Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Perfectly Posh Scrapbook Layouts with Amanda

Hi Citrus Twist Fans!

Amanda here, with a ton of Perfectly Posh inspiration for you today!
You may want to get yourself a cup of coffee & get comfortable....
This month's kits are sooooooooooo pretty & superbly coordinated, that I 'whipped up' a batch of layouts in next to no time! I mean, the kits are just SO good that I couldn't stop!
Yay for scrap happy days!

Here's what I've made with them so far .....
"You're My Sunshine"

Sigh! Pastel.Pink.Perfection!!!
Isn't this super pretty?!!

Scrapbook Kit Supplies | Pinkfresh Studio: Simple & Sweet: Simplicity, Pinkfresh Studio: Simple & Sweet: Enamel Dots, Maggie Holmes: Willow Lane: Foam & Chipboard Thickers (Wonderful)

Pocket Life Supplies |  Exclusive CTK Cardstock Ephemera, Exclusive CTK Bright Yellow Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Double-sided Journaling cards, May Arts: Pompom Trim.

Digital Files | Floral Swag designed by Nathalie De Sousa & Perfectly Posh Cut Aparts

I was immediately drawn in by the pretty florals that featured across the kits, and just had to use them all together! 
Here's a closer look for you....

The Pinkfresh Studio 'Simplicity' pattern paper is just divine, and really dictated my color scheme for this layout! I love the soft, pastel pink teamed with the bright, sunshine yellow! Such a pretty and happy combination!
I used the journaling cards from the Pocket Life Kit to back the Floral Swag Cut File with, and then embellished with more florals from the CTK Exclusive Cardstock Ephemera!

How gorgeous is that pom pom trim?!! I NEED more of this - it's my kinda embellishment! 
And it's no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Puffy Stickers and these sunshine yellow alphas have my heart!!! (I may have to hoard some of them, lol!)

Bright days ahead, indeed! 
Love it! 

Next up, is another gorgeously girly and pretty page....

"Love You"

Swoon!!! It doesn't get much prettier than this! 

Scrapbook Kit Supplies | Maggie Holmes: Willow Lane: Together, Melody & Sweet One pattern papers, Willow Lane: Ephemera, Foam & Chipboard Thickers (Wonderful), Flea Market Mix embellishments, Perfectly Posh Cut Aparts.

Embellishment Kit Supplies | Maggie Holmes: Willow Lane: Accent Stickers & Pom Pom Frames 

Let's take a closer look.....

Lots of pretty layers here - you'll even spot the tissue wrap that our kits come in! I needed to use all.the.things! 
Like my previous layout, I've opted for a super pretty color scheme with lots of delicate embellishments. I just adore the vintage shell buttons and that mint satin ribbon! SO very feminine & girly!  

On careful inspection, you'll notice some peach watercolor droplets which I use to enhance the peach pom pom frame & pattern paper! So lovely!

And for finishing touches, who can go past the gold glitter foam heart stickers?!! 
Just gorgeous! 

My next layout is one of those super quick, but oh-so sweet 8.5" x 11" numbers....


Isn't she the cutest?! Such a fun page for her personal album!

Scrapbook Kit Supplies | Amy Tangerine: Shine On: Sprinkled, Maggie Holmes: Willow Lane: Foam & Chipboard Thickers (Wonderful), Willow Lane: Crepe Fringe

Embellishment Kit Supplies | Maggie Holmes: Willow Lane: Accent Stickers & Pom Pom Frames

The Sprinkled pattern paper from Amy Tangerine was so pretty that I just had to feature both sides of it on my layout! I apply each pattern to the top of my layout, and then repeat this layered look with the Willow Lane Crepe Fringe.  To make my fringing 'stretch' a lil further I unpicked some of the stitching to 'loosen' it up, and soften it's appearance. 

The Willow Lane Pom Pom Frames from the Embellishment Kit are just the bees knees!!! I am seriously in love with them - so pretty!

It's at this point in my creating that my darling boy points out that I 'haven't made me (him) a page yet!' Ooops! I was so caught up in all that prettiness that I forgot to make something for my Mr A for Awesome! No problem - the Perfectly Posh kits are super versatile.....

"Going & Going Wild"

Voila! How's that for my super cool kid?! 

Pocket Life Kit Supplies | CTK Exclusive items - 2" x 3" Polymer Stamp, Fabric Die Cut Stickers, Cardstock Ephemera, Journaling Cards, Printed Cork Shapes, Cut Apart Labels, Perfectly Posh Cut Aparts, as well as Flea Market Find: Vintage Poetry Book Page. 

Pattern Paper Play Kit | Paper #3

Going & Going Wild sums it perfectly! Such a cool travel page of my mister at the rail yard!

So many awesome details and layers, but I am especially impressed by the stamps! Here's a closer look at them....

Wow!!! Don't they stamp beautifully?! So clear that they look like they were printed on the labels - not stamped! LOVE!!!
Here's a few more close ups for you....

So.much .awesome! 

This is my happy, indeed! The kits may be 'posh' but they're definitely for the boys too! 

And there you have it!
Lots of lovely layouts from our wonderful August kits!
I hope I have inspired you to get creating with yours today!
Need more inspiration? I have another fun page that you can check out on my blog HERE

Haven't ordered your kits yet? Hurry over to the store HERE before they're all gone!

Thanks so much for visiting,
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tuesday Tutorial with Diane

Hi Guys! I wanted to share with you a few different ways to reduce the amount of scrappy packaging that ends up in the bin and how to reuse that packaging into your layouts!

The first, and easiest, technique so to use all those pretty printed backing sheets as cards. Simply trim down any pretty patterns into 3x4 or 6x4 cards. Most packaging is designed to easily be able to trim off the product details, leaving a pretty patterned card for you to use! It does pay to test out different ink before stamping directly onto them as they sometimes have a slick surface.

Another trick is to use the glassine bags that hold lots of bits and pieces in kits as pockets to hold hidden journalling. Just slip a tag with your journalling on it into the bag and add a photo on top. You can also cut them up and use them as layers in your pages.

I find off-cuts of clear packaging perfect for working out your stamp placement before committing to stamping directly onto photos. I use Staz-on ink and carefully stamp onto the packaging and then I can move the stamp around the photo to find the perfect place for it. This is also great to see the placement of a certain sticker or embellishment before placing them down.

And, of course, clear plastic packaging works great for creating shaker pockets filled with sequins or glitter or confetti. You can use a Fuse tool (pays to do a little test patch first, packaging will fuse much quicker than normal page protectors) or stitch them shut with a sewing machine or hand-stitching.

I created a cellophane ribbon ruffle with my packaging and created some sparkly, subtle texture on my title card. Imagine a whole page covered with this sparkly ruffle, so pretty!

Here's a quick look at my process of using all these techniques to bring this page together...

Let me know if you have any other tips for reusing/reducing your packaging waste and don't forget to post your layouts in the Facebook Fan Page so we can all see!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Product Highlight - Foam & Chipboard Thickers

Hi CTK friends! It's Anna on the blog today to bring you this month's Product Highlight. This time we want to inspire you to incorporate your foam or/and chipboard Thickers on your creations, YAY!
Love me some Thickers! :) There's lots of them if you get both the August Perfectly Posh Scrapbook and Add On kit's and the are just awesome.

I've made one layout and one TN spread and it works great to use Thickers for both of them. If you don't want your TN to bulky you can easily split them up to make them thinner, at least the chipboard Thickers, and mount them with regular glue instead. For me, I don't care to much if my TN gets a bit bulky, lol! Anyway I usualy doesn't use Thickers on each and every page.

Enough babbling, here's what I came up with.

First out is my layout made with the August Perfectly Posh Scrapbook kit, the Pocket Life kit, the Add On kit, the Embellishment kit and the free digital cut apart sheet.

I immediatly fell in love with this lovely paper by Maggie Holmes Willow Lane with this BIG sentence. I did really step out of my comfort zone using mostly white backgrounds thanks to my crush on this paper, LOL!
And I really like how easy you get some texture and dimension on your pages by using different Thickers.

Next out is this outdoor inspired TN spread made with the August Perfectly Posh Scrapbook kit, the Add On kit and the Outdoor Adventures stamp.

I was so inpired by the backside of the Outdoor Adventure stamp set so I decided to use them with some happy colored ink pads instead of my regular black one. I love to try "new" things and I really like how it turned out. And I also love the look of using these "YAY" foam Thickers upon my photo, pretty cool way of using Thickers, have to try that more :)

And that's all what I have for now! There's so much to love about the August kits and I do really like these foam and chipboard Thickers and I'm sure you'll love the too. Be sure to share your creations with us in the CTK Fan Page on Facebook. And if you are up on Instagram? So are we! Tag @citrustwistkits and use the hashtag #citrustwistkits so we can see more of your gorgeous creations!

I can't wait to see your creations!

Thank's for stopping by! Take care! Anna xo

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday Sketch with Nathalie

Hello everyone!
Nathalie with you today bringing you this week's Sunday Sketch.    It is a fun and simple sketch, so i decide to work the beautiful "Perfectly Posh" kits  into a few projects using the  sketch as inspiration.  But  first let me show you the sketch:

For my first project, I stayed true to the sketch, and decided to combine the "Perfectly Posh" Scrapbook kit, "Living the Life" add-on kit and the "So Very You" Traveler's Notebook Stamp set to create a 12x12 layout about my babies.

My choice was to limit the color palette for this page, and then used papers from the "Perfectly Posh" kit that contain teal/mint to create the background and layers behind the picture.

I added a bit of teal art crayon ( Vicki Boutin) just to make sure the picture pops from the page.  Then used pieces from the Living the Life add-on kit and the Perfectly Posh Scrapbook kit to embellish the clusters around the layout.

The idea for the color of the page came from the ribbon that is included in the "Perfectly Posh" scrapbook kit, so I used some machine stitching to create a ruffle look to it on the page.

To finish the page, I brought in the Maggie Holmes Chipboard sticker included in the "Living the Life" Add-on kit to create the title, and combine a stamped sentiment from the Traveler's Notebook "So Very  You" stamp set.  Love how this turned out, and how easy it came together by following the sketch .   However with so much goodies in my box, i decided to use the sketch one  more time to create a TN page:

For this layout, I chose to flip the sketch 90 degrees, and pulled all the color from the "Living the Life" Add on kit, to create a TN layout about my stalking baby.

Once again, I stayed true to the sketch, and added a few layers of papers from the "Living The Life" Add on kit behind the picture.  To embellish the picture, i used some of the elements from the cut-apart sheet, and die cuts included in the add-on kit.

To create the title of this page, I used the Traveler's Notebook Stamp, "So Very You" to mix the sentences together, and create  a large title.   To finish, I pulled some of the enamel dots from the "Perfectly Posh" Scrapbook kit to bring a bit of color to the page.  Love how fun this turned out.

Now it is your turn to put your own spin on this week's sketch.   Remember to  share your creations on the Citrus Twist Kits Fan page on Facebook, and please tag Citrus Twist Kits (@citrustwistkits #citrustwistkits) when ever you share your creations on social media,  we would love to see what you create.

As always let me know if you have questions on how this turned out!


Saturday, August 11, 2018

3-to-inspire with Melanie B

Hello everyone! Melanie B here today with a 3-to-inspire challenge which features the fabric die-cut stickers from the August 2018 Pocket Life kit. My prompts for the challenge are as follows;
1.      Use the fabric die-cut as a date marker;
2.      Customize a PL card with the fabric die-cut;
3.      Embellish a picture with the fabric die-cut. 
Easy enough, right?!

To recap my prompts, first up I used a die-cut as a highlight to my date marker card. There’s a lot of flexibility here as most the die-cut designs would fit this purpose. I opted for the “life” die-cut as it was more fitting to the overall design of the spread.

Next up, I customized a 4x6 card with the “this moment” die-cut. It supported to the design of the card, love how it created a unique title “this moment, it’s okay I guess” – so fun!! I also enhanced the card with journaling and a cork embellishment. I really love how this card turned out. 

The last prompt is to use a die-cut on a picture, when using embellishment on pictures I look for white space which is ideal for journaling and embellishments. In my case the white space was the group and it served as the ideal background to the “fun time” die-cut. 

I hope you are inspired to create a project using these prompts. Make sure to share with us on social media, we can’t wait to see it.