Friday, February 23, 2018

PL Challenge with Kristel

Hi all! Today I have yet a new PL challenge for you :-)
I have been using this month's PL kit "Cedar Grove" for this page, but of course you can use any previous kit for this challenge as well. 

The first thing that challenged me with this page was a specific color... Red.
I love red, as you can see our dining chairs are even red, but for some reason I find it
a difficult color to work with.
So, for this page, I challenged myself to use red! :-)

I also always love to use word stickers or labels and since we get enough of these in the CTK kits,
I thought I would use as many as I could on one page!

I started by creating this 3x4 filler card as I thought those colored stripes were perfect to use
as a background for matching colored word labels - except for those black ones.

I also love to use these labels onto my photos. I normally don't really embellish my photos, but
a lovely word or phrase is always fun!

So, to sum it up for this week's PL challenge:
- Try to challenge yourself by using a color you like, but think is difficult
- Use as many word labels as you can! :-)

I hope you will have a lot of fun challenging yourself and that you'll discover lots of 
new ways to make your pages pretty!

Have a lovely weekend and until next time!

Love, Kristel

Thursday, February 22, 2018

First Day with Emma

Hi CTK friends!  Emma on the blog today to share a layout using the, oh so gorgeous, February Main kit!  I'm quite sure I've confessed my love of circles before - there is just something about them that I adore and I find myself sneaking them onto pages without even realising sometimes.  In this case it was actually a conscious decision but rather just use circles on my page, I mixed it up by adding them onto 2x2 squares and creating my own patterned background!

This is one of those layouts that kind of just came together on its own.  I started it with an idea of using circles and the design changed a few times in the process of actually putting it together ;)

Here's a look at the page I created:

As you know (or may not know), my pages are all 6x8 which means I'm always left with lots of 6x4 "scraps" of paper, particularly white cardstock which I almost always use for my backgrounds and I'm forever looking for ways to use them up.  For this page I've used them by cutting little 2x2 squares and then adhered my circles on top (I used my glue pen).  I used a 3/4" punch and cut dozens of them using almost all of the papers included in the Main kit.

 I think I had around 10 of the 2x2 squares done by the time I'd used up all my punched circles (I went a little crazy with my trusty little punch).  I had originally planned to just adhere them to the page in a plain square pattern but by some odd chance, I'd turned one on the diagonal and liked how it looked so ran with that instead.

Rather than keep it all square and uniformed I cut a few of them in half (so they're 1x2") and mixed the positioning, keeping a small border around them.  Although I've mixed all the patterns with the circles I found that having the squares/rectangles all butt up together was crazy busy so that small white border around each shape helped to break things up a bit.

I adhered the pieces using double-sided tape but I've also gone over a few pieces with the sewing machine (using either standard straight stitch or the zig-zag).  My pages are not complete without some machine stitching on them!

My journaling is typed up in Photoshop and I just make sure it fit within the 2x2 white squares then printed it on the same white cardstock I've used on the background (using up more of that scrap cardstock I have!).

The gold alphas included in the main kit are gorgeous and I LOVE how they have mixed sizes of the font.  I often have trouble using some of the alphas on my page becuase they are so big but these smaller fonts are perfect.  I used a combination of the small and large fonts here and by some small miracle, they are a perfect fit for my 2x2 square format!

Although I knew what my layout was going to be about I actually left the photo printing until I'd figured out the background design.  Although my title/journaling are on the angle I didn't want my photo to be so I used Photoshop to create the diamond shaped template for my photo and then just printed it on 6x4 photo paper.

I left the embellishing to the bare minimum because the page has alot going on in the background already, I just tucked one of the word stickers at the bottom of my journaling then cut the yellow heart from the leatherette stickers and popped it underneath.  And that's it!  Embellishing is my favourite process of any layout so only having 2 pieces is unheard of for me ;)

I'm not going to lie - this page took a bit of time to put together.  I'm a slow scrapper at the bet of times but this probably took a few hours (I want to say 2 hours but in all honesty I think it was probably longer than that, ha!). It was fiddly, and somewhat messy with gluing all those circles down, but I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it!  And it's such a great way to use all those patterned papers too (without it looking like a crazy mash of patterns!).

I am so happy how this page finished up.  I got to use my favourite shape (circle) but added a new spin on it by having them stuck to 2x2 squares and having them on an angle. 

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today!  I hope this might inspire you to try a new spin on a trusted favourite shape/technique of yours!  Take care, Em xo

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Flourish layout with Laetitia

Hi everyone, so happy to meet you today with a newlayout and the wonderful February kit. I love her vintage side with the Maggie Holmes Flourish Collection and the book page piece with the music score partition specially unearthed for the kit.

As usual I opted for a white background that I covered half with pretty printed paper. For the title I completely fell for the phrase in vellum included in the ephemera Crate Paper pack of the kit.

Around the photo I added pretty stickers of embellishments kits. The photo has been pasted on 2 labels contained in the kit. There are many in the ephemera pack and I love it.

On the right I chose to add several small labels to give a vintage side. I sewed them together and added more stitches on the yellow paper.

I hope you like this layout and give you ideas ;) I give you appointment next month in a spring atmosphere! Xoxo

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February GraceBox - LOVE

 Hi everyone, Ashley @magmagandme here! 
The February GraceBox is full of stickers, colors, stamps, a date stamper, 3D pieces, journal prompts and more! I tend to want to use everything and the kitchen sink. It is hard to choose the first pieces to give attention to. This month I decided to control myself! I narrowed right into these beautiful watercolored die cuts. They are BEAUTIFUL!  
 How fun is this original stamp set from Citrus Twist!? I punched out the tab for my page from the backing of the die cut package. Then I used the LOVELOVELOVE stamp. Perfect.
 I used my watercolors to add some splatter to match the die cut pieces.
 The Love with action is actually cut out from one of the journaling cards. I love the sentiment and had to add it into my Bible.  I finished off this page with a few of the enamel dots.
I loved this kit and loved the pieces that inspired another page in Ephesians! 
 Get yours in the shop while they last. 

I hope you get a chance to put a little love in your work this week! 


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Sketch with Veera and Kathleen

It's time for another Sunday Sketch Challenge! This week's sketch is so versatile and works with so many type of projects! This time we have two times of inspiration for you with two layouts: one by Veera and one by Kathleen.

Veera's turn first: It was so fun working with Kathleen, you will be amazed with the layout she did! I followed up the sketch very closely. I only used 12x12 as my background instead of 9x11. I didn't have a suitable landscape picture so I used a smaller square picture but included a piece from ephemera pack to bring a bit more shape behind the picture.

I also added a bit more flowers as embellishments. I used a visual triangle to create interest to the layout.

Now it's Kathleen's turn:

Hey there, it’s Kathleen here again and I am so happy that I got to do this Sunday Sketch together with Veera! Her layouts are always absolutely gorgeous, very light and airy with lots of white space! :) It’s no surprise then that this sketch was perfect for her ;)

As you can see, for my interpretation of the sketch I actually stuck quite closely to it and didn’t change much at all. Basically I flipped almost the complete sketch horizontally and moved the upper paper strip to the top of my page, simply because my photo was relatively big and the paper strip didn’t really work where it is shown in the sketch.

For my layout I used the gorgeous Cedar Grove scrapbook kit and the embellishment kit. This photo was just perfect to use with these kits because I could find all the colours from the photo in the papers and embellishments, too.

The only things I added from my stash are the white and golden enamel accents and the „you make me happy“ stamp beneath my title. Speaking of which: how could I live without these alpha stickers?! I’m pretty sure I will need at least one more set of these!! The colour is stunning! I love that it’s more of a champagne/platinum gold rather than a yellow gold. And the big and small letters are such a great thing, too. I am pretty much in love with them, haha :D

I hope Veera and I could inspire you to give this sketch a try, too! And if you do, don’t forget to post your layout in the member gallery and/or facebook group together with the date of today’s blogpost, so you will be eligible to win a $5 gift certificate for the CTK shop! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Kathleen & Veera

Saturday, February 17, 2018

3-to-Inspire with Anna

Hello lovelies! Anna with you today for this week's 3-to-Inspire. I've been playing with the fantastic February Cedar Grove Main Scrapbook kit, Embellishment kit and the lovely Patterned Paper Play kit.

Let's have a look at my three prompts for this week:

1: Use two, or more, ephemera pieces
2: Use a digital cut file ( or a diecut by your i.e  Big Shot/Cuttlebug)
3: Use your CTK stamps

And here's the page I came up with!

I did some serious smooshing here using a Distress Ink pad, Faded Jeans, with a plastic bag and some water. Also I've done some black ink splatters and stamping, using the CTK stamps. On top over the smooshing I've mounted one of this months free CTK digital files, designed by talented Nathalie.
I spliced it in two and used both the pieces as you can see :)
Actually I'm not a "blue person" but I must say I really, really like this denim blue color , YUM!

Love this pic of my dear friend Christel <3

Now it's your turn! Use the three promts to create your own projects and share them whit us here in the gallery and/or at our Facebook Forum. I can't wait to see your take on this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs Anna xo

Friday, February 16, 2018

Pocket Life Challenge with Diane

Hi guys! Diane here with another Pocket Life Challenge for you!

What do you do when your photos for the week are just a little ... boring? I mean, they're fine. Just nothing special.

I grabbed my scissors and one of the stunning florals in the February Pocket Life kit and started cutting. And I liked the result! I added three fussy-cut floral pieces around my page to tie together all my photos and create something with a bit more wow!

By adding a few pops of yellow around the page with die cuts and puffy stickers and a label, I was able to create a second visual triangle as well. Both of these techniques pulled my whole page together!

Here is how I tied all my boring photos together for this week's layout... 

So my challenge for you this week is: Try a bit of fussy cutting and add three of something around your page to tie the whole spread together!