Friday, October 7, 2022

6x8 Life Crafted Inspiration with Amy

Happy Friday!  Today I am going to be sharing the first layout I have created with the new Jingle All the Way kit. There are so many elements included in this kit, and it was really fun to start playing with them!  
This layout tells the story of a Christmas table topper quilt that I am sewing for my holiday table.  I'm participating in my first "mystery quilt-along" for this project, and I wanted to document its creation in my December album.  I started by looking at the colors in my photos, which were mostly greens and reds, and then looked at the products in the Jingle All the Way kit to find coordinating elements.  I ended up choosing two 3x4 journaling cards, red and white striped mini ribbon, three Mix and Mingle foam stickers, and one of the Evergreen and Holly numbers.  That number is just a place holder for now, and is not adhered, since I'm not sure which day this will end up being in my December album. 

I wanted to add some visual texture, so I ended up sewing my 6x8 photo on a slightly larger piece of white cardstock.  It is sized to fit outside the page protector. I also cut a small piece of vellum and sewed it on the larger photo to create a pocket to hold my journal card.  I then punched a hole in the journal card and added ribbon to make it easy to take out of the pocket.  


Finally, I embossed the snowflakes and "Jolly" sentiment from the 3x4 stamp set onto the vellum pocket.  

I am really happy with how this layout came together.  If you try any of the ideas or techniques, I would love to see your projects!  Be sure to tag me @alphins_little_corner on Instagram!  Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 2, 2022


Hey friends! It's Ashley and today I'm stopping in to share my take on the Sunday Sketch with you! Here's a look at the sketch that I'll be working with.

I love that the CTK sketches can be used for traditional layouts, but that they can also be adapted for the Life Crafted size. Since I work in the LC albums, I decided to rotate this sketch to the right and follow the design vertically. 

I am in love with the Spooky Stories Kit release and I used it for my layout. You can see how I followed the idea of the sketch, by keeping the photos in the same place. I also used some of the Halloween cut files that I created for this month's release to fill in one of the embellishment spots from the sketch and also for the title area. You can find the Hocus Pocus Cut File in the digitals section of the shop.

I started my layout with 3 of the patterned papers from the Spooky Stories kit, that were designed by The Stamp Market. I wanted to use two of them for my cut files and then the third one to bring in some of the orange color to the layout. The orange patterned paper was a great match for the color in the photos. These photos were from a trip to the zoo last year in October, and the Spooky Stories kit is perfect for working through my photos from last year to finish up my 2021 October Daily.

I wanted to create a fun title next to the photos on the right hand side of the page. I decided to pair the cut file with the black glitter Thickers that are included in the kit. And, I always like to add some extra embellishments around my title, to create a cluster, so I grabbed one of the pre-cut spider webs, the cute ghost from the chipboard and some enamel dots.

I hope you'll try this sketch for one of your upcoming projects and that you found some inspiration from the layout I shared today!

Saturday, October 1, 2022



Hi friends! It's Diane here with a fun 3-to-inspire challenge! This is where we pick 3 elements to incorporate into a layout. I hope you will play along and post your layouts!

The 3 elements that I chose were: One large photo, at least one digital element and puffy stickers.

The minute I saw the mug in the October Digital Elements, I knew it would be perfect to tell the story of my ever-growing collection of fall mugs. I just love adding digitals elements to my pages, it brings such a fun touch! I also added the label up in the left corner from the October Digital Elements page. I wanted to make sure I had a space to add my date. 

Another favorite of mine is adding large photos. I think it makes such a statement and gives the layout a strong focus. I have added some puffy stickers to this side to balance out the digital element on the right. When I am doing smaller layouts like this traveler's notebook size, or even a 6x8 layout, I think a large photo just brings it all together.

I hope you will try some of these elements in your next layout! And if you do, please share them, we would love to see them!

Happy crafting!

Friday, September 30, 2022

6x8 Life Crafted Inspiration with Lory


Hello everyone!

It's Lory here today happy to share some new pages created with the adorable and super cute September Retro Mini kit, are you ready for October stories? I am and I am so excited to tell my stories.

I have told the stories of the September morning routine, wake up, going to school, having a yummy breakfast and especially I have written about how much I love to take time to observe them while they are sleeping and how much I love listening the silence before the beginning of our days. It's something so beautiful. Usually we take some selfie pics before to go to school and I love this! They are beautiful memories.

So to tell this story I have chosen a 6x8 full page photo where I added many details and a 3x4 and 4x6 page protector to add many details. The September digitals are perfect! I love mixing different embellishments together!

I mixed digitals, puffy and chipboard stickers from the kit. Love so much the effect on the full page photo. And here the right side of the spread. To finish my page I can't stop to use all the gorgeous stamps, to be true I'm making a stamp collection from Citrus Twist because I love them to the moon and back, it's a kind of obsession! The album is the 6x8 Clementine, Love it!

Stitching details in the same color palette! Lovely, don't you think?

Hope you like it and it inspires you to be creative and tell your extraordinary everyday stories.

Love, Lory

Life Crafted Friday with Nolana


Hi Everyone! 

So happy to be here for Life-Crafted Friday! I really love the term "Life Crafted" because that's exactly how I love to live. We craft our lives literally and figuratively and that's really been resonating with me lately.

For today's inspiration, I created a spread about my love for Peace and Quiet - sometimes that means creating spreads in my craft room, going for a long walk or run, but now in this phase of my life it also means quick solo trips to the supermarket or fruit and veg shop, dropping in to the pharmacy to top up on supplies and little errands where I get some time with my thoughts. 

I used the word Peace in the puffy sticks as the jumping off point for this spread. Inspired by my new found discovery that even though I may not get the time for a full spa day, as a new mom, I can get 15 minutes if I volunteer to do quick errands.

I chose this picture of us doing a family walk in Melbourne a few weeks ago because in this moment of the nature walk with my husband and baby leading the pack, my mom and brother in between, I inhaled deeply, and felt so at peace with the crisp air, coupled with the trickle of the creek and knowing that my family was right there with me in that moment, sharing this amazing space.

I loved pulling out the orangey, coral type hues from the kit for this spread which paired well with my photos. 

I did have a couple extra photos from walking through the city early Sunday morning to get grocery supplies on our first day in Melbourne and thought it'd be fun to include these with a page protector and create a transparency element.

All in all, I really love working in my Life-Crafted albums to bring together stories of my journey- I use them as a journal of sorts and love how beautifully the spreads come together and how wonderful the scripty puffy stickers are as titles and jumping off points for my spreads.

How are you using your Life-Crafted albums to tell your stories?

Thank you for stopping by and look out for more Life-Crafted inspiration! 



Sunday, September 25, 2022



Hello everyone! Here's Marina and today I brought you my first page in my new 6x8 album (btw, it's a gorgeous Sea Glass color and I love it!).

Let's take a look at the sketch - it's very simple and straightforward and I enjoyed following it literally! :)

And this is what I ended up with:

Here I combined two great mini-kits RETRO & EXPLORE and added a large header at the top to balance out the composition and create a visual triangle with the photos and these beautiful floral die-cuts.

I also used our September Traveler's Notebook digital Basics and Pattern papers to create these frames and add a decorative stripe at the bottom.

Since my page tells the story of how my daughter is visited by the tooth fairy (our version in Ukraine is a mouse that takes a tooth from a special "tooth pocket" under the pillow), the beautiful clocks from the RETRO Kit say that it's time for new teeth! :)

A little touch of puffy magic here and there ;)

And to conclude, an inscription from the September Digital Cutapart Elements - oh, I love it!..

I hope that you enjoy this sketch as much as I have and I can’t wait to see what you will create!
Happy crafting!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

3-to-INSPIRE with Traci


Hey everyone! Traci here with this week's 3-to-Inspire challenge! I love a good layout recipe, so today I'm inspiring you to use these three things on your layout:
  1. Something shiny - check out those GORGEOUS rose gold alphas on my page!
  2. Circles - I had a ton of fun using a mix of chipboard and puffy sticker circles to make my page
  3. Woodgrain - it's the time of year to incorporate allll the rich wood textures into your pages!

For my layout, I used mainly the  Retro Mini Kit and Digital collection with a few friends from my CTK stash like those gorgeous Rose Gold Alphabet Puffy Stickers!

This page was super fun to make and I tried to stick to replicating the vertical lines of the right hand side with my composition on the left hand side.

I really couldn't leave that gorgeous retro paper well enough alone, so I leaned heavily into the circles on the chipboard and puffy stickers, "capping off" each loop with a circle to make the composition more fun and coordinate with the "playtime" title.

Lastly, I added in a few more circles on the left page to draw your eye across the page! You can check out the process video for this layout below:

I hope this page inspires you to dig into your stash and make your own page! Remember to share your projects with us using the hashtag #citrustwist!

Friday, September 23, 2022

Life Crafted Inspiration with Amy


Happy Friday everyone!  I'm back to share a layout I created for my Canadian Rockies 6x8 travel album.  I have been on a travel documenting kick lately, and it always satisfying to get my stories told and into my albums. I primarily used the new Retro mini-kit along with a few journal cards from my stash. We saw so many bears, that the bear journaling card from the Travelogue kit was just begging to be used! 

This layout combines two different page protector sizes for a layered effect.  I added a tab with a stamped sentiment from the new Vintage Love stamp to the edge of the smaller page protector to distinguish it from the larger layout behind it, and to allow for easy turning.  


I love a good list in my layouts, so I cut the numbers from a piece of die cut ephemera to list three of the lakes we visited while we were in Waterton.  To give the journaling card more dimension, I popped the numbers up on adhesive foam dots.

I loved how the die cut ephemera, the bird's beak, and the flower centers all had the same hue.  It allows the elements of the layout to work together without appearing too cluttered.  

Do you like to use different sized page protectors in your layouts?  Be sure to tag me on Instagram @alphins_little_corner and happy scrapping!