CTK – Right Here TN

I was so excited to start playing with the CTK June kits! Love the combo of pastels and bold prints, along side the gorgeous diecuts and stamps. My first project was a TN spread. I recently started a new TN book in which I document one or two pictures of each week, sometimes these pictures are a repetition from my PL others times they didn’t make it in my PL. This TN gives me the creative freedom that a PL doesn’t offer.

I opted again for a grid design! Seems like this is my go to when working with a TN. I only used items from the Cypress PL kit, those diecuts are amazing!! This picture also required very little journaling. Hope you will stop by CTK to see the CT amazing projects!!

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CTK – Creative Team

I’m delighted to be returning to the CTK team for another term! I’ve loved my experience working with Trina and this group of amazingly talented ladies! Love that I receive gorgeous products each month and I have the creative freedom to do what I want! There’s nothing like receiving a box of gorgeous supplies every month to inspire me to create!

100 day project

Earlier this Spring the 100 day project made its debut in the world of social media. In the weeks leading up to the beginning of the project, my social media feeds were full of people telling what they will be doing for their 100 day project. I was trying so hard to resist the temptation but on THE first day I decided I would participate by taking pictures, more specifically “from where I stand” pictures. For 100 days! Easy enough right?!

Well I’m passed day 50 and I’m slowly losing steam. I’ve loved it so far but last week I was so sick that I completely forgot about it and now I’ve forgotten two more times! Yikes!! What should I do? I hadn’t skipped a day so far so now that really bugs me, I guess I could ‘cheat’ and use pictures from another day or I could push through, keep going or stop all together! I’ll admit that stopping is very tempting but also so disappointing. I’m loving the story these pictures are telling so far, love the glimpse of our daily lives. I think to give this so thought but I guess in the meantime I’ll keep on taking pictures!

Grow kit – AE

This month’s story kit by Ali Edwards was ideal for documenting my current house plant obsession!! Using a 3×4 journaling card, which I resized to 6×8 canvas i documented my love of house plants! I added digital elements from the kit to the 6×8 picture for added detail.

I did add some chipboard embellishments from past story kits, this added a bit of texture to my spread and they also paired beautifully with the colourful piecharts!! Love the simplicity of this spread, lately I’ve been thinking that less is more, in this case it proved right!!

Art Journal – embracing imperfection

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Recently Ali Edwards blogged about her venture into art journaling with her family, she was inspired by Liz Lamoreux who also does art journaling. I thought it would be a fun activity for my daughters and I, they love to paint so this was a natural progression from our regular arts and crafts activities.

My daughters range in ages from 5 to 13, my goal for this activity was to have fun and make mistakes. I feel that we strive way too much for perfection, we ask our kids to perform at their full potential and often seek the most out of their performance. But what happens when they make a mistake? I’ve noticed that my girls would often decide that a drawing wasn’t good anymore because of a mistake. I want them to break away from this mentality, I want them to have fun, to make mistakes and see those mistakes as opportunities to find¬† a way to make the mistake work within their project. We only have one rule when we do art journaling, we are not allowed to start over, we have to make it work, sometimes we love our painting and other times it is a learning opportunity, but I can guarantee that they look forward to this and always have fun.

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We bought our supplies at Walmart, just basic Crayola watercolor paint and art journals, nothing fancy or over the top. I was so happy when everyone wanted to participate in this activity, even my teen was eager to participate. I love that we take this time together, to sit and paint. To encourage each other with our art work and provide moral support when someone encounters a challenge. To guide our activity we often pick a theme, so far we’ve used pastels, circles, hearts and watermelon. No topic is off the table, we will accept any challenge and find a way to interpret it for our art journal. I try to reinforce that perfection is not the end goal with this project, painting, having fun and connecting is the goal, if we create something we love that’s a bonus.

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Ideal Storage – Stamps

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Like the majority of creative people storage of our craft supplies is always a challenge. I think we accumulate supplies faster than we can use them. I have been careful over the years as not to accumulate so many products, I am more selective with my purchases and always keep in mind that my space is very limited. With that in mind, I do like for my storage to be pretty and functional, which at times can be challenging.¬† You might wonder why I need for my storage solutions to be visually pleasing, well my craft area is in a common place, which guests can see when they visit us, I much prefer to “hide” my creative space within our home decor, this is where pretty and functional storage is a necessity.

Recently the CTK PL creative team was asked to share storage methods for their stamps. You can see the post here, the CT has wonderful storage ideas, definitely an interesting read. I did share these pictures on the CTK blog but I wanted to elaborate a bit on my storage solution.

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I do like to keep my supplies by manufacturer, always have and always will. Because I will remember seeing a certain design from a certain manufacturer and it will make my sorting process more efficient. When sorting my supplies I most often resort to baskets and bins, I do prefer containers that are opaque, this way the content is not visible to guests and visitors in our home. For CTK I selected a wood crate, very functional but still fits with the design of my storage unit. When working on my CT projects and TNs, I like to pull out the crate, it currently holds all my most recent to CTK kits. Having all my CTK in one container really helps me maximize the use of my kits and supplies, once my CT requirements are complete I can use the remainder of the kits with my everyday memory keeping projects. The kits always mix and match beautifully, and work for any project from my TNs to 6×12 layouts.

Hope you have a storage solution that works for your creative space, but if you need ideas make sure to check out the CTK blog for more details.