Thursday, October 23, 2014

Freestyle Mini Album with Kasia

Hi! It's Kasia here today to share with you a new mini album made with just one of October kits! To build this mini I worked with the "Pretty Pieces" add on. The kit is so full of amazing goodies that I didn't have any problems to make my album and there are still so many pieces left for me to use!
I was inspired by all the beautiful colors and wanted to repeat them through the book so I grabbed some of my acrylic paints and had mixed media fun! I ended up with rather messy, freestyle mini book for you this month! Have a look:
CTK oct mini Kasia 1

CTK oct mini Kasia 2

CTK oct mini Kasia 3

CTK oct mini Kasia 5

CTK oct mini Kasia 6

CTK oct mini Kasia 7

CTK oct mini Kasia 8

CTK oct mini Kasia 9

CTK oct mini Kasia 10

Did you like this freestyle mini album? If so you can try some of the below tricks while working on your own!

1. Mix some big photos into your mini albums design- they will balance the colorful and busy pages and bring more attention to the story you want to share;
2. Don't be afraid to stamp/stitch/glue things on your pictures- make them pop by adding things or techniques directly on the photos;
3. Recycle (or upcycle!)- as you can see on the pages of my mini I included some pictures of the embelishments which came from the package as well as the bag the embellies were packed in- don't be afraid to recycle;
4. Go bold with your paint- I love soft watercolor look but if you are starting with paint try acrylics- they are much easier on paper (it doesn't wave so much), they give strong, staurated color and they do mix in the most beautiful ways;
5. Have fun- try to make messy, art journal inspired, free style mini and have fun with it! Experiment, make your hands dirty, try new colors and techniques- free your creativity!

CTK oct mini Kasia det1

CTK oct mini Kasia det2

If you create some mini books this month make sure to share them in our gallery and on Citrus Twist Kits fanpage! We would love to see what you came up with while working with October kits!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Tutorial with Michelle

Hello!  Today is Tutorial Day on the Citrus Twist blog and I want to walk you through the process of using a non-scrapbooking related image as inspiration for a scrapbook layout.

To start the process off, I browsed through my board titled "Scrappy Inspiration" which is where I file away images of the non-scrapbooking kind.  For the most part, it's a blend of various graphic designs, cool title work, and magazine-type images.  This is the image that I chose to work with:

post it notes

I really liked the mix of colors and placement of the squares and rectangles, so I set about cutting my own from the various papers and the envelope included in the October Pretty Pieces Add-On Kit
CT October Tutorial
Next, I played around with the placement of the shapes while keeping the inspiration piece in mind.
CT October Tutorial 3
Using my pin as a jumpstart really took the guess work out of figuring out where I wanted my papers to go and left me with lots of time to play around with the fun embellishments in the October Add-On Kit.  This is what I ended up with:
Star 2
Star 4
Star 3

You can definitely see the resemblence between the inspiration piece and the layout, but you can tell that I made it my own. I took the simple composition and ran with it.  More and more I find myself going to non-scrapbooking related images when collecting ideas for future layouts.  What inspires your papercrafting? I would love to hear from you :).

Monday, October 20, 2014

Let's Get Digital with Jen Chapin

Hello and happy Monday to you! Jen here and today I am sharing another cut file. I was inpsired by the addition symbols that were placed throughout the main kit and created a file to go with them. You can download this file HERE. This file is sized at 12x12, but as you will see I trimmed mine and used portions of it.

I used the negative spaces in the cut and backed them with various patterned paper. I love the vibrant colors in this kit! So great for fall photos.

If you use this file on a project I would love to see your work! Be sure to post a link in the comments. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Sketch with Christin

Christin here to give you this weeks Sunday sketch. I have used the October Main kit, with addition to pieces from the embellishment kit and red triangles from the August PL kit.

Sunday sketch with Christin

This is my interpretation of the sketch. I started with the Kraft paper from Pebbles and added some gesso and then I dropped some mist on the page. Then I more or less covered the whole thing with papers.   When I interpret a sketch I sometimes wander way off with and change the different pieces, but with this sketch I have pretty much used the sketch without changing too much. The Shimelle ampersand was perfect with this sketch so are the small stamps that comes with the kits.

ctk october Sketch christin gronnslett
ctk october Sketch christin gronnslett 02

ctk october Sketch christin gronnslett 04

ctk october Sketch christin gronnslett 03

To play along this week and for a chance to win $5 to spend at CTK store, upload your projects based on this week sketch to the CTK gallery. You have time until Oct 25th and please include "Sketch 10/19" in the description.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Photography with Eve

In France, it's autumn, and it's one of my favorite season, when there isn't rain ! I love the colors and the warm light. I will share with you some shoots of wood session.

Focus your attention on one of your child, seing the other one in background.



During walking, shoot your family (back and front).




Put your subject in a corner of your photo.




Focus your attention on little things


Friday, October 17, 2014

Pocket Life With Sam

Hello hello there! This is Sam to share a Pocket Life spread with you today. So sorry I just gotten my box few days ago and haven't had chance to play with the kit much + film a process video. Anyway, I am loving the colours of the kit this month, particular the huge alphabet sticker sheet from Basic Grey.

EA PL Color Combo-1

And here is my take on the Pocket Life page that I used a lot of warmer tone / fall colours here. Not the usual colours that I would always use but I like that I get to change my usual work flow / preference a little. It is a little challenging for me, but its a good challenge ;)

'PL Oct-1

'PL Oct-2

'PL Oct-3

I like the geometric print (triangle) pattern paper and decided to use it as a title card for this month page.

'PL Oct-4

I have also printed a few photos in Black & White to match the papers that I use here. I think B&W photos really work well with these warm colour palette.
'PL Oct-5
'PL Oct-6 'PL Oct-7
I like the banner tags from PRetty Little Studio this month and had so much fun fussy cutting them and add them to the page. The Black and White sticker with sentiments are ctually embossed just like how you use Motex / Dymo label makers.
'PL Oct-8
So here's my simple page for this month Pocket Life kit. I am planning to do a process video (hopefully with voice over to explain the way I work) later this month. Will post it on Citrus Twist FB page when I have uploaded the video.

Have a great day!