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!

Friday, June 17, 2022



Hi friends! It's Ashley, and I'm here today with a layout in my NEW Teal Life Crafted Album, using the June Explore Mini Kit. The Teal LC album is available in the CTK Shop in the Life Crafted size and the new 6x8 size.

When I'm working with one of the Life Crafted Mini Kits, I always like to incorporate some of the digital items to go along with it. For this layout, I did a full sized photo on the left hand side and printed one of the digital patterned papers for the right hand side.

Because of my photo composition, I was able to create a stacked embellishment cluster, using a mix of ephemera, chipboard and puffy stickers from the June Explore Kit. To add interest to the design, I added pop dots behind some of my pieces to give them dimension on the page.

I kept the patterned paper side fairly simple and just added a few puffy stickers and chipboard pieces to some of the ticket shapes. I also included my journaling on this side, and I covered the design on the center ticket in Adobe Illustrator so I could type my journaling in its place and then printed it out. I used some pop dots under the journaling spot to balance out the dimension from the left hand side of the page.

I hope you've found some inspiration from my layout today! And don't forget to stop by the CTK Shop to check out all of the products I used!

Sunday, June 12, 2022

SUNDAY SKETCH with Nathalie


Hello crafty friends!

Nathalie with you today to share this week's Sketch challenge.  I think it is no secret that sketches make it so much easier to get your projects finished in a flash.  Think of them as the blueprint for your page. 

Let's take a look at this week's sketch:

I used the sketch as inspiration to create a new 6x8 layout for my Summer 2015 vacation album ( 6x8 Teal Life Crafted Album) using the EXPLORE kit and Digital files from the shop.

I loved the layered look of the sketch, and used Digital Patterned papers from the June  Explore Digital File collection, and May Crave Digital File collection.  

Since I am using color pictures for my  page, I decided to limit my color palette to cool tones.  This helped to ground the page, and make the photos stand out.

I drew inspiration from the sketch to layer the photos.  However, I decided to omit the journaling spot, and use larger photos.  To balance the size of the photos. I decided to move my title to the bottom of the page.  The EXPLORE kit ephemera and White Puffy alphas created the perfect title for the page.  I chose to use the location of the butterflies in the sketch to place repetitive embellishments in my page.

I decided to create a companion pocket page for this spread. This helps me to add more photos of the day, and unclutter the spread a bit.

I am sticking with the color palette for the pocket cards.  I added my journal to a Digital card from June's EXPLORE Digital Journal Card collection, and printed the second card from the May 2022 Digital Collection.  I added some ephemera pieces from the EXPLORE and TRAVELOGUE kit to to the photos and cards.

I hope this inspires you to use the sketch for a project of your own. Cannot wait to see what you create with the sketch


Saturday, June 11, 2022

3-To-Inspire with Traci


Hey, Hey, Hey scrappy people! Traci here with the 3-to-Inspire challenge and today I challenged myself to go SIMPLE. If you know me, you know that I am BIG on alllll the layers, so keeping this page clean was HARD for me!

Your 3-To-Inspire challenge, should you choose to accept it, is:

  1. Use a cut file or be inspired by one if you don't have a cutting machine
  2. Use a white background
  3. Use less than 10 embellishments

I chose to keep my whole page light and airy by using only light colors to back my cut file and letting my photos be the main focal point through their rich colors

Because the cut file took up so much space in the composition of the layout, it was easy to only lightly embellish the rest of the spread with the gorgeous butterflies and florals from the Explore collection, as well as a couple word bits

Have fun and remember: KISS - Keep It Simple and Smart!

Check out my process video here: