Thursday, September 3, 2015

Kit Love with Suse

Hey gang! Suse Fish here with you today to share some kit love...

Oh wow, was the September kit a treat to receive? It was like your best Christmas morning when you only get presents you really wanted. My hands were literally shaking as I opened up all the goodies!

Hope you enjoy this little unboxing video.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2015 Kit Reveal

Good morning. It's reveal day over at Citrus Twist Kits. You can view the September kits here. This month we have the colorful, whimsical "Lombard" Main and Pocket Life kits for you.

Please join us in welcoming the wonderfully talented - and with a cool accent! - Suse Fish to our creative team. Check out tomorrow's blog post as she shares opening her first DT scrapbooking kit by video.

We'll start off reveal by sharing this month's mood board:

During this month's reveal we thought we would share a few things that customers love about Citrus Twist:

  • The 13th kit is free*. After 12 consecutive months of subscribing to our scrapbooking kits or PL kits, your 13th kit is free (*you just pay shipping).
  • Customer Loyalty Program. After 12 consecutive months of subscribing to our kits you enter our Customer Loyalty program and receive 10% off all of your add-on and shop orders, for as long as you continue your subscription.
  • Bundled Shipping. Our kit subscribers receive the benefit of bundled shipping. Any order you place by the 8th of the month will ship with that month's kit at no additional shipping.
  • Great Customer Service. If you have a question, we are always happy to assist you. Just send us an email at
  • Citrus Twist Kits-brand stamps ship free world-wide.

For those of you who love reveal-by-video, we have Emma sharing the September kits with you:

Have a happy month of scrappy projects!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Guest Designer

Happy first day of September everyone! Today we would like to the take the time to introduce you to our September Guest Designer! Say hello to Brenda Smith!

September Guest Head Shot

Hey all! I am so excited to be this month's guest. I am Brenda Smith and I live in gorgeous Virginia with my hubby, 3 adorable kids, and my father-in-law. At the moment I am a SAHM, but my littlest love just headed to kindergarten, so I will be busy job hunting for the next couple of weeks (wish me luck, its been 11 years!).  In addition to scrapbooking and taking care of my family, I am also a photographer.  I love to read, chase my kids around outside, and work out in my "spare time." In a nutshell, I like to be busy and often have too many things to do all at one time.

Before we get to Brenda's beautiful layout, lets get to know our Guest Designer a little bit more. Here is what she has to say about her scrapping space:

I have never had a set scrap space. I used to sit on my bed or if I was painting anything, the kitchen table. When we moved to Virginia a few months ago, we had an extra room that we had no plans for. I took over the entire end of the room with a tall standing desk and my reading chair. It is usually a bit of a mess, but at least it's a pretty mess!

Here is a peak into Brenda's pretty space:

September 2015 Guest 

September 2015 Guest

September 2015 Guest

Now for a little Q & A with Brenda:

How long have you been scrapbooking and why did you start?

I have been scrapping since 2005. I started with paper then moved to digital for awhile before starting paper again last year. I still love to do both digital and paper now.

How would you describe your scrapbooking style?

I scrap mostly clean and simple with some layering. I love to mix fun patterns and colors together in interesting ways. Last Christmas my hubs splurged and bough me a Silhouette.  I use that quite often along with my sewing machine. Pretty sure that's not how my mom pictured me using the machine she bought me several years ago, haha. At least I am using it though, right?

What scrapbookers have influenced you the most?

So many scrappers inspire me, but I think I find that I am most often drawn to Maria (analogpaper), LilyandTwig, and Chantelle Philippe. I love their simple and yet striking styles.

What is your favorite thing about kit clubs?

I love that most of the time kit clubs will mix things together that I would not have otherwise bought. They stretch my creativity! It's always fun to play around with different colors then my usual stash of pink, turquoise, gold, and yellow. It keeps me from getting into a rut for sure.

What are your 5 favorite scrapbooking items?

Enamel dots, patterned paper, Color Shine, ephemera packs, and stamps. I use those items on nearly all of my layouts.

How would you describe the Citrus Twist September Kit and what do you love the most about it?

The September Main Kit is just fun. The color combinations and patterns are perfection. Of course, the exclusive stamp and the alpha are to die for. Lots of options for many different projects and so much product! I have made several things so far and still have enough to make more.

Here is the first of Brenda's beautiful projects made using the September "Lombard" Main Kit:

September 2015 Guest 

September 2015 Guest

September 2015 Guest

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

To learn more about Brenda and to see more of her amazing work, you can stop by her blog and follow her on Instagram @lillylanephoto.

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

Tuesday Tutorial with Marie-Pierre

Hi everyone!

Do you print your pictures at home or do you send them out to print?
I print them at home and I love to play with different sizes of pictures to change things up.
When I'm working on my Pocket Life album, I usually go with 4x6, 4x4 and 3x4 photos.
My vertical pictures are usually the ones that end up in the 3x4 pockets and today I would like to show you how I crop my pictures to 3x4 before I print them out.

I'm using Photoshop and clipping masks. Any version of Photoshop will work. I use Photoshop Elements. It's pretty basic and for that, it's all I need.

So, I created a template and any time I'm working on my Project Life album, I'm opening my (edited) photos that I want to print and my template.

The template looks like this and you can download it in the file section of our Facebook Fan page.

Save it to your computer where you can easily access it when working on your pictures. 

Here is how to use it:

1. open the .psd template file in Photoshop as well as 2 photos you would like to print in a 3x4 size.

2. Take one of your photo in the photo bin down there and slide it onto the template.

In the layer palette, on the right, make sure that your photo is above one of the colored layer. Here I have it over the yellow layer.

3. Holding the option key on a Mac or the alt key on a PC, click right between your photo and the yellow layer int he layer bin on the side. This will create a clipping mask. You will see a small arrow appear on the side of your picture in the layer bin.

4. Select your photo (your actual photo, not the one in the layer bin) and press the command/control key and the "T" key at the same time. It's the shortcut to the "transform" action. You will see small squares appear at the corners of your photo. Click on these and pull them to transform your photo and make sure your photo fit into the template.

If you find it hard to work with your photo because it's too big on the screen, decrease the % on the lower side left of the photo. I like to work with my template at 35%. When you're done it should look like this:

5. Do the same thing with your second picture. Bring it over the template. And in the layer bin put it over the second color layer. Clip it together, size it and your are ready to print!

6. Save your photo in form of a .jpg file and either print it from home or send it to your favorite printing company. Once it's printed it's easy to just use your paper trimmer to cut down the middle.

This technique makes it really easy and quick for me to crop pictures. You can use this same template to print journaling cards like the one I designed and put in the file section of the Fan Facebook page last week. Instead of opening a picture, open the template and the journaling file. Do the process twice and you should end up with something that looks like this.

Print it on a 4x6 card or on photo paper. :)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Dream Big With Sandy

There are lots of fabulous pattern papers in this month's kits. My favourite has to be this Dream Big paper from Pinkfresh Studios that's available in Pattern Paper Play #2. With a perfect balance of white space and decorative motifs it's an ideal background paper for my layout. All I had to do is add a couple of  paper strips to the top and bottom, place the photo in the middle and embellish with some die-cut shapes from the August Celebrate Add-On Kit.

Dream Big CTK

If you love using a scene type pattern paper as the background to your layout, then check out the rest of the August kits. You'll find one with pastel balloons in the Main Kit and another with puffy white clouds against a blue sky in the Pattern Paper Play #1 Kit. Hope you enjoy scrapping with this month's kit and tomorrow we will be showing sneaks of the September kits on our fans facebook page.  

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Sketch with Emma

Hi everyone!  Emma here to share this weekends Sunday Sketch. Today's sketch is a 12x12 layout using a couple photo's.

One of the things I love about using a sketch when creating your page is that you don't always have to stick with the format exclusively.  You're able to take the basic design and mix it to suit your photo/layout.  In this instance my layout is 6x8 and rather than use 2 portrait type photos I had a single landscape photo and used my title and journaling to fill the remainder of that space.  This is the layout I came up with:

I absolutely adore the Pinkfresh Happy Things paper in the kits this month (well truth be told, I love that entire line of goodies) and it was perfect backdrop for my page.  I hand cut the title freehand - not perfect but that's half the point of hand cut lettering isn't it :)  For my embellishments I picked a few pieces from the Main and Embellishment kit to tie it all together.

I really love using the aqua tulle from the Main kit to add some dimension to the page.

Now it's your turn to take on this week's sketch!

We love to see what you do with our kits and sketches so please make sure to upload your projects to the Citrus Twist Gallery. And remember, by uploading your take on today's sketch to the gallery you will be entered to win a $5 Coupon to use on anything in the CTK Store! Remember to add "Sketch 8/30" to the title line :)


Saturday, August 29, 2015

3 to Inspire with Chantal

It's time for another edition of our "3 to Inspire" series. We offer this new challenge every Saturday for those who need a little extra push to get scrapbooking, to keep scrapbooking, or those of you just looking for a challenge!

Your take on this challenge can be in the form of a layout or a PL spread and you'll want to include all 3 elements on your project.

Here are your 3 to Inspire:
      1. Add a large title
      2. Use stars
      3. Use multiples of the same photo