 2017

A kit for every season with Aimee Dow

I look forward to the change of seasons so much. This most recent transition more than most. As all you wonderful American ladies prepare yourselves for fall with a 'pumpkin everything' mentality (yeah... you should know the rest of us don't get that at all.) and the onslaught of holidays. I personally will be spring cleaning, letting the Eva play outside after what has felt like a very long winter and preparing for our own spring chick's arrival. This did however pose some what of a dilemma with Septembers kits - Stunning kits for sure, but a very autumn feel.  

So I thought today I would show you my recent layout with September's Kits with a bit of an unusual colour scheme. All I had to add from my stash was a tag and 2 rolls of washi to turn this page in to a decidedly spring page.

Neon Red! That's right just two pops of neon red washi and a tag grommet transformed this layout into a totally different season.

I did also have to glitter the title to match the page. While white to begin with I really liked the gold words in the packet, so I gave my title a coat of PVA glue and went to town with the glitter. I really like that it's a bit patchy. Suits the patches of sprinkles stuck to my child in the pictures.

I really wasn't aiming for perfect in this payout. I distressed a lot of paper edges. Theres an unintentional ink smudge somewhere but to me it just feels truer to the stage of life we are in at the moment.

Finally I bought it all home with a heavy dose of Marcy Penner Stitching and Spray Paint. If you're new to scrapbooking, do yourself a favour and do a search of Marcy Penner on Pinterest. That woman is my care free scraping idol - even though I know I'll never be able to fully let go like that.

Until next time, lots of love and scrappy goodness.

Aimee Xx