Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday tutorial with Nathalie

Hi there! I am here today to share one of the pages I created with the September main and embellishment kits as well as a tutorial:

KITS USED: September 2014 "Free Spirit" main kit and "Spread your wings' embellishment kit
NON-KIT ITEMS: yellow paper from a previous kit, navy card stock and DMC thread from my stash

I will share now my low-tech tutorial for stitching perfect circles around circle embellishments. I loved all the different Crate Paper stickers from the embellishment kit and I spread all the circle ones on the diagonal on my page:

The next step consisted in getting all my circle punches out and punching a scrap of card stock in different sizes:

I placed my "template" around each sticker choosing the size I wanted to stitch and then pierced my background as evenly as I could - no need to really stress about it though:

So it looked like this around each sticker:

Using a backstitch, I then stitch with two strands of DMC thread:

And here are close-ups of all the finished circles:

...and one last look at the finished page:
I love to stitch on my pages and I hope that this little tutorial will inspire you to get those needles and threads out!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Leftover layout with Christin

Christin here and I am back to show you how I go back to working on my kit layouts after putting everything a side for a while.  For my Kit Love post I showed you how I work with the kits at a crop, but since I hardly ever used a whole patterned paper I always have leftovers and I didn't feel I really killed the kit at the crop so this weekend I decided to use up more of those scraps I had left after making 5-6 layouts with the kits (I bought all kits this month to play with...)

A piece of paper must be really small for me to throw away, they are always good for something. I often tuck small pieces of paper in between here and there or use a border punch on the small pieces. I don't need more than a couple of inch of paper to keep it. Especially my favorite pieces of paper.

When you are working with layers it's a really good idea to mix different sizes of papers to get more layers. Mix the papers with chipboard, doilies (from the add-on kit), tab stickers and also stick some of your embellishments under the paper to add more volume.

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When I was up with my Kit Love post 1,5 week ago I only showed you how I make my layouts, I never revealed the full layouts, so here they are.  I have mostly used the Main kit and Embellishment kits for the layouts. See how I have mixed the soft colors of the kit with very strong colors in the background. If you do that you have more to work with when it comes to colors.

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Here is the second layout I showed you how I made. I have worked with the same kit, but here I have focused on the blue tones in the kit.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday sketch with Lucia

Happy Sunday everyone!
Lucia here today with the Sunday Sketch and a page that I've created with a beautiful September Add-On kit (with addition of some white paper and golden alphas from the CTK August main kit).

And here is my finished page:


First I started with layering and used some white copy paper leftovers. 


The journaling is on a white cardstock, I've drawn the lines.


To create the circle, I've simply drawn it with a black pen and kept doodling - using various sizes of black sharpies. I've added some stitches and confetti.


Some more white circles and the page is ready :)


To play along this week and for a chance to win $5 to spend at the CTK Store, upload your projects based off of this week's sketch to the CTK Gallery.  You have until September 21st and please include "Sketch 9/14" in the discription.
Have fun creating! :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Patterned Paper Play

Some patterned papers are so hard to use because they can be so busy or just too much going on.  Well, most of you probably know I mainly use white for my backgrounds. That being said I flipped over the one paper in the September main kit and thought "oh my I have picture that would work perfectly for this paper".  I didn't like that the sand was so low and my picture would be way at the bottom do after sorting through the kit I figure out a way to make this work.

So I first pulled out the main paper I was using, a fun cork like paper (I think it looks like sand too), and the piece of crape paper you get in your kit.

I cut the papers and attached under the main paper.  I gain an inch+ on the bottom by doing this.

But to do this I had to cut an inch+ off the top.

Since I was adding so much in one corner I need to offset the top.  I used some of the pretty sequence that come in the kit.  I literally just sprinkled them on and LOVE where they fell!  Love when things work out!

Then I started adding all the little embellishments to help make this page just the way I wanted it to look.  I took the string and rounded it up and placed one of the wood veneers through it.  I used the tiny stickers to get the date.

Here is the full layout.  I had fun going out of my norm for once :) 

I hope this inspires you to try the same!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pocket Life with Sam

Hello hello there! Today I have a FUN pocket life post for you. I want to show you my process video and also behind the scene of how I filmed my scrapbooking process video. And also, I have a mini invader dropping by while I was scrapping, so sorry for the shaky video ;)

Here's how I set up my iPhone up to film process video. I prefer scrapping on the floor because thats the brightest spot in my room without any shadow / dark spot while filming. I hang a phone clip on the tripod and place a piece of wooden board (exactly the same materials as my work desk) on the floor. Thats why you would see my little ones' walking around while I was filming the video.

**Scroll to the end of the post to watch my process video ;) Thank you!**

And here's the photo of the floor before I started scrapping. I always lay all the items out to see what I like and want to use. But, I never really plan my layouts or pages. I am an ad-hoc scrappers as things will never turn out the way I want it to be so I always like to just go wiht he flow when I scrap.

And how it looks like when I almost done scrapping. The little spool of washi tapes in the cups and bowls do keep my little one occupied while I was scrapping. He likes to play with washi tapes, enamel dots and also stickers. It is never too early to start young!

I don't know where does he get the idea from, he stick those enamel dots onto the floor, his toe nails and also his ears. 

Okay, and here;s the pictures of my pages using mainly September Pocket Life and PL Embellies kit. I love the spread has little gold colour in it. This page is a gentle reminder to myself on the little things that I want to remember and also the two Instagram friends that I met in Bangkok and Shanghai.

This double page spread is full of colours and I especially like the pre-stitched 4x6 card that came in the PL Embellies kit.

I also used the vellum pockets that are included in the PL Embellies kit in one of the 3x4 pockets.

Me and my Instagram friends in Shanghai and Bangkok. It is so fun to meet people from all over the world that share same interest and passion as me ;)

And I also would like to show you this fun stuff that I got from Citrus Twist Store.

I love how compact this stamp cleaner is and it is more convenient (and easy to bring around) than using the traditional stamp cleaner that came in a bottle. After stamping, all we need to do is to press/tap the clear stamps onto the cleaning pad and wipe it off with dry towel. I use baby wipes here to clean my stamps.

Okay, the cleaning pad does became stained after the ink transferred to the cleaning pad. According to the instructions, this Color Box Cleaning Pad can be refreshed with Cleaning Pad refill.

And here's my process video! I hope you enjoy peeking into my 'behind the scene' on how I film my process video and also my mini invader.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A View from Our Gallery: Barb Prendergast

Welcome to another week of A View from Our Gallery. This week we are sharing the work of a scrapbooker from the midwest (United states), Barb Prendergast. She uses the Citrus Twist kits so creatively and loves to scrapbook up a storm. This layout was made using a mixture of our August kits.

Make note of these two things:

  1. For each layout you upload to our Gallery (Pocket Life or traditional scrapbook) between August 26th and September 30th, you'll earn one entry into a drawing for an embellishment kit grab bag valued at $100.
  2. Each week we build a small challenge around our A View from Our Gallery Post. So if you like a challenge to keep you moving forward in your scrapbooking, read on!

The Challenge

Create a layout or PL page using fussy cut shapes and a strong vertical column.

Barb Prendergast

This is my take on the September 7 sketch on the blog. I used the August main, embellishment and patterned paper kits. My 6 year old granddaughter loves to scrap; last weekend I took her some designs I cut with my Cameo and helped her start a Disney "remember book", as she calls her albums.

Our September kits were revealed on the 1st and begin shipping on the 15th. You can see them (and some of the August kits) here.

Pop on over to our Gallery and share some of your work this month and earn a chance(s) to win an embellishment grab bag.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Tutorial with our Guest Designer Elena

Hi everyone, I am here with a simple and quick tutorial for you today.This is my first ever and I'll do my best.vIt all started when I saw this piece of white crepe paper in the main kit. I wanted to make something fun and pretty. So I am going to show you how I made a crepe paper ruffle for my layout with my sewing machine. So I cut a stripe about 1,5'' wide.

I increased the tention of the thread to make sure it would give me the ruffle

I didn't secure the thread by sewing backwards because I thought I may need to straighten it a bit.....

Look! The edges face down

So I used my fingers to fix it. I could also pull the thread to make the ruffle fluffier or pull the paper to flatten it.I guess it's a matter of taste.

And this is it on the layout.

Here are some more close ups of my page:

And the whole layout:

That's all and I really hope you like it.