Monday, October 5, 2015

Kit Love with Alena

Hello friends!  Alena here with you today to share some kit love. When I opened my box of goodies, I felt excited and happy . 
Hope you enjoy this little unboxing video.

I have some more photos for you.
October 2015 Pocket Life Kit:

 October 2015 Sprinkles Kit:

Enjoy your kits and happy crafting!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Sketch With Sandy

Sandy sharing another fabulous sketch from Kasia with you today.

Oct Sketch

This sketch allows me to feature a couple of cut-apart journal cards from the Crate Paper Wonder collection. I've paired them with the scattered floral background pattern, taking my colour cue from that paper. Everything is from the September Main Kit except for the flair button (from the Embellie Kit), a ticket tub (from the Project Life Kit) and the green strips along the edges (from the Pattern Paper Play #1 Kit).

Seek CTK

Now it's your turn. If you want to play along with this week's Sunday Sketch and be eligible to win a $5 gift certificate, create a project based off of the sketch and upload it to CTK Gallery by next Saturday. Please make sure to include "Sketch 10/4" to the title line of your project.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

3 to Inspire with Melissa Mann | October 3, 2015

Good Morning! This is Melissa with you here this Saturday morning with another installment of "Three to Inspire"!

My challenge to you this week is to use:
       -BIG picture
       -Machine/hand stitching

You can find this challenge here every Saturday for those who need a little extra creative push to get scrapbooking, to keep scrapbooking or for those who just like a challenge! Your take on this challenge can be a layout or a PL spread and remember that you'll want to include all 3 prompts on your project.

Here is what I created!

Now it's your turn! Use the three prompts to create your own projects and share them with us here in the galleryand/or our Facebook Forum. You can also upload to Instagram, but remember to tag us @citrustwistkits. 

Thanks for stopping by this morning!

Friday, October 2, 2015

PL Sketch Friday with Marie-Pierre

Hi everyone!

Every month with the Pocket Life Kit and the Sprinkles or Embellishement kit, I manage to make 3 full double page spreads and one traditional layout. Let me show you my first Project Life spread.

Sometimes, I tend to overthink when I do PL. But in the end I'm most happy when it stays simple and tells my stories. So a couple of cards where I simply write the story, a little tag/label here and there and I'm all set.

When I see papers with letters ont them, I often find myself cutting it out. I don't even know if all the letters of the ABC were on that sheet of paper but I was able to write the word I wanted to! :) Poutine is the name of that very "Quebecois" meal I had when I was at my parent's house in Canada. I know it might not seem appealing to many of you who never had it before, but to me it's comfort food that brings me back years behind! :)

A piece of patterned paper is perfect to serve as a mat for a smaller photo. Here I used the patterned paper + the border. That's why there's a small indent at the top of my card, but I don't mind.
The "out on my control" is part of the stamp set. I love small stamps that I can use on small pictures and cards.

Here too, I used the stamp set. I stamped directly on my photo with black ink and red ink.

I love to slip 4x6 photos directly in the pockets. Quick and easy. But sometimes the way the photo was taken simply can't be cropped in 4x6, so then I just print it smaller and I mount it on a 4x6 piece of cardstock or patterned paper.

To balance my layout, I like to play with colors. Here I used red in a way that guides the eye from one side of the layout to the other.

I created a sketch with the left page of this layout for you to get inspired and play with.
You could even win some goodies if you make a layout based on my sketch. Simply upload your layout to our gallery or Facebook fan page by Friday October 9th. Make sure to inclue PL 10/02 in the title. :) Have fun and good luck!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Guest Designer

Happy first day of October everyone! Today we would like to the take the time to introduce you to our October Guest Designer. Say hello to Anna Uhras!

October Scrap Space

Hello! I am Anna Uhras and I am so excited to be guesting here at Citrus Twist Kits. It is so honoring indeed. I am a happy mom of five awesome kids (age 20-2), a wife, hairdresser, and a scrap addicted woman. I live in a small village in Sweden with my lovely family. Besides scrapping, going to our cabin in the Swedish mountains with my family is a great relaxation. I have been scrapbooking for "real" since 2012, but only sporadically. Since I started my subscription to Citrus Twist, I think my scrapping has moved to another dimension, the kits are just so AWESOME! It will be so fun playing with these amazing talented women this month and I am so grateful for the trust in me.

Lucky for us, Anna has provided us with a few pictures of her scrappy space!

October Scrap Space 

October Scrap Space

October Guest Intro.

Now for a little Q & A with Anna to get to know our guest better:

How long have you been scrapbooking and why did you start?
I have been a scrapper since 2007, but in the beginning I just did cards and stamping. Then I had a long time period of not scrapping at all due to too much work.  In 2011 our fourth baby arrived and that gave me a kick in the butt to start scrapping with photos. In 2012 when Astrid was about six month, I made a fresh start and then never looked back! It's a lovely hobby and I have gotten to know so many nice people all over the world thanks to scrapbooking.

How would you describe your scrapbooking style?
Do I have any style?! LOL. Maybe you can tell me so that I know! No seriously, I think I have many different styles. It depends on my mood and what I have been inspired by at the time. I do know that I love color and like a clean but not minimalist look. Is that an answer to the question?!

What scrapbookers have influenced you the most?
There are so many talented scrappers out there! Emma Wood is one of my greatest inspirations. Then a super talented Lizzy Hill and an awesome Swedish scrapper name Marie "sockergrynet" Holmstrom. As I said though, there are many, many more out there that give me so much inspiration.

What is your favorite thing about kit clubs?
I loooove it because you always have things to play with that are "up to date" and that you get papers and embellishments that work together. All you have to do is have fun! That is perfect!

What are your 5 favorite scrapbooking items?
Let me see...colorful patterned papers, enamels in different shapes, color mist and watercolors, thread, and white cardstock.

How would you describe the Citrus Twist October Add-On Kit and what do you love the most about it?
It is really colorful, but yet neutral at the same time. Love the big, white foam words and the die cuts are just to die for. It is a kit with many different possibilities, so you can vary until eternity :).

Here is the first of Anna's beautiful projects made using the October Add-On Kit:

October Guest LO 1

October Guest LO 1

October Guest LO 1

Thank you so much Anna for joining us here at Citrus Twist Kits for the month of October!. It has been a pleasure getting to know you better and we are looking forward to seeing the rest of your projects as the month progresses!

To learn more about Anna and to see more of her amazing work, you can stop by her blog.

**Make sure and leave a comment at the end of the post and we will be picking one lucky winner to receive one of Anna's favorite scrapbooking supplies! Good luck!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ICapture with Chantal Philippe

It was only a few years ago that I starting paying more attention to photo composition and lighting. I remember quickly snapping those pictures like it was going out of style and getting only a handful of good shots (the ones I considered worth printing).

I've seen and read so many tutorials and blog posts on iPhonography. I felt so limited with the fact that I wasn't a "big camera" owner. I quickly realized how much fun and diverse photography with an iPhone or any other camera phone can actually become. Here are a few of my favourite techniques.

Angle Is Everything

This is by far my favourite way to take a picture. I love to drop to the ground to get a great shot. Don't let a little dirt deter you from discovering creative perspectives.

From Above

This is my go-to angle for those workspace or project-in-the-making shots. It's also a great way to capture your child doing his/her homework or playing with their favourite toy or item.

Chase The Light

I absolutely love this photo and not because of the subject (ignore the feet) but because of the lighting. It was an early morning spur of the moment shot snapped in my bathroom. The sun was rising and was filtering through the window in such a perfect way.

Create Blur On Purpose

As some of you may know, creating a blur with a phone camera requires a little bit more work then with a regular camera. There are however a few different ways to achieve it. The photo effect below was created with an old flower vase. I simply slipped my iPhone in it and snapped the picture. My fingers were a little hard to maneuver in the cramped space but this problem is easily solved with a remote or any timer cam app, both of which I didn't have at the time. I love how I not only obtained a little blur but some great distortion too!


I had just finished some blog work and desperately needed a break. I went ahead and put my computer in sleep mode and noticed myself clearly being reflected on the black screen. I decided to prop up my phone on a few boxes and took the photo with the TimerCam App. It took a few tries but I finally ended up with something I was happy with.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial with Chantal Philippe

Happy Tuesday!

It's time for another tutorial and I'll be sharing a project I put together just this weekend. I've been hoarding these mini embroidery hoops I purchased a while back. The one I used for my project was only 3 inches…very tiny but perfect for what I had in mind. I am also partial to the wood ones and any size would do.

I first started by making the pompoms using some yarn I had leftover from some last Christmas crafts. I created a pompom making template in Photoshop and cut them with my Silhouette. The piece of 12x12 cardboard used it the one Trina throws in with our monthly kits to make them sturdier.

Once the pompoms were done and all tied up, I snipped off one of the excess pieces and kept the other as is in order to have it hang below my hoop (one lower than the other). I then grabbed an old summer tank top, draped it over the hoop insert, tightened the hoop up and cut some of the fabric off. The cut doesn't need to be perfect since the excess will be chopped off completely latter on.

I choose a few small pieces from this month's main scrapbooking, sprinkles kit, a brown button from my personal stash (which I had already sewed onto the fabric rosette) and then printed a small polaroid sized picture.

I glued on my photo first to the left of the hoop and added all the other little items to the right around it. I used my usual glue tape but I am sure hot glue would work as well.

I then snipped off all the excess fabric, wool pieces hanging out the back and trimmed the pompoms a little to even them out.