Saturday, April 10, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Ingunn

Happy Saturday, everyone! I am not anywhere near ready to let move on from the Travelogue collection yet, so for this week’s 3-to-Inspire, I’m back with another spread from my Mount Rainier 2020 album.

This time I am changing it up a little bit – instead of three specific types of products, I am calling this “3-to-In...gunnstepsalittlebitoutofhercomfortzone”.

1)    (1)  Document something you usually don’t // When I scrapbook vacations, I have a tendency to only focus on the adventuring parts – the hiking/swimming/touristing etc. But! I’ve noticed that my kids often reminisce about where we slept, not just our forays out into the world. They talk about the excitement of sleeping in a new bed, of a break in the routine, and they notice so many little details of where we’re staying than I do. In honor of that, I am including a section about our rental cabin in this album, and I hereby challenge you to document your hotel or Air BnB or whatever it is next time you are scrapbooking a trip!


2)   (2)   Use a color you normally avoid // I keep noticing more and more black scrapbooking embellishments around, but I tend to steer clear of them because I'm worried they'll be so dominant that they steal your attention away from the photos (and I am all about the photos). However, I can no longer resist, because the products are just too cute. In order to soften the blow of stepping out of my comfort zone, I decided to pair the black die cuts with my favorite color, also known as “any and every shade of turquoise” – I used a digital card & digital TN page (cut down) from Travelogue + a couple of the puffy heart stickers.

3)   (3) Stamp directly onto a photo // Dun-dun-DUN! This is probably something most scrapbookers do all the time, so you’re gonna think I’m a total weenie, but for someone who tends to pre-design most of her spreads digitally, well…the innate imperfection and uncontrollability of stamping, especially directly onto a photo *insert gasping emoji*, is very hard.

*braces self*

*drinks a sip of wine*

*just goes for it*


Ta-da! Okay, so this was admittedly a very small stamp, but I promised myself that I am going to work on actually using my stamps this year instead of merely hoarding them (especially this set, because it kind of feels like it was designed for me and my nature-loving heart), and this is a good first step. I also like how this added some additional black next to the turquoise heart, so that I have a visual triangle of black/turquoise across the spread.

*pats self on back*

*glances over at my dog on the couch in hopes of a sign of approval of my brave stamp usage*

*realizes I should probably not have any more wine tonight*

I hope I’ve managed to inspire some of my fellow scrapbook weenies (I know you’re out there, I simply cannot be the only one!) to try breaking out of your own box. If I have, please let me know and leave a link to your project in the comments!


Thursday, April 8, 2021

MORE TRAVELOGUE INSPIRATION with Our Guest Designer Sarah Zayas


Hello there!

We are so happy to welcome our friend Sarah Zayas, our Guest Designer, to the blog today.  She has prepared a beautiful spread for you using our TRAVELOGUE kit.   I  leave you with Sarah...


Hi, everyone!  It's Sarah back today to share another project using the gorgeous TRAVELOGUE kit.  For this entry documenting a trip to Lake Tahoe, CA in my travel album I decided to put together a flip out page for one half of my spread.  This is one of my favorite ways to include more photos on a single layout.  Plus, it provides an interactive element, which is always fun to come across when you're flipping through an album.  



I started with a simple piece of grid paper and then folded it where I wanted my flipout to be.  I used pattern paper on both sides, being mindful in choosing colors that would work well together.  On the inside of the flipout I layered photos with some of the die cuts and also did some stamping.  



For the left side of my layout I used one of the three pocket inserts to house a couple more photos and another ephemera piece.


I hope you'll give flipouts a try if you haven't tried them already.  They are super quick to put together, but you get a nice expandandable layout to see all your photos.


Thanks for stopping by to check out this project!

This is just amazing!  Thank you so much Sarah for sharing your talent with us.  Remember you can check more of Sarah's work on Instagram. You are going to love her projects!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday Sketch with Patricia


Happy Sunday and if you celebrate, Happy Easter CTK Friends!!!  Today brings another sketch for inspiration and as always I love to draw inspiration from the sketch, but not following it exactly.  Here's how I interpreted this one.

I looked at this with the two sides divided and balanced.  One large cluster on each side, one small cluster on each side.  I didn't follow those clusters exactly, but they inspired me first by creating clusters on the left side using the new Travelogue stamp set and kit contents.

The pattern paper I used was from my wonderful stash of leftover CTK papers from exclusive kits.  I just trimmed to fit the pockets.  I have been wanting to use that large geotag image, and this was a perfect place for it as was the circle die cut in the center.  Because this is a continuation of my Disney Cruise album, I've used 'go' already, now that we are at our designation, I used the stamp image 'see'.   The fonts are amazing in this set.

The bottom pocket gets more layers, but I was able to keep them 'looking' like they were light by using the white cardstock cut file frame and palm and then using a die cut and sticker in the same color.    There's a perfect pop of yellow from the die cut under it and the arrow puffy sticker I used.

While I didn't create two clusters on this side as the sketch shows, I still created a cluster with the photo and the embellishments from the kit.  

Adding the cut palm, and the colors of the die cuts from the kit I chose, help to balance with the left side.  I used the same ink using the Travelogue stamp set for the no.1 no.2 no.3 for my journaling to finish.

Very inspiring sketch as always.  Hope you are inspired as well and maybe give adding clusters to your 3x4 pockets as I have done here.  Happy Creating!

Saturday, April 3, 2021

3-to-Inspire with Desiree


Happy Saturday friends!  It's Desiree here with this week's 3-to-Inspire.

Today picks are:

1.  leaf and vine ephemera

2. puffy stickers

3. stamps

For this weekend's challenge, I was itching to do a 12x12 layout.  I also knew I wanted to do clusters.  I used a picture of my husband and daughter from a 2016 outing.  I started with a patterned paper to base my piece of white cardstock on.

I anchored my pictures with ephemera from the Travelogue collection, Citrus Twist Life-Crafted Florals pack, and Citrus Twist Tickets & Tags ephemera pack. I used stem and leaf ephemera from these packs to adorn the large cluster from the sides.  I love that the stems and leaves are different colors.

For my smaller cluster at the top, I chose the "Yay" orange circle ephemera from the Travelogue ephemera pack to anchor this cluster.  I added more of my favorite stems and the "fun" puffy sticker from the Travelogue Puffy Phrase & Icon Stickers.  

I took the opportunity to dig into my puffy sticker stash, which I love.  I made sure to balance both clusters with puffy stickers from the Citrus Twist January 2021 Puffy Heart Stickers, Travelogue Puffy Stickers, and Travelogue Phrase and Icon Stickers.

To complete my layout, I added my  "Daddy Daughter Time" title with the Chole Alphabet and Number Stamp.  I added the "Fun" and "Play" phrase stamp and camera stamp from the Travelogue 6x8 Stamp.

I enjoyed using this challenge to make two fun clusters for this project.  I hope this leaves you feeling crafty and inspired.

XO, Desiree

Thursday, April 1, 2021

More Travelogue with Our Guest Designer Ashley Horton


Hi there!

We are so excited to have Ashley back with us today.   She is working her magic with our Travelogue kit, and we are loving what she has created....  Here is Ashley!

Hey CTK friends!  I'm excited to be back for April with a couple of new projects using the Travelogue mini collection.  Today, I have a Disney themed layout and make sure you check the CTK Instagram later this month for a super cute layout!


We love the new Star Wars land in Disney World, and we've been several times since it opened up.  I wanted to document a few of the photos of us outside the Millennium Falcon ride.  I chose the cloud patterned paper from the digitals for my background.  I opened the paper in Adobe Illustrator and copied and pasted it.  Then I flipped one of the papers vertically, so I could print out two to create a full background.


I placed my photos in a random pattern on the background paper and then I used the two sets of alpha stickers to create my title.  Once I had my title in place, I went through the embellishments to choose the ones that would work best with my layout.  I filled in the spots between my photos and title with ephemera pieces, puffy stickers, and the chipboard pieces. 



I loved how my embellishments ended up being Teal, Yellow and Black.  It was a great color scheme for this layout and it fit well with my photos.


I hope you have found a bit of inspiration today, for using your Travelogue mini kit!  Don't miss my last Guest Designer project, coming up later this month!