Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Pocket Life Challenge with Sabrina


 Hey everyone! I am excited to share with you my page for the Pocket Life Challenge using a mix of the Life Crafted Kit and also in some digital products for September.

For the Pocket Life Challenge I decided to make a page to document my son and his silly faces. Since I his album is in 8 1/2 x 11 I chose a pocket page to go into his album and I had to do some adjustments for the various journaling cards. 

To start off with I printed out the composition style TN paper from the Best Parts Traveler's Notebook Digital Papers, but trimmed it to fit my pocket which is 5.25x3.5 inches. I printed a second card using the light blue grid paper. Finally, I printed a few more digital pieces- the blue circle, blue banner and “9” ticket- from the Best Parts Cutaparts and Ephemara. I am now ready to assemble my page. 

For the main center pocket card I used my digital pieces, a trimmed physical journaling card and puffy sticker and layered them all together. All these layers create a nice visual centering point and place for the eyes to rest.

I then added two more points for my visual triangle with a small cluster of various pieces up at the top right and also the bottom left pocket. For that bottom left pocket I used the digital printed card, tickets and to layer together.


I finished off this pocket page with some puffy stickers and a few stamped sentiments. Overall, this was an easy page to put together and I loved documenting my son whose at the age where looking at the camera doesn’t happen much. 

Hope this hybrid pocket page inspires you to use the Life Crafted September digitals!

Have a great week! 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Open Post by Loredana Bucaria

Hey there guys! Happy Monday! Here in Italy the week starts with Monday and when I have a creative monda my week starts in a very good way!

Today I am happy to share with you the beginning of my July album and I feel so excited to tell my stories ... I don't know why but when I tell my everyday stories filling my albums and reading them back I feel so so so happy.

I have a lot of fun playing with digitals, editing my photos, thinking about the composition and how I want to insert just that kind of embellishment or card. It makes me feel relaxed and happy.

For this spread Life Crafted spread I have chosen two of the THE BEST PARTS TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK BASICS DIGITAL PAPERS - SEPTEMBER 2020.  I had an idea about the TN page with flowers, I cut on three sides the white window inserting behind the wood paper from the September The best part Life Crafted kit and a phrase from the 
PRINTABLE - THE BEST PARTS CUTAPART ELEMENTS - SEPTEMBER 2020. I cut the phrase in more little words and then sticked all pieces at the paper just adding a little heart.

Take a look at the following pictures.

To open the window I created just a little label sewed to it.  
On the right I have just written my story on the digital file and I have added some subtitles with different kinds of Citrus Twist stamps,  and a little more journaling adding some ephemera and a tag. I played a lot with stamps. I have used the 

I am completely and deeply in love with tiny details! I can't consider a story completely told without the use of my stamps :)

The second spread is about a big 4x8 inches photo and some 3x4 photo and card. Love this combination. Here I have used a mix of different old kits and the September kit. Also here I had fun adding details here and there :) Hope you like these ideas and will be inspired to create yours telling your stories. 

Did you join our waiting list? These kits are gorgeous! I love them to pieces!

Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday Sketch with Angela

Hello friends, happy Sunday!
It's Angela here and today I am on the blog with our Sunday Sketch Challenge. This is the sketch I played with this week

It is a beautiful 12x12 inch sketch with a single photo and a fun banner on the side. I created my page using The Best Parts Life Crafted kit as well as September Add-on kit. Here is what I came up with!

At first I planned to use the pink patterned paper from the Add-on kit, paper Blooming from Fresh Bouquet collection  by Crate Paper, but I preferred to save those gorgeous flowers on the reverse side for another project. Also, I wanted to get messy and create my color background. So, after the initial hesitation, I chose white card-stock for as the base of my page. This came with the Add-on kit too.

Just a little side note; the layout is dedicate to my friend Valentina, my sweet girlfriend I spent the summer with. Here is the meaning of the title, Vale is the abbreviation of her name and I stamped it on the layout using my favorite stamp ever, Citrus Twist Kits Madison Alphabet.

Now, back to the background. I used Distress Oxide inks in yellow, pink and green. First, I added some water to the pigment and used them with a brush, like watercolors. When the color was dry, I added a second layer of color of pure pigment using a brayer.

Instead of using tickets and numbers like the sketch, I fussy cut a few tags from paper Old School by Heidi Swapp and hanged them to a piece of string to create the banner.

I stamped a few phrases from September Traveler's Notebook stamp in black, to balance the page with the black title. Last, I added a few die cuts and stickers from the kits and voilĂ !

If you'd like to see me in action, here is the process video of the layout.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you like the layout and feel inspired to create your own version of the sketch. If so, please share it on the Citrus Twits Kits Fan page on Facebook, we would love to see your pages!
Love, NG

Saturday, September 19, 2020

3 -To-Inspire with Sheree


Hello friends! 

It’s Sheree here with this week’s 3-to-inspire challenge!

The three prompts I have for this project include:

1. Use 3 photos

2. Add texture with machine stitching

3. Tip your title on its side!

Here’s what I came up with featuring the gorgeous September “The Best Parts” Life Crafted Kit…

I selected one of the papers from the kit and cut it to size for a full-sized page before machine stitching around the edge.  I also picked out two journaling cards to use on the second page of the spread.

I cropped each of my photos to 2 inches square, printed them out and arranged them down the full -sized page. I embellished each photo with pieces from the ephemera pack

I used the large “beautiful” die cut ephemera word up the side of the page then finished the title using the pretty puffy alphabet stickers.

At the top of the second page is my journaling.  I printed the text and adhered it to the card before adding some machine stitching.  I stamped a phrase from the “The Best Part” stamp set onto an ephemera label and adhered it above the journaling with foam tape.  Another ephemera piece was added to the bottom of the card.  I stamped another phrase from the same stamp set and added the date as well.

I loved the “so good” card just the way it was but I decided to stitch a few rows to add a little texture.

All I had to do then was add it into my Life Crafted album!

I have a video below if you'd like to see my process...

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how I put this spread together and that you might have a go at using the three prompts yourself to create something fun too!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Enjoy your weekend!

Sheree x

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Life Crafted with Diane

Hi everyone, Diane here with a really quick spread in my Life Crafted album.

Nothing picks me up quicker on those days when I'm feeling a bit meh than a little gratitude. So today I put together a gratitude spread in my Life Crafted album using the September Life Crafted kit and the Good Life stamp set.

I knew the "today's victories" 3x4 card from the kit would be perfect for this type of page so I grabbed it out, along with some of the gorgeous florals from the die cut pack. I also grabbed another co-ordinating 3x4 card but ended up swapping it out for a piece of light pink patterned paper from the kit after I decided I would keep the page fairly monochromatic.

I started with some base pages I made from pink card stock, these are trimmed to 5x8.25 inches each and hole punched to fit my album. Then I trimmed a strip from the woodgrain paper so it would fit on the left hand page. I kept the smaller strip and added it to the right hand page. 

Before I adhered those pieces down, I ran the edges around with my sewing machine and distressed them with a distressing tool. I also heat embossed one of the stamps from the Good life kit with a sparkly antique silver embossing powder.

I added my journalling in pink ink, and adhered everything down, including the florals which I place in 3 different focal points. I made sure to adhere my Instax photo with a couple of staples to make sure it never comes unstuck from the page!

Last step was to add a few of the puffy heart stickers in co-ordinating woodgrain tones across the spread.

Here's a look at the process this layout took ...

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to share your Life Crafted pages in the Citrus Twist Facebook Fan page! We'd all love to see them!

Life Crafted Album Spread with Shannon


Hello there, crafty friends! Shannon here with a Life Crafted spread mostly using the September 2020 add on kit. I used a mix of Instax page protectors (coming to the Citrus Twist shop soon!) and a full-size page. I really enjoy the variation in sizes on either side! Plus, the alpha in the add on kit is large and certainly calls for a larger page size.

I did use one item from the September 2020 Life Crafted kit, and that is the journaling card in the upper left corner. I used the digital version of the card so I could resize it to fit in the Instax-sized pocket. All I had to do was type my journaling on it and print it out. Next to it, I added a photo that I made into an Instax print using a Photoshop template that I made (you can find the free download in the Citrus Twist Kits Fan Page group on Facebook). To jazz it up a little, I added a few bits of ephemera from the September 2020 add on kit. I wanted to make sure I had some silver/holographic ephemera on there to be a common thread throughout my spread. 

In the wide horizontal Instax pocket below that, I created a cluster full of all the pretty ephemera pieces from the September 2020 add on kit. The ephemera pack included is from Heidi Swapp and it's so full of a wonderful variety of pieces in her eclectic style. I pulled out pieces that matched the color scheme that I used throughout the rest of the spread. The polaroid frame would have been perfect for a photo but I chose to use the Good Life stamp set to fill it in with a sweet sentiment instead. I also used the True Life stamp set to do some repeated stamping on the "today was" label.

I tried to keep the right side of the spread fairly simple and neutral since the left side has a lot going on. I used the woodgrain paper from the September 2020 Life Crafted Kit for the background. The kit and paper pack are sold out but you can get the digital version still. I picked out a few pieces of ephemera from the September 2020 add on kit to put around my photo. I liked the photo corners but I didn't like them on my photo so I put them behind it for a different look. The tag at the top of my photo pulls the silver/holographic color onto this page. I finished it all off by splitting my title on top of and below my photo using the large coral foam alphas from Simple Stories.

I hope you enjoyed this walk through my process. I can't wait to see what you create with the September add on kit!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Memory Planner and Life Crafted with Patricia


Hello CTK Friends!  I'm joining you this Wednesday to share how I used the September Life Crafted kit in my new Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters Memory Planner.  I'm using the following NEW stamps:  Good Life, True Life, and the kit stamp 'The Best Part.  Also using these older CTK stamps:  Retro Hip Co Collaboration, Bailey Alphabet, 4x6 Outline and Solid Alpha. 

I first print my photos to about 1.75x2.50, 1.75x1.75.  Next I use the September digital journal cards to help me with my journaling and free up space for die cuts and stamping.

With the photos in place, I can frame around them with the die cuts and the stamps.  That framed digital journal card is perfect for adding journaling and a little stamping as well.

We had some exciting news about my daughter's ballet, so I printed the letter on photo paper to be the largest, to about 2.75x3.5, then continued framing with stamps and die cuts.

That 'freaking good' is from the kit stamp set, 'The Best Part.'  I LOVE that phrase!  I realized a typo, I'll fix that later, but again used the digital journal card to add my journaling.  This spread came together so quickly using the stamps, die cuts, and digital journal cards!

I have one more project to share in my Life Crafted album.  Every now and then I love to go bold with my backgrounds, and I did with this next project.

I shared this project on Instagram last week.  Here are the steps showing his this came together.

Tracing the stamps to make a mat for the stamped font/image is a great way to make a title and a title that stands out with clusters!  

The zig zag pattern I created with the stamps on the woodgrain pattern paper contrast to the background pattern paper with the repetitive words.

What helped too to make this work with the bold choices I have here are using two photos in the same size, and since they have a lot of red in them.  The blue and especially that bold yellow paper work because they are a contrast, a Triad, on the color wheel.  And the green or aqua pattern paper matting my stamped title are Complementary on the color wheel.

So take your red Target photos and use this same color principle to create balance, then add some of these fun stamping techniques.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  And please continue to share your projects in our Facebook group!