Thursday, October 17, 2019

MEET OUR GUEST DESIGNER: BARBARA PICINICH


we are so lucky to have Barbara join us on the blog one last time with one of her beautiful  projects...
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Hello everyone, I’m back today to share the second project I made with the At My Table Life crafted kit. This project was 1,000% inspired by the You Are All Heart die cut that came in the kit. I love bold titles on projects and new the minute I saw it that this would be the jumping off point for a project for sure.



One of the best things about having a preteen in the house is that she likes to take a lot of photos and many of them end up being really, really great selfies like this one. It’s also a bonus that she loves my scrapbooking projects and is super agreeable to allowing me to use the cute photos she takes. I of course couldn’t be happier since she is after all my number one source for scrapbooking inspiration. It’s also super important for me to leave behind layouts that will tell her how proud I am of her and how much joy she brings to our lives. This project is that for me, a simple layout that sends a simple message, you make me so proud and I love the person you are becoming so deeply.



Because the photo had so much impact and I wanted it to be the primary focus of this spread I printed it full size. I made sure when cropping the photo to leave as much space in the bottom right corner for some embellishments. I always try to leave a little space when I’m cropping full size photos because I always end up embellishing the photo in some way. I find it helps keep the weight of a layout even if there are some embellishments on both sides of the spread. Plus I really had my heart set on using these two pieces in particular because the sentiments really hit home for me and are important ones to make sure she knows these days. Adding in the little floral elements also helped tie this side in to the floral background paper on the left side.



After placing the title I know the left side needed just a smidge more interest and the arrow die cut was perfect to moving the eye around the page, the little floral sprig also helped tie the two sides together. And anytime I can add in a little tab to the edge of the page I’m all in. I really love when items hang off the edge of pages like this. And because I also had some of the flowers hanging off the page I opted to just punch holes directly into the photo and the page and add them into the album just like this. I really enjoy the mix of items in and out of pockets and I’ve never had an issue with anything getting damaged.



Of course once I know this was going outside of the protectors I decided to go for it and add foam tape the back of the title die cut to lift if off the page. Its crazy how just the tiniest bit of lift can bring so much life to a page. I probably should have added foam tape to my list of three products I couldn’t live without because I really love it!






thank you so much Barbara for join in us this month, and all your beautiful work.   WE have loved each of your pages and i am sure our followers have too.
Remember to leave Barbara some love and to follow her on social media, she is always adding amazing inspiration in it!



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Christmas Daily with Tina


Hello CTK friends! Tina here today with a few pages and a process video created using Christmas Stories 2019 Kit for my favorite scrapbook project ever - December Daily!

I love everything about Christmas, snowy winter days and holiday traditions, for me this is really the best time of the year! But when December comes I always struggle to find time to document all the memories while I'm too busy making them. That's why I started with some base pages which you can prepare ahead although I decided to work on December 2016.


As I don't usually use lots of embellishments on album covers I decided to add only the words "Merry & Bright" to my Christmas album. And after that I started working on my title page. First I trimmed the green grid pattern paper to fit into the Life Crafted album. Then I matted the vellum calendar die cut with a piece of white cardstock, added puffy candy cone numbers and a few embellishments around the calendar. That's it!



Next I wanted to create a page divider using this awesome buffalo plaid screen cut file that is included in the Christmas Stories 2019 Kit. All you have to do is to cut two circles out of the "Paper 12" from the Together for Christmas collection by Pink Paislee, mat them with cute litlle paper doilies and some a few embellishments from the kit.




For the next page I used the other side of the same "Paper 12" pattern paper which is also so cute. I trimmed it to fit into the page protector #1, adhered puffy golden sticker "Merry" in the center and added a snowflake border at the top and bottom of the page. This beautiful snowflake frame is also one of the many wonderful cut files included with the kit.



And here is a spread made with my favorite pattern paper of the kit. For me it's too gorgeous to be cut to use the other side of the paper and I simply couldn't imagine not using it in my album. So I started by trimming the paper and adjusting the house image to fit into the album. After that I cut small squares out of the windows and backed them with photos and journaling. But you can fill these tiny windows with whatever you want, it can be Christmas movies you watched, or a few best memories of the season, or something you're grateful for, etc. In the end I added some puffy and word stickers here and there.



You can see my process in the video below:


I love how easily these pages came together using the Christmas Stories 2019 Kit. I hope I've given you a few ideas to use on your December Daily project! Be sure to share your projects on the CTK Fan Page on Facebook or use #citrustwistkits on Instagram so we can see what you come up with!


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Let's Get Digital with Kira




Hey there!  It's Kira and I am back with another 8.5x11 scrapbook layout, using one of the exclusive cut files.  I loved the sunflowers on some of the cut files for this month, so I used the Cozy Days cut file, enlarged it, and snipped off the hexagons so I could use it as a focal point on my layout.



I used the add-on kit exclusively on this layout, backing the flower with papers from the kit, and choosing the amazing blue grid paper as my background.



I tucked my photo (my youngest son at the duck pond) into the leaves of the cut file.  And bumped the cut file and photo up on some foam.



I used the floral die cuts and die cut ephemera to add some clusters above and below my cut file.  And added in some wood veneer, puffy stickers and sequins (all included in the kit).




Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, October 14, 2019

Hybrid Scrapbooking with Nathalie



Hi there!

Nathalie with you today with a few layouts of my Life Crafted album using the beautiful AT MY TABLE kit.   I love paper, but i think i equally love digital files, having the chance to build and customize my pages always comes in handy when you do daily documenting.   Every month CTK subscribers get a lot of perks that can easily stretch your kit and help you create one-of-a-kind pages.  Let me show you...



For  my first page, i chose to work with the cut files (available for free to subscribers) to help me create my spread.   First of, i wanted to add lots of journaling  - all about my son and his tree- so, i used the Digital TN paper  as the base for my 3x8 insert.





I created the 3x8 insert in Photoshop, then added the Digital TN paper, followed by my lines of journal.    For my title, i used one the  sentiment from the Picture Perfect cut file by simply using the PNG format of the cut file and sizing the title to fit on my page.   After printing it, i backed the insert with a paper from the Life Crafted kit and slipped in the pocket.  A small chipboard sticker was then added atop the pocket at the bottom of the page.




For the picture side of the spread, i enlarged the picture to fit to the page, then cut one of the Life Crafted screens from white cardstock.  I backed the screen with the picture and used a black fine liner to emphasize the writing on the cut.   A small cluster of ephemera complete this page.   This was easy and really time effective when putting together.

Let me show you another idea:



As soon as i saw this floral pattern in the kit, i  had this idea for one of my spreads.  So i used the Digital PL cards to create the two sides of the page.   For the right side, i enlarged the 4x6  digital PL card to fit to the page, while the left side of the spread was built using the 3x4 digital  PL card.  I enlarged two of the 3x4 cards, and rotated one so that i could complete the left side border with the patterned -if you see up close, you could see where i joined the cards-.





To build my page, i decided to cut a panel of vellum to fit inside the page, and cut one of the 4x6 cards from the Life Crafted kit.  The picture was then glued to the card and a small cluster of ephemera and puffy stickers complete this page.




For my lines of journal, i simply typed them when i was building my pages, so i can print them all at once, but chose to add my title by mixing the puffy stickers from the At My Table kit with some stamping using the Typewriter font stamp set from CTK.  Once again, completely in love with how this turned out.




Remember to check the Digital Shop to find the files used to create these layouts.  As always consider subscribing to Citrus Twist Kits as you will have access to so many perks that will stretch your kit each month.

AS always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!



Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday Sketch with Marsha


Hey friends!  Marsha here with this week's Sunday Sketch challenge.  Today's sketch is so fun, and I hope you will be inspired to play along!

Here's a look at the sketch:


Here's my take on the sketch:


For my layout today, I chose to use the beautiful October Life Crafted "At My Table" Kit and the This Is Life Food Stories Stamp.  This kit and stamp set are perfect for any type of food-related documenting!

To begin my page, I decided to rotate the sketch so it would work better in my Life Crafted album.  I printed one of the traveler's notebook digital papers and trimmed it so I could use it on both sides of the spread.  Like the sketch, I decided to use two photos.  I trimmed a patterned paper from the Life Crafted kit and layered my photos on top, tearing a section of the paper at the bottom.  I love the texture this adds to the page.  Next, I fussy cut the floral piece from one of the journaling cards.  I thought it worked perfectly between my two photos.  I stamped a sentiment from the This Is Life Food Stories Stamp and added it over the wording on the card.  I thought it worked better with my layout.


Next, I used some of the digital cut aparts, that are available for this month, to embellish the page.  They are such a nice addition to the kit and are free for kit subscribers!  I added some stamping to the labels and added a few of the puffy and chipboard heart stickers from the kit to finish off the page.


For the other side of the layout, I trimmed a few of the patterned papers into strips and adhered them to the page, also tearing one of the strips.  Next, I added some machine stitching along the edges of the paper.  I love the interest and texture this adds!  For the title, I used some of the mint tiny alphabet stickers and a metallic puffy phrase sticker.


To embellish the page, I added some labels and a puffy scallop sticker.  I just LOVE the metallic puffy stickers in the kit this month!  I typed my journaling, trimmed it into strips, and adhered it to the page.

My layout came together so quickly using this awesome sketch!


Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you will play along with this sketch challenge and share your project with us on the CTK Fan Facebook Page! 




Saturday, October 12, 2019

3-to-inspire with Laura


Hello cuties! It's Laura here with a new project for the 3-to-inpired challenge with the amazing October Life Crafted "At my table" kit and the beautiful This is Life "Food stories" Stamp. They are so perfect and versatile, I love them!

 
 So your three prompts for this week's challenge are:

1. Use geometric shapes.
2. Stamp in your background
3. Combine more than 3 colors.

You can use the Life Crafted album as I did in this project or you can adapt it to any kind of format you wish: pocket pages, traditional layout... The possibilities are endless, all you need to do is to have fun!


In these pages, you can see that I used part of one of the October cut files and cut it twice, so that it looks more balanced. This goes for the prompt of using geometric shapes but you can also cut your shapes with your scissors, diecutting machine or punch. It would look amazing to create a background with circles or squares as well!


For the background I used the 6x8' papers from the Life Crafted kit and the colors are just so beautiful! You can see that I filled some of the empty hexagons with many diffrent patterns and colors, they all match really well! Just enjoy playing with all the colors!


Finally, my favourite part of this project was to embellish it! First of all, I used the This is Life "Food stories" Stamp to add a little more interest on the background, I absolutely adore all the tiny food drawings, perfect to document any food adventures! I also used the Gold Metallic Puffy stickers to create the title and a few more elements from the October Life Crafted kit to finish my page!


And that's my project for today! I hope you get inspired and play along with me on this challenge, I can't wait to see what you create! Remember that you can share your projects on the Citrus Twist kits Fan Page on Facebook. And don't forget to visit the shop and check all the beauties it has!
See you soon! :D



Friday, October 11, 2019

Life Crafted with Patricia



Hello CTK friends!!  I hope you are inspired as much as I am from not only this team but from everyone in the Facebook group.  I am always inspired by product, even when I go shopping and looking at marketing and clothing.  But seeing what and how others create or document really is another great way to either give you an idea to try or to give you an idea to incorporate into your own style.



For this Life Crafted spread, I used the October Add-On.  I am very drawn in by these amazing colors!  So the first thing I wanted to do was use one of the pattern papers with a bold design.  I'm addicted to the digital elements and cut files from Citrus Twist, and I was recently inspired by Lorilei's 3 to Inspire Life Crafted Post here.  What inspired me to try is to use one the Screen 4 cut file in a different way.  I have always used it to either layer photos directly on or under them or as my second page with embellishments.  But I loved her idea of having it under one Life Crafted pocket!


The screen cut files really can serve so many purposes in our Life Crafted albums and be totally functioning whether they are a divider, an opening page, a place for more photos, embellishments or a title.  I am always looking for new ways to use them.  For another fun and unique way to use them, please see my Featured Video from September here where I used it as a stencil and then cut it to add directly to my page.  

I used the Life Crafted Page Protector #2 for documenting using one of the cards from the Life Crafted kit, and then used the die cut leaf and heart from the Add-On.  

  

For bottom pocket with four photos, I was totally inspired by Nathalie's Life Crafted post here where she used four photos in her Life Crafted Page Protector #3.  Doing this in my smaller 3x4 pocket worked with printing my photos small enough to still have a border around them and the photos' subjects balance each other without overpowering one or the other.  The die cut from the Add-On and heart puffy from the Life Crafted gave me the color, sentiment and texture.


This left lots of room for creative fun on my left page using the October Life Crafted and Food Stories Stamp Sets.


Using the cardstock from the Add-On kit, I stamped along mostly on the edge of it using the Life Crafted stamp, then I cut the inside out and backed with Life Crafted kit paper.  The scale of the images on the papers were perfect for this small space.  Then I used the die cuts from the Add-On to tuck either under or above some of the stamped and cut out areas, raising some of them with foam adhesive.  Then I used one of the gold puffy embellishments fro the Life Crafted kit for my title.


And finished it with the stamping from the Food Stories stamp set.


I have a few more projects to share using the Halloween Add-On kit.  I will have a mini album video using the kit coming to the Citrus Twist Kits YouTube Channel on the 19th, so all of these projects are leftovers from the kit!

First I have a set of cards.



On some of the cards, I added some stamping from the Travelers' Notebook stamp set and some of the cut files I used in the mini album that were leftover.



The Heart + spider web = instant inspiration to document when my daughter read Charlotte's Web and had to do a PowerPoint presentation about it.  We set up a spot in the house for her to do some filming.


I love 6x8 size layouts these days ;)




And I could have still created more projects with the kit!  Hope you picked it up.  It is an excellent complement to either the Life Crafted or the Add-On available this month.  Definitely pick up the Travelers' Notebook stamp set either way.  I think it is a great stamp set for all your Fall/October activities and memories!