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.

 

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AE – May Digital Kit

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I’m excited to share this project today! I’ve recently started making 6×12 layouts, as opposed 8×11 or even 12×12. I’ve been enjoying this new format, I do really like that it will fit perfectly in my PL albums, as I’ve decided to keep my layouts with my PL album. I don’t make many layouts in a year, maybe a dozen, so it shouldn’t be a problem to keep everything together.

To create this layout I used Ali’s May Digital Kit. I wanted to create a customized background for this layout, I did this by using the 4×6 journaling card and repeating the “time with you” design on a blank canvas. I did adjust the opacity of the words to create a faded design. I love the end result!

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I used various items from past Story kits to compliment the design of this page. I repeated the color scheme through the embellishments. I love the contrast the black pattern paper brings to this layout, the paper actually came from a 4×6 journaling card that I trimmed to size.

I’m so happy I was able to document this story as it is very special to me, I love how my daughter shares the mishaps of her day and looks to me to see if her reaction to the situation was appropriate.

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AE – SBTM June Kit

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Still going strong with my 2018 family PL, it really helps that I get to work with amazing kits like the June Stories by the Month kit from Ali Edwards!!! What a pleasure it is to open this kit every month and see the contents. The value of this kit is amazing, at such a low price with gorgeous card, chipboard accents and a stamp, definitely a must have for my memory keeping. Also this month Ali introduced add-ons for this kit, a fun selection that subscribers can decided to purchased if they want some extra items designed specifically for the kit.  So fun!!!

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Even though the June kit main focus is summer and dad stories I had an easy time to using it for this spread from early April. That’s the beauty of Ali’s kits, they are versatile. They offer a theme to guide with storytelling but they don’t limit you to only those stories.

This is how I adapted the kit for a April spread, I used the chipboard tag with a white card, it was the ideal date card. The card in the top right section I modified using a small phrase sticker that Ali offered in the store.  The dad stories card was ideal for a story of my husband and our middle daughter. The chipboard accents were paired with various picture in the spread. As you can see versatility is essential and these kits do offer that. Already looking forward to next month’s kit!!!

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CTK – Delish Stamp

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I loved the Delish stamp set by CTK so much that I just had to keep on creating with it! Our recent visit to a poutine festival turned out to be the ideal theme to go with this stamp set.

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The design was simple, similar vertical elements on each pages, one featuring the picture and the other pattern paper and journaling. I complimented both pages with various stamps from the collection. Seriously love how this turned out!

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AE – April SBTM

I’m a little behind with posting my projects but I’m slowly catching, April was such a blurb and I just wasn’t in the mood for blogging. I guess that’s part of the ebb & flow of life, sometimes the creative is there and other times it’s not. I’m learning to accept it and not rush the process.

Now that I am back to my creative self, I’m happy to return to blogging and sharing my projects. Today’s feature is Ali Edwards April SBTM kit, how I loved this kit. The colors, the design elements, absolutely gorgeous!!! MBlackburn_AprilDigiKit_PLDetail1

With this kit I opted to document my 100 day project. I had originally planned not to participate, but then the fear of missing out was just too great! At the last minute, like the very last minute, the evening of April 3, when this project made it’s debut all over social media, I was standing over my youngest daughter, looking at her play and wondering what I could do for my 100 project. I didn’t want another physical project that I wouldn’t finish, been there and done that, I wanted something easy and manageable. Then I had a “aha” moment, I would take 100 from where I stand pictures! I knew that this was manageable! My phone was always with me, snapping a picture is quick, I could do this! So here we are more than a month in the project and I have a picture for every day of this project. I’m excited to see the end result. Of course I will have to come up with a creative way to display those 100 FWIS pictures, most likely a book but that’s for another blog post. 🙂

Back to this project, it is a double 6×8 spread, I resized a jounaling card to 6×8, as I really wanted to use the cloud. Those clouds in the kit are just too good to pass up!! I kept the embellishments to a minimum and let the picture with the journaling take center stage. Love the simplicity of this layout!

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CTK – Delish Stamp Set

How I love a good stamp set!!! And this month Citrus Twist Kit released the Delish stamp set, ideal for us food and coffee lovers!!! This is the first of many project with this stamp set, of course I had to document my love of coffee!

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I wanted to create a layered design to anchor the photo but on the opposite page I wanted to keep a simple design to highlight the stamp set. I used the coffee cup stamp as the starting point for my design, then proceed with a diecut from the Malibu Pocket Life kit, which followed with pattern paper and the journaling box created with a stamp from the same stamp collection. The dotted lines are also from the stamp set and the star diecut from the Malibu kit. My design process went from small item to large and small again, I find that this is a winning combination to keep a balanced design.

On the opposite page I created a layered design with the pattern paper in the Malibu kit and again used the Delish stamp set to highlight the theme of my picture. Food themed project are always so fun to create!

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CTK – NSD Challenge 8

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Happy NSD!!!! We have a lot of activities happening on the Citrus Twist Kit Facebook Page! The fun has been going on since Friday evening! If you haven’t joined us there is still time as challenges will be issued throughout the day today, Sunday! The Creative Team has been hard at work creating some amazing and inspiring projects!

This morning Chantal and I are starting off the fun with a very fun digital element challenge! Digital elements are so versatile and fun to use! In honor of NSD some exclusive and free designs are offered at CTK! Just check out the download section – here to get your free digital elements!!

For my project I used two types of digital elements, I created a customized background with the “hello weekend” png file (again free in the CTK site). I repeated the pattern on a blank canvas in PSE and printed it out. Voila, a fun unique background for my TN spread.

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I also used the printable labels that are offered with the CTK kits, love using labels, they are one of my favorite element to use on a project, especially a TN spread. For this TN spread the labels are perfect for my journaling. To complete this spread I used elements from the Malibu Pocket Life kit and the embellishment kit!

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Hope you will join Chantal and I with this challenge! I know that digital elements can seem complicated but in reality they are so fun to use!! Enjoy!!!

Did you notice we now have a brand new home at CTK?!  The new website has a fresh look that is very user-friendly with super easy navigation!  Be sure to pop by and check it out – Citrus Twist Kits!

PS – I almost forgot!  Don’t forget to write down my Blog Hop Bonus Word which is BUBBLES.   Remember to collect all the words from each of the DT blogs and the CTK website this weekend for a chance to win the $50 prize pack! Check out Chantal’s blog here to see her word!!!

Happy iNSD friends!!!!