Thursday, January 19, 2017

Chasing Dreams | Elsie Robinson

Hey everyone, it's Elsie here today! I don't know about you, but one of my favourite parts of our kits are the gorgeous 3x4 stamp sets. They're so versatile and add the perfect finishing touches to my layouts, so let me talk you through how I used this month's stamp set on a layout.

I found the design of this layout quite difficult because all of the main elements of the page were on the bottom half of the layout, so the top half looked out of place because it was so bare.

I obviously didn't want the draw attention away from my photo, my journalling and the little vespa I spent far too long paper-piecing (!), so to combat this I grabbed the stamp set that came with this month's Main Kit.

The stamp set had the cutest little circles and an asterisk, and combining them with some pastel inks from my stash, they were the perfect way to add detail around the balloons and clouds.

The stamps overlap each other and I think they kind of look like little bubbles, which just makes this layout all the more whimsical. I even added some tone-on-tone stamping to my modelling paste and inked background.

I carried on that tone-on-tone thing by clustering the Simple Stories enamel dots around the balloons, Vespa and 'Beautiful' title, they matched perfectly with the papers and ephemera in the kit and so I was really happy with that!

Also I love the typewriter font on the stamp sets. Using the 'why stop dreaming?' stamp as a sub-title with black ink adds a really lovely subtle detail and an extra pop of black and white!

Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you're inspired to use those gorgeous stamp sets!

- Elsie x

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Let's get digital - hello 2017!

Welcome everyone!
It's Mira and Andrea here and in today's post we'd like to invite You to join Citrus Twist Kits Facebook Fan Page (if You still didn't) and search this amazing place for a few freebie files that You can use in Your projects!

We prepared two cutting files and a lot of printables (You will find them later in the post)  for You and created some inspirations to show You how they can be used! So! Let's begin with cutting files from Mira:

What I made with one of the files is a simple, no-picture layout that is opening my Pocket Life Album saying which year this is:

In January Pocket Life Kit I found a few CTK exclusive papers that were perfect for the opening page of my album - they are bright, intensive and strong and really motivating. I thought they could bring me the positive energy whenever I'd open the album. 

I really love that delicate flower pattern on the other paper included in the kit, so I used it to add a little subtle effect to the page. 

All those exclusive products from this month's PL kit are happily screaming: "Happy New Year! Happy New Year!" so I picked some of them, mixed with embellishments from Embellishment kit, added some final touches with my sewing machine and black ink splatters, and in one moment I created a very nice title page for 2017!

And hello again, from me, Andrea! I've partnered with Mira today as part of the “Let's Get Digital” scrappy fun, to bring you fun free printables to use for the new year too! You can get the printables on the Citrus Twist Kits Facebook FanPage, the same place where you can get Mira's beautiful cutfiles.

I created a two page spread using the printable I designed and the amazing January kits – the main kit, “Jameson”, and the “Oh Darling” add on kit, plus a couple of things from the Sprinkles kit and the Embellishment kit. The kits this month are so beautiful filled with such beautiful and bold colors that really inspired me and made me feel bold and confident with this new year that we have just begun! I am starting my project life album for 2017 and so these will be the first couple of pages in my 8 ½ x 11 album.

For my printables, I created two fun pieces that can each be used in different ways, according to what suits your needs. You may choose to print on photo paper, cardstock or vellum or a combination (as I did). And the printables come in a few different sizes (8 ½ x11 6x8 and 3x4 ) so if you are doing pocket pages you may print the printable as a card as well. Do whatever works for you! In my case, I like to do a mix of layouts and pocket pages in my PL albums and I decided that I would begin my album with a big bold statement cover page! I combined the pink polka dot printable (which I printed out on semi-gloss photo paper) and the black and white printable (which I printed out on vellum) and sewed them together to make a statement piece for the beginning of my album.

For the layout that I did to also start out my new album for the new year, I chose to also go big and bold with the use of a large picture. I chose a pic of myself that reflected my thoughts on this new year, what I hope will be one filled with great possibilities and a bright future on the horizon!

I used the bright bold colors and patterns in the kit like the pretty multi-colored striped Crate Paper patterned paper from the add on kit and the beautiful blue exclusive paper from Citrus Twist in the Main kit. I chose embellishments that I thought fit the “new year, new adventure” theme of my spread and indeed my album for this year. I love the wood piece in the kit that says “hello 2017” on it, the 2017 stamp, and the pieces from the exclusive ephemera pack that say things like “be bold” and “live your best”!

I hope you enjoy the printables and that I have inspired you on how they can be used along with the January kits to make a fun new start to your memory keeping this year! Please share what you create on the Citrus Twist Facebook Page...I would love to see all your creative ideas for how to use the printables! Hope you enjoy the all the 2017 freebies from today's “Let's Get Digital” with me, Andrea, and Mira...we so enjoyed making these goodies for you and we can't wait to see what you do!

Happy Scrapping! – Andrea & Mira

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial with Karen - Using an Art Medium - GESSO TECHNIQUE

Hi everyone! Karen here and today I'm sharing a simple tutorial on how I used GESSO to create a subdued background. I created this layout using the January 2017 Scrapbook "Oh Darling" Add-On Kit & the "Pattern Play" paper add-on kit.

I love creating with 12x12 patterned paper however the photos and embellishments can get lost in the background. And then someone invented GESSO - how lucky! I like to think of this art medium as a blank canvas, because technically its giving you a chance to 'rub' out some of that background. 

Hint: do not use too much GESSO, start off with a small amount & work your way to more. I use make-up sponges to work with GESSO rather than a brush, it gives it leaves a great texture on the paper. Spread it out across the patterned paper & then wait until it dries, which really isn't that long.

Once dried you then can start adding your layers, photo & embellishments. For this layout I used more GESSO to create an area to stamp on to. I think it turned out great. GESSO is really easy to stamp on. 

I also added a smaller amount of GESSO to the bottom of the page where I planned to add embellishments. I loved how it turned out.

Watch the video below to see more details on how this layout and technique came together.

I hope I've inspired you to try something new.
Karen xx

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hello Fun / Oh Darling Add On Kit

Good morning! I hope you are doing well. It's Claudia here and today I'm sharing a layout I made with this month's 'Oh Darling' Add On Kit and the Pattern Paper Play Kit.

For this layout I'm using a somewhat larger photo than usual and didn't trim it down. The reason I didn't do this is because the photo has some open space which I thought would be the perfect place for my title to go.

I knew I wanted to make a somewhat colorful layout and the paper with the watercolor circles from the Pattern Paper Play Kit was the perfect one to get started with. I cut out the circles (about half of them ones that were on the paper) and put them to the right side of my layout.

I then went through the embellishments in the kit and selected some that matched the colors of the circles. I couldn't find enough matching ones, so I thought that it would be nice to add some of the foam number thickers to the ones that didn't have anything on them yet. If you struggle with using numbers this might a great way for you to use them up! :)

For my title I used one of the gold foiled pieces from the ephemera pack (Hello) and for the other part I used those beautiful black foam thickers again. I love mixing titles - it just makes them look a little more interesting to look at.

Thank you for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout and that you feel inspired to start creating! Have a great day!

xo Claudia

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Hello everyone. What does a Sunday mean? A new sketch of course. Below is a sketch you can use to create a layout.

 This is what I created using the sketch. 

I made some slight changes to my layout from the sketch and that is okay, you can too. Sometimes you have a slightly better idea or it could come down to what products you have to use & then this can differ to what is 'sketched' for you. 

I used a landscape photo, I don't use this size photo very often, so that was the first challenge for me with this sketch. I love to use square photos in my layouts.  The layout is 12x12 in size & I only used one large background layer unlike the sketch. To be honest I'm not use to larger layers so this was challenge number two & even though I gave it shot, I took the layer off & went with just the one background paper. Here are the details of my layout:

To play along this week, create a layout inspired by the sketch and upload it to the CTK gallery with today's date (01/15) in the title and you will be in with a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to spend in the CTK store
Happy Creating.

Karen xox

Saturday, January 14, 2017

3 to Inspire

Happy Saturday and welcome to this week's edition of our 3 to Inspire Challenge!  This week I am challenging you to include the following three elements on a project:

1. Use blue.
2. Journal on a label or tag.
3. Make a title with a die cut.

This is what I came up with using the January "Jameson" Scrapbook Kit:

Blue is such a fun color and I was able to include two shades of it on this layout documenting my nephew's happy smile. I recently purchased a used manual typewriter and am loving having the option to do my journaling on labels. (Here's a tip: adhere your tags and labels to a larger sheet of paper with washi tape--this will make it super easy to roll them through the typewriter!).  To make my title I chose the "I Like You" bubble from the package of exclusive diecuts that are included in the kit this month.

Now it's your turn! To play along with this week's 3 to Inspire Challenge and to be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a small prize from the CTK Store, create a project incorporating the three elements and upload it to our gallery. Make sure to include today's date (1/14) in the title of your project!  Good luck :).


Friday, January 13, 2017

Pocket Life Sketch Friday With Zinnia

Hello! It's Zinnia here today. This time i am not going to share my Traveler's Notebook layout but a pocket life page with a sketch!! Are you excited? Let's take a look of my overall layout.

 This is a 12 x 12 page that I created using Citrus Twist Kit January Pocket Life + Embellishment Kit.

I decided to use the photos of my nephews to create this layout as they are both looking adorable! Don't you agree? 

More close ups....

I also have a sketch for you..

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, January 20th, 2017. Be sure to include PL 01/13 in the tittle! 

Happy Friday and happy creating!