Thursday, August 25, 2016

Inspiration with Alena

  Hi everyone, Alena here!
I'm here sharing my layout created with the August 2016 "Kaleidoscope" Pocket Life KitAugust 2016 Sprinkles Kit . This layout is about my son. He travels a lot on his bike.

I have several photos of the process.
I cut the bikes from cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.

 I added a photo, a title, a few stickers....
 Also added stamping and color drops .

I hope you are inspired to create something with your CTK kit today!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

In my studio with Veera

Hello, it’s Veera here today to show you my craft room. We have just moved into our new house and you will be the first ones to see my new studio! I had the wonderful opportunity to design my own studio from scratch. Our house is completely new so I was able to create my dream craft room.

Even though I have been involved in the designing of our house from the first moment, there were some limitations and things that needed to fit in the room. The blueprint of the room was set but I was able to have double French doors to the room and make sure that the room is good size (approximately 142 square feet). This room also has a high slanted ceiling that makes the room feel big and airy.

In this post I want to walk you through the main elements of my scrap room and the things I considered while designing the room. The room is not completely ready yet and it is missing some finishing touches like curtains but the main elements are in place already.

While designing the room I needed to consider the fact that the room is right next our living room so the room needs to look pretty while also being functional. 

As this room is also used as my office I needed to fit a big desk in the room, accommodating two work stations: work computer, home computer and of course room for scrapbooking. I played around with the idea of having separate desks on different sides of the room but finally I landed on having one big desk on one side of the room. The table is made of two parts: one part is fixed and one has electronic legs (from IKEA) so that the height of the table can be adjusted. Our home computer stays on the adjustable desk as my husband sometimes likes to work while standing up.

One big part of the room design is storage. I wanted to have a lot of cabinets and drawers that I could store all my scrapbooking products in. There are now three main storages areas in the room. Above the table I have 10 cabinets and half of them have a glass door. This helps making the cabinets feel lighter. The second storage area is under the window. This built-in bench with drawers is actually an Ikea hack my husband made. It’s still waiting for some cushions, but I’m already quite excited, I think the bench is really pretty! The last storage area in my studio is my trusty Kallax where I store for example all my papers. 

As I live in Finland I needed to consider the lightning of the room. We have a long and dark winter here which means that there are months in the middle of winter when we get only limited hours of daylight. A good lighting in a room is a must! All the lights in the room are LED lights and the color of the light is white (4000 K). This means that the light will not have a yellowish tint. I have several light sources in the room. All the lights are dimmable so I can balance how much of light I have in the room.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my new craft room. Let me know if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial: Hand-Stitching, Shine Bright

Hello everyone!  Happy Tuesday!  Wendy here to share up some inspiration for you in a quick hand-stitching tutorial.

Stitching (by machine/hand) is an inexpensive way to add flair to your scrapbook projects with just simple needle and thread.  I used to love cross stitching (just not enough hours in the day for it now).  So, I have quite a stash of threads (all sorted in colors of the rainbow, of course).  DMC® thread is my preferred brand but you can make it work with any embroidery/cross stitch thread from your local craft store.

Since I really wanted to highlight the theme of my layout as "shine bright", I chose to go with stars as the focal embellishment.  I used various stars in different elements as puffy stickers, stamps, and my most favorite the hand-stitched stars.

1.  Choose and locate your preferred shape template (i.e. star) either online, cut out a shape from your metal dies and cutting machine (i.e. Sizzix Big Shot), or diecut machine (i.e. Silhouette).  For added interest to your layout, try different sizes of your shape of choice.  I used one large star and one medium star.

2.  Use a paper piercer (Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick) or needle along with your cut out shape to punch holes evenly around your shape.  Also, I like to use a mouse pad under my paper as a cushion as I pierce along the shape.

Maybe you were lucky to grab up one/both of those We R Memory Keepers (WRMK) Sew Easy Templates (when they were available, now sold out, over in the Citrus Twist Kits shop a while back). They are perfect for this type of project!

3.  Now the FUN part, to thread your needle and start stitching.  (Hint:  I like to tape the loose ends of thread - start and finish- on the back of my layout with a scrapbook adhesive tab/transparent tape/masking tape.)  Also, stitching of the shape(s) is the perfect activity to do while catching your fav series on Netflix or lounging on the sofa.

4.  That's it! Easy peasy.

Feel free to add some misting around the shapes (before stitching to avoid staining your thread) to add some pop to your stitched shapes.  The Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists in the CTK shop work nicely with this technique!

I stamped some of the Pocket Life cards with CTK stamps and added matching accents from the kits to finish off my layout.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and go sew away on your next project!

Be sure to share up your take on this tutorial over in the Citrus Twist Kits Facebook Fan Page and/or Citrus Twist Kits Instagram to tag us @citrustwistkits. I would love to see what you create!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Feeling feline with Suse

Sorry about the title of this post, girls... but take a peek at my layout and you'll see why I chose 'feeling feline'! 

My little girl (Kitty: this is going to get confusing) has one dressing up costume that has out-lived numerous princess dresses and that's her velvet cat suit. Each time she's out-grown it, we've had to add extra trim to the hem of the legs - she just can't bear to part with it!

So when I saw this Crate Paper Cute Girl paper in our August kit, I just knew I had to document the story of her beloved cat costume.

Is it just me, or is this whole Cute Girl line just scrumptious?

I went a bit crazy with this embellishment cluster, but I do love the end result: all those fresh, zingy colours... it's the thing I love most about our Citrus Twist kits.

These chipboard titles from Dear Lizzy are just so strong, aren't they? I sometimes try and make my own titles in this sort of style by hand-painting words, but they never, ever look this good.

A favourite trick of mine is to tuck my journalling away on a tag in a glassine bag behind my photo... it keeps your thoughts a little bit more private, but also means you don't worry about spoiling your page with bad handwriting (I do envy those girls with lovely, loose handwriting, don't you?) 

As much as I love my white backgrounds for the fresh feel they give, I'd really recommend trying to use a full sheet of a fresh print like this one as your background - it gives your page a different - perhaps more 'finished' - feel. Have great days, friends!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Sketch: 8-28

Well hello there! Happy Sunday! It's time for this weeks sketch post! I just love creating with sketches. It really simplifies the decision making process, especially when paired with a lovely kit. Here is todays sketch, and my take on it...

I also wanted to show you some of the other projects I made using this kit. I think it's my all time favorite Citrus Twist Kit! The projects just flowed together one after another...

Thanks for stopping by the Citrus Twist Kit Club blog. I hope you finish your week of with lots scrapping!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

3-To-Inspire with Emma

Hi everyone!  Emma here with another 3-To-Inspire challenge (my favourite!).  This week I thought it might be fun to incorporate a colour challenge!

Often when I'm stuck coming up with an idea for a layout, I'll set myself a "colour challenge".   The easiest way to do this is hit up Pinterest and search on "colour palette" (or color palette, ha!) and scroll through.  I've created my own board where I pin combinations that tickle my fancy.  As I was looking through it last week I noticed I have a bit of a theme going on...

As you can see, clearly I like pinks and yellows. :)  With a dash of turquoise/blue/green/mint thrown in every now and then.  Just looking at this got my creative spark working!

I hope you'll join in with me this week using the following prompts:

1. Pick your 2 favouite colours, or a combination that you've found on Pinterest like above, and use them as much as possible on your page
2. Use a B&W photo
3. Have a white background (which will make the 2 colours you use on your page pop!)

Here's my page:

I went with using alot of the little embellishments from the kits and added them on top of the white Amy Tangerine die-cut from the Grace Box kit (all the heart eyes for those die-cuts, love them all!).  And fortunately this month's kits have alot of pink and yellow for me to pick from ;)

I had planned on sticking with the brighter/fuscia pinks but a couple of the "Girl" and "Hey Girl" stickers from the Embellishment Kit were a softer pink so I figured I'd have the pink section of the circle blend as it went around (soft, bright, soft) and the Dear Lizzy pieces were a perfect match for doing that!

I couldn't resist adding that unicorn sticker...for no reason other than I just had to use it on a page!  I'd been trying to sneak it onto all my layouts and nothing else had "fit" haha.

Now it's your turn! Use the three prompts to create your own projects and share them with us here in the gallery and/or our Facebook Forum.  I really can't wait to see your pages!

Thanks, Em xo

Friday, August 19, 2016

Pocket Life Sketch Friday with Diane

I really love how using a sketch simplifies the process for me. Having an idea to work with means I spend less time umming and ahhing over every little decision. And how could I resist that adorable bird paper in the August Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit? Too cute!

Here are a few close ups...

And here's the sketch for you ...

Check out my process video of how this layout came together... 
You can watch this video on YouTube or subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

Thanks for visiting Pocket Life Friday, where every week we share PL sketches and a chance to win. For your chance to win, create a layout based on the sketch in this blog post, post your layout to our Gallery or our Facebook Fan Page by Friday, August 26th 2016. Be sure to include PL 08/19 in the title!