Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Sketch with Emma

Hi CTK friends!  Emma on the blog today to share my layout using this week's Sunday Sketch. First up, let's look at the sketch for today:

Such a awesome sketch, right?!  And here's the layout I created:

I really wanted to try and stay true to the sketch this week because I love it so (funny how you can just click with a sketch/layout and be inspired by it!).   Because I used one of the Pocket Life journaling cards I had to alter it a little because of the size (6x8) of my pages but it's not too far off!

I even broke out the modelling paste for this page!  Every now and then I get these bright ideas that I can do "messy" on my pages; it's not true but I like to give it a crack anyway ;)  Not all that adventurous when you use white paste on a white page though is it? Ha! My page obviously started with the paste and I picked pieces from the Pocket Life that fit in with the sketch.

The Pocket Life kit this month is so fun and colourful and I found it a perfect match for my photo.  I used a couple layers behind my photo (scrap piece of the dictionary paper from the Main and of one of the 6x4 cards).  I layered one of the die-cut cards and the 3x4 journaling card ontop of those and machine stitched them in place, then popped the photo on top of those!  I typed a short bit of journaling onto one of the die-cut tags and tucked it (and another piece) underneath my photo.

 For my title I used one of the super fun word paper clips but put the red tag die-cut underneath so it was easier to read (the black got a little lost on the dark colours of my photo) - plus the red tag matches in with the red of the 3x4 card!

To finish off my layout I added a few of the puffy stickers at the top and bottom of my page.  I really love the circle puffy stickers (circlessssss forever <3) but the words didn't fit with what I wanted on my page, so I just cut them in half and used one at the top and one at the bottom to balance things out!

It was such a simple page to put together because I kept with the sketch - I didn't have to (over)think anything.  This sketch was a perfect match for my style/size!

Now it's your turn! To play along with this week's Sunday Sketch Challenge, create a layout based off of today's sketch, upload it to the gallery with today's date (3/18) in the title, and you are in for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to the CTK Store!

Thanks, Em xo 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

3-to-inspire with Kristel

Hi all!
Today I'm here with a fun 3-to-inspire for all you TN (traveler's notebook) lovers out there :-)
I love to use my TN for anything random I just like to document and this time I've chosen to document my most beloved drink: Tea!

I have used the March "Lemon Drop" Pocket Life and Embellishment kits + Main stamp.

Here are the three prompts I've been working with:

* First divide your layout into 2 pages specifically; one for your photo and the other for your journaling
* Combine any 2 patterned papers as a background for your photo page
* Stick to 2 accent colors; for example green and pink, as I did

I always start by looking at my photo to find out which colors are most prominent.
In this case it's a pretty white photo with some accents of soft pink (underneath the flags), green and black, so these were going to be my colors for today.

I then chose my papers from the PL kit and cut them to size to fit the full background of this page.

I absolutely love the leatherette banners/flags from the embellishment kit and made a little cluster of these in the upper right corner of my journaling page. To add more balance I also used two of these in a little cluster onto my photo.

I added my journaling by first typing it onto regular printer paper and then cutting it into small strips which I glued on by using a stickermaker (by Xyron). This way the whole back of your paper will be covered in glue so you can add these strips in a matter of seconds.

As a finishing touch I added some splatters in a metallic bronze color.

I hope you are inspired to create your own TN page and I can't wait to see what you will make of it.

Have a lovely weekend and until next time!

Love, Kristel

Clean & Simple Pocket Life Challenge

Hello Girls,

I'm back with a new Challenge for you : 

1. Make pocket pages with a layout clean & simple

2. Use a mix of black & white and colors photos 

But before, let me show you some sneaks of the March "Lemon Drop" Kit ! (and some pieces of the Embellishment kit too).


And this is my double page for this month challenge :

On each page I choose 2 black and white photos and 2 colors photos:

And I use the beautiful PL cards with a dominance of blue, like my photos :

And for this page, I use pastel colors :

Same logic of the photos, 
2 black and white and 2 colors :

If you want to see more layouts with this beautiful kit, follow me on Instagram !


Have a great week-end,


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Create a shaker pocket with pattern paper

Hi guys, Diane here, to show you how I created a shaker pocket using pattern paper (No sequins? Gasp!) and used it in an insert for my PL album!

I had a spare photo that didn't make it onto my PL spread for the week but I still wanted to include it in my album. So I cut a Design A page protector in half and created a 6x12 insert. After adding my photo, some journalling and creating a title card, I wanted to create a shaker pocket to fill in the missing space.

Instead of adding sequins, I decided to fussy cut some arrows out of a scrap of paper I had left over from the week (and now both pages will tie together nicely in the album!). I'm not going to lie, this did take a little while! But the end result was totally worth it.

I trimmed a piece of the page protector I had cut off down to 3x4 and then an extra sheet of the plastic to just slightly smaller than that. I cut a sentiment out of the cut-apart sheet and glued it onto the single sheet of plastic, then tucked that inside the 3x4 pocket. Behind that single sheet, I added all my arrows and then carefully stitched around the whole thing with my sewing machine to create a shaker card, but you could totally use your Fuse tool or hand-stitch it if you like!

You can see exactly how I put this page together in this very quick process video... 

I'm so obsessed with all things shaker, so let me know your favourite thing to add to shaker pockets! Or if you've never tried one, I dare you to give it a go!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Product Showcase - GraceBox - Amy Tangerine Die Cuts

Hi crafty friends! 
Ashley here and I am so excited to share with you how I used these vibrant Amy Tangerine die cuts in my Bible! Jessy and Rachel will also being sharing how they incorporated their shapes today. I just love seeing how different people use the same products and their pages look completely different or so similar! 
Here is a WALK (see what I did there?!) through of my page.  

 First thing I did was get messy with come acrylic craft paints. Fingers are best for soft edges.
 Next I took the AWESOME patterned stamps that come in the MARCH GraceBox.
 Next I grabbed the pack of Amy Tangerine Die Cut Shapes. They are colorful, bold and whimsical! I loved the variety. There are several that are over three inches, so a few can really go far on your page. These beauties will go everywhere on my pages!
One die cut that I loved right away was this sweet cactus. But there was only one of them. I really wanted to frame my frame with cacti so one trick I like to do is cut a shape into two. If you know you will be layering and tucking the pieces in somewhere, no one will ever know that it was cut. Two for the price of one!
 In the picture below (dont mind the yellow lighting, I may have been crafting into the wee hours of the morning) you can see that I was going to tuck the cactus behind the pink oval. You will never see the cut edge.
 Here is how is looks glued behind. The other half of the cactus in at the bottom of the pink oval frame. Slick trick!

 Ah, dawns early light and things are look clean and white again. :) 

 I loved using so many of the treasured die cuts this month! What can you do with your GRACEBOX to create a fun layout this month. 

Happy creating! 
Ashley Haake

Product Showcase March GraceBox : Amy Tangerine Die-Cut Shapes

Hello everyone! It's Jessy here today. I'm here today with Ashley & Rachel to showcase one of March GraceBox products, that is the Amy Tangerine Die-Cut Shapes. Seriously love how vibrant these die-cuts are! I'm sure you gonna love them!


I absolutely love the colorful die-cut shapes in Amy Tangerine’s products. As this month’s theme is WALK, I went on to explore products that I can use. Instantly I got the idea when I saw the words “today” & “adventure”. I knew they would be great addition to this verse Psalms 86:11-12, that I’m working on.

I love the how colorful are the die-cuts and how cohesive they are together especially when cardstock pieces paired with transparency pieces. Then I completed the page with a prayer, a combo of my handwritten words + stamped words. They look great together!

Thanks for coming by! 
Xoxo Jessy


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesday Tutorial with Tara - Smooshing

Hello friends, I hope you had a good start to your week. It's Tara here sharing my "smooshing technique" -
making a bright background (resembles watercolor) that you can use numerous ways. I used this
technique today on smaller cards to give sunshine and encouragement to send off in the mail. The colors
in March's GraceBox kit were so beautiful and it worked well with this technique.

Here is a step by step guide to get you to smooshing. You will need:
  • Distress ink pads (you can test out other types of ink pads too!)
  • Plastic packaging (I keep all the Citrus Twist Kit’s stamp packaging)
  • Paper (I recommend heavier cardstock or watercolor/mixed media paper)
  • Spritzer/water bottle
  • Water 

First, grab an ink pad and stamp it directly onto the plastic. You will have to practice how many times you want to stamp the ink on the plastic to vary the intensity of the color.

Next, get a mister, spray bottle, or use a brush with some water and get some water on the stamped ink spots. Again, you will have to see how much or how little water you want to get the right color for your background. I practiced on some plain printer paper a few times, but usually I just wing it.

Now is the fun part! Carefully take your plastic and smoosh it onto your paper a few times. Feel free to add more water, more ink, and go crazy. The best part is you can never have too much color.

I added one of Amy Tangerine’s ‘Sunshine and Good Vibes’ die cuts and used the exclusive GraceBox stamps to add sentiments. I finished one card with a label sticker from the kit and some heart cork pieces from my stash.

Here is a look at the finished cards:

And a little closer look at each one:

I hope this inspired you to get more color on your layouts, bible journaling pages, and other fun projects.
Thank you for stopping by today.

Have a great week! Xxo - Tara