Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday Sketch With Sandy

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday. Today is sketch day and I present to you the latest sketch from Kaisa. 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, if you upload your take to our Gallery by 2nd May, you will be entered to win a $5 coupon to use on anything in the CTK store! Make sure to add "Sketch 4/26" to the title line when you upload. Have fun! 

April Sketch

I've adapted the sketch to a 8.5"x11" format which I'm most comfortable working in, otherwise I remained pretty faithful to the sketch. When I saw the Amy Tangerine circles paper from the April Pattern Play No 1 Kit I knew it'll be perfect for this sketch.  I fussy-cut a bunch of blue and black circles and layered them around the photo of a cyclist, the spokes of the circles adds a suggestion of bicycle wheels spinning. In place of the two tags in the sketch I use two text labels again cut out from pattern paper. Journaling I printed in two columns directly onto the background paper. To finish things off I embellish with few small pieces including a re-purposed light-blub paperclip from the April Sprinkles Kit.  


I hope you'll be inspired to play along with our sketch challenge. We welcome layouts that stick pretty close to the sketch and also layouts with creative interpretations. Have fun scrapping and I look forward to seeing your takes in our Gallery.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

3 To Inspire with Emma


Hi everyone, Emma here to share a new page for the "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.

This week I'd like to challenge you to:

1. Use alpha's to create your background "pattern"
2. Use the colour green (or shades thereof)
3. Try a 6x8 page (eek!)

Now I cheated a little with that last one (because 6x8 is all I scrap!) and if the change of page size freaks you out then please just stick with what you usually do, but I'd really love for you to give it a try.  The smaller size really is a lot of fun!  If you are trying this for PL you could incorporate a insert at 6x8 OR have your photo/card be more than one 3x4/6x4/etc pocket (so print your photo bigger, etc!).

This is my take on the challenge:

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I love, love, love the new epoxy stickers from the Main kit this month.  They are perfect to use on the smaller pages too *winkwink*.

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Now it's your turn! Use the three prompts to create your own projects and share them with us here in the gallery and/or our Facebook Forum. You can also upload to Instagram, but remember to tag us @citrustwistkits. Looking forward to seeing what you can do!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pocket Life Sketch Friday

Hi there Pocket Lifer's! It's Trina here today to share your Friday PL sketches. I kept this page pretty simple and centered the entire layout around the vellum pocket in the center of the page.

I pulled product mostly from the April PL kit and couldn't resist using some of the new Citrus Twist Kits/Pinkfresh epoxy stickers, too. I also used sequins and acrylic hearts from the April Sprinkles kit.

I just had to play with the new Becky Higgins roller phrase stamp! I like how many different uses I'll be able to get out of the stamp:

Here is a close-up using one of the phrases and one of the patterned lines from the new Becky Higgins stamp:

My 9x12 page was built around this homemade vellum pocket. I made it by cutting two pieces of vellum to 3x4 inches each and stitching the vellum together on three sides. Next I used my StazOn ink to stamp on the vellum, positioned one of the (adorable!) Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine epoxy stickers, then stitched the top shut. (See my challenge to you below!):

I used some woodgrain paper from Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine to create the background for my title card. Two alphabets in this month's PL kit made it fun to mix and match a title, plus I picked one of the stamps from the Becky Higgins roller stamp:

Couldn't stop myself from doing a little layering! I keep a stash of grid paper and vellum in my craft room to help build up the layers, plus threw in that bright Amy Tangerine triangle paper:

Here are your sketches, plus I have a challenge for you! Make your own vellum stitched pocket for one of your pages this month.

Thank you for visiting our blog today!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Words all over with Christin

Christin here today to inspire you to mix the different letters and words in the April main kit + embellishment kit.

christin gronnslett always remember

I started by cutting out the word remember from one of the papers in the kit and then fussy cutting the number 2 from the backside of the paper.  For the word YOU I chose a piece from the epoxy letters, the word Always is from the washi tape and the rest of the words are typed using the two alphabets in the kit.

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I would love to see how you use different kind of lettering in your layouts.

March Winners!

Today we are happy to announce the winners for March's challenges!

Each week our Design Team provides you with two challenges to help you get your creative juices flowing. Saturday's 3 to Inspire challenge brings you three creative prompts to incorporate on a layout/PL Spread/card. On Sunday. our sketch challenge goes live. To participate in the challenges, all you need to do is upload your project to the gallery within a week of the challenge date. Once a month we pick a winner from each challenge and announce them on the blog. Prizes are involved ;).

Thanks to all that  participated in the month of March! Here are the winners:

Sunday Sketch-$5 Gift Certificate to the CTK Store:
3/1: mamakven
3/8:  anitatina
3/15:  mamakven
3/22:  barbp
3/29:  madebyjustt

3 to Inspire-A small prize from the CTK Store:
3/14: mamakven
3/21: mamakven
3/28: barbp

Winners, please email Trina at to claim your prize!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I Capture: Getting Your Pictures Off Your Smart Phone

Hi, it’s Trina here today challenging you to print some photos on your smart phone today!

I remember when I got my first smart phone and how thrilling it was (and is!) to take great pictures on the fly, no matter where I was. I had a fabulous collection of priceless photos but did not know how to get them from the phone to print. This blog post is all about how I got it done.

Let’s step back in time to October 2012.

One day I challenged myself to figure it out! My daughter and I were going to ride a ferry to visit my dad and my sister and her family who were in town visiting him. I set a goal to photograph that day trip, figure out how to get the photos printed and create a mini album documenting the day. (Little did I know my dad would pass away shortly after that and those photos and that mini album would be the last pictures I took of him. Needless to say, the mini album is priceless!)

This blog post documents my “get ‘em printed!” photo adventure that day.
  1. I took as many pictures as I could (right up to the rainbow that came out as we were almost home from my dad’s).
  2. After doing online research and hearing about Persnickety Prints from a friend, I elected to use for photo printing.
  3. I signed up for Instagram and added special effects to some of my favorite photos. (So all photos in my mini album are square.)
  4. Next I uploaded my special effect (and regular) photos to Persnickety, placed my order and 2 days later I received the most adorable little box of photos in my mailbox. (Persnickety also has a mobile app.)
  5. I made my mini album using one of the Citrus Twist scrapbooking kits and some flat kraft paper bags.

There are so many online choices for getting your prints printed, most of which are affordable and easy. Some of the reasons I chose Persnickety are: You can print Polaroid-style and print in PL sizes (even 6x8 and 6x8.5). You can also find Persnickety Deals sometimes on their website and you can occasionally visit to find Persnickety discount coupon codes.

Fast forward to the present

Here are tips I use for getting my photos off of my phone. I use a combination of all four depending on how fast I want my photos or how many I plan to print: 

  • Upload to Costco. (Longer drive for me, but great when I need lots of photos printed. AKA "best pricing where I live")
  • Upload to your local pharmacy (our local Walgreens has half-off coupons all the time in weekly mail fliers and the pharmacy is close, compared to Costco. My pharmacy also has a mobile app so I can have photos uploaded and ready for pickup within 1 hour.)
  • Upload to a company like Persnickety Prints, prints delivered to your door.
  • Print to your photo printer at home. (I love my Canon Selphy.)
Here are just a few pictures of the mini album I made that day. I named it “One Day.” This is one well-loved album and it speaks volumes (to me) for the need to get your photos printed and documented. This is the cover:

Spread of my sister and my daughter baking together. I jotted down my sister's verbal directions for baking as they were busy in the kitchen:

I am so happy I documented the littlest things that day!

Back cover of my mini album:

I challenge you to get your photos off your phone today! Next, create your own “One Day” mini album or scrapbook page or page in your Pocket Life. We would love to see your "One Day" creation uploaded to our gallery and/or shared on the Citrus Twist Kits Fan Page over on Facebook.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday with Pamela

Good morning everyone! It's Pamela with a tutorial/step process for you on how I put together my scrapbook layout using the April 2015 PL Kit and the April 2015 Sprinkles Kit.

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I first die cut a few circles from a piece of cork sheet and before taking the die away from the cork, I used a black liner and outlined the circle. I then used the stamp set included in the April 2015 Sprinkles kit onto the cork using Memento Tuxedo Black.

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I cut out strips of paper from the 6x6 paper in the PL kit and started to arrange it on my cardstock. I cut out a few large photo frames from chipboard and covered it with using the Smoke textured 4x6 cardstock.

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Now it's time to put the layout together! I have my photos printed out and adhered it under the frame. I pulled out the large Alphas from October Afternoon that's included in the PL Main for my title.

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Now it's time to sew everything down! I use a sewing machine and stitch the vellum and pattern paper down. After everything has been sewed/adhered down, I embellished it with the clear blue acrylic stars from the Sprinkles Kit and did some journaling.

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Here's a close up of my layout.

CTK - Tutorial Step #1

Here is my final layout! This photo was taken years ago but I thought it would make a fun TBT layout in my PL album. So there you go - a layout with stitching, self made cork embellishments and putting a layout together using the PL kit. I can't wait to see what you create!